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February 4th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Would you buy a Toyota?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's the Tiger Woods of car companies. Never has a company with such a sterling reputation managed to totally trash it in a matter of a few weeks.

Toyota is recalling eight million vehicles in the U.S., Europe and China, and has been ordered to investigate the brake system by Japanese government.
Toyota is recalling eight million vehicles in the U.S., Europe and China, and has been ordered to investigate the brake system by Japanese government.

Toyota is now recalling more than eight million vehicles worldwide for gas-pedal related issues... and this number could go even higher now that there's a formal government investigation into braking problems for the hybrid Prius.

The recalls in the U.S., Europe and Asia are due to several problems - including millions of cases where accelerator pedals can get stuck in floor mats; and millions more where gas pedals become sticky as they wear - and then don't come all the way back up when the driver takes his foot off the pedal. Some cars have both problems.

As for the Prius, while it's not one of Toyota's top-selling cars, it is the best-selling hybrid in the industry.

The Japanese automaker estimates the cost of this global recall could be as high as $2 billion - including the loss of 100,000 vehicle sales in the U.S. and Europe. This is a company that had an excellent reputation for quality and reliability. In 2008, it overtook General Motors as the world's biggest car maker.

But that reputation is gone - with millions of car owners scared, very scared... The car maker has shut down several new vehicle assembly lines and is rushing parts to dealers to fix the accelerator problems. And Toyota will have to face questions, lots of them, from Congress and other government investigators.

Meanwhile many consumer groups are asking if the gas pedal fix will even work.

Here’s my question to you: Would you buy a Toyota?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Kelsey writes:
I have a '97 4Runner and have never had any problems with it, just routine maintenance. Over 250,000 miles are on it and we are still driving it. I feel Toyotas are very reliable cars.

Chris from Toronto writes:
I will never buy one of their cars. The devious and ham-handed manner in which they conducted this series of recalls – first saying there is no problem, then it was the driver’s fault, then it was the floor mats, then it was wear-and-tear and now it can be both – is insulting at best and deadly at worst.

Nancy writes:
Yes, I would most certainly buy a Toyota. If everyone stopped buying vehicles that have had malfunctions in the past, we would all be walking. Even bicycles have had their share of problems.

David from Raleigh, North Carolina writes:
The U.S. government is trying to plant doubt in consumers’ minds about Toyota to boost the sales of General (Government) Motors.

Mike from Tennessee writes:
When a car company that has been hit this hard is looking to save its image and is this closely-watched, you can bet they're not only going to try to put out safer automobiles, but will also be hurting to sell some of them as well. I'd say, more than ever, the next few months will be the best time to pick up a Toyota.

Jared writes:
I love Toyotas. They have been extremely reliable and safe vehicles for me. I will continue to buy them.

Mike from Missouri writes:
Just what the U.S. automakers needed. A "Thank You" card would be in order.

Dave from California writes:
Buy a Toyota? Forget it. I'm going out to the back lot to see if that old Pinto will start.


Filed under: Toyota recall
soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Joe

    No, I have never liked the "Fake" feeling of foreign cars. Always an American car buyer here. Although, I would think twice about buying a domestic brand that has these issues.

    Lack of quality and our reliance on computers in automobiles and airplanes are only going to make matters worse. Bring back the 50s-60s tech with todays safety and we will be better off!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  2. Jerry

    No. Go Ford!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  3. Matt G. in CA

    Absolutely. I still think this is a govt. hatchet job designed to promote the American auto industry – lobbying money well spent it seems. I think the floor mat issue is complete BS and the panic unwarranted, though there might be a real issue with the Prius. Time will tell.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  4. joseph

    absolutely not ! especially now the toyota has always been over rated.,i test drove them often. a toyota dealer once tolm they were highly over rated.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  5. sandy gunasekera

    I have a 2008 Toyota corolla and I love it. Never given me any problems. It is not one of the recalled ones. I will not buy another Toyota right now but if the problem is fixed in the near future which I am sure they will, I will certainly buy another one

    February 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  6. Dave

    Yes, I would...but I will wait. I have a feeling Toyota is going to have to introduce incentives to spur sales. I would still buy a Prius.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  7. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Not until proof of repairs! In fact, something funny happened yesterday as I was walking and a driver in a Toyota not slowing down for his stop as much as I would have liked to see, instructed us with his hand to cross the street....we started laughing and said how can we trust this car because frankly who would now trust a toyota driver telling you to cross the street while the car is not even slowing down to make his stop! Bottom line, you had to be there!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  8. Kevin in Texas

    Yes, I would. If this happened to an American car, you'd never know it.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  9. Donna Godleski

    Several months ago I almost traded my 2003 Camry for a 2010 Camry. I am so thankful that I chose not to. I am still considering a new car purchase but have decided to look at a Honda Accord. I am very disappointed with Toyota as I have enjoyed working with my local Toyota dealership over the years. Prior to my 2003 Camry I owned a 1998 Camry and always felt safe and secure. I will not be purchasing another Toyota.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  10. meth92

    yes.nqa.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  11. Brian from Ohio

    Toyota put quality behind quantity when they became the leading world manufacturer.You can't be number one in the world and not have quality issues.this will be a great opportunity for Ford and Gm to make a comeback....

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  12. Dennis

    Absolutely, They have proven to be extremely reliable in the past. Cadallic had a major problem some years back but it was temporary and they corrected it. I would be amazed if Toyota doesn't do the same.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  13. Darriel Gadson

    No, I will not buy another Toyota. My main reason for not buying another Toyota is because of the ongoing problems my family is having. I own a 2002 Camry and a 2004 4runner. After having several mechanical issues on both, I've decided not to try another Toyota. The new recall problems just helps me to stay true to my decission to not buy another Toyota.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  14. Jack

    We love our Toyotas, about 15 in last 20 years. Old ones are passed onto family. Toyota service and personnel are second to none!
    As soon as Toyota says all is ok, we would have no problem with buying another one. Bourne, MA

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  15. Elizabeth

    Yes...I would buy a Toyota. What is the big deal? Cars of different makes often go through recalls and so the Toyota recall is not a big deal. I have confidence in Toyota engineering despite the fact that it is not on top of the pedestal. Yes I WILL, not just would, buy a Prius. Who wants to go back to gas guzzling dinasaur age? So what that Toyota is fixing a brake on the Prius? Who cares. It is getting done just as any other auto maker would do it.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  16. Shawn Christenbury

    Do you still take Tylenol? Same situation. Mistakes happen, mistakes get fixed.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  17. x toyota owner

    Hell No! The company lied to the consumer. They new about the problem years ago and did nothing but hide it to keep their JD Power rating high. I am tired of everyone bashing the US auto industry, while supporting the Japanese. Think twice before putting your kids in a Toyota.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  18. S. Jackson

    I would and will definitely buy a Toyota! Recalls have happend to every car company. I normally buy American, but with Obama turning them into Government Motors (GM) and Communist (Chrysler) Corporation, I will stick with Non-Union autombile makers with proven reliability records of 20 years.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  19. ken

    yes i will definately buy a toyota,all other car companies have had thier share of trouble with safety.
    toyota still stands out as the best for your money

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  20. Brian

    Jack,

    I would buy one, but it is getting dicey. The slowness to react is troubling and runs contrary to what we thought we knew about Toyota. I have owned them for years, and in my immdiate family we have owned at least 12. Never a problem that wasn't long overdue by the time it happened. I am hopeful that this does make it easier to buy my next Toyota. They never offered near the incentives that other carmakers did. Maybe I can actually get a Prius under sticker price before too long. By the way, the Prius IS one of the top selling cars in Toyota's lineup. 3rd behind Camry and Corolla. In fact it is one of the best selling cars in america.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  21. joseph

    absolutely not ! especially now the toyota has always been over rated.,i test drove them often. a toyota dealer once tolm they were highly over rated. no i never said that before!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  22. PB

    I would buy 10 Toyotas before I would buy any other car. I've driven Camrys and Avalons for the past 15 years and have had little to no problems with them. Previous to that, I drove American made cars that (like everyone who drives them) had to have major repairs many times per year. My only hope is that depresses the price so I can buy a nice used one this year!

    Sell me one with the bad pedal - I'll drive it forever!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  23. David Bakody Nova Scotia

    Yes, drove a used one for several years and it was great little car. Sold it for a fair price and bought a used Honda only because of the deal and style available.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  24. Dummy

    I own a 2009 Matrix after owning 2006 Pruis.

    I'll never BUY another Toyota again.

    I Asked to trade in the Matrix and they Offered Me $12,000

    I never heard of depreciation that fast.

    HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  25. Jared

    I probably would have bought a Toyota even after all this....if Toyota had come out and fixed it on their own. It seems like there are more and more stories coming out that they knew and didn't fix it, and only acted after a lot of pressure being put on them. They just don't seem as trust worthy anymore. Plus their resale is bound to take a dip because of all this.

    It will be some time before I consider a toyota again

    February 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  26. Jeff-Buffalo

    Yes, I'm old enough to remember when Pinto's exploded, F-150's were burning people's houses down. As a company Toyota takes pride in their product. They're president apologized, and unlike in our country, you can be sure that in Japan people are loosing careers over this. They will fix it, just like every company that cares about their product fixes it's mistakes. I just hope you ask the same questions when the next GM vehicle recall takes place.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  27. james

    All cars have some sort of serious problem that goes beyond regular wear and tear, toyota is no different. i have been driving for 30 years and every car I've owned from Ford to GM, Nissan to Toyota, has had its problem. I would occasionally receive a recall notice in the mail of a potential problem that existed with the model of the car I owned and the dealership gladly (but quietly) fixed the problems. toyota is no different. getting behind the wheel of a car that you don't get to know is like jumping behind the controls of an airplane without knowing how things work in the cockpit as well as the exterior parts of the plane, what do you do in an emergency? you have to know your car inside out, and you have to know what to do when your toyota acts up such as the pedal sticking. do you know what to do? what if the brakes fail? would you know what to do? study your car before something unexpected happens, I promise, you'll live to see the next day.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  28. Katja in Florida

    Nope, I'm American and my family chooses to drive American cars and trucks.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  29. John

    If they had a for sale sign on it, yes.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  30. Minesh -Troy, MI

    I have had a Toyota vehicle for 14 years. I trust Toyota more than government bureaucrats like Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Is Obama going after a non-union car company?

