March 10th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Less likely to buy foreign car after Toyota scandal?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Finally some good news for Detroit. With Toyota recalling more than eight million vehicles worldwide - a new poll out suggests that fewer Americans are set on buying foreign cars.
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The Gallup Poll shows just six percent of those surveyed say they would only consider foreign brands when buying a car. That number is down from 15 percent in December 2008, when the government first considered a bailout of the U.S. auto industry.

Meanwhile the percentage of people who would consider only American cars stands at 36 percent.

Young adults represent the biggest drop in a preference for foreign cars. 18-to-34-year-olds used to be the most likely to say they would only buy foreign cars. Also young adults are now much more likely to say they would only consider American brands. And that's a good sign for the so-called Big 3 American car manufacturers - since these people will be buying cars for many years to come.

The Gallup poll also finds older adults are the most loyal to U.S. car companies.

There could be many reasons why people are less interested in buying foreign cars these days - from safety issues at Toyota to a renewed support for American makes after the bailout.

But whatever is behind the trend, new car sales at Ford, Chrysler and GM were all up last month compared to a year ago - when the industry was on the brink of collapse.

Here’s my question to you: In light of the Toyota scandal, are you less likely to buy a foreign car?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jon in Philadelphia writes:
I only own a Lexus now because at the time I needed a car it was the best deal in town. Without a doubt, my next car will be American. Toyota has shown such arrogance and disregard for their customers that they deserve to take a butt-whipping in sales. They did exactly what got U.S. carmakers in trouble. They got fat and lazy and forgot that they needed customers to remain in business.

Jim in San Bruno, California writes:
Jack, I am 53 and had only American cars prior to my 2008 Prius. I love my Prius and would never buy another American car ever, based on how much trouble I had with them. Also, I think there is an organized effort to Toyota-bash in this country.

Andrew writes:
Jack, I am absolutely not less likely to buy foreign cars. This recall is probably going to be a great thing for the consumer as a whole. It will cause Toyota to re-evaluate their product and retool to build a better vehicle and rebuild confidence. In the short term, this means the consumer wins with lower prices and in the long term the consumer wins with a better product.

Trish writes:
I think generalizing to all foreign cars is silly. Am I less likely to buy a Toyota? Definitely. But am I less likely to buy from other foreign brands, like BMW or Nissan? No, my opinion of them is based solely on their performance history.

Reggie writes:
My 14-year-old Toyota Camry with 240,000 miles runs pretty well and the maintenance costs have been reasonable. I'll have to find a friend with a GM, Ford or Chrysler who has as good or better experience before I want to change.

Pete writes:
I'd rather buy a Toyota built in the U.S. than a Ford built in Mexico.

Filed under: Toyota recall
soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Absolutely. If there's anything Americans need to do, in large quantity, it is to buy only American, if American is available, at all.

    Unfortunately, there are many items today, which are only made in China.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  2. southerncousin

    Absolutely not. My only criteria is that a vehicle not be made by slovenly, corrupt unions, so my only choices are foreign.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  3. Susan Frost

    My 18 year old, union-built, all-American Ford with 195,000 miles on it is still getting me where I need to go and, better yet, stopping when

    March 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  4. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I never have bought a foreign made car and never plan too. Only wish we could buy more American made products, like coffee pots, appliances, you know the basics in life.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  5. Carl

    Speaking for myself, I really enjoy Toyota's problems. In my opinion, the foreign car industry is a major reason for our economic problems. We need to start buying only American made products, I know, this is much harder than it sounds, hence the problem.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  6. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    No, I am less likely to buy a Toyota. Apparently they have learned a lot from the sleazy US car makers, and thrown away their good name in the process.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  7. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Jack, it kind of puts new meaning into their old add: "Get your hands on a Toyota and you'll never let go'! That is until the accelerator get's unstuck....

    March 10, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  8. andres

    No, I guess this is a war against Toyota, sponsored by americans auto builders

    March 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  9. Kevin - Austin, TX

    I'm sure won't be buying a Prius until they install those "off buttons" for the unintended acceleration.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  10. Carolyn

    I drive a 2007 Camry because of their dependability. Toyota will correct this problem just like the American Companies fixed theirs and life went on. I know there is a problem, but I feel Politics has a really heavy hand in this issue. Yes I would buy one again.

    Carolyn T, Dickey
    McCalla, Alabama

    March 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  11. Danielle

    No, I have a toyota which I bought in June 08 and have no problems. I had a toyota before that which lasted 23 years. And before that...
    Danielle, San Diego

    March 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  12. Adam

    No, cause I wouldn't buy one before. I support America and buy American cars. It only proves Toyota isn't as superior as they would have you believe.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  13. frank

    I've never bought an American made car. Probably never buy a Toyota, but have had my Mitsubishi for over 300,000 miles. May be a while.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  14. frank

    Toyota may have to bring some of that Japanese management over here and not keep it all in Tokyo. Especially the safety stuff.

    Yeah, I can hear the sucking of air through the teeth from here.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  15. Bev -

    Hi Jack

    I used to love theToyata corolla car that I drove for nearly 8 years and i seldom had somehting wrong with it. In fact I had to let go of it because it was rusting too much in the end but mechanically it was really strong. It is a shame that it happened to the Toyota company as I know thy make good cars. Now that they are aware of this problem and hopefully looking at preventing similar issues in the future, I can see myself buying a Toyata agian.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  16. jim, concord, nc

    I am somewhat disinclined to look seriously at a Toyota, but I still have much more confidence in the quality of foreign cars, in general, than I do in that of those made in America. Our automakers haven't put together a machine I'd be seriously interested in buying since the mid-60's.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  17. kent

    It's about time americans started to support american companies. There are still too many americans who will still buy foreign cars no matter what problems the cars have. I don't know why but they will.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  18. Ryan- Galesburg, IL

    Not until American makers present us with a line of electric and low-consumption vehicles.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  19. Mari, Utah

    Nope, Jack, we are planning to buy our second Toyota truck this month. We have a Toyota and it has been a great car.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  20. Matt in Des Moines, IA

    I've always bought domestic but I don't know how, in light of current events, you couldn't be catious about buying foreign. Not to mention, our economy needs it. I recently bought a small, fuel-efficient GM vehicle in hopes that if Americans start buying more sensible domestic cars, the auto industry will spend more time and resources in developing vehicles that can loosen the grip that foreign oil has on us.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  21. MGD

    I have a Toyota Rav 4, mind you it's a 2002 but I love it. My husband just purchased one for himself. Most of the car was built right here in the USA, as far as the recalls hasn't every make and model had some at one point or another? I hope we are not considered disloyal, it's just preference and experience. We were loyal Crysler owners for years but my last one was so bad I didn't even keep it a year.
    <<<</Drums PA

    March 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  22. John Dobyns

    Not sure what the question is really asking......I'm pretty sure that many Toyota models are assembled in the United States......not in Japan. Certainly EVERY auto company has it's production issues. I'm less likely to buy a car from ANY manufacturer who is in the midst of recall and production issues–period.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  23. Sam

    My response is simply, Yes, yes and yes. We can spin this Toyota scandal to any level we want to.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  24. Brian , Boston MA

    No More Toyotas for the foreseeable future. They hid this, did little and are not to be trusted!

    March 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  25. Keith

    Jack .... I am so impressed by the big 3 domestic auto makers and the UAW that I own 4 Toyota's and a Lexus.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  26. Tadashi Davis- Brea, CA

    For years Toyota has had an immaculate reputation for quality vehicles. Recently Toyota stepped up and voluntarily recalled many of its vehicles. To me, that will make me buy another Toyota just because of the way they are conducting themselves during this recall. In my opinion American cars have alot of catching up to do when it comes to dependability. Just a thought; Toyota could have easilty blamed the American company who produced the parts in question. To my knowledge they have not...I am a proud Lexus Owner, and have owned Toyotas and wil stick with Toyota.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  27. Robert

    Scared away? Yes. We were going to buy a Toyota but decided to look at the Ford lineup instead.

    Toyota once stood for quality. Now it stands for lies, death and concealed documents.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  28. Vicki

    I have bought Hondas for the past 25 years and have been happy with all of them. I don't believe that Toyota's troubles reflect on Honda.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  29. Darren - Detroit

    The general public probably isn't too interested in their product the way it is but al-Qaida may be looking to secure a couple of them.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  30. Larry

    Larry from Apple Valley, MN
    I previously owned a Chrysler Jeep that had many mechanical issues and was very expensive to maintain, so I was very wary about purchasing another domestic vehicle. But I still looked at vehicles from all manufacturers. After much consideration I decided to purchase a new Toyota Tundra. I have had no issues with it and it is one of the nicest, dependable, most durable vehicles that I have owned. Dealing with Toyota as a comapny was and still is a pleasurable experience, and their customer service is exceptional.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  31. Mike in Indiana

    The Demming inspired quality system used be Japanese factories produces a hghly uniform product with a high first pass yield. A more uniform product than produced by Western owned factories.
    This says nothing about design quality and validation, in particular, about safety testing. In fact, one might think that the shorter Japanese new product cycle might short change safety and reliabiity testing.
    Personally, as an engineer, I have always bought American built and branded autos, perhaps just to keep up demand in my profession.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  32. jay snyderman

    No-I feel german cars are best and they continue to make me feel good driving them, no matter that the price is higher it is worth the superior road feel and built...

