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Re: One invincible A8 and a cool driver.
>You generaly get what you pay for...."Domestics" (recently found out >my
>friends new Mitsu Galant V6 is made in Normal Ill!) are generally >less
>expensive than imports.
"Domestic" Hondas, VWs, Mitsus, etc. required us to re-engineer to meet
their quality standards on products we'd been selling to the big3 for
decades. That actually brought quality up for the big3, suppliers tightened
up their machines & processes. we got a big wakeup when Honda sent back an
entire train load of windshields because the stamp in the corner was
slightly crooked and inconsistent. That's how I want my car built,
obsessively. Chrysler routinely buys lots rejected by other makers, like
rear-view mirror assemblys. Just blemishes or tolerance things, but
sometimes worse. That's why they're cheaper.
My '90 Eclipse GSX from Normal was a great machine, it's still in town and
running fine. I've camped with the head of Mitsu America product planning,
an auto enthusiast who trashed new cars & trucks with my brother, former
head of Lexus product planning. They both obsess over cars the way we do on
the list. When they worked in Detroit they were both hamstrung and
frustrated by the bloated bureaucracy that resisted improvement. Lots of
good people there are frustrated, my bro didn't think GM would last a decade
when he left, but Americans keep buying their stuff. Their products
overseas seem to be much better quality.
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