    February 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  31. William

    I currently own a Toyota. My 3 most recent cars were American made after owning Toyotas in my younger years. I discovered that while American cars can be inexpensive and get decent gas milage, they are extremely expensive to keep on the road after the warranty expires. I will continue to own Toyotas until American car makers learn to produce cars that are not designed to make additional income for dealers after they are purchased.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  32. Amy TC

    Not a new one – but a used one – yes.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  33. Drew

    Jack, cars are recalled all of the time. We still buy Fords and GMs even though they have been known, on more then one occasion, to "blow up" or roll over. (Ford Pinto, Explorer, Chevy Malibu) I guarantee that most drivers out there are more dangerous by simply driving then by any problems caused from the pedal issue. I, for one, would much rather buy a Toyota then any Government Motors car. In the end, Toyota still needs to run a profitable business and will do what it takes to win us back rather then just have us taxpayers bail them out. The free market will always win over big government. And yes, I would buy another Tundra over my previous F-150 any day of the week.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  34. Ram

    Yes. Currently I'm drving Camry-2008 and never had any issues. I am not expecting also.
    I definetlys stick with toyota, as I am pretty sure that they will fix all these problems and trustworthy than any other makers.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  35. Sarah

    I plan on buying my second Toyota in October. However, I will never buy a car made by Government Motors.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  36. Nik

    This country - and the media - thrives on fear, and greed!

    While I have personally have not had a problem with my Corolla and I have my sympathies to all those whose Toyotas have been affected.

    ...Hell, I will prefer a Japanese car 100 times over bailed out US cars.

    Get a Life USA. Stop trying to capitalize on every bad news.

    Did you see the freak show that US car maker CEOs put up when they were in DC area asking for bailout money? At least Toyota's company owner apologized to the car owners!

    Peace.

    Nik

    February 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  37. Jim Nash

    Toyota deserves what they got. This is a scab anti-union sweatshop that unfairly competes against beter built union made American cars. Get all the sushi powerd cars off the North American roads. Lik the old song goes, see the USA in a Chevrolet

    February 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  38. Al Krise

    I buy American typically. I had considered a toyota sedan at one time. Those thoguhts are gone forever now. I'll stick with American.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  39. Tom in Rochester

    I would. I would make sure they had the required repairs first. However, the way the federal government is "leaking" some information and Ray LaHoods over the top statement yesterday, this feels more like a government provided stimulus to the American car companies with very little cost to the US governement or tax payers, than a sincere concern for traffic safety.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  40. R.J. Certo

    I have been driving Toyota cars exclusively since 1992. They are the most reliable cars I have ever driven. It's terrible that they are going through this crisis right now, but what is worse is how the media is characterizing it. Do you remember the Ford Pinto and Chevrolet Corvair problems of years ago? Car companies will suffer problems just as TV networks do. Will I still drive Toyotas when this crisis is past and the media moves on? You bet I will! I'm not sure I can say the same about watching network TV.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  41. Walt Barrett

    Hi Jack,
    We have owned Toyotas for years and love their cars. We currently own two. A 1999 Corolla, and a 2000 Solara Convertible. I think the problem will turn out to be in the cruise control electronics. I'm waiting to see if the DOT is going to charge Toyota the usual $6,000.00 dollar a fine for safety defects. That's what they told me when I asked about importing low cost electric cars from China. Let's see now, $6000.00 X 8,000,000 cars!
    Love the show!
    Walt from RI

    February 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  42. David

    Absolutely; I would not think twice about buying either a Toyota or Honda. These are the most dependable and highest quality cars in the world. Just look back and see how many recalls Ford, GM and Chrysler have had over the years!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  43. Dave

    Would you buy from Enron?

    February 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  44. Barry - Ashburn, VA

    Years ago Detroit auto makers got sloppy and put out products that were always in need of repair. The Japanese auto industry gained a reputation for reliability and they took more and more of the auto market. About 10 years ago Detroit started turning out more reliable cars, but they had trouble getting their reputation back because of the "common knowledge" that Japanese cars were superior. Toyota's massive problems may bring the US auto industry back.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  45. Steven

    Toyota makes the most boring cars I've ever seen, so probably not. I'll stick with my Audi!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  46. Buddy

    I would not buy a Toyota now, when the truth comes out about how slow they were in letting the public and Toyota owners know there may be a problem the cost may be 2 billion for this problem but also a loss of 25% of all the future sales they will lose, billions and billions

    February 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  47. Patty

    Neither myself or immediate family will ever buy another Toyota.
    In 2007 I purchased one of the "new" full size Tundras and the grief in ownership has been terrible. (2) transmissions, (4) defective hoses, (2) serpentine belt replacements, (1) broken fan, the resetting of the transmission computer countless times and many other minor items. After all the repairs the truck still does not drive like a real truck ( I have owned (4) Fords, (2) Chevys, (1) Mazda and (1) Dodge). Toyota's quality has been dropping for years, this latest recall is simply the cat getting out of the bag. The biggest regret is that after all these recalls I will probably be underwater on the loan for the truck and never be able to get rid of it.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  48. John

    YES...I own 3 have owned 2 others.... great cars...incredible how they have held up....I sold my 4Runner to a fellow worker, 250k + on it..my Tundra 140k+ on it, daughter Corolla, she goes to school in Montana, it's made the trip from Ms 7 times....all of em, nothing but basic maintaince.....looking forward to my next Tundra......nothing comes close

    February 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  49. russ

    I previously owned a 2007 Lexus rx-350. Was never really happy with it. I traded it in on an Acura MDX. Much nicer vehicle in every way. I'll stick with Acura (honda) over Lexus(toyota)

    February 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  50. JohnM

    I have driving AMERICAN (AMC-CHRYSLER) cars since 1972 and never had one run away or burn up or have the brakes fail. I will NEVER by Toyota or Hondas or even Hyundai or any other foreign car. AMC and Chrysler cars have served me very well and now as owner of a nice new 2010 Dodge Avenger has proven to me that they build good cars.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  51. Brian

    I was a staunch supporter of buying American nameplate cars only. However, after putting money into repair after repair after repair into my previous vehicle (2000 Chevrolet Blazer), I opted to purchase an '06 Highlander. Our Highlander is (thus far) not affected by the current Toyota recalls, and when the time comes for us to purchase a vehicle to replace it I will still consider Toyota - mainly because I feel that this problem will have since been resolved. Besides this glaring black mark, I still believe that Toyota makes an excellent vehicle.

    Sidenote – Recently, the American nameplate manufacturers have drastically improved the quality of their vehicles (in particular Ford). I would consider many of those vehicles in addition to Toyota in the future.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  52. Stan

    Would not purchase a Toyota. This company has had many defects over the past number of years! They have chosen to keep it quiet and deny the problems; namely the engine sludge several years ago. Please check on this problem.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  53. Kevin

    I'd absolutely buy another one. I've driven them for over 20 years and have always been extremely satisfied. My Toyotas have consistently been head and shoulders above most of the junk sold by Ford, GM, Chevy, to name a few. As some of the other folks said, cars get recalled all the time. I might add - if what I read was correct, MANY folks that traded in their cars on the misguided "cash for clunkers" program purchased Toyota (and other foreign cars)...not the newer model clunkers being produced by American firms.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  54. Paul

    For years the standard excuse has been that domestic automakers can't match the quality of Toyota. I suppose they're right, Ford and General Motors can't match Toyota, they're actually much better. American consumers can no longer use quality as a rationale for their refusal to buy American automobiles.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  55. toyotalover

    I have owned five toyota's my husband has had two and our teenage daughter is driving a Scion. I will continue to support them, they hold up better than any other car i have had, including Chev., and GM

    February 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  56. Shirley aka Tillie

    Yes. You know why. They have excellent customer service. I recommend that US car dealers learn something from Toyota. I have a Toyota I purchased in 1991 and it has 316 thousand miles and it is still going!!!!! They have always provided me with excellent customer service and my vehicle is still on the road that means something to me. This spells Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y. US vehicles are nothing but buckets that you have to constantly pour money into!!!!! I am confident Toyota will find a solution to their problems.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  57. Tim

    Never liked them and never will. I wonder, does this affect any Lexus cars as well?

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  58. Brian-Huntsville, AL

    I will drive a Toyota no matter what. Currently, I drive a 1998 4×4 Tacoma with 288,000 miles on it. The only problem that I've ever had was that I needed to replace the alternator and battery 3 years ago. That's it.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  59. Robert

    Absolutely. I would still drive a Toyota over any other car. This episode is completely taken out of context. Typical media exaggeration.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  60. marc ensign

    Two days ago, the NHTSA announced a probe into 900,000 Chevy Cobalts for defective steering collums which can come apart while driving causing the driver to loose control of the vehicle. There has been 1134 complaints from customers. Is'nt this a saftey concern on a much greater scale than the Prius? Why is'nt this probe headline news? Toyota is not perfect. But it is heads and shoulders above most other automakers. Here it is stepping up and taking responsiblility. I guess they could have just let 250 people die before even noticing, and then they could have argued that it's "not my fault", and done nothing. Sound familiar Detroit? Would there have been all this negative publicity surrounding Toyota if they had not announced the closing of their one UAW factory in the U.S. (Nummi)? Toyota has gotten too far ahead of the domestic automakers. With the Obama administation at the wheel, it appears the decision is made that if you cant beat them, smear them.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  61. Mimi

    I drive a toyota made vehicle and I would buy another, another, and another! I can not say that of Ford or GM....