    March 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  33. James Hsu

    This is James Hsu from Greenbelt, Maryland. My family only buys foreign cars, we must have at least 10 Toyotas in the family. But after this Toyota scandal, things may very well change. We knew in the past few years that American cars were starting to win awards and their designs are better than ever. The only thing holding us back was the one belief that Toyota's legendary quality had to be the best as always. Well that perception is gone now. The reality (thanks to Toyota) is that no carmaker is perfect and that Amercian cars may very well be just as good as reported in Consumer Reports. Chevy Traverse here we come.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  34. rush

    I have a vested interest in buying American. My community is supported by the American manufactures and now (after the bailout) I'm, in a real sense, a share holder. Nevertheless, I'm on my second Silverado!

    March 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  35. John from Sacramento, CA

    Jack, My wife and I have been driving Toyotas since 1981 and they have been the most reliable vehicles we have ever owned. When it's time to replace a vehicle, I will inevitably shop for a Toyota. This is not to say that I don't keep tabs on how the issues are being addressed by the company, but I would do that with any make, model or other product. Remember the Tylenol poisoning scare? Is Tylenol out of business? I still take it without a second thought because the issue was addressed and they worked to make it right.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  36. Mark

    I have been in the market for a new car for the past year and was seriously considering purchasing a foreign car until this Toyota situation came about. Then Honda had a recall, Nissan and Volkswagen. I wouldn't mind buying American, but the past 25 years of junk coming out ot he "Big 3" has turned me off on buying American as well. Now, just because they had a bailout they expect me to believe they are suddenly going to produce "quality vehicles?" I guess if my current car dies, I'll have no other choice but to choose two wheels and pedals – maybe a horn and flashing lights too...

    March 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  37. Al Gray

    NO, I have been burned by all of my American car purchases and rarely by my Japanese purchases. I do and will continue to look at all brands and ask owners of their experiences.
    signed-car guy from Ct.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  38. Steve

    I am a 21 year old toyota owner from New Jersey. I am furious with the company. My car while it has not accelerated by itself yet, has never driven right. Toyota is covering up a computer problem and it infuriates me. This company cares about dollar signs not American lives. I hope to get a new car soon and it will be American, maybe even Korean. I had a Chevrolet before this and I thought getting a Toyota would be the best idea because of the reliability, all one big lie, Never again!

    March 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  39. Mark, New Orleans, LA

    I have been in the market for a new car for the past year and was seriously considering purchasing a foreign car until this Toyota situation came about. Then Honda had a recall, Nissan and Volkswagen. I wouldn't mind buying American, but the past 25 years of junk coming out ot he "Big 3" has turned me off on buying American as well. Now, just because they had a bailout they expect me to believe they are suddenly going to produce "quality vehicles?" I guess if my current car dies, I'll have no other choice but to choose two wheels and pedals – maybe a horn and flashing lights too...

    March 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  40. Ed Sucherman

    How things change. My next car will probably be a Ford.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  41. David Welch

    Not really. The only American car I might consider is Ford; however, the Ford dealership here in Fairbanks, AK. is not nearly as good as the Toyota Dealership as far as service is concerned. I currently own a 2008 Prius, and have had minor issues with it (e.g. rear door malfunctioned, which Toyota promptly replaced). By the way, I tested my Prius shifter by accelerating to 55, and while the gas pedal was depressed, I successfully put the car into Neutral. I continued to mash the accelerator while in Neutral, and the car continued to slow down, and I did not hear the engine rev up. I put the car back into drive while at about 45-50mph and drove all the way to work. Dave

    March 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  42. Phil

    The fact that Chrysler makes uninteresting cars has no bearing on the Ford Fusion, so the fact that Toyota is messing up has little bearing on what I expect from Hyundai or Honda. I drive an Accord and the Ford Fusion is the only American-designed car on my list, solely out of merit and rather despite my experience with some rental car Fords. Toyota have mostly certainly dropped a long way down my next car shopping list, however.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  43. Melissa L.

    I own a 2008 Prius. My reason to purchase it (May 2007) was because it got much better gas mileage then any other car for sale at the time, the price was very reasonable and the I didn't hear any bad news/recalls about the car.

    I honestly feel nervous about trusting any foreign company. I think I have had enough of the bad news about foreign products in general (lead in toys, car recalls with no answer to the problems etc.).

    For my next car purchase, I'm leaning towards the Ford Fusion or Ford Taurus.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  44. O.C.

    Remember Obama now owns General Motors. So now we see the government sticking its head into this and publicizing these people who supposedly had their cars accelerate, rather than quietly looking after the shareholders of Toyota and resolving any problems that actually exist.

    Does anyone remember how the Nazis raided their own radio station on the Polish border, to create a pretext for invading Poland? How do we know the San Diego driver isn't some sort of Democrat Party plant? That's right, we don't. But now the CEO of Toyota is supposed to bear up against the weight of Obama's United States Government. That's not "change we can believe in!!!"

    March 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  45. bob dion

    I own a 2009 rav 4 and I would definetly not buy another toyota. I would however still buy a Honda. I think the acceleration problem in toyotas is definetly electronic and toyota will never admit it because it could put them out of buisness.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  46. Vin

    Would still by a foreign car, may be a BMW or a Honda. For domestic the MKS or the Ram truck seems a worthy investment. However definately not a Toyota, especially after it was disclosed that the trottle does not return to the 'idle' setting if the brake and acellerator is detected. Now on a manual transmission this is understandable for two reasons;1) you can depress the clutch to control speed regardless of the engine. 2) you need to 'balance' the clutch/accelerator when starting movement up an incline, for an automatic transmission, this seems like a design flaw, since there is no way to cut power to the wheels except switchingthe ignition off (most people do not know you can force it off on newer cars by holding down the start/stop button for 3 seconds or more). 2) shift into netutral. With newer drive by wire cars this is not intuitative and is not a quick reaction verses anyone who has ever driven a manual type vechicle. Basically this is a bad design, and i am a software programmer, we all make programming mistakes, usually i fix mine really quickly.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  47. Bob Cianfrocco, Rome, NY

    If it were only one item that was bad and it pertained to one make vehicle and one year on that vehicle I would say that something slipped thru the cracks and the results were a recall for that make and year. But, since this involves a number of makes, models and years and more that one isolated problem, I'd have to say Toyota is off my list !

    March 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  48. Leslie

    No I like the best car for the money. I mean really its just a car. If we let some of these car manufactures fall maybe we can get better quality cars and not have the safety issues that we have been gong through for the last twenty years. I mean the explorer roll over scandal was not that long ago.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  49. Jordan

    No, not necessarily. However, I am less likely to buy a toyota, taking away from the pool of cars that I would choose from, increasing the chance of me buying a domestic car.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  50. adem, california.

    I still think toyota is better than HAMMER!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  51. CoDD

    Ill stay with my BMW, thank you...

    March 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  52. Allan Franklin

    After watching Toyota's cover-up – will never buy a Toyota again. Will buy the best car I can find – foreign or domestic, excluding Toyota.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  53. Doug - Dallas

    No Jack, just won't buy a Toyota.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  54. Warren

    My Toyota Tundra was built in Indiana.
    My Dad's Dodge Ram was built in Mexico.

    The UAW people working at the Indiana plant probably cringe when Obama tells everyone to consider buying American.
    The people at the plant in Mexico probably cheer.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  55. Don Storm

    I would buy another Toyota product ten times before I bought an american auto again. I have had absolutely no problems with my Lexus, something I could not say for any other car I have owned.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  56. Sonny

    I have been eyeing the Lexus IS series for a year now and I did decide that I would rather have an Infiniti instead partly because of these issues. I have no problem with the recall on face value, but I have been more than perturbed by Toyota's response to it. I feel they are still not being forthcoming and basically the Infiniti G37 is a bigger version than the IS 350, with more backseat room, and is 2-3k cheaper.

    Dallas TX

    March 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  57. Troy

    I would still buy a foreign car. Afterall, the overall quality of cars from Japan is higher than American made in my opinion, however, the gap is closing. Ford for example has been putting out some very nice models the last few years inparticular. I would expect as we go with "Green" vehicles more and more, we will have recalls simply due to new technology being tapped.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  58. John

    Since when is a Toyota a foreign car? You mean like some Fords being built in Mexico and Canada? That kind of foreign car?

    How about the Toyota plants in Fremont, California; Huntsville, Alabama; Princeton, Indiana; Georgetown and Hebron, Kentucky; Buffalo, West Virginia; Long Beach, CA; San Antonio, Texas; Blue Springs, Mississippi; joint venture with Subaru in Lafayette, Indiana.

    Maybe you should define "foreign car" before you stir up the masses with articles designed to polarize Americans.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  59. Joe, Tuscaloosa, AL

    The Toyota problem clearly got my attention and I probably mentally shifted away from foreign cars, but I am very pleased with my 2006 Toyota (Hybrid) and will more likely buy a foreign car when that time comes. So, No!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  60. Richard

    I purchased a 2010 Toyota Camry 8 months ago and have had no problems with this car. Today the car received the two-part warranty work associated with the recall.
    I am not less likely to buy a "foreign" car, though I note that my Camry was built in the United States. I
    I do wonder: what is the percentage of cars that have malfunctioned to the total number of cars subject to recall. The media has hyped the reported failures, many of which have been scary and some tragic, but what is the frequency of failure for cars on the road? It's likely very small, less likely to happen to me than it is for me to hit by someone else.
    Richard Winchester, MA

    March 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  61. John

    No, this is all trumped up nonsense. I listened to the 9-1-1 call and it was the most staged thing I've heard in a long time. If the big three want my business then they should make a car I would drive. And do it without Washington

    March 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  62. Sam Horton

    I think a better question is if you're not going to buy a foreign car, then what US brand would you choose, and why?

