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#34 of 53 Just drove past the local dealer in town
Jan 31, 2010 (1:15 pm)
There were a few cars parked out front and people browsing the lot. It's also 10 degrees outside. There was a Venza parked out front running and a couple showed up to take it for a spin. The was a Camry, a new Highlander and a Tundra parked out front, all brand new, tagged for sale. People are still buying Toyotas folks, sorry to those who think Toyota is out of business now.
Coincidentally drove past the Chevy dealer next town over and it's a graveyard there. The Ford dealer across the street? I saw one person looking at the Edge. Another GMC/P/B dealer outside Boston? ghost town. Cadillac/Hummer dealer? Nope, nobody.
If you are buying a GM vehicle, today is your day. Toyotas recall woes seem to have helped
#35 of 53 Re: Buying a Toyota?
Jan 31, 2010 (6:05 pm)
It is difficult, if not unfair to write off Toyotas on the basis of this problem. Not to deny the lives that unfortunately were lost but it would be wise to wait and see what Toyota does (or doesn't) do in resolving the problem and rebuilding its reputation. Other manufacturers have had serious issues too.
Some twenty years ago Chrysler vans develped a problem with a rear latch, which the company, upon investigation by NHTSA it was found that replacing the latch would cost less that a dollar. The latch would somehow give way during movement and rear passengers fell out of the back. There were fatalities from this but Chrysler settled paying millions and survived.
My beef with Toyota is their dealers' practices. I am not saying that every dealer is crooked but after years speaking to toyota customers and reading reviews, I am yet to hear from or find an honest one. And yes, I am a toyota owner.
#36 of 53 Re: Buying a Toyota? [danielj6]
Feb 01, 2010 (7:47 am)
Toyota debuted here with the Toyopet Crown in 1959. The cars couldn't handle American highway speeds as valves snapped-off and transmissions siezed. They left and came back in 1961. Their first big hit was the 1965 Corolla.
#37 of 53 Re: Buying a Toyota? [lemko]
Feb 01, 2010 (8:12 am)
Actually, Toyota never left in the early 60s, as the Land Cruiser continued to be sold here. Also, the first hit in 1965 was the Corona. The Corolla debuted in model year 1969 in the US.
Feb 01, 2010 (9:01 am)
I went websites such as Car Complaints and Edmunds Reviews to see what issues have plagued the mainstream bread and butter Camry for the last few years.
#40 of 53 Re: I'm as likely to consider Toyota now as ever............ [daysailer]
Feb 01, 2010 (3:27 pm)
according to the supplier, the pedal is a Toyota design. It's just different from the JD built piece.
#41 of 53 Re: Simple question: will you buy a Toyota in the future? [hoyafan]
Feb 08, 2010 (6:46 pm)
Yes, next purchase will be a minivan and Toyota has the best offering.