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  62. Jacquelyn Raye

    Sure would. I am a 26 year-old from New England and I thoroughly enjoy my Yaris. I would buy it all over again if I had to. ~ Jacquelyn🙂

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  63. Jean Richer

    Have owned four toyotas without a single breakdown other than wear and tear and tune-ups. Their relability is awesome. I'm disappointed with the way management has handled this but not too worried. They'll come back stronger. Would you stop flying because a Boeing or an Airbus fell out of the sky? By the way, I own a Ford as well and have had waaayyyy more problems.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  64. Bill Adams

    Absolutely I would buy a Toyota. We've had Toyota for years without a single problem. One American car (had troubles with them all!) we replaced three sets of brakes in one year (brand new car) and thats when we decided to go quality. YES, i would wait for them to repair the problem and then I would every bit of confidence in their product. Toyota forever!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  65. Sharon

    Yes I would purchase another if I needed one without worry. I am sure they will straighten this problem out.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  66. Alinda

    Yes-I would buy another Toyota. For years my family owned American cars and went through 3 transmissions (Chrysler, Buick). Then my mechanic, although he lost some money from us, suggested that we buy a Toyota. We have had a 1993, 1995, 2003 Corolla, and a 1999 Camry. Except for the 1995 Corolla, which we gave to our son who did not make all the oil changes, all of our Toyota vehicles are still running and running well. None of them have needed transmissions. In fact, my husband just drove his 1999 Camry, which now has 257,310 plus miles on it, from Atlanta, GA to New York. I just told my dad, that we will drive that car and all our Toyota vehicles until they die, and then we will resurrect them. Recall or no recall, in the end the buyer will still save money with a Toyota!

    If the Camry passes away, we plan to buy another Camry.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  67. jentra

    NO: My last two cars were Toyota's I almost bought a 2010 Camry but after a test drive it seemed to be tinny, noisy, and just plain cheap. Somewhere in the past few years Toyota made a decision to extend profits by sacrificing quality. I am now the owner of a brand new Honda.
    Toyoda should fall on his sword.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  68. Rob

    As a matter of fact we bougt a Toyota Camry last year. Never a problem. The question is Why are news shows like CNN not telling consumers that there are two manufactures of the gas pedal. CTS and DENSO. CTS is the one being recalled. Instead news stations are going after Toyota story after story. Maybe this is a good way to regain market share, after all isn't the American Government now car dealers?

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  69. Rita in AZ

    My last four cars have been Toyotas, a Tercel, two Corollas, and a Prius. I've loved them all and would rather drive a Toyota than anything else. Toyota may have handled the recall better had they had as much experience as other manuracturers, like Ford and GM, but they'll fix the problem and come back as strong as ever. Look at Tylenol... or Ford, for that matter.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  70. RickFromTexas

    My answer would be no, I would not buy a Toyota at this time. The problems with the gas pedals and the brake issues were predicted some time ago, though not specifically, when an executive at Toyota publicly expressed his concerns about the declines in quality he had personally observed.

    This situation reminds me of how I felt about Fords 20 years ago, after all the quality problems I had with my new Escort GT, which was covered with "Quality Is Job One" stickers. I swore I'd never buy another Ford after that and I never have, although my stance has softened somewhat since Ford radically improved their quality control, and also because they refused bailout funds.

    I now regard Toyotas the same way and wouldn't consider purchasing one until I'm satisfied that they've rectified their own quality control issues.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  71. JaneE

    Yes. I have had 7 Toyotas since 1978. I have not had less than 2 since 1992. Currently I have two Prius. I can count the number of parts failures on one hand, and always after years of problem free driving. (1 fuel pump, 1 water pump, 1 fan belt, one rubber bushing, 1 rattly dashboard). Two were annoying, three affected driveability, but never did I get stranded or fail to make it to a mechanic. I have had models with recalls, but never experienced the problem before I got the notice and took the car in to be fixed. I have had dealers change out parts because of a factory notice that never made it to the level of a recall. I trust Toyota a lot more than the political fear mongers trying to drive them out of business.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  72. Joanne

    Are you kidding me? Where's the resale value? Why bother when I can get other vehicles of equal quality (note: this is not a recall issue) for 0% financing and similar pricing. I'm a good consumer, after all.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  73. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Of course I'd buy a Toyota, what's the difference when parts for so-called American made cars are manufactured in China or Japan.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  74. chad wagner

    Absolutely...all car companies have recalls. I will take the reliability over Ford or Chevy any day.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  75. June

    Jack,

    I sure would. I have driven nothing but a Toyota since 1969....driving my 7th now. I believe other car manufacturers have had problems during that time. I haven't.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  76. Raychelle

    Yes I would. I have owned 4 toyota's and they are very good cars. I only had problem with one so far. To give up on Toyota, no way!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  77. Phyllis

    Absolutely! Have owned a Celica, MR2, 2 Camry's over the past 25 years. Never had issues with any of them. Low cost maintenance, fuel efficient, stylish, and better basic features than American made (sadly). This recall is one more testament that Toyota stands by their product. My BMW & Volkswagen costs are 2-3 times more on maintenance, and overall general repair. It'll probably inconvenience an owner no more than a day for the repair. I'd give a week to be rid of my German cars and get another Toyota!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  78. John Schilling, Chambersburg, PA

    Yes!!! I've bought Toyotas since 1986. Started with Tercel to Corolla To Camry. Never had a serious problem. Their service was always terrific. And quality superb. I think this problem is way overblown. Every auto manufacturer has had their glitches. Remember Corvairs, Pintos. Remember Fords that shifted out of neutral by themselves. If the auto industry wasn't having serious problems, this wouldn't make page one. Toyota will eventually rise above all of this and be a leader again. Watch and see.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  79. Baseball one

    Just wait until it's exposed that the same american car companies who are trying to capitalize on this Toyota hiccup, used the same gas pedal supplier that Toyota did. Toyota is an awesome car company!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  80. Dave

    It's not the first auto related recall in this country, but for awhile if I notice one behind me I'll change lanes.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  81. LandmineSalesman

    Yes, and mainly because my dad owns one and has been driving a Toyota vehicle since April 1998. They are very reliable, don't break down, the customer service at their local dealership is fantastic. I love Toyota, some recall won't stop me from buying one😛

    February 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  82. B

    I would buy a Toyota!!! I know this is a major deal for Toyota and its reputation but I think Toyota has a bullseye on them, There have been bigger and worse recalls in the past, Its almost like there are people gunning for them. Toyota quality is still very good. Not to downplay the recall, but the media has gone way overboard in its attack on Toyota. The dealerships sound like they are going above and beyond to help fix this problem unlike some other manufactures. Toyota is not perfect but they do run a great business. Funny how some manufactures have had many major recalls over the years and everyone seems to "be use to it." Toyota start slipping a bit and everyone wants to knock them down. We all need to work as a team and not be so biased against others if we want this economy to get rolling again. This is not good fro anyone!

    Prior Lake
    MN

    February 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  83. Annette Samuelson

    Yes Jack, I would buy Toyota again. Yes, I'm nervous about driving my 2010 Corolla but if Toyota can fix it to my satisfaction that's all I need. This if my 5th Toyota, I've owned GM Cars, Ford etc. I found that Toyota has been the most reliable. The most important thing on my mind is will they stay in business. Guaranteed there will be a class action case regarding these problems. That coupled with what it's costing to repair these cars and whatever awards a class action case may bring, may just bankrupt Toyota. American cars are being recalled now, not as many but being recalled.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  84. Leigh in Chicago

    I would not buy a Toyota. They are just too expensive for what you get. The American manufacturers aren't very far behind in quality, with Ford almost even, and you are able to negotiate more with the American nameplates. Even Chrysler has some quality vehicles, although they're short on smaller fuel efficient models.

    Also, we as Americans need to support the Big 3...if they go under, there will be a huge reckoning for retiree health benefits where the costs will eventually fall to the tax payers.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  85. Olivia

    No, I would not buy a Toyota until they improve the quality of their cars. I recently (before the recall) sat down and test drove a 2010 Corolla. The thing drove like a plastic box on wheels. It felt cheap and the back of it skidded on light gravel which would never happen in my 1999 Honda accord. This just proves, along with the recall that Toyotas are not made like they used to be. Stop making parts in China!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  86. John R

    Absolutely I would buy another. I've owned 6 and will make it 7 in a few years. This is a witch hunt by the media and government. Every car maker has had problems but this one is being blown out of proportion due the troubles of american car makers. Dont they realize how many cars this company makes in the US and how many americans could lose ther jobs if Toyota sales fall to far. This is a plug for the government owned GM, that all it is. Do you think it would be this big of a deal if the Governemnt didnt own GM.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  87. Dan DeBartolo

    Ford is leading the American car companies in durability, quality, and innovation. Toyota's stronghold is starting to slip. Ford also required NO government bailout. I'll buy American, and take pride in keeping the dollars right here in the USA.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  88. Bill

    Let's put it this way. I would say "no" on here and bash Toyota more simply to give them more negative advertising, so that there's a higher chance of Toyota dishing out sales and incentives after this whole recall fiasco is over so I benefit from all this.

    So... NO!!! I would NEVER buy another Toyota again. Stop buying Toyotas people!!! They're untrustworthy!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  89. Liberal wing nut

    Since tax payers are now paying for the unions premium salaries and benefits shouldn't we all be buying GM now?