    Sam in Zionsville, PA

    March 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  63. liz

    American cars have come a long and I would never write them off. That said, I am as second generation failed attempt at Ford cars. My father had problems 20 years ago and 3 years ago I got rid of my Ford Taurus for a Toyota Corolla that works like a charm. I would never blindly go with or discount any automaker, but when the bean counters get involved and there are long term problems or goodwill, it takes a lot to change that reputation.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  64. William

    By the way...I drive a Mazda 3......Japanese.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  65. Nurse Lisa

    nope – my Honda was made in America by Americans – many so called "American" cars are built in Canada and Mexico by Canadians and Mexicans who get paid lfar less than their now unemployed American Auto workers did for cars that gallingly cost us the same as they did before. Ship our jobs away to make more profits means they deserve to have noone left willing to buy their junk.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  66. Bubba ATL GA

    I've never owned a car that wasn't American-made, but not on purpose. Lots of foreign-made cars are pretty good, and the dealers are usually Americans making a living. I wish Detroit well, but not enough to buy some clunker.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  67. Tyne Hall Colorado

    Jack, with this recession I'm less likely to buy any car.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  68. Miss M

    I love my Volkswagon Golf. I've driven it for more than 10 years and it's still going strong. When the time is right, I'll trade it in for another Volkswagon.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  69. TH

    I'm more likely to trust Toyota than the POS American cars. I just finished listening to the 911 call from the runaway Prius. The operator told the driver repeatedly how to stop the car. Not once did he listen and obey. And then it magically stopped when the cop arrived. Something is fishy!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  70. TJ Flynn

    American car manufacturers still haven't proven to me that they can make long-lasting quality vehicles. Toyota having a major blunder will not deter me from Honda, VW, Hyundai etc.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  71. Bob

    Actually, I will never again buy an American-made car. Never thought much of Toyota, but love Subaru, Honda, and other foreigm brands. American cars don't last, are well behind in quality and innovation, and appear targeted to gas-consumption-happy fools.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  72. Alpha

    Toyota is no different than any other automaker. They all have recalls. This time however there is a concerted effort to demonize Toyota to help boost the US auto industry and from this poll it appears to have worked.

    I personally would buy Toyota in a heartbeat. My Chevy Impala is a lemon, my wife's Toyota Corolla has never had an issue.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  73. barb in minneapolis

    I will only buy vehicles made in America. It's good for me and my family and good for America's economy.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  74. Steve Goldman

    I am much less likely to buy a Toyota, however I've had Honda's for years and never had a problem. My next car will be a Honda again

    March 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  75. Doris Lauter

    I would not buy a new Toyota under any circumstances. They don't seem to want to acknowledge that the computer system is at fault for keeping the gas pedal down. Until they know what is causing it, they won't be able to convince the public that they have fixed it.
    People who have had their gas pedal repaired still have the same problem, so it must not be the gas pedal, right?
    Ojai, California

    March 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  76. bob avery

    There is no choice but to buy a foreign car because many components (even in the 'american' cars) are not made in the u.s. Some of the so-called foreign cars have a higher percentage of north american made components than cars from the domestic automakers.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  77. Gayle Remer

    I've owned different Honda Accords since 1987. I wouldn't drive ANYTHING else. Love them. Gayle, Miami Beach, FL

    March 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  78. Leo

    I'm no less likely to buy a foreign car due to Toyota's issues than I would a domestic due to Ford's exploding Pintos.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  79. James

    At this point in my life I am convinced in Toyota's ability to bounce back from this boil on an otherwise pretty flawless resume of products. I will purchase another Toyota product. However I am inclined to purchase a truck (probably used) from the american manufacturer primarily out of patriotism and cost(I do not have Toyota truck money).

    March 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  80. Linda

    Absolutely will be less likely to by a foreign car! I've purchased Toyotas for years...still have a 2002 RAV & 2006 Tacoma truck! But the next vehicle purchase will definitely be leaning towards FORD – not only because of Toyota's issues...but to help keep Americans working!


    March 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  81. Stu

    All of those models were hybrids.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  82. joeb, New albany,IN

    No. I have been driving Toyotas since 1988. I would NEVER buy another GM or Chrysler product; and I don't trust Ford enough, yet, to buy anything but pickups from them.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  83. dan

    and were they really on the brink of collapse or did they not want to spend thier vacation funds???? seems like they still took care of the top during layoffs....

    March 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  84. joeb, New albany,IN

    No. I have been driving Toyotas since 1988. I would NEVER buy another GM or Chrysler product; and I don't trust Ford enough, yet, to buy anything but pickups from them. I am 65 years old.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  85. Mike in Youngstown

    The government bailout of GM saved many jobs in Youngstown, Ohio and we are grateful. I will always consider an American car first simply because it helps keep my neighbors employed.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  86. Sam

    In this economy, I'm unlikely to buy any car. But no, the Toyota debacle has not soured me on all foreign cars...that would be ridiculous.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  87. Craig

    As a policy, I only buy Japanese cars. Toyota has had one big slip; for decades the big three American car makers produced unsafe unreliable cars. Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and Subaru all have an infinitely better record than the best Domestic producer and all provide a superior value. I would take a recalled Toyota over a GM any day!

    The good news is that these cars are all made in the US anyway!

    PS. Buying American won't bring manufacturing jobs back to the midwest. All of those jobs were stolen by the South because of the unions and wright to work laws.

    Craig Cleveland, OH

    March 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  88. Ray

    In light of the recent recalls I am just as likely to buy a foreign car now than I was before. First, the recalls on Toyota's pedals involve AMERICAN built models. The foreign built models are not included. The floor mat issue is a design flaw not a quality defect. Secondly the deals are fantastic now.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  89. Kevin in CA

    No, but then I actively try to buy American products whenever possible – including automobiles. However, American products have become increasingly harder to find in the last decade.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  90. Matt

    Toyota's problems are (so far) only their own. I am less likely to buy one of their vehicles, but this does not discourage me from potentially buying a foreign car. Where the corporate headquarters is located is not as important as liking (and feeling safe in) the car I drive every day. A lot of "foreign" cars are assembled in the US now anyway.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  91. Tom Duggan

    I have never bought a foreign car and will never buy one. I think the domestic brands (Ford most of all, by far) make good products. The Toyota scandal has helped deflate the snob appeal that the Japanese brands have had for years. I have heard time and again how people would feel "ashamed to buy American".

    Furthernore, I just don't trust the Japanese business culture or their government. I think they are trying to accomplish economically what they failed to accomplish with their military six decades ago.

    Finally, it is vitally important to maintain our own industrial base in case we ever need to quickly build a lot of tanks, planes, etc. for a world war. I don't think import companies would let us divert their plants to make US armaments.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  92. Lori - PA


    Nevermind the Toyota scandal. If I was in the market for a new car, I would be leaning towards an American made car.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  93. Susan in Sunnyvale

    Scandal or not, we always buy American to support our own country. There are some very nice American cars out there if people would just give them a try. I drive a Buick LaCrosse and my husband drives a Caddilac and we love them!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  94. Nima

    No, since american cars except a few are not anything better than junk. i had a ford for 4 years and spent more time towing it to the mechanics on that car than i did driving , and ford is the best of so-called BIG 3.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  95. Loren, Chicago

    Doesn't make a difference, wasn't going to buy one before, not going to buy one now.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  96. Joel Miller

    I worked on the assembly line for GM from 1979-89. Even then many parts were imported including whole drive trains and assembled cars. Some of the Japanese and other foreign manufacturers started building cars in the States. It started with Honda and then Toyota, Mercedes, Nissan and Mazda followed. The point is the final assembly of any of these brands may be in the US, but that doesn't mean a Chevy is American made or a Toyota is a foreign car. Thanks to mostly Republican efforts at outsourcing, union and wage busting, and neglect this industry is a wilted version of its once proud and prosperous self.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  97. Heather

    I would NEVER buy an American car! I am a proud VW owner and feel that our car companies have ridden the patriotism horse to death. Fact is, there hasn't been a decent American design or product in three decades. American cars are poorly made and don't last. The American auto industry has only itself to blame for losing its market share while it made and marketed junk. I wonder how many people bailed on American brands because of dissatisfaction alone? It's a case of "fool me once..."

    March 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  98. CM

    Absolutely Not! I love my non-union Honda!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  99. Andrew

    Jack, I am absolutely not less likely. This recall is probably going to be a great thing for the consumer as a whole. It will cause Toyota to re-evaluate their product and retool to build a better vehicle and rebuild confidence. In the short term this means the consumer wins with lower prices and in the long term the consumer wins with a better product. Toyota got to where it is in the world by listening to what consumers want whereas Government Motors and Chrysler, who according to a CNN Money article today is failing miserably, needed the bailout because they ignored what consumers wanted and built drab or horrible cars – Malibu and Aztec. Of course GM and Chrysler will continue to rise in sales because when you are on the brink of non-existence, you obviously have no where to go but up. And to anyone who says GM, Ford, and Chrysler are American, look at Cars.com's American Made Index which rates the Camry the most American car/truck with 3 other Toyotas rounding out the top 10 and only 3 GMs making it.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  100. Bob

    In light of the Toyota scandal, are you less likely to buy a foreign car?

