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With parts coming from everywhere, does "Buying American" have much meaning anymore? Is quality and price the bottom line?
#18656 of 18912 Re: Is buying American practical?? [gagrice]
Sep 15, 2013 (4:04 pm)
Same with D3 and Canada. Oftentimes a transplant like Honda or Toyota actually has more US content than a comparable Detroit brand model. It's a confusing world!
#18657 of 18912 Re: Is buying American practical?? [berri]
Sep 15, 2013 (5:42 pm)
Berri, dig deeper into these transplants and you will not like what you find. I will give you one heads up. The tooling, (robots, machines that build the cars/trucks are all foreign made and supported. Plus, the technical support of the plant is mostly foreign, most management is foreign. Parts for the plants tooling comes from overseas. As far as parts for the cars/trucks themselves I will let you dig this one up, you won't like what you may find...
#18658 of 18912 Re: Is buying American practical?? [guido65]
Sep 15, 2013 (6:32 pm)
The tooling, (robots, machines that build the cars/trucks are all foreign made and supported. Plus, the technical support of the plant is mostly foreign, most management is foreign.
And what is your point? We have businesses all over the globe with US workers in just about every country in the World. The Japanese lead the world in Robotics. Whose fault is that? Don't look any further than the UAW that fought tooth and nail to keep out automation. My 1998 Chevy Suburban 4x4 was built in Mexico. My 2005 GMC Hybrid was built in the USA. The GMC was poorly put together. They never did get the drivers door to seal. I was happy to find a person that wanted a hybrid and did not care that it was a poorly built truck. The 2007 Sequoia was much better built in Princeton Indiana. Which leads me to believe the management and workers at Toyota are superior to GM.
#18659 of 18912 Re: Is buying American practical?? [gagrice]
Sep 16, 2013 (5:27 am)
Funny thing; the Fiesta ST is built in Mexico- including the engine, while the 500 Abarth I also considered was built in Mexico- but the engine is assembled in Detroit.
At the end of the day, I decided to stick with my MS3, and I suspect my future automotive purchases will continue to come from Hiroshima, Munich, or Greer SC- while my bikes will likely ALWAYS come from Hinckley...
#18660 of 18912 Re: Is buying American practical?? [guido65]
Sep 16, 2013 (10:20 am)
Guido, I don't really know what kind of equipment is in the D3 plants, but I suppose these arguments can go on and on. For example, a transplant is putting jobs, payroll and property taxes, and the like directly into the US economy vs. a D3 plant in Mexico or Canada. I try to focus more on the US content than the manufacturer's headquarters. The business world is now global. I believe Buick does more business in China than here in the states.
#18665 of 18912 Re: Buying American Cars What Does It Mean? [obyone]
Oct 29, 2013 (2:06 pm)
Buying American cars what does it mean? Don't keep it past 3 years.
I think by law Chrysler should have to post that notation on all their vehicles for the next 30 years. Sort of like the Surgeon General's warning on cigarettes.