    February 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  90. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    I'd buy a Toyota in a heartbeat, if it was cheap enough and would pass inspection in the state of New Hampshire. Too many tacky things have been added to state inspections that have nothing to do with the safety of the vehicle that make it impossible to keep an older car that's been paid off and all all the important items working. It's just another way for the state and unscrupulous mechanics to suck more money out of car owners. Three people in my immediate neighborhood own Priuses and the only way you could take their cars is from their cold dead fingers.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  91. Doc in Elko, Nevada

    My 2007 Camry is far and away the best car I have ever owned in my 40 years of driving. I will absolutely buy another, though that may not be for many years based on the incredible quality and reliability of this one.

    This is an example of assive media over reaction to Toyota's first major recall. How quickly people have forgotten the Ford Pinto and Explorer debacles (and Ford's efforts to cover them up), among many others.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  92. Keith Davis

    I used to buy American cars (1967 Mustang (first car)i Ford Pinto (Chariot of Fire),Chevy Silverado, two Ford Explorers , Ford Expedition, Ford F-150 Super Crew), but in 2004 I bought a Toyota Sequoia and loved it, except for the gas mileage. I downsized when the kids grew up and I wanted better gas mileage. So I bought a 2007 Rav-4 and love it even more. I have never had ANY problems with my Toyota's. They are built "tight" and to last a very long time, unlike American cars. Toyota has never asked for a government bailout like GM and Chryster either. If I made a cheap product, I couldn't stay in business, yet the givernment bails out a crappy car company like GM. That is not capitalism, that's socialism.

    Would I buy another Toyota, in a heart beat and plan to after I put about 500,000 miles on this Rav-4.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  93. Valerie Krenz

    yes, I will buy another Toyota, Ford is recalling their hybrid due to brake issues, but you don't see the headlines like you due with Toytota. Yes there is an issue and it will be resolved, however if I use recalls of automobiles as my measuring stick as to what company to buy from. I would have to get the dust off of my bicycle and hit the rode. But then I won't be safe on the streets because of the cars on the rode. So I will stick with my camry...

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  94. Gary

    Yes after owning 20 new american cars I FINALLY GOT SMART and bought two Toyota's nice cars I won't go back and buy the way both are on the recall list what you news people are not telling the public is that if you have a vehicle on the list and it has the Denso gas pedal it is not on the recll list you have to look at the vin# of the vehicle you get this from Toyota I do not have to take my cars back. I had to many problems with american cars to go back.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  95. Matthew H

    No, I would not buy a new Toyota, but my problem with Toyotas goes back to the 1996-97. I had a stalling problem with my brand new RAV 4 and the dealer and Toyota acted like I was the only one in the world having such problems as I was. I learned that this was a known fault that affected two models of Toyotas all over the world. The car was finally recalled when a new part was engineered, manufactured and shipped. It took them over a year to get brand new car the stop stalling in the middle of intersections and on ramps. All cars break down and most have recalls, but the difference is that ‘denial” seems to be part of “The Toyota Way.” In a time when the quality of all cars seems to be getting better, something seems to be wrong over at Toyota.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  96. New Toyota Owner

    We just bought a 2009 Highlander–best car on the road-period. I have owned Nissans and Toyotas for years and rarely if ever had problems with them–the "American" cars I or friends have owned however have all been nothing less then cheaply made pieces of junk with half the life expectancy of the Japanese built cars- and that in my opinon is very sad. I understand that "Americans" (please forgive me if I don't quite understand what the definition of an American is anymore) would like to be loyal to the American car manufacturers–but let's be realistic folks–as an American I have to right to drive a quality car.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  97. RC

    Jack, Is this just another big scare that is trumped up to increase sales of American cars? I'm very suspicious of the news media. I remember the trumped up scare about 1985 Audis. They were selling like hot cakes because of there improved window design that substantially reduced road noise. The NBC, as I recall, trumped up a fraudulant problem with the accelerator. It eventually proved to be false. In the meantime, Audi sales plummeted. Then, there was a fabricated problem with some truck's gas tank exploding easily, etc. My 2002 Toyota Avalon is running just fine after 8 years of faithful service, thank you. Yes, I will consider a Toyota product in the future.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  98. Willie Howard

    Yes! The issues with Toyota are minor compared to the issues with Ford and GM.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  99. Frank

    Of Course! Inspite of what we are hearing about all these recalls, Japanese car are the most reliable in the world. None of the US brands can match the reliability of Japanese brands like Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans etc.

    The American brands have a long way to go when it comes to performance and safety. All that we see today is the American brands focussing on interiors and luxuries and trying to tell the consumers that they should buy their car for this.

    I would still buy a Toyota or a Honda!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  100. Tony

    Jack, You state that Toyota's reputation is gone. It isn't. This is a sad situation and could have been handled better but Toyotas are great cars. Mine was built in Texas..... A loyal Toyota customer base is quietly waiting to buy a car. I feel terrible for anyone who has suffered because of this but I hope greed for lawsuits and our misguided politicians do not drive Toyota out of business(as if our politicians have never made a mistake).... We will all be forced to drive lower quality cars if they do. I hope Toyota weathers this storm. I will buy their stock and their cars when they do. PS: It is also kind of sad that americans have to be told to put a car in neutral if their accelerator ever sticks......

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  101. Hollis

    Absolutely I would buy a Toyota. How many other car manufacturers have had recalls over the years, especially the American Big 3? I have owned three Toyotas in my life and have gotten a combined total of 465,000 miles from them. I know of other people who have similar stories. One guy I know got 350,000 from his Toyota truck. I think the media is blowing this out of proportion (perhaps to denigrate Toyota, to the benefit of Ford, GMC, etc.–I don't know).

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  102. Bubba ATL GA

    Actually I've never bought a foreign car, but I've also never seen an actual foreigner selling those cars. The Toyota dealer in my hometown is run by rich American guys. I've bought a bunch of foreign DVD players and VCRs and computers, though. I buy the best at the lowest price; maybe it's time to buy a Toyota.
    Don't let 'em give you a toy Yoda, though; demand the real thing.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  103. Dave

    I own a 2006 Tundra truck and it is the best vehicle I have ever owned in the past 40 years of buying vehicles! Prior to this purchase I have always owned GM, Ford or Chrysler products. There is no comparison. You are talking "apples" and "lemons". Toyota screwed up with their latest recalls no doubt, which makes me somewhat skeptical of their newer products. I would take a long and hard look at buying another Toyota in the future. I am thinking I may have bought the last of the best model year for Tundra trucks. Of course, I probably will not be looking for a new truck until at least 2020.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  104. mrs in htown

    absolutely. They did what I encourage my kids to do....tell the truth, suffer the consequences then learn from your mistakes.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  105. Ted

    Hopefully I can buy one on the cheap after all this. A nice little Rav 4 for 25% off sticker would be good.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  106. rkg

    I have owned Toyotas since 1982 and they have all been execeptional vehicles. I currently own two vehicles that are on the recall list (a 2007 Avalon and a 2008 Highlander); neither vehicle has demonstrated any problem. While I am certainly concerned with Toyota's handling of the acceleration issues, unless this is proven to be the moral equivilent of the Ford Pinto debacle I will continue to purchase Toyotas in the future.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  107. don

    Definitely. I've had my 5-speed Corolla since 2003 and it has withstood not only my style of driving (think pizza delivery guy) but harsh road conditions. I've gone through extremely heavy rain, standing water, and even driven in icy conditions. My car has not failed me in over 110K miles and I don't expect it to! Also, I've previously owned a small Toyota truck which did everything I asked it too (hauler, daily driver, moto transport) without a complaint. A friend has a Prius from around 2006, another a 2000 Camry, and a our firm had a 2002 Avalon. To my knowledge, none of these vehicles has ever required maintenance beyond oil and tune-ups (spark plugs, belts, filters, brake pads), plus timing belts. Everyone I've know that has a car from the American brands (and even an Audio/BMW owner) seems to need more work done on their vehicles and I also hear those peeps regularly complain about the price of gas. Toyotas may be more expensive off the lot, but they will save you more time and money (same thing) in the long run!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  108. kevin b scully

    From Albuquerque New Mexico.

    I'd buy ANOTHER Toyota in a minute! I have a 2008 Matrix and have no concerns for my safety.

    The fact that there MAY be a problem means absolutely nothing.

    How many have crashed?

    How many killed?

    How many cases or instances reported?

    Since I'm not hearing specifics on these I can only assume that once more it makers a better story to exaggerate the POSSIBLE problems, rather than objectively report the straight facts, without the "big corporate conspiracy cover-up" angle with nothing to back it up.

    By the way, if you want to unload your 2009 or 2010 Matrix I've got a $ 20 bill burning a hole in my pocket!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  109. Georgene

    I have been a loyal Toyota owner for the past twenty years. With all of the latest problems and Toyota's handling of the problems, I am so over owning a Toyota. There is nothing they could do to bring me back.

    Toyotas initial statement of the problem being a floor mat which took 19 lives is outrageous. They defended that statement for weeks and as time went buy the situation became worse. Frankly, I don't know how they are going to survive this.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  110. John

    Actually, I'm looking at buying a small economical car in the next 30 days for my daughter.

    It will not be a Toyota.

    Denver, Colorado

    February 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  111. Harry N

    No I would not buy a Toyota, but, to those people trashing the company, remember..many American jobs are being affected right now, very bad timing!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  112. Becky

    Absolutely! Please tell me ONE car company who has not had a recall before? not FORD, not GM....My 2002 Avalon is the best car I have ever driven or owned and I will NEVER buy another car beside a Toyota as long as I live...

