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Old 05-10-2009, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Back in 2007, I had a 2000 Toyota Tundra SR5 V8 4wd truck. Normally, I drove my "all-American" 1973 Pontiac to work, but that particular day I had drove my Toyota to work. When I came out to leave, I found this note under my wiper, as did everyone else there that drove a Japanese make vehicle. I thought it was rude, but I guess they think they have a valid point. What was funny though is that my truck was built in San Antonio Texas and you cant get more American than Texas. I wonder if some of these old timers even realize that most Japanese make cars are actually now made in America, or do they realize it and was doing this because buying Japanese cars/trucks are not supporting our country. On another note, I know alot of older gentlemen that were actually in WWII and drive Japanese or German cars.

Another funny thing is that I did not buy this truck new, so I was not contributing any money to a foreign country. The original owner did that.

This is the note that was on my truck and the same notes on ALL other Japanese cars in the parking lot that day... Has anyone else ever experienced this?



What are your thoughts? Do you think its wrong to buy imports new, or second hand? I still have two old American cars and a German car and a Japanese car. (be nice on your thoughts)
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:16 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Dodge Made in Canada///Chevy Made in Mexico!! Most cars that a labeled overseas Made in the USA!! Go figure LOL

I dont think your note came fron a Vet either! Just some rude troublemaker!
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I dont think your note came fron a Vet either! Just some rude troublemaker!

Thats EXACTLY what I was thinking then and now. Alot of us co-workers discussed it and all agreed that it was probably someone wanting to ruffle feathers.

I remember one of my friends that drives a Nissan said, "how rude".
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Old 05-10-2009, 03:49 AM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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Funny.

Many a current Ford car is "Hecho en Mexico".

I also do not remember anyone complaining that a Mercury Villager had a Nissan drivetrain in it was assembled in Avon Lake, OH...

Nor do I hear all that much complaining that GM gave bailout money (about $1 billion worth) to the Brazilians (the Brazilians came clean on it) or that GM also makes NA market engines in Shanghai, China.

Your run of the mill Chevy Equinox has a Chinese-made 3.4L v6 and Japanese-made transmission while the 2003-2007 Saturn Vue had a Honda 3.5L v6 engine and transmission in it.
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Old 05-10-2009, 06:41 AM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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What are your thoughts? Do you think its wrong to buy imports new, or second hand? I still have two old American cars and a German car and a Japanese car. (be nice on your thoughts)
First of all, I wouldn't bet that it was "old timers" who did this. Most older people are smarter than that.

That said, virtually all cars are global, regardless of their name. Company ownership is in one country, financing comes from another, parts are manufactured in another, and the cars are assembled in still another country.

There really is no such thing as a purely American made car anymore.
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Old 05-10-2009, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
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Confusing, I can't figure out what exactly "we" won in 1941.....

In any case, it looks like buying American will translate to purchasing even more cars produced in Asia & Mexico in the coming years.
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Doesnt matter what exact location the make/model is made. What matters is what PARENT company benefits from the sale. If its a Ford Focus made in Mexico, Ford in Detroit gets the buck. If its a Honda Civic made in Ohio, Honda in Japan gets the buck. There are many Fords built in America, many built elsewhere. There are several Hondas built here, many in Japan.

I used to buy mostly Japanese, but then you guess I could say I got tired of them (long story short). I know a few people who also recently went back to American cars because they got tired of supporting other countries' economies while their neighbors and millions of other Americans are standing in the unemployment line and are on the verge of losing everything.
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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Supporting American workers by buying American cars is a good idea. I am all for that, but how do you know that American car you buy was made in America? Buying an American car that was made in Mexico or India helps that company, not American workers. I would rather buy a Japanese car that was made in America.

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Old 05-10-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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Confusing, I can't figure out what exactly "we" won in 1941......
I agree, December 7, 1941 was a resounding defeat. 1942 wasn't much better. 1945 was when we "won".

But I wouldn't expect the meathead that wrote that note to know that.
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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As a VN vet, and retired military, I object to that idiot lumping me in with him on that note.
Assuming whoever wrote the note is actually a veteran.
Regardless, THIS veteran doen't like being included!

By the way, I have two Jeeps, an AMC Eagle, and a Dodge truck (the Dodge was assembled in Mexico).
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