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Do you think Toyota’s recent problems will help boost sales of American cars?

Asked at Speedway Shell, 1733 Massachusetts St. on February 4, 2010

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“Yes, it will, because people will jump to the conclusion that Toyota is bad.”

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“No, I do not, because I think they will buy a different foreign car.”

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“It might, but I think it looks bad because we’re selling them.”

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“I wouldn’t change because of a problem like this. I tend to be pretty loyal, but I do think it will affect the sales in the long run.”

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Flap Doodle 7 years, 7 months ago

Or they will ride demon sheep. That's baaaaaaad!

trinity 7 years, 7 months ago

no TOB, not fainting goats, demon sheep! ;)

notajayhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

I suppose it isn't worth mentioning that all the recalled units were built in America, using a gas pedal supplied by an American company?

storm 7 years, 7 months ago

GM sabotaged Toyota.

Also, the pedal isn't the problem. It was the throttle body.

notajayhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

storm (Anonymous) says…

"the pedal isn't the problem. It was the throttle body."

autie (Anonymous) says…

"So I guess Ford really did have a better idea. Didn't they post up a huge ass profit for '09?"

Even after the billion-dollar-plus cost of the recall (at least the first one), Toyota still expects to make a profit this year.

meggers 7 years, 7 months ago

I think Honda stands to benefit more than any US manufacturer, as their products are more in line with the reliability, longevity, and fuel economy that made Toyotas appealing.

Mel Briscoe 7 years, 7 months ago

eh... how many times have american owned companies had recalls? toyota has had such a sterling reputation for the products that i guess it kind of backfired on them... one bad thing happens and now everyone is jumping ship.

Mel Briscoe 7 years, 7 months ago

spacehog, i loved smokey and the bandit when i was a little kid!

puddleglum 7 years, 7 months ago

i love it when somebody talks about their foreign car: "but it's made in the u.s.a." yeah, final assembly is here in the states, which absorbs less than 23% of the profit every time some dumb u.s. citizen buys one of these buckets. the rest of the profit goes back to Japan, in case you were wondering. same place where the toyota problem originated.....the design department. hopefully, the u.s. automakers can capitalize on this. notice who is the president of toyota? a guy with the last name toyota. that may be the reason that they care about their quality.
I am going out to the driveway and fire up the chevelle and go do some burnouts.

Mel Briscoe 7 years, 7 months ago

spacehog, oh wow, i LOVED that scene!! that is still a solid movie. i watched it on TV maybe about 4 years ago and was still laughing and entertained. probably burt's best movie back then (he was great in boogie nights as well but that was a couple of decades later).

Mel Briscoe 7 years, 7 months ago

@ spacehog....

remember "rubber ducky"? lol i just now thought of that-- and 10/4 good buddy... like you said, that CB craze was on fire back then! there was even an episode of good times centered around CBs. LOL

somedude20 7 years, 7 months ago

Found On Road Dead. Fix Or Repair Daily. F***ed Over Rebuilt Dodge. Fireball On Rear Denting. Road Dead Fails On Rainy Days. Failure Of Research & Development. Fast Only Running Downhill. Factory Ordered Road Disaster. Four Old Rusted Doors. Ford Owner Really Dumb. Fork Over Repair Dough. Fabricated Of Refried Dung.

Mel Briscoe 7 years, 7 months ago

remember when ford pintos made in a certain year were exploding?......

RoeDapple 7 years, 7 months ago

Don't forget the infamous Ford Escort car chase of 2009...

puddleglum 7 years, 7 months ago

don't forget the chevy vega engine meltdowns... bring your own marshmallows.

puddleglum 7 years, 7 months ago

starlight, yes I know. that is the point.

a family owned-company tends to care a little more about the direction that the company is headed than a sold-out corporation that only cares about battling the labor union.

puddleglum 7 years, 7 months ago

I know walter chrysler had to be rolling over in his grave when mercedes bought chrysler in the 90's, but after they blitzkrieged all the money, engineering, and talent out of the company they sold it to Cerebrus probably rolled over a few more times....Now you have cerebrus selling to is probably still rolling after that one.

I went out and cooked some ravioli on the headers of my dodge just to kind of get the feel.... ick.

HardwoodGoat 7 years, 7 months ago

Not at all. Toyota still has a great reputation. Its a real simple formula: build cars people like, build cars people think look great, and build cars that last. Hopefully Chevy continues to build piles of dung.

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