    February 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  113. Justin from Maryland

    I am sure they will get the problem fixed. I owned cars other then toyota's in the past and they all had problems. I have owned my toyota for 4 years and could not be happier. When the problem is fixed, i would def buy another Toyota, or upgrade to a lexus.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  114. AlexA

    Toyota used to command premium pricing relative to its Japanese competitors (Honda and Nissan), and even more so relative to the Big Three. While I would consider buying a Toyota, I definitely would no longer be willing to pay premium for the brand, and only consider buying a well established model that has been in production for at least a couple of years with relatively few complaints. A large manufacturer like Toyota is like a freight train, it take s a while to stop and is similarly slow to accelerate. Quality control in its engineering and design studios will take a few years to catch up to its higher production levels. If they really put an effort into it, Toyota vehicles may be worth a look in a couple of years.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  115. Ellen

    Sure I'd buy a Toyota, but not with the trade-in expectation I used to have. They were always overpriced but you got it back on the other end. I'm still convinced they are good cars, but maybe a ripple effect of correcting the accelerator problem will be reasonable prices.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  116. Missy

    Ford burned up houses with it's problems. There was no witch hunt to see everyone stop driving their Fords.

    I would still buy a Toyota. They will get the problem fixed. I owned a toyota for 20 years and I think I only received one recall notice.

    I drive a GM now and it was recalled three times in the first year I had it.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  117. Nick Cobb

    Yep, in a minute! And I'd buy their stock now too! What car company hasn't had recalls? The Toyota issues are getting so much press to help the American car companies. American car companies still have to prove they can offer a great, reliable product at a reasonable price. The jury is still out!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  118. John Appalling

    Is that a trick question? Of course I would. So Toyota falls down and hurts itself ONCE (maybe twice) in its entire history. Are you kidding? And what? I'm supposed to go out now and buy a piece of crap from one of the American big three? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  119. Justin

    Jack I remember in 2000 when Ford Explorers were rolling over.Firestone and Ford were going back and forth over whos fault it was that 200 people had been killed. I own 2 toyotas and purchased them for there quality and rep. U.S. car companies are finally making some quality cars now because of Toyota. For years they made disposible gas eaters and using american pride for there sales. Now they realize they must make a quality product because we dont want to buy a car every couple of years.We to thank Toyota for this. Every company has recalls. Its only because Toyota just took the number one spot and is not a american company that this has been blown out.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  120. Charles in ohio

    Jack: I would not buy a Toyota because they can't problem solve, let alone they have said for too long they did not have a problem. Killer cars have no place on the highway!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  121. Ted

    I would buy a Toyota over a over priced Mercedes in a New York second.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  122. Wade, Henderson Nevada

    Of course I would buy one. I wouldn't buy the crap that Detroit produces. All of the scare tactic propaganda is really making people angry. How about you post real statistics on what is killing us. Things that should truly be scaring us are ignored: fast food, cigarettes, heart disease, our government, etc etc.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  123. Steve in Nova Scotia

    I would buy a Toyota even now. How many North American Cars have had multiple recalls a year in the past? Toyota has had one of note. They are still way ahead in the quality category.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  124. T.Thomas in Abilene Tx.

    Yes.I drove my 1979 Corolla for over twenty years.It was still running great when I foolishly sold it.. I regret all the time not keeping that car.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  125. Peter E

    Absolutely. I've owned GM, Ford, Saturn and Nissan products. NONE of them have come close to the quality and reliability my two Toyotas have provided. Toyota will fix these problems and come back even stronger. I dare say Ford should enjoy this short-lived bump in sales.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  126. Jose M Garcia

    I am a Toyota owner, I have a 2007 Toyota Avalon Touring, 2006 4 Runner & 2005 Matrix..I also had a 2003 Echo , 2004 Corolla and 2006 Camry, which I traded for the Avalon. All of these cars have been reliable, but I have found out that the best ones are the ones that come from Japan, they are excellent, as opposed to the ones made or assembled in the States, that is the sad truth. I will purchase another Toyota if the vin# begins with J period. I've had some minor problems on the Corolla , Matrix and Avalon which are made in the U.S. The Camry was bullet-proof and it was because this was a Camry made 100% in Japan, and the sales person told me straight out, " Sadly, cars which are 100% made in Japan with Toyota and Denso parts are more reliable than U.S made Toyota's",I agree. Look out for the J in the Vin. What a damn sad truth...Also I was told that Japanese manufacturers cut corners in US made vehicles because of all the benefits like health care etc that they have to provide U.S employees which they do not have to provide in Europe ,Asia, or Canada because it is goverment funded and not corporate, something which we can't seem to come to grips with and we are falling further behind.

    Finally, I also think that Toyota in there desire to be #1, became careless, and this always happen. They should forget about the number 1 title because after you reach number one the only way to go is down.. How about just remaining on top that's pretty sweet. They messed it up big time.

    Finally

    February 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  127. Raj

    I have a 98 camry that has put in 140k in 12 years. So far no major repairs except periodical oil/brake/tire change. And my KBB value is $6k. Think any American cars can beat it.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  128. Alex in FL

    No. Toyota got used to having the luxury of people assuming their cars were unstoppable. Now they are struggling with a recall that has taken lives, and has required significant government pressure to undertake. Ford and GM from here on out.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  129. Barbara in NC

    I own a Camry Hybrid and would never drive any American made car. The few I have owned had problems the factory didn't recall - I had to foot the bill.

    The biggest problem with any vehicle is the loose nut behind the wheel.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  130. Tony in Idaho

    I've owned three Toyotas, none currently, but would likely buy one in the future. Right now I'm trying to see how long I can keep my current, paid off cars (hopefully another 5+ years!).

    February 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  131. A.

    Absolutely I would by a Toyota again. Toyota stands behind their employees, their products, and their suppliers. Instead of dropping their gas pedal supplier and try to pass off some of the bad press to them, Toyota is stepping up and working with them to fix this problem. And they will continue to work with them. Toyota believes in building long lasting relationships.

    And just FYI, I don't think Toyota advertises this enough.... but many of its cars are AMERICAN MADE. The Camry is entirely assembled in America, with a majority of American parts.... only a small, tiny fraction of parts are from Japan. The Camry is like 98% American. Same goes for Tundra, Avalon... etc.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  132. Charlie in KY

    Jack I would buy a Toyota before I would ever vote for a Republican for anything above dog catcher

    February 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  133. Diane Santus

    YES! YES!YES! I've had many Toyotas, the last Corolla I put 233K miles on...I will always stand by them, I still they're the best...you couldn't give me a Ford or GM vehicle. They have never failed me. I wonder how much this whole deal has to do with the fact that they are made in the U.S. hmmm food for thought!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  134. Becker

    My company has Toyota trucks as service vehicles and I love them more than our previous F150's. I am glad I made the decision to switch to Toyota. I am replacing a GM Yukon this year and I am certain I buy a Toyota SUV in its place. Recalls happen. Toyota makes nice vehicles and the US Government doesn't have to support them financially.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  135. T.K. Roy

    Yes. Toyota has ruled the auto industry for the last tthree decades with superb quality of its products. This brake problem is an unfortunate setback. They will rectify it soon enough and will have happy customers return again.
    T.K.Roy
    Wareham,MA

    February 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  136. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    In a heartbeat, I just wonder how much of this is due to outside interest wanting to try and damage Toyota's image. I remember it was done to Audi in 1987 the so called sudden surge, turned out idiots were hitting the gas instead of the brakes. Some of these people just don't want to admit they were such lousy drivers that they hit the gas instead of the brakes. Then people with a vested interest in Toyota sales declining jump on the band wagon and here we go.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  137. Ellen - Detroit

    I would absolutely buy a Toyota. Toyota chose to stop all sales as they work to find a solution. No other car company has done this in a safety recall situation. They seem to be setting a new standard, again.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  138. Thos

    No, but only because Toyota doesn't make anything that does it for me. I had '01 and '04 RAV4s previously that were solid. They just don't make anything currently I like. My preference is a 4-door hatchback, which would be a Matrix or Yaris and I do not like either. I'm driving a Mazda3 at the moment and I also like the VW GTI. I would never by a Ford, GM or the like.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  139. Bryan

    Of course. In fact I just did. As with any complex technology, the potential for unforseen problems and even failures with single parts are possible. This is why we have warranties. But none of this negates Toyota's stellar long term customer service and historic reliability. Neither should Honda's recent recall of 650,000 Fits for a fire hazard (which the media has mostly ignored). For that matter, what of Ford's voluntary recall of over 4.5 million vehicles in October of last year for a wiring harness fire hazard? (another recall the media mostly ignored). And given those ignorances, I too am inclined to believe this is a bit of a hatchet job by a media machine that thrives on controversy for rating's sake.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  140. DB

    In a heartbeat! All our Toyota cars have been trouble free, durable and safe.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  141. Karthik Ramachandran

    No, I would never buy a Toyota, since it has lots of problems. I more of Honda person. Go Honda.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  142. Bob Brown

    I am buying a Toyota today, for my mother-in-law.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  143. Chris in Philadelphia

    You can't erase completely decades of quality with a bad weak. Once the problem with the accelerators is fixed I would consider a Toyota in the future.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  144. Natalie

    Of course I would. You can't expect perfection and they are correcting the mistake. You don't buy a new car because it breaks down once. You repair the issue and move on. Toyota has always been a very reliable brand of vehicle. Whenever I think of a car I want to purchase, it is either Toyota or Honda. Ease of repairs, quality of service, quality of vehicle. If only American manufacturers took as much pride in their work as the Japanese do.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  145. Justine

    With Ford recalling their own hybrids today over brake issues and other recalls in the last year, why isn't the question "Would you buy a Ford?"

    Would I buy another Toyota. You betcha.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  146. Erik

    I am amazed at how many absolute morons reside in this country. Why does every discussion have to de-generate into which team you are on? For those of you who want to go on and on about how great a company Toyota is, consider this: We are dealing with a recall of epic proportions, where a car company who has built its entire reputation on quality now has to admit that not only are their vehicles poorly built, but also they have known about the current problems(deaths) for a long time without telling the public, which most normal people would consider criminal. They are trying to fix this massive, complicated problem with a shim. Sorry all of you Toyota lovers but most people I know won't accept that as a fix. And to the many conspiracy theorists blaming the government, get a life! Or in the least go post at the Fox News website, with the rest of the wackos!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  147. rexbo

    No, I won't. And that's cuz' I'm plain stupid, and I need some government to tell me what car I should or shoudn't buy.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  148. Denny, Sin city,SoNev

    Not a chance.
    Mostly FORD, tho I have dabbled in Chevrolet and Dodge with disappointment.
    Ford was the only of the big 3 that didn't put a hand out in the auto bail-out.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  149. Bob Playa Union Argentina

    Short answer??

