i was responding to murrys2's comment which i consider almost anti-american and certainly ignorant.
I've owned many american cars from the early 60s to 2004 of most if not all brands (at least currenty offered). I spent 15 years in the auto industry - mechanic, service advisor, sales in both US and foreign dealerships.
I have opinions based on first hand experience gained over decades, plus I read a lot. Of the domestics Ford is the best - the least costly to own. Nissan isn't much better than domestic and toyota's quality has been falling as they've tried to be number 1 worldwide.
For a driving appliance I'd say it may depend on model as much as brand, but honda, toyota, subaru and ford are all good choices. Second tier would be gm, nissan. Chrysler can be spotty, jeep too. Mistubishi is poor.
I don't have experience with kia,hyundai, suzuki cars or the high end european stuff (landrover, jag, bmw, mercedes, porsche, etc) other than anecdotal and tha'ts not valid - other than repairs are pricey.
VW...personal experience and what I read puts them with chrysler.
Ford has been having great sales over the past decade, they refi'd everything to rebuild a lot of their assembly lines about 7 years ago when gm/chry/jeep didn't so that has helped their production efficiency and quality.
To get back on topic, when we went shopping and asked for advice (on forums, of other owners, etc) the only advice i got was "just judge quality for yourself" - basically useless advice for everyone that isn't an engineer or have experience in carpentry, electrical, etc.
Brand wise...I have no clue why there are so many brand names out there...and where the old ones went (shasta, terry are two I see often or remember). Makes the whole industry IMO seem almost fly-by-nite, as if they're intentionally trying to con customers with low quality, brand swithcing, name changing 3 card monte game.
Originally Posted by dunnnc
Don't think that is the reason Ford didn't want a bailout.
But, that has nothing to do with the OP's original intent of this thread.