    No, but the only foreign car I would consider buying is a Subaru. So my reply may not be meaningful to the discussion.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  101. Vivian Hansten, Sonora CA

    I'm loyal to American car companies. A car seems to be the ONLY thing you can buy today that is made in America. Everything else says "Made in China" whether it is furniture, appliances, toys, clothers, or you-name-it.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  102. Joanne

    I would buy aToyota – Gov't Motors has been piling on Toyota. There have been 50 plus recalls for other cars since Dec.
    They have to stop relying so much on computers to do the thinking for humans...it must stop on all newer models.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  103. Jon

    Nope. I drive a 99 Honda Civic. I get 32-35 miles per gallon. The brake pads were redone once, as well as a new muffler. Besides oil changes, I have not had to put any other money into the car. I hope to get another 80-100,000 on it, then buy another Honda.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  104. Jim

    It depends Jack. If Toyota continues to deny any responsibility for the problems and does little or nothing to correct them and SOON, I would not buy another Toyota. I don't feel that way about other foriegn cars though as they apparently have not had problems. Matter of fact, I have a 2009 Toyota Camry and it has been recalled. If further problems arise, I won't be happy with this car.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  105. Vic

    We own a Toyota and a newer Dodge van. We are looking for a bumper sticker to put on our Dodge that says "I'd rather be driving my Toyota".

    March 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  106. Steve

    Until the government is out of the car business – I'm only considering foreign cars with one exception – Ford – who did not take any bailout money.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  107. Charles

    Nope staying with my BMW. Every American made vehicle, with the exception of p/u trucks have not lasted me more than 2 years without some cheap part breaking and costing me $$$ to have it fixed. I feel you get more bang for your buck when you buy a foreign vehicle. We had a hummer (H2) POS. It didnt have near as many toys as our Honda had. And the H2 was 15k more. Nope, never again will i purchase an American made car. Besides, i do not support anything todo with unions.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  108. Archie

    I will buy another Toyota as soon as I can.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  109. Fargus

    It's not like Government Motors or Ford haven't had any recalls. I'll stick to Toyota and Honda, still a better product.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  110. Rae Scarcella

    Since I am an AMERICAN - I only purchase AMERICAN made cars.
    They are much more comfortable and safe.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  111. Bodine/MU

    Why would I want to buy a foreign car when it took an act from our corrupt Congress to get Toyota to even admit they have a problem?

    Personally I think Congress should pass a law stating that any manufacturer has 30 days from the time a problem is found to rectify it or lose the ability to sale anything in this country. And this goes for American made products as well as foreign.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  112. Mamalinda

    The Big Three has taken planned obsolescence and turned the concept into the status quo. Sort of sounds like Toyota took the "everyone else does it" bait as well? However, Detroit has yet to manufacture a car that I would even consider using my hard earned dollars on. Their bad decisions have cost not only the end purchasers, but the American taxpayers as well. I've had a Toyota, Honda, Acura, Mercedes and am now on my second Volvo. Pride in workmanship, reliability and safety - that's what its all about for me.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  113. Gordon S.

    If I were in the market for a new car, it would not change my mind at all. But then again, when I buy a foreign auto, I buy German.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  114. John

    My wife and I are due with our first child next month and wanted to buy an automobile that was both safe and reliable. We purchased a 2010 Toyota 4Runner last week because we KNOW our friends overseas build such vehicles. I am disappointed with our government who in the process of nationalizing the U.S. Auto Industry is taking full advantage of this recall “crisis” and with the help of the press is overhyping this issue in what I believe is a blatant conflict of interest.

    Besides I’m not an idiot, I know how to pop a car into neutral and shut off the engine if by chance the accelerator were to stick like it did in my American made car 2 years ago.

    Eden Prairie, Minnesota

    March 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  115. Chris

    This is not the first time a major auto maker, foreign or domestic, has had recalls of this magnitude and it will not be the last. The Toyota "disaster" has had absolutely no effect on my likeliness of buying a foreign car. I have 3 Toyota's, love them all, and will still buy foreign or Toyota when the time comes for a new car.

    Chris, Danvers MA.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  116. LS

    No, I'll stick with Honda as I've never had a problem with that brand.
    The Big 3 have screwed me out of enough money and they're not getting another dime from me.
    I haven't purchased an American car for fifteen years because they were ready for the junk heap after only three years when they started to fall apart.
    The motto of U.S. automakers seems to be "build 'em fast, not good".
    As for scandals, you seem to have forgotten about gas tanks in Crown Victorias exploding when they were rear ended in collisions. There was also a defect in the cruise control on some Fords that set the car on fire when the ignition was turned off. Garages and homes went up in flames along with the car.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  117. Bertina

    There is no such thing as a foreign car.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  118. Curt

    I doubt I'd buy a Toyota, but Honda has always been a good car for me. Those days are past though. Now I try to keep the mortgage paid and some gas in my Buick. They will be cutting my gas off in a few days, but warmer weather is just around the corner, so we'll make it for awhile. Retired and being on a fixed income helps at bill time, but there's never enough to pay them all and get food as well. Hopefully no one will get sick since we have no insurance. A tree broke off next door and knocked a hunk of my roof off. They just want $650 to fix it, but as an old friend used to say: "If riverboat rides were a nickle, all I could do is run up and down the bank shouting, 'Man, that's a great deal.'" I tried getting my insurance company to fix the roof, but they have a $2000 deductible, so that's not going to be fixed.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  119. Joe Gudenas

    I won't buy a foreign car, I have bought around 25 cars in my life and have had chrysler products, fords and more G M vehicles , which I have a buick and a Chevy ssr. I have driven a few rental Toyotas which , I didn't think they were as good as the cars I own at the time.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  120. Justin

    Yes, Ford and GM ar finally paying attention to quality and efficiency.....I may even trade my long line of Honda Accords for a Malibu or Fusion. Sorry Chrysler...

    March 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  121. Mike Johnson

    I'm not buying an American car. I'd rather spend more for better quality. The Euro brands are still better.

    Palatine, IL

    March 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  122. Nick

    Thru the bailout I feel that I already bought a vehicle from GM but I have nothing to show for it. After this considered I will be buying a Nissan this month.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  123. TOPE

    What happened is an indication that no one is perfect. The issue with Toyota can happen to any auto industry, therefore I will still buy Toyota due to its superiority over American made auto.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  124. IguanaC64

    Maybe I've had too many bad GM/Ford cars for this to affect my perception of a problem I've never seen a hint of in a Toyota that I've owned. Once I started buying Toyota vehicles, I went to the mechanic WAY less. While Toyota's problems are being highly sensationalized right now, and they sound really scary, similar problems have been reported in US cars.

    One final thing I will say, my old Chevy Cavalier had all metric nuts and bolts in it...did I really buy American (any moreso than buying a Corolla)?

    March 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  125. Michael Bauer

    No not really, we always bought european cars anyway.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  126. John Hocker

    First of all, I think usage of the term "Toyota scandal" in your article and question is inapproprate.

    The only "scandal" in my opinion is the opprotunistic people and lawers, and the government promoting their newly aquired automobile companies. (and by the results of your poll, it's working)

    Second, to answer your question, not only will I buy a Toyota, I just did about 5 months ago, a 2010 Tundra. And yes, I would buy another one today.

    I have been driving nothing but Toyota's since 1977, not one of them has had less than 250,000 miles on it when I got rid of it, (I still own some of them) and not one of them EVER needed any major mechanical work. Toyota and their dealerships have always treated me as an important customer.

    I have no problem at all loading my family into any Toyota I (or anyone else) owns. I think Toyota will emerge from this "scandal" against them stronger than ever....watch out!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  127. Mark

    No, I would still buy a Honda over any other American made brand. It all boils down to quality and price. American made cars are made to run for four or five years and then fall apart.....not so for Toyota and Honda. Toyota will get this fixed and come back. Americans are so fickle, they just wait for someone else to tell them what they should be buying. There are millions on Toyotas on the roads that are NOT running out of control!

    Oklahoma City

    March 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  128. Trish

    I think generalizing to all foreign cars is silly. Am I less likely to buy a Toyota – definitely. But am I less likely to buy from other foreign brands like BMW or Nissan – no – my opinion of them is based solely on their performance history.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  129. Bruce

    No, but I AM less likely to buy a Toyota.

    Atlanta, GA

    March 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  130. Liz in DC

    As a result of the Toyota scandal, and what it revealed about Japanese attitudes about U.S. customers, I am less likely to purchase a Japanese car. However, I will continue to purchase German cars.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  131. honestjohn in Vermont

    I am far, far less likely to buy a Toyota Jack. I would try to buy an American car if it made good sense because I would rather help keep Americans working.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  132. Tim in Syracuse


    I currently own an 'Foreign' car. It was made here in American by American workers. I bought it because it has great gas millage and other features I desire. If I could get an 'American' car that gave my what I want at a price I am willing to pay I might buy 'American'. Until then I'll continue to buy as I have in the past.

    Syracuse NY

    March 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  133. Cody (D.C.)

    BMW all the way, baby!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  134. Walt Fletcher

    Recent events should not be such a surprise to Americans. I worked in a management capacity for Toyoda Machinery USA in the early 90's when their objective was to eliminate the US machine tool manufacturing industry. I was given assignments to develop processes and manufacturing relationships with American companies to increase US made content in their product in conjunction with a US sponsored 'Made in the USA' program. Once samples had proven successful and pricing established, Toyoda's Japanese management simply went back to their suppliers in Japan to use the product / pricing as leverage against suppliers in their own country. It's not about integrity or honesty. It's about profit!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  135. Shekhar Patil, MI

    Yes I'll buy American car when next time my car.
    The reason when manufacturer lie then its time to move to other car maker.
    I don't understand how can FLOOR MAT make gas pedal stuck. You need at least couple of pounds
    of weight to make gas pedal to stuck. I don't think FLOOR MAT is that heavy.