    In a heart beat!! After all . . . Stuff happens.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  150. bill thomas

    NO. my daddy fought in w.w.2 so i would NOT have to drive a foreign car. i have no desire to ride in a import casket. i think all imports should be disallowed from our country, especially if they try to hide their defects.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  151. Akeim

    I most certainly would buy a Toyota. I'd rather save and get something that's slick and attractive and has been innovative for years than buying American Junk. Why should I help a company that stopped being innovative and is only around to show people how big and freudien their pre occupation with size is. If American goes back to to being permanent innovators every year with fuel alternative and electric car innovations then I will return to the fold until then. TOYOTA! Ft Lauderdale Florida

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  152. Arnetta in NC

    NO!!!, Jack I would not buy a Toyota. In 2001, I worked the Durham NC plant that assembles transmissions for some Toyota models doing final inspection of the water pump, lots of times the parts, coming in from the vendor had rust on them, all of which I failed. The said parts were returned to me, from QA, with the instructions that they were good parts. I had over 12 years of manufacturing experience at the time therefore I knew a thing or two about quality! There were other instances of poor quality at this plant also. So, Jack you can keep your Toyota and happy motoring.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  153. Pier

    Yes, i would. I just purchased a Camry SE an it is lovely.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  154. Bob Doran

    With the tremendous damage to the Toyota brand from their apparent manipulation (hiding) of serious safety incidents with their products a used Toyota today is worth about 75% of what it was worth 60 days ago. Why would I want to buy a new or used Toyota that, 1) threatens to risk my safety, and 2) is dropping in residual value like a rock???

    No way.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  155. Doug in NJ

    The real question is, why would you ever buy a toyota ? These foreign cars are garbage. Yeah, American cars break down, the ones that are built with foreign parts and labor and sold under American names. Something people never seem to think about. Real American cars are the best cars you can buy. Ford's new line up seems to be top notch.
    I have owned many makes and models, foreign and domestic. The only reason I can see going with an Asian car would be some kind of ignorant and unfounded hatred for America. It certainly isn't the car itself because the American car is clearly better ...

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  156. A. W. Lackey

    No more Toyotas for me. Toyota should offer cash to any owner of a recalled car in an amount no lower than the Blue Book value of their car. This might help Toyota's image.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  157. Donald Red

    Does anyone remember the rollovers experienced by Ford Explorers?
    As far as I know, Ford is still making them and people are buying them.
    At least Toyotas have not been flipping. By the way, the auto in which four people were reported to have been killed in a sudden acceleration case in California was said to have been a Lexus sedan, the luxury auto division of Toyota – any explanation on that piece of reporting?

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  158. Rita

    YES YES YES I would buy a toyota since I have had many years o f good gas millage service, free of problems.
    Why is that that everyone is comming out against Toyota when GM and Ford have had many recalls over the years with more than a few deaths like the crown Victoria which Ford addressed very slowly and only through litigations.
    ALso why is GM always advertising only Highway milage when most driving is in city traffic. This smells BAD BAD BAD

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  159. SM&M

    absolutely – I love my Camry – toyota will come back stronger than before – wait and see.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  160. Dan, Madison, WI

    Jack,

    My wife and I have a Toyota Camry Hybrid.

    We have complained to the dealership about the accelerator problem and they said there was nothing wrong. A couple years later we hear differently.

    We have also complained about a wiring/electrical problem that does strange things with the dashboard electronics, but again they tell us there is nothing wrong. 3 years later, we're still claiming there is a problem that seems to occur when it's humid or raining.

    Despite my wife having owned a Toyota for 10+ years, we would not buy another Toyota until they prove they have fixed their problems and learn to listen to their customers.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  161. jeff jackson, alabama

    Reputation or no, I would not have bought
    a toyota in the 70's,80's,90's or now, even
    without the brake problems.
    It has been bad for America to have been
    flooded with these imports and I would buy
    GM., Ford, or Chrysler over any import no
    matter past or present quality because,
    dog gone it , Americans should buy dag gum
    American products. END OF CONVERSATION !!!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  162. Lena

    No. I was looking in to buying a Lexus (Toyota Manufacturer), and after reading odd comments of people having breaking problems with some of their used cars within the last couple of years I don't think we have seen the full extent of recalls or problems with the breaking or accelerating system.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  163. Tim

    We just dumped our Toyota Sienna for a new Ford Flex. We are loving life – the new car is actually fun to drive!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  164. Tricia

    I still plan to buy a Prius ... but I'm waiting for them to start groveling for customers by offering 0% financing and/or incentives/rebates. No car could possibly be worse than my first car ... a VW Jetta lemon.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  165. George Malaka

    Without a doubt, I would buy one in the future. Toyota's track record has been stellar for decades. Their cars have constantly rated at the top of reliability polls and actual road tests for as long as I can remember. Sure this is a black eye for them, but they will rebound even stronger. The Japanese aren't ones to be caught behind when they make mistakes.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  166. Ken

    Definitely buy another one. Have 2 now; both great cars. Toyota will get fixed just as our "American" cars have had to do countless times. I have lived through the years of the Edsel, Corvair and many others. And by the way, the so called "American" car buyers are willing to settle for mediocrity, that's why GM and Chrysler are still in business. Must say, however, my respect for Ford has climbed steadily this past year and will probably take a look at them when time for the next purchase comes 'round. Oh yes, just curious, can you buyers of "American" cars still lock your keys in your cars? Haven't been around one for quite a while...

    February 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  167. Richard Daniels

    Jack,

    Would I buy another Toyota, Absolutely without hesitation. They are the most reliable cars in the world and have proven that over and over. The press is making too big of an issue over this. There may be a problem with the accelerater but I havn't read of a rash of accidents caused by it. like there was with the Firestone tires. A 20 year old Toyota is more reliable than a brand new Chrysler stop the fear mongering they are fixing the problem.

    Rich Tampa FL

    February 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  168. Roger

    I love my 2010 Prius. I haven't lost faith in Toyota. I trust the problem will be taken care of.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  169. Ken in NC

    No Jack. Toyota has enough idiots buying their cars. They do not need one more idiot to add to their profits in Japan.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  170. Ken

    Always move opposite the general public sentiment. In a few weeks Toyota will be nearly giving away, sound and reliable cars and trucks. It's a buyer's market, take advantage while you can.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  171. E.J. in Tacoma

    Jack,
    Our family is a two Toyota Prius family we have an older model that has served us well as well as a new model that we have had no problems with. If there is a problems can they let us know the exact details or is it all hype?
    E.J. in Tacoma

    February 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  172. dond

    No .... I would never own one.

    1) There product is over hyped ..... and the quality control or better yet .... the perception of there quality control has been eroding via there sales ..... every other car manufacturer else has been slowly catching up to them.

    2) I work for a ford dealership🙂

    February 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  173. Frank Hancock

    No I would not buy a Toyota. I will bet they have more problems as this unfolds. I expect they will have to finally admit they have software/electronic problems with the gas pedal and brake issues.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  174. Rick

    No way, no reason to do so.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  175. Michael, Gallatin, TN

    Yep. First of all, Toyotas are as "American" as any vehicle sold in the U.S. Second, I've owned two and found both to be the best cars I've had, including a 1970 MB 280SL I bought brand new as a 21-year-old. Third, because the near hysterical level of media hype surrounding the current problems with some Toyota gas pedals leads me to suspect there is an agenda in play here, and I detest that sort of "dirty pool." Yes, I'll buy another Toyota, and probably another one after that.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  176. jeff

    Jack, I would if it was the car I liked, but can't, I'm unemployed. It's true they all have had recalls. I just find it amazing that you can't even ask a simple question like this with out all the republicans jumping in on the car bailout thing, Give it a rest already, the election is over, you lost. I am glad someone still has a job. Toyota has plants in the US thats good enough for me. These people forget that if these car companies return to profitability we the people/ taxpayers just may get our money back! I suspect they are all hoping that GM and Chrysler Fail. Makes sense to me....no wonder we're broke, idiots.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  177. marc ensign

    Jack. Ford just announced a recall of two of it's hybrid models for braking problems.. They indicated that they knew about the problem but they did'nt tell customers because "the number of problems was small". It's not headline news. It's not even reported on CNN's website. Why the double standard?

    February 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  178. Arnie

    I moved away from the Ford of my youth, and now it looks better than ever.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  179. George

    Not a chance! Toyota has been the darling of the automotive media for far too long. I wouldnt buy a Toyota if it came with a life insurance policy and a helmet. I will stick with Ford, Lincoln and Mercury.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  180. John in IA

    Of course I would, I think the US Government (OWNER OF GM) is purposely throwing out issues to try and drive down the competition. It seems suspicious that our government now has to "investigate" every possible Toyota quality issue...Where's the focus on GM? They've been throwing out poor quality for years.

    No American cars in this household....Nissan / Lexus and a Honda

    February 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  181. Lisa in Ga

    Yes! Jack I would, but not right now.....you forgot we are in a recession. I will keep driving the Toyota Camry I got, I still gotta work... at least the stuck gas pedal will give me a reason to tell the cops I WAS NOT SPEEDING maybe they will forgive the ticket I got last week!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  182. HD

    Yes, I would definitely buy a Toyota. The scare tactics of the American media and politicians will not put me off buying a Toyota. They are far better than American and most European cars.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  183. dogcat

    Yes, without question. I have owned enough US made cars and will not do again until the quality matches Toyota or Honda.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  184. Jeff

    I just bought a Toyota a week before the recall knowing about the gas pedal problem. I know Toyota would fix the problem so it does not bother me. I had a Ford before and it was a good car but I wanted a Toyota because of their reputation and low maintenance in comparison to others. I love driving it and plan on doing so for many years.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  185. Chuck

    Have always considered all available vehicles before selecting one based on many factors - safety, economy, value, comfort/function, etc. - before purchasing. Toyota will fix the problems, as have other car companies with much more recall experience. I've owned U.S., German, and Asian cars: like German vehicles best to drive, but my last 4 cars have been Hondas and Toyotas because of better value. Especially my 2009 Prius.
    Boston, MA

    February 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  186. Keith

    Has Toyota done anything worse or different than the American car manufacturers? I would think people would be grateful they are being accountable and issuing a recall. They are showing me they are responsible and accountable. Next time I need a car I will buy a Toyota.
    And by the way Jack, I would prefer more unbiased reporting from you. Your comparison to Tiger Woods is not helpful or useful and certainly should not be how to start an article.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  187. Beth in Canada

    Well, no. I enjoy being able to utilize my breaks and I imagine that yelling, "CAN'T STOP I'M IN A TOYOTA" would get frustrating after a while.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  188. Aud in IL

    I'm driving a 2009 Toyota Venza and absolutely love it. It's my first Toyoyta but won't be my last. I have friends that drive Toyota's and while I've had lots of new cars, their Toyota's have carried on for well over the 100,000 mile mark. Toyota is known for how long you can own one. In the American age of planned obsolescence, here's something you can buy and keep for 10 years!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  189. VAHanzel

    YES! I have had my truck 12 years and it is perfect. EVERY car company has at one time or another recalled cars. At least they are stepping up to it even though it will cost them alot money. I agree that this is somewhat over-reported, over-scrutinized and blown out of proportion, potentially to try to give American auto makers a leg-up. Even If it does, it won't last long. Toyota makes a superior product, period, and that is proven.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  190. JImmy

    I will buy a Toyota, even with a recall, over Ford and GM! Didn't Ford have a massive recall recently or not too long ago? Why is the media and the government trying to gun down Toyota over a recall, are they trying to glorify Ford and GM? Seriously, how many CNN or the media members drive a junk from Ford or GM?
    If people prefer to buy a junk and pay more meoney to keep it on the road, then you are just stupid like the idiots buying homes or stuff they can't affort.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  191. John Coffey

    No. Not even with your money. I do not believe they are being honest about the problem.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  192. Sue

    Hell no- they are dull and boring- to look at and to drive. And guess what, their USP of reliability- not so reliable any more, huh? Give me an European import or a classic American muscle car anyday!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  193. dsmith1010

    I would not buy a Toyota until the problem is resolved and I doubt it's a brake problem. Two questions for you. One of the fatal accidents involved a Lexus. Why is Lexus never mentioned in these stories, and have any Lexus models been recalled? Also, no one mentions the "Runaway Audi" problem in the 1980s. Audi had a rash of accidents in which their cars were put in Reverse and shot off at high speed in Drive, with the driver unable to slow down or stop until hitting something. We owned an Audi and had precisely such an accident. It was insulting that the company blamed its customers for not being careful with the shift lever. Toyota blaming its floor mats falls in the same category. Audi never fully explained what caused all the accidents, which is why we have never bought another one. It was electronic problem in our mind. I think Toyota's problem is also electronic.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  194. Michelle: Indiana

    Yeah it is so funny how all you Toyota buyers will just give your hard earned money away to the Chinese. When all they do with the money you work hard for is reinvest it back into their own economy! LOok it up for yourself! So go ahead faithful "AMERICANS" give you money to the Chinese if you feel that is where you want you money to go to and support their economy, Then go right ahead BUT don't complain about how bad our economy is in AMERICA because you are part of the cause!!!! Try supporting your fellow AMERICANS and by AMERICAN MADE CARS or move yourself over to China if you support them so much!!!! Just a thought!!!!~

    February 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  195. juan

    i would never buy a toyota or any foreign car.support your own products and keep the jobs in the states or canada. When you buy a foreign car, you are supporting their economy not ours. No wonder we are so many lafoffs in the car manufacturing industry.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  196. Bec

    I actually want to trade in my 2005 camry

    February 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  197. Douglas Hoff

    My wife and I own one of each, a Toyota Tundra under the Toyota recall which will take us fast to unexpected places fast, and a Honda Fit under the Honda recall which will keep us toasty hot as the window regulator catches on fire... we often cant decide which mode of transportation to take.. I think we should dust off the bikes.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  198. William

    Of course I'd still buy a Toyota. It's one of the most reliable and respected car maker with distinctions for high quality and value.
    The recall shows that the company cares for its loyal customers. The fact that they have not nixed their relationship with CTS (the American based company that manufactured the defective parts) shows that though a mistake happened, that they will work together to rectify the problem regardless of the expected hit on their reputation.
    The non-stop discussion of sticking accelerators only serves to instill fear. I'm certain that after this situation has passed, Toyota will have a huge rebound in sales. Count on it.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  199. Bob Playa Union Argentina

    OH, BTW . . . . I took my Chevy Impala in to the dealer yesterday. It was a recall issue. Yep, "Stuff happens."

    February 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  200. Karen in Colorado

    I drove a Toyota Celica for 19 years and now a Tacoma. I trust that Toyota will do the right thing so I will continue to buy Toyota. I don't trust US manufacturers for similar quality and resale and service.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  201. gary miglionico

    Just bought one. Got a great deal. Toyota is still made
    better than anything Obama Motors Inc. can turn out.
    And my other car is a Toyota too!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  202. Sam Iowa

    Never. I have always driven GM and Ford products. In my opinion, buying american keeps more money here in the USA. GM paid my Grandpa his income for decades from the 50's to the 80's up until he retired, so I guess that means something to me too.

    Also, if Toyotas are not safe or reliable then what are they? In my opinion they look unattractive and boring. If you argue they are more efficient, that is not the case anymore either if you check comparable models made by the big 3.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  203. Ana Claudia Judenfeldt

    Yes I would! I love my Toyotas.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  204. CW

    No . I wouldn't buy a Toyota. Honda is a better car.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  205. Djinn

    Absolutely!!! I just crossed 235,000 miles I personally put on a 4-Runner. Toyota will still be running when Chevy goes the way of the Edsel. The government trying to save GM is trying to discredit Toyota because GM cars still cannot compete.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  206. Jennifer, Irvine CA

    Yes, I would buy a Toyota, just not now. I have a four year old Honda and plan to eventually replace it with a Prius. My husband is a loyal Toyota owner and will replace his current Toyota with another one when the time comes. I have every confidence this will get worked out. Toyota has far too much on the line.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  207. 123modkitdotcom

    I would buy a toyota but I prefer Subaru vehicles all the way!!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  208. Robert

    I agree that this is a gov't bashing to get us to buy US cars.
    If I buy a full size truck, it's american.145.50
    If I buy a car it's Japan all the way baby!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  209. Kris, Fresno CA

    ABSOLUTELY! I have a '98 Toyota RAV 4 and plan on buying another one when the time comes. My parents owned American cars when I was growing up and each one needed continuous repairs. I was the first one in my family to buy a Japanese car. In 2007, my parants bought a Toyota and love it as well. I am a Toyota owner for life!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  210. Deb

    I do and I love it and its a 2009 Corolla. I am going to the dealer next week to have the gas pedal issue taken care of and earlier I had the brake issue taken care of. I should mention however I was having no problems with either. I bought the car on its reputation and beauty and I think this recall issue has been terribly, terribly blown out of proportion.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  211. Penny, Bellvue WA

    Toyota just followed in the footsteps of GM, Ford, and Chrysler and took their eye off quality in favor of sales volume and increased profit margin by doing things cheaply instead of doing them right.

    It's short-term thinking, and will kill a company over the long term.

    I'm sure Toyota will go back to their traditional focus on quality.

    Otherwise they're going to end up just like GM, Ford, and Chrysler, on the ash-heap of failed businesses.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  212. Barry

    Oh please. Toyota has some recalls. Woopie!!!! I have owned both American and imports. Nissan, Toyota and now Hyundai. The imports are great (not perfect) but MUCH better than the american vehicles. I compare american vehicles to Walmart. You may get it cheaper, but in the end is the quality and service worth the hassle of the savings?

    February 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  213. John

    Heck yes! I have owned two American cars(Ford and Chrystler) and they were horrible. I bought a used Toyota Tercel out of graduate school and it lasted me 10 years with only maintenance expense. I now own a 2008 Prius and I LOVE it. It's a great car. Even with problems, I trust them to fix it. American cars aren't designed well, aren't made well, and aren't fixed very well. I would love to be "patriotic" but I would appreciate it if our car makers were "patriotic" first and made a decent car.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  214. 123modkitdotcom

    subaru all the way for me. I had a carolla as a rental for 2 weeks and loved it but I'll stick to subaru forever!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  215. venkata

    i am wondering why all the toyota cars with VIN number starting with J(which mean they are manufactured in japan) are not in the recall list? does that mean the imported cars are of higher quality? or does it mean toyota is balancing the higher cost of labor with cheap parts?

    February 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  216. Dennis Mahoney

    Jack, Shouldn't every American be buying an American car anyway?