    Shekhar MI

    March 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  136. Joe CE

    Much less likely to buy a Toyoya untill they prove that they have solved the problems = not much done so far. Hondais a lot like Toyoya. I hope that they have the sense to check their models especially the electronics.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  137. Ray Braguglia

    Not at all. In fact, I just bought a new Honda CRV last week. I've owned three Hondas in the past, and they have been far and away the most reliable vehicles I've ever had (in my 68 years). Toyota may have real problems in their electronics (but it's most likely a software bug), but their biggest problem is that they don't understand the American media & consumers, and don't know what to do to fix their problem.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  138. Binky

    I won't buy a Toyota but will still only buy foreign cars.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  139. Kate

    I'm less likely to buy a Toyota, but not a foreign car in general. Plenty of foreign automakers still have some of the safest vehicles on the road today: Volvo, BMW, Mercedes, etc.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  140. Lee

    When I buy a new car, whether or not its a foreign company is the last thing on my mind. I look for a variety of things, and the cars that make my test-drive list are based such things as long-term quality, features that are standard that aren't on other models, safety, gas mileage and style. Unfortunately, most American cars tend to be absent on the list. Many are built outside the USA, and tend to have problems down the road (such as my Jeeps, a 1994 and 1999 that have had problems with the exhaust manifold and AC compressors). If Detroit wants my business back, they need to learn how to build a quality car for younger people to enjoy. Either their cars are too boy-racer and lack quality to last for long-term ownership, or look and feel old-people styled (Chevy Malibu, looking at you, although a great American car). Wake up Detroit, I used to be loyal and paid for it in many repairs.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  141. Karen in Colorado

    I am not convinced that safety issues currently attributed to Toyota are as serious or as widespread as the media and government would have us believe. One has to wonder why Toyota is guilty until proven innocent at a time when US auto makers are in financial difficulties. When the investigations are complete, I suspect driver error and poor installation of incorect floor mats will be the primary causes of the problems. I stand by Toyota since my first purchase in 1983.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  142. Sean Spampinato

    Today I own a BMW, but I really like the new Ford Line up and would consider American for my next purchase. As long as the big 3 don't hold on to the same design year over year for 10 years I think they can be successful.

    BIG 3, please do not sell to fleet and rental companies the car I drive as it makes me feel less special as a car owner when anybody can rent that car.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  143. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    The next new model of Toyota will be the most carefully made car. They certainly will not want to make the same mistake twice. I will be inclined to buy an import.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  144. Virgil

    I've only owned foreign cars in my lifetime: 1978 Toyota Celica, 1989 Nissan Stanza, 1993 Toyota Corolla, 1998 Toyota Avalon, 2003 Acura TL Type-S. And now that I'm in the market to purchase a newer car, I'm leaning towards German or American. Problem is, the American cars aren't very appealing visually and they're mainly niche cars. By niche cars I mean they're either for a family of 4-6, a young kid who can't afford anything really nice, or some old guy that likes luxury but doesn't care about driving performance. 32 yro male Charlotte, NC

    March 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  145. Rhonda

    Toyota's problems are not going to keep me from buying other foreign cars, but I would think twice before buying another Toyota. They need to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that their problem is fixed and they have yet to do this.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  146. Rosemarie

    I have driven foreign cars for several years now but when it was time to choose my next car I had decided long before the Toyota fiasco that buying American was the only way to go. It is time to support the good old USA!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  147. Don Carey

    No Jack, I am not. The people that get into accidents with sudden accelerating cars are morons. Here is a suggestion: If you car starts to accelerate PUT IT IN NEUTRAL and gently apply the breaks. It will stop. For those drivers who are intellectually challenged, you should also pull over to the side of the road while decelerating.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  148. PalmSpringsPerry

    I just bought a Harley Jack – Let's RIDE!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  149. Barry (Thomasville, Georgia)

    No. My wife and I love our Toyotas. We have never had a safety problem with either of them, and we have a high level of confidence we never will experience any problem. If a safety problem should occur–not likely but always a remote possibility as with any auto makers' products–we believe Toyota will fix it in a responsible manner, and WITHOUT ANY TAXPAYERS' ASSISTANCE FROM THE U.S.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  150. Don

    No, just less likely to buy a Toyota. Now Hyundai is my "best buy for the buck" favorite brand.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  151. Ernest Mittelholzer

    I have bought my share of US fullsized wagons and found that their reliability and mechanics expenses were high and their resale was miserable compared to Volvo, Acura and Toyota. Being a loyal American, I would consider an American car only if they can demonstrate equal quality and resale value with better warranties than the Japanese, Koreans and Germans offer. Cars are too expensive to offer poor workmanship and reliability. Toyota has issues now with highly public trajedies. So far our Highlander, Prius and 2 Corollas seem fine.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  152. Doc

    Jack, I've been in the auto repair business for 35 years. I've witnessed in the last ten years the quality of Japanese auto decline first hand. On the other hand, I've seen vast improvements of quality in Ford and GM products. The Japanese automakers have gotten greedy for profits and market share and they are now paying the price.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  153. Jane (Minnesota)

    Not any less than before – I would NEVER buy a foreign car – I try to buy as much American as I can.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  154. Chris

    No I will no longer purchase a foreign car. As an engineer who worked in a foreign technical culture, whistle blower laws do not exist. So if an engineer knows there is a serious problem, he is not protected by the law. Has anyone investigated Toyota's material handling supplier, Daifuku? Daifuku does not comply to ANSI/ESD S541-2008. This is the specification required to minimize the risk for electro static discharge when handling electronic components. Imagine if the food and drug companies did not follow strict compliance specifications for material handling. Why don't the foreign companies not comply? Cost... Too Expensive ... Plain and Simple.. Profit over compliance.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  155. Melissa

    No. We own a Honda Element and its one of the best cars we've ever had. I'm buying whats good.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  156. Chris Smith

    The last three cars I bought were Pontiacs. American cars, right? Wrong – – all three were made in Canada. So much for buying domestic! (And why were they made in Canada? Health care costs.)

    March 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  157. John

    No Jack I am not less likely to buy a foreign car. Especially since the BIG THREE are 99% foreign anyway.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  158. Larry Lalonde

    Jack, I wonder if Congress will go after GM with the same ferocity as it did Toyota the next time GM issues a massive recall? If at last Congress demonstrates that no car maker, regardless of country of origin, can get away with building a dangerous product then I might believe that this high profile investigation of Toyota was undertaken to protect the public and wasn't Japan-bashing in disguise to the benefit of American manufacturers.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  159. D. Kahn

    In light of the Toyota scandal, I am less likely to buy a Toyota, and perhaps marginally less likely to trust foreign cars to the extent that I had previously. However, I am significantly more like to buy an American. Having seen American car companies on the brink, I have a sense that I have neglected to properly consider American options in the past. I also have a growing patriotic sense to do my part – particularly when American car companies are making high quality cars, with better MPGs and are competitively priced.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  160. Boomer in Mo

    Well, I have two Fords, both with Mazda engines and one was built in Mexico. We regularly get 200,000+ miles plus out of our Fords with Mazda engines (we are on our fifth one), so just what is an "American" car?

    March 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  161. Monica

    Well, Im certainly less likely to consider a Toyota!!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  162. Don Carey

    No Jack, I am not. The people that get into accidents with sudden accelerating cars are morons. Here is a suggestion: If you car starts to accelerate PUT IT IN NEUTRAL and gently apply the breaks. It will stop. For those drivers who are intellectually challenged, you should also pull over to the side of the road while decelerating.

    Idaho Falls, Idaho

    March 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  163. David McKirdy

    I just bought my second Honda Civic in a year. I had a bad expericne with Ford, a Pinto,. need I say more? and a Ford Ranger that started burning so much oil at 70,000 miles that looked more like a World War Two destroyer on convoy duty than a car on the road. i thought about Ford but just could not make the trip to the dealer. Drove a Chev Coblat rental and just did not like the car.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  164. Ray, Atlanta, GA

    No, it means I'm less likely to buy a new car. The old technology worked well when there was a mechanical linkage from the gas pedal to the throttle. It's the fly-by-wire that is giving them problems and Toyota isn't the only one using it.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  165. Beth

    I would happily buy a foreign car and still would not purchase an American car (with the exception of a Cadillac). While I wouldn't purchase a Toyota for several years, I would buy a Honda over any other make out there right now. I have a Honda and the reliability and longevity cannot be beat. Well, Toyota could have beat it but I'm not interested in high speed chases where I can't use my brakes.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  166. Donald Settle

    Hubris comes in all nationalities. Our auto companies had it in the 80's Toyota has it now. buying a car is a very personal decision for most and there is that first car memory that will effect you forever as you buy cars. If your first one was a dud you are forever hesitant to go down that road again.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  167. maryanne/ontario

    Not really, just likely NEVER to buy anythings newer than 2 years old.
    My dad who was a mechanic always warned me never to buy a new car.
    New technology takes time to rear its ugly head.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  168. Dave R. - Columbus, Ohio

    No. In fact, when it's time for another car, I'll be looking at Honda. Nissan might sneak into the picture. Chevy & Chrysler should be out of business. I won't buy Toyota in light of what's happened recently. The only American auto company I'd consider is Ford – they've played their cards right. But until Honda gives me a reason to go elsewhere, I likely won't. It's the only car I've owned that hasn't given me persistent problems. I've owned Chevy, Ford, and Chrysler cars and hated every one of them.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  169. James

    I have owned Toyota vehicles for years and currently own a 2001 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner which has been a wonderful car all the years I have owned it. I haven't had to do any major mechanical work to it other than the standard wear and tear items (tires, brakes, oil changes, sensors). It is very sad to see Toyota going through such quality control difficulties because they have made great vehicles for years and stand by their quality. In light of the current "sticky gas pedal" recall, which is not really a sticky gas pedal but an issue with the system electronics which Toyota will not admit to further hurts their reputation and their public trust. I want to see Toyota own up to the problem and admit that the electronics are the problem and fix it, rather than continue to pass the buck and claim that something else is the problem and state that they have already issued a fix for it. Because everyone can clearly see this, I cannot personally say that I would purchase another Toyota vechicle for my next vehicle purchase. If they had come out, even today, and owned up to the problem and admitted their faults and worked diligently to fix the issues going forward then I might reconsider, but it appears that Toyota management has gone down the wrong path as it stands.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  170. Bruce from Grand Rapids, Michigan

    I was going to make my 94 Mercury Villager go for 17 years and buy an efficient 2011 domestic car, figuring the big 3 would be no more than 5 years behind the foreign brands. The Ford Fiesta has great promise, although there won't be a diesel offered here in the states like there is in Europe. When "cash for clunkers" came along, I couldn't look away. So I could buy maybe 3 domestic cars or up to a dozen foreign cars. We narrowed our search down to hybrid sedans, so it was Toyota Prius vs. Ford Fusion. The Prius bested the Ford by 10 miles per gallon, and was five thousand dollars cheaper. If Ford had stayed on the green plan they had in 2002, I would have had a comparable sedan to buy. But no, the big three decided to be naughty in the 'naughts' and leave green behind. When I think about all of the wasted time, research dollars, and inability to cut the pipeline from countries where people want to kill us, it's no wonder we're in such a sorry state. I love the Prius (even with the recall); I wish I could love my Ford Fiesta instead.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  171. Raul

    I have owned different cars over the years. I owned a Ford Mustang, Honda Civic, Mercedes Benz, Scion Xa, and my latest 2005 Toyota Avalon. I love my Avalon. It will probably be the last car I will own in this life. I have never had a problem with my Avalon. I learned to drive on a standard manual transmission. So I know how to shift it in neutral in case of an emergency.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  172. Foy Pruett Walden Forest City N.C.

    Last summer (2009) I bought a new Toyota. I believe Toyota knew about the current problems when I bought my car. But nobody told me. Gives me a bad feeling right down in the bottom of my stomach.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  173. Geebus


    Before you start stating sales figures, you might want to read the column right above yours on CNN.com, which states:

    "Chrysler's sales to consumers have plunged more than 44% so far this year, according to estimates by industry tracker Edmunds.com."


    March 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  174. Ruth - Indiana

    much less likely

    March 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  175. Samantha - Charlotte NC

    If the US government didn't have a financial stake in the future of US automakers, then the Toyota ordeal wouldn't have been in the media as much or spun in the same way. Also, doesn't congress have better things to do than have hearings with the President of Toyota? Shouldn't they be focused on jobs, or health care, or the economy or how about the 2 wars we are fighting?!? The most interesting tidbit is what is left out of all the news stories – the recalled vehicles were made in the USA...maybe the lesson here is that Americans make crappy cars.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  176. Rob

    I wouldn't say I'm less likely to buy a foreign car, but I definitely would no longer consider buying a Toyota. In light of the current economic times, I would most definitely buy an American-made car simply to help Americans stay on the job.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  177. Tom

    No, I am still skeptical about the quality of American cars (owned two and both had a myriad of problems) and supporting car companies who took government bailouts. In fact, I bought a Hyundai last week. Waynesboro, PA

    March 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  178. Sam Smith

    Please define "foreign"... Don't let the Toyota debacle deceive you, there are good cars out there. Check out Volkswagen, they seem to be decent builders (all things considered).

    But in regard to our own producers i have to say we are on the wrong track. The GM Ampera is nice, but in terms of performance it's just the 'Electric Car' of the 90 (which was killed by the company that now brings you the Ampera...)

    March 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  179. Susan

    I've been a lifelong Honda owner since the tender age of 19, and I am 51 now. I own my cars until "death do us part." Each Honda I've owned has been amazing. Maintenance and reliability and lost work time due to getting problems fixed have never been issues. The maintenance people who work on my car are experienced with several makes, and they have told me they feel like there is something "special" about this make.

    My 56 year old significant other of 19 years has been so impressed with my latest car, a 2000 Honda Civic CX hatchback, that in January, when his 28 year old motorcycle finally gave out, he went straight for a manual transmission Honda Fit. We didn't even need to discuss it, as we had had the "What would we replace my car with if we had to?" discussion a few times. It is the first time in his life he has ever owned a car, and he loves it.

    Our experience with cars has been so good, I just don't think we'll be buying an American brand any time soon.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  180. Dave Johnson

    Two things: 1) I have never bought an American car, and 2) I don't plan on buying an American car in my lifetime.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  181. crusintunes

    Heading should read Japanese instead of Foreign car. My VW and Audi are a ok. And I like that their dealerships have somewhere for you to sit when you bring your car in to get serviced. I do however have a 03 Chevy sitting on bricks when the transmission went out after only 40,000 miles.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  182. JM

    I am no more or less likely to buy a foreign car. The old way of buying Ameican is gone. So much of each "American" car is produced in other countries that the "American" brands are really no longer American.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  183. Rob Kornacki

    I believe Toyota will be a long time recovering from this self-inflicted fiasco, where quality was sacrificed for corporate profits...something that perhaps put Detroit in its present pickle (?). No more Toyotas for me and I have three... I hope the likes of Nissan, Honda et. al. have been paying attention.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  184. Bob in Kansas City

    Wouldn't consider a foreign nameplate, I'd rather see all the revenue stay here to help our economy...after all this Toyota uproar I think its clear that all non domestics are here for the money and nothing else. The fact they have assembly plants here is just to keep political pressure at bay, if sales of those models tank closing them is not out of the question, peel back the PR and you'll find a version of big business no different than our homegrown variety.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  185. Dianne Wallace


    I will continue to buy foreign cars because even in the worst crisis I believe that American cars are the worst. Have you ever drive behind a Chevy and the back of the car always looks like its carrying a ton of brick in the trunk.

    Dianne, Clermont FL

    March 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  186. Jeannine

    I'm less likely to buy a Toyota. American cars continue to provide terrible value to consumers. Remind me what percent of the average American car's cost is made up of pensions? Toyota's scandal hasn't changed that.

    Arlington, VA

    March 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  187. Chris V

    I drive a Ford. My mom and brothers drive Fords. My wife drives a Honda and we were looking at trading it in for a Fusion. We are American. We are America and we are built Ford Tough!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  188. Lea

    I would definitely buy another foreign car – and not likely to consider American. In spite, of the Toyota's fiasco foreign cars in my opinion are a better investment. Toyota's integrity is their downfall not the product itself. They simply have not been truthful about what the real deal is – and they'll have to pay for that.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  189. Amia in ATL

    Nope. I just won't buy a Toyota.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  190. Peter Franklin

    Plan to buy a domestic sometime this year after nearly three decades of imports only (I'm 70) but it's not because of safety concerns. Rather I think it best to suport our own economy. Hope to find a plug-in hybrid that suits me so I can limit environmnental damage at the same time.
    Peter Franklin, El Cerrito, Ca.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  191. Al

    I would still consider a foreign car considering I have a Dodge right now that has had 5 major repairs in the first 4 years. Which is 3 repairs less than my Chevy had. UAW and American workers use to stand for pride and quality, now even the Japanese carmakers are seeing that workers in America no longer care.

    Al-Dallas, TX

    March 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  192. Michael Alexandria, VA

    I usually buy Ford's anyway, since my wife's stepfather is a retiree and we get the no haggle employee discount.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  193. Linda in Arizona

    I'm not likely to buy any car again ever, but if I did, it would be a Toyota, and it would be OLD. I hate all new cars. What a bunch of junk.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  194. Thomas F Rosage

    No, I have always been disappointed by every American brand I've owned. Not once in the last 40 years has a foreign brand let me down. Generally speaking, most foreign brands are still of better quality and value than American brands; regardless that Ford has finally built product receiving quality kudos. Too little too late for my money.

    Toyota has made a big blunder; however, with a long, long history of high value and almost bullet-proof reliability they are way more likely to weather the bad news than say the Big 3 US companies. Keep in mind too that nearly all foreign brands manufacture many, if not all, of their US lines on US soil. If one begins to take a xenophobic approach to the foreign product, keep in mind that such actions are likely to hurt your American neighbors more than the Foreign parent company.

    Albuquerque, NM

    March 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  195. Krista

    I'm not less likely to buy a foreign car, I'm less likely to buy a Toyota.
    My family currently owns Japanese, American & German cars. I don't care where it's made, I just want the best car that meets my needs.

    Seattle, WA

    March 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  196. CJ

    If you have the money, go for a BMW. Of course, most young Americans don't have that kind of cash, so American cars are the way to go these days. Personally, I would go with any German made car than any Japanese or American car.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  197. Weez

    Add the problems of Toyota to a new line of really good looking, fuel-efficient, and easy-on-the-budget Chevys and Fords, and my wife and I are looking forward to purchasing an American-made vehicle. We both currently drive Japanese-made vehicles, and we're under 30. On the other hand, we're definitely not interested in Chrysler's lineup. It's great to see the American car company on the way back up; nationally speaking, it may be the only thing to be proud of besides our amazing Olympians.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  198. Leon

    I am a happy Ford owner and will never buy a foreign car. However, the reason is not because of the Toyota scandal. It is because:
    1) the quality of domestic cars has improved significantly;
    2) parts for domestic cars are much cheaper than those of foreign cars;
    3) I want to do my part to save jobs and the economy.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  199. Carman

    American cars still fall apart at a rapid level and have too many quality issues. I am sticking with German engineering.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  200. Bob, St. Thomas Pa.

    Jack, I'm not likely to buy any new cars. My 27 year old Mercedes still has lots of life left in it- and no computers to boot!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  201. Dan B.

    that's ridiculous... most of the foreign (particularly japanese) cars are made in the united states ... the Big 3 American car manufacturers are more owned by China (who owns our debt) than by "US"

    March 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  202. stuart

    Which brand car will still be running at 180k miles, Toyota or Chevy? Thanks but Ill stick with my 4runner.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  203. Annie, Atlanta

    What happened to Toyota doesn’t affect my preference. I've always had American made cars except for one VW Beetle a long time ago.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  204. David Williams

    Like anything successful, you become comfortable and standards will slip. It always happens and is now happening to Japanese business and culture as it did to America.

    The people who argue for Toyota are blind fan boys who have not realized that other manufacturers have been catching up to them.

    Greed is the culprit here and there was absolutely no thought to the welfare of the human beings that this company killed.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  205. Peter Lunn

    Clayton NC

    I have owned 21 cars in my lifetime. Four of my last five automobiles were Acuras and Hondas. The 5th was a Ford pickup truck. I don't plan to buy another American car. I am very happy with my Hondas and Acuras. And all three of my young adult children also drive Hondas. And my ex-wife does too. Why? Quality, reliability, and value. None of my American brand cars have ever approached Honda or Acura in terms of quality, reliability, or value.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  206. wayne

    Buy an American car and support the UAW. You've got to be kidding. It'll never happen at my house!!! Get rid of the union and then I will consider it.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  207. jack phoenix, AZ

    ONly buy Foreign. I no longer trust american cars , trying to cut corners for survival. Foreign are better buys for components. American manufacturers put too much plastic into cars.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  208. Mike

    I am buying a new Toyota right now because of the great deals.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  209. Frank Dicken

    I fully understand why Americans are now lashing out against foreign cars with the recent acceleration problem that Toyota is facing and I truly do not want to sound "UN" American but the proof is in the pudding. I've owned nothing but Toyota and Nissans for 20 years now. I've never in my life found challenges with my car(s) like most of my friends who own US brands. My brother has gone thru two Chevy trucks since my Toyota Four Runner purchase. Such things like fuel pumps, electric problems, engine leaks and now shock problems have forced his vehicle into the repair shop at least a 1/2 dozon times. I have changed my oil as recommended and have had to replace my serpintein belt but that's all so far in 6 years. If bashing Toyota makes American Automakers feel any better and jobs are created than I'm all for it but don't ask me if I'd buy something out of Detroit. The cars made here in America are far and away inferior to our Japanese neighbors. I'm for buying what works best and longest and it isn't coming out of Ford, Chrysler, or Dodge!!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  210. Glenn

    I will never ever buy a US made car. $3000 of the price goes to the pension and they rust and stink. I have had fords, dodges, and Government motors cars. I will only buy Hyundia or Volvo for ever!!!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  211. Pam Wright

    Will continue to buy Toyota products – I/we personally have never had any bad experiences with them. I have always had problems with American cars. I plan to buy a new Toyota in 6 months.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  212. Bruno

    So I guess the objective to kick start american sales by lowering the trust of the public towards a foreign product worked...

    Like the H1N1 scare, whoever comes up with those ideas is a genious!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  213. David Gerstenfeld

    Not at all. Unfortunately their resale value will probably still be higher then American models. I wish it weren't so.

    David, Las Vegas

    March 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  214. Andy

    No, it just means I'm much, much less likely to buy a Toyota ever again. After 20 years of strictly German vehicles my wife went with a Toyota last year before all these problems came to light. Now she's seriously looking at getting rid of it and going back to a German vehicle. As for U.S. vehicles; Ford is just a irresponsible as Toyota is currently being, Chrysler has nice vehicles but get horrid fuel mileage, and GM forces OnStar on customers which is a deal breaker. We'll stick with German vehicles which give us a diesel option so we can get economy without sacrificing the environment with toxic battery waste.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  215. C.Beitz; Oak Hall, VA

    I purchased a Toyota years ago, & sold it after 1 year. I would never consider another Toyota after this reign of faulty safety issues, and misleading the public for years.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  216. Natalie

    Nope, I have never considered buying a foreign car. We need the jobs to stay here in the U.S. and why people fail to understand that, I just don't know.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  217. Steve K

    I currently own a 2004 Prius that has been a great car. When the media brought to light the current problems of acceleration I started to have reservations. Last week I almost bought a 2010 Prius at Dublin Toyota in northern CA but at the last moment I had second thoughts and walked out after the dealer agreed to everything I asked for in pricing. After seeing the news footage and hearing the 911 call for the runaway Prius in San Diego this week, I would NEVER buy another Prius again. I am so glad I listened to my "gut" feel to walk away from the deal last week.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  218. S J

    NOPE – had a Toyota, have a BMW now. Although the American cars have improved in looks, I am not ready to buy it.

    Toyota will get out of this mess and people will buy them again. It is just a glitch.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  219. Matthew Dianich

    When I consider a car maker, I rank safety the highest. There are many brands that exude safety: Volvo, Mercedes, Audi, BMW and a host of other foreign car makers. In fact, Consumer Reports generally have ranked foreign cars and SUVs higher in safety rankings than comparable domestic car makers. Sure, Toyota has sparked a national fervor that has rallied pro-American consumers to point the finger and shout "I told you so...". However, lest we forget the millions of cars, trucks and SUVs that Ford (and other US makers) has had to recall over the last decade or so (i.e., the fire-related recalls), American car makers have done an equally poor job at proving their cars are safe. If anything, American car makers have set the standard for poor quality over their overseas competition (visit Consumer Affairs for further detail).

    I haven't owned a car in over 10 years (benefits of living in the City). However, I do drive cars for business and have contemplated purchasing one in the near future. While I will consider American automobiles, I will do so with a discount on safety and likely opt for a foreign maker if the latter surpasses the former.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  220. Arthur in Chicago

    Well Jack, what is truly a "foreign" car these days? Many part manufacturing and assembly plants for Japanese cars are in North America, so many Canadians, Americans and Mexicans are building these cars. Certainly could affect "American" jobs. Bottom line, if the product is a quality product at a fair price, I will buy it.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  221. Rob Novak

    I am not going to buy a Toyota. I am not less likely to buy a foreign car. Honda/Acura and Nissan/Infiniti is where I am looking. I am going to need years of proof before I buy something from GM or Chrysler again. I would buy a Ford/Lincoln.

    Rob Novak
    St. Louis MO

    March 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  222. Johnny From South Carolina

    Jack I still think that Toyota is a great company. However; I've own lots of cars in my life and I think that Honda has the best quality, and reliabilty. So I will only buy Honda's I wouldn't even consider a Ford,Chrsyler, or a Gmc.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  223. Alex

    Not quite sure. The recall has only happened to Toyota, so I don't think this justifies bashing all foreign vehicles. With the same token, this is a once i a lifetime opportunity for US car makers, if they do not come out on top after this, then really there is nothing that is going to save them. Yes, their numbers are up from the year before, but can the US maintain those numbers up? That will be determined on the quality they can provide in years to come.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  224. Robert T. Bruce

    This is not a scandal, if anyting it is Congress trying to protect their interest in Government Motors. Toyota's safety record far exceeds the American car companies. This may be a black spot on an otherwise clean Toyota record, but it does not change my percetion of foreign cars. I would still buy a foreign car.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  225. Michael McDowell from Ft. Worth, Texas

    Considering that car prices rise yearly, along with insurance and other costs associated with a new car, foreign or domestic is not the issue. The issue is why can't any manufacturer make something that lasts longer than the fillings in my teeth. Shoddy workmanship has become the accepted, because no one takes pride in what they create anymore! It is all about buying to replace.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  226. Tim in Iowa

    After 25 years of American made clunkers, I gave Honda a try. I'll keep buying Hondas thank you.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  227. Michael, Sarasota FL

    Jack, I wouldn't mind a Lexus if they sell them off really cheap but unlike those strange people that drive for miles at high speed when their acceleration sticks I'd be ready to pop it into neutral and brake should the need arise.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  228. D. Kisting

    I've driven a Lexus for years. I've had absolutely no problems.

    Nope, I'll not drive an American made car, and I live in Michigan. My husband had a Dodge pick-up. It was just "okay". I do go back to Wisconsin to have my car serviced. Some day I hope to get back there to live
    again, Michigan isn't exactly Lexus friendly.

    Midland, MI

    March 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  229. Nina

    The last time we owned an American made car was in 1977 – It was a beautiful bright yellow Cherokee Chief Jeep – It was brand new and we relocated fronm NJ to AZ – It broke down twice in that trip and continued to have many problems not reconciled by the dealers. We have since owned a 1982Toyota that is still used by our son, a Honda that we has for 13 years, a 2003 Nissan pickup that my husband is now driving and a 2002 Hyundai that a really like. Will we consider a foreign vehicle again – I think so – Our vehicles did not fall apart after a few years like some we have seen. Toyota will fix whatever is wrong and stnad behind their product.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  230. Arthur

    Oh please! He will still be driving his Lexus, Mercedes, or BMW. Anything to be part of the in crowd.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  231. Joe (Chicago, IL)

    I'm 26. Toyota might be having problems right now, but the quality of their cars overall is much better than its U.S. competitors. So, I would have no problem buying a Toyota. I would prefer to buy american, but I need my car to last.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  232. The Broker.