    February 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  217. ironman1

    hell no i wouldnt' buy any of them jap cars there all junk i bought one once that was the last time i would ever buy a another one

    February 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  218. Elizabeth

    I LOVE my 2007 Toyota Solara convertible and would buy another Toyota without hesitation. Best car I've ever owned, including Ford (3), Chevrolet (2), Nissan/Datsun (1), Dodge (2), Honda (1) and Volvo (1), EXCEPT the two Acuras I've owned but can no longer afford!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  219. Kevin

    Toyota's history has been, high mileage reliable cars. I would have considered, if not for price, in this day and age, cars are made everywhere, from parts everywhere, not so sure i would buy. My family, Dad and brothers have driven Chrysler products for years, sure some problems as all manf do. we had been happy through the Iaccoa age to now, but Fiat? Oh this WH admin has destroyed car companies for unions sake, and my dad retired as a union guy, i have seen both sides of the coin. Chrysler and GM should have been allowed to fail, bancrupt and restructure. I would buy a Ford, I want American Products, but our govt's restrictions, EPA, drives prices so high, and we have seen sucess with non-union foreign auto makers, but again prices seem so unrealistic for a mid priced car, and the throw away base models are mostly unappealing.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  220. Bob (Illinois)

    Of course I would! We presently own a 2006 Prius and 2006 Lexus.

    The gross over reaction to the Toyota news is dumb!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  221. Mike

    I wouldn't have considered a Toyota before this. They are not cars they are transportation appliances; bland, boring, totally without character. All they had to offer was reliability, now they have nothing whatsoever

    February 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  222. Tasia Miles

    I have to laugh!! You guys who are against Toyota and saying you'll stick with "American Cars". Remember this: (and that's 4.5 million)
    "Ford Motor Company will agree to recall 4.5 million vehicles in danger of catching fire due to poor electrics. The decision comes on the heels of a lengthy investigation by the U.S. government into the cause of those fires, and includes 1.1 million Ford Windstar vans from 1995 to 2003. Several other models make up the remaining 3.4 million vehicles."

    February 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  223. Gary M

    Yeppers, wouldn't think twice.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  224. Neal in Atlanta

    Yes I would. I've owned two Toyota Camry's and have never had a problem with either. I will purchase from Toyota again. This is nothing more than the government trying to perform a hatchet job against the foreign automakers. I've owned several Ford and GM products and they all have had recalls. Until the American automakers can make car as reliable as Toyota I will continue to purchase from Toyota!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  225. Bunni Steele

    I drive a 2008 Matrix 100 miles every day. It's the most reliable car I've ever owned. If I were shopping for a new ride I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another Toyota. I'm not convinced this problem is as all emcompassing as we're being led to believe.

    I think there is hope, that by attacking the "foreign" car company, sales of Buick and GMC, with whom we've had to invest billions, may increase. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  226. Paul

    I own one and the gas pedal sticks all the time, I think it adds a little thrill to my otherwise boring daily drive. Yes I would, I drive excitement!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  227. TH

    Without a doubt I'll buy Toyota again.

    This whole thing is overblown by the media. I can't feel like this is a targeted attack against the company to help Detroit. Just look over some of the articles posted on CNN. They are littered with false information. For example, the ABS issue on the 2010 Prius, the problem has to do with the ABS system on slow speed. Yet CNN went on to mention the distance it would take for vehicle come to a full stop going highway speed. Moreover, the issue has been known for six years starting with the last generation. If the ABS system doesn't work after hitting a pothole, apply the break harder to bypass the software bug.

    If the media dig into Detroit just as hard as they are doing with Toyota, I bet they will find even more problems.

    Full disclosure: I love my 2010 Prius!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  228. Paul Watson

    Without a doubt. Over the past 20 years Toyota's have been among the most reliable cars on the road and have provided very strong resale value. Toyota will learn from this bump in the road and will be even better for it. Anyone who thinks that GM is suddenly producing high quality cars is deluding themselves. It remains to be seen if they can reverse decades of bad engineering and horrible decision making. Ford has made great strides but their cars still are not as good as Toyotas or Hondas. Not even close.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  229. bill

    there's a rat here somewhere. I this this is another hatchet job to prop up american car manufacterers' i've got an 07 american with brake issues and an accelerator problem, car acted like it had cruise control and it doesn;t the dealer tells me i am nuts, it alo has transmission issues, and windshield breakage problems, u.s. gov. didn't require a recakll. and has said nothing to date.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  230. Bob AZ

    I had one Toyota in the 70s. It was my last. Ford is my choice of brand. Ford is now equal to, or better than both Toyota, and Honda in quality, and reliability. I can attest to that. I run my Fords well past 150k miles before I get a new one.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  231. Katy Heys

    Probably not at this time. But that doesn't mean I would never, in future buy one. Toyota will fix this mess but whether or not the company will survive this mess is another thing. Once people get turned off on a product, it is hard to resell the product.

    Katy Heys

    February 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  232. southerncousin

    Most certainly. I would rather buy a car from a company that recognizes and repairs its mistakes than from a government run organization that supports a bunch of lazy, overpaid, incompetent union workers and as a result would not even report the problem to the public.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  233. Alex, MA

    Would never buy one except of Prius, Yaris and FJ Cruiser. May be 4Runner. These are Japanese models and are quite good.
    The rest of the line is either for old people (Camry, Corolla) or for soccer Moms (Rav4, Sequoia, RX350, Venza)

    February 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  234. Bert, California

    My wife and I both drive Toyota hybrids. We are very happy with our cars which have had no problems. We started out with a Chevrolet and bought a Mazda as a second car because of its low price in 1979. That Mazda was fantastic- kept it for 150,000 miles. Its mechanical relaibility was much better than the Chevy. We had several other Mazdas later, all mechanically fantastic and bought Toyotas only because there were no Mazda hybrids.

    We suppose that Toyota is out for themselves, like all the other companies, and may drag their feet on recalls. Our present cars are running very well; we won't need another car for at least 5-6 years. We'll probably get another Toyota when the time comes.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  235. Felix

    I wouldn't buy a Toyota – I'm basically a "buy American-owned" person (while recognizing that some of the cars I've bought over the years have been assembled in Canada or Mexico).

    However, I haven't heard whether these brake issues extend also to the Lexus brand as well .. After all, most of the Lexus models share more than just body parts with their Toyota brethren.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  236. Donald Wright

    I have a 2008 Tundra and love it. When I went to buy a big truck, the Chevy was made in Mexico and the big Ford was made in Canada, and only the Tundra was made in the USA. I know the parent company, Toyota, is foreign. But trucks made in Mexico and Canada do NOT benefit American workers do they?

    February 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  237. whitespideralex

    Taking advantages of a person when he is in trouble is despicable. This is exactly what the US government is doing. The hypocrites now start to concern the safety of the American people...

    February 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  238. Vic

    I will still buy Toyota motors over any American brand. They may have had a bumpy road lately, but it still does not hurt their reputation enough from my perspective to warrant go back to the dregs of Detroit. A good analogy with this is politics. While Obama and the Dems are doing some harm right now as far as spending is concerned, it is still nothing compared to what we had to put up with during the Bush years.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  239. Alan in KC

    If this were an election year, this story would be a bullet for one day on CNN's home page. Instead of relishing the "fall" of the once mighty, we should all relax and realize that no one and no thing is perfect — and this too shall pass. The good news is that this is a great buying opportunity. I'll be checking out the deals Toyota rolls out to recoup lost revenue.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  240. Martin H

    Not after a life-threatening experience with a 2002 Toyota Highlander at 20K miles. Precisely while passing traffic at high RPM, the transmission completely disengaged (no power to wheels – transmission still in Drive). Yikes! Transmission re-engaged only once I coasted to a stop. Toyota quickly replaced the transmission, but would not explain the reproducible fault. Web has stories for Highlander and for Lexus RX300. Fortunately for me, there was no on-coming traffic, Dead men don't talk.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  241. toyota owner for life

    yes. i would rather take the bus or walk 8 miles to work everyday than drive an american car.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  242. BRYAND

    Hey Jack!! I have a 2009 toyota corolla with a gas pedal that stuck to the floor board! My brake pedal is a little mushy,but my clutch pedal works fine!! Go figure!! Now as far as my wife's 2007 Ford Focus,she dropped a valve a few weeks ago and last year had to have the transmission rebuilt!! Oh and let's not forget the engine oil leak,and 2 sets of strutts that have been replaced already!! But Jack!! my wifes gas and brake pedal work fine!!!! Just a thought!!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  243. Richard

    I will not buy a Toyota. Our American manufacturers offer high quality vehicles that rival toyota's quality in every category. The American manufacturers are waging a public perception battle right now with foreign rivals....Toyota's recent fall from grace will help with that.general motors, ford and Chrysler are American icons that produce high quality products and support our economy. Why would I buy a Toyota?

    February 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  244. MT in NJ

    We have owned two Toyota Hybrids for the past three years. No problems whatsoever. Beautiful cars, excellent gas mileage. I do not hesitate to drive my children in them.

    Maybe I'm wrong, but are we supposed to now believe that at any moment thousands if not millions of Toyotas will suddenly go flying off our highways into ditches. Am I supposed to take this fear and run to my closest GM dealer for "fault free" replacements?

    I agree that this panic is unwarranted and is feeding on itself. Time for a sanity check.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  245. mary

    no I would not buy one. I checked them out and bought a Nissan

    February 4, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  246. Luis

    Neither Toyota or Lexus. Just as they had the brake problem and hid the Prius quality problem, they have had a serious quality problem with the Lexus 470 (and Toyota Land Cruiser) Adjustable Height Control suspension that they have hidden from the public for over five years. So much for Toyota Quality and honesty! From now on I will buy Ford.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  247. Charlie in California

    Absolutely yes. I'm on my 3rd. Japanese car in 25 years. Never have been near a dealer or other mechanic for any service. They are bullet proof. This hysteria will pass. Then things will return to normal. And, oh, let us hope someone gets rid of the bozo Ray Lahood at transportation department.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  248. Bill

    I wouldn't own any other car. Never had the slightest problem with my 9 year old Avalon. Getting ready to buy another one. Thanks for asking.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:54 pm |