    "I don't drive now, But I never had any Japanes car in my life. They were either Ford or GM here, and British leyland in England. But it will make no difference these days, if I bought one under $26,000. They are all made to last three years or less, then big bucks to keep them flying."

    March 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  233. Lynda from NC

    Not at all – and I own one of the recalled toyotas. By the way, it was manufactured in the good ole USA. And I would also be willing to bet a good number of Americans are invested in Toyota stock. This could have happened to any car company, it has nothing to do with the country of origin and more to do with putting a product out too quick to meet an ever increasing demand.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  234. Chris (Toronto)


    Foreign automakers have been given billions by American taxpayers to set up shop here, while their markets are essentially closed to our makers. Foreign automakers also receive R&D funds from their governments – a permanent bailout. Their firms have displaced far, far more American workers that they've hired, too. And now this.

    I am surprised that the D3 have lasted this long, so slanted is the playing field. I will never buy anything but American. Period.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  235. Pete Serino

    Jack: I have always belived in buy American. If more people would do so we would have more jobs here in the USA. People need to demand that more products be MFG in the USA.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  236. LynneNY

    Jack...We have owned a beautiful Hyundai Sante Fe for 3 years and we love it. We will buy another one when this one is paid off. It just suits our needs ...a great warranty , and was priced well...not to mention it has had good dependability ratings.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  237. Nichole, Tulsa, OK

    I currently own a Toyota and couldn't be happier with it (mine has not been on any recall lists so far, though). I never have and probably never will base my decision on what car to buy because of where it's made. There are still plenty of "American made cars" that still have foreign engines or parts in them... but that's beside my point. I will buy a car based on customer reviews, manufacturer warranties and my big concern is gas mileage, which unfortunately American manufacturers still trail far behind their competitors on.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  238. Chris - Albuquerque, New Mexico

    American car companies have finally woken up from their 40 year slumber and started to make vehicles comparable in reliability and style to foreign auto makers. That is really the key; unfortunately, all of these auto makers at some point seem to fall back on reputation rather than inovation. Just ask Toyota, reputation only gets you so far. As soon as a company starts putting out an inferior product, the loyalty is gone; as it should be.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  239. Marc Abelanet

    Why not? From the Corvair to the Prius there's a long line of auto manufacturer screwups. Mercedes is not immune. GM is not immune. Not one of them is immune. It's all about getting product to the marketplace as fast as possible and worry about the consequences later.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  240. Meaghan

    Less likely to buy a foreign car? Nope, I'm less likely to buy a Toyota. I would love to buy a foreign car, such as a BMW.

    Meaghan from Boston.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  241. K

    I wouldn't buy a toyota if it came free with a rebate. It is beyond me why all the toyotas haven't been banned from the roads until this problem is corrected or will this wait until there is a major accident with loss of life

    March 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  242. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    No Jack, just less likely to buy a Toyota. My last 8 car purchases have been Toyota's, Honda's or Suburu's. They've each lasted forever with minimal problems. Prior to that all I had were problems with US cars. Maybe quality is better now, but they have to prove it first.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  243. Gail, Plano,Texas

    We purchased 2 Chevy Cobalts last summer. Love them! We were considering buying a Tundra Toyota truck. I am so happy we did not. After this debacle with Toyota, I would never ever consider buying a foreign car!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  244. Frank Dicken

    Simply put, If you are trying to energize the American economy than attacking Foriegn car companies is a great idea. For me, I'm buying Toyota from here on. I've owned several types of cars in my life and nothing drives, handles and runs like my 4Runner (TOYOTA). It obvious that the recent attacks on Toyota are very serious but to me it sounds like sour grapes. Next time you drive into a mall parking lot or a large parking garage play the "SPOT THE FORIEGN CAR" game. They are everywhere. Up until two months ago Toyota was the #1 car sold in America. Why? Because its better than anything produced in Detroit thats why. NO I will not be buying American anytime soon.

    Los Angeles, Ca

    March 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  245. Chuck

    Forgot about the exploding gas tanks of the have we?
    Those were US made vehicles.
    Last year the top 5 companies in reliability were Japanese.
    Toyota was 3rd.
    I wouldn't have a Toyota now or in the future because they appear to
    have tried a cover up. On the other hand, I plan to buy another Japanese
    company's model this year.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  246. Kenneth - Dayton, OH

    Yes, I am more likely to buy a domestic car such as the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima or Hyundai Sonata over a foreign car like the Ford Fusion.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  247. Linda

    Jack, As a long-time Chrysler customer, I'm glad to see that the American brands are back in the good graces of younger adults. It always bothered me that many gen x'ers thought that Japanese cars were a better buy and more reliable than their American counterparts. Personally, I never liked the idea of owning a car that looked like every other sedan on the road. At least Chrysler took some pride in American sensibilities for styling.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  248. Ed from De


    Americans are fed up. If it's not lying politicians, it's lost jobs and now humongous safety recalls of an important part of our daily life. Maybe we will start to look at cars and purchases in a different light and buy the better product. My only question is how can we tell what's really better?

    Ed from De

    March 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  249. Brickell Princess

    Not really but I do expect a lower price from Toyota! I will never drive a Ford ever again because they are always bursting into flames. Just wish the government and the media machine would pay as much attention to Flaming Fords as they do to Road Runner Toyotas!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  250. John

    Jack, is there such thing as an "American
    car" with parts manufactured in other countries?

    March 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  251. Eric Heimann

    Toyota's basic problems are not limited to Toyota but are endemic to the entire auto industry, i.e., the rush for profits are more important that the safety or long term satisfaction of the purchasers. The attitude us akin to the military justification of "acceptable casualties." The auto manufacturers have the delusion that an alleged "good try and better spin" should limit their financial accountability.
    Anyone with more than casual knowledge of microchips aware that we do not know all there is to know about the inner workings to same and on theu do not work as expected. Much to the chagrin of the engineers and scientists, we learned this lesson the hard way in the space program.
    Once something goes wrong, the best way to resolve ant PR problem is to admit something is wrong, apologize, and fix it.And if that means reverting to old technology, so be it!
    So, to answer your question, Toyota's refusal to acknowledge their technical problems should not deter anyone from purchasing a car made outside the USA however. That being said, economics should.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  252. Randy Tarburton

    Just bought my 3rd new Honda. Wife will buy another this summer. You couldnt give me a big 3 made car. Drove the Fords & Chevy's as a cop. I knew then I would NEVER buy one. Horrible quality, recalls & break downs. Pure JUNK. If anyone was in charge these would have never been taken off the assembly line. I dont think anyone cared, so – why should I ?

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  253. Bernadette Washington

    I would buy another Honda in a heart beat.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  254. Jonathan

    European Cars will still sell very well, and I will still buy European, as I always have. I am not contributing one cent to Government Motors.

    Now if Ford can do something with their Focus on par with the Euro spec models, then I might become interested.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  255. Dylan Clifford

    No. In fact I just recently bought a Mazda. The problem with the "current" scandal is the short memeory that people have. I can recall just a few years ago we had Explorer's flipping with exploding tires, trucks on fire from side mounted gas tanks, and burning Pintos from rear end collisions.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  256. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    I have had both foreign and US cars. I have had so much less troubles and problems with the foreign cars that I will most likely not seriously consider an American brand. If I consider any American brand it would be a Ford. I don't care for Italian cars or buying cars from the government.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  257. Guy

    No not at all, my luck with foreign cars has always been great. My Tacoma is the best car ( truck) I have even had, my Saabs (pre GM ownership) were wonderful, never broke down and were very safe, not the case after GM took them over. The Saab I had in that era was awful. My Subarus were also great cars. the times I had GM and Ford products I spent a lot of time at the dealerships.. the Jeep.. well two engines later I sold it. I am sticking with foreign.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  258. andy--gaithersburg MD

    no...aren't some Toyotas MADE IN AMERICA? maybe the only thing worse than having a job you're unhappy about (which can affect your workmanship) is not having one at all...

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  259. JAB - Missouri

    Less likely to buy a foreign car? You betcha!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  260. Thomas Maloney

    Next time I am buying American, employing Americans, and keeping all of my hard earned money in the USA. I'm not a protectionist, but the foreign manufacturers – including those who have plants in the USA – have used every possible loophole to exploit American workers, and undersell the products manufactured by American domiciled corporations. I drive a VW now, and wish I had bought a Ford instead. Just look at Detroit now!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  261. Jessy

    Jack, the only way to know for sure if the so-called big 3 would make any new sales is if they live up to their promise of providing quality cars at reasonable costs. Overall, I'm still content with my Honda Accord. After all, I'm just one month away from paying it off and I have absolutely no plans in buying a new one. Just like any wise person would do, I'll spend my money maintaining it rather than get into new debt with another car.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  262. D Frost

    "Younger people" are smarter than us older dudes who sold out America. Many of them realize that it is far better for the American economy to support American companies. The "where they are built" smokescreen has been exposed for what it really is – a scam. The smarter, younger generation realizes that it's the wholesale profit that is the "big" money, the cummulative billions that go offshore and are the number one contributor to our staggering national trade deficit. If taxpayers are upset about bailouts, they should be screaming about the billions in tax breaks foreign companies receive to put their factories in the US. All in the name of jobs, jobs that are created by what are really blackholes that our national wealth is exiting our country by the billions, trillions. (Spend some time at bea.gov.) The younger generation gets it. It's their future us old dudes have messed up with "all things import" and they are taking it back.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  263. Theresa Arena

    I am a 57 year old woman who gave up on American cars in the 80's. That was a move I never thought I would take, My first foreign car was a '97 Toyota Camry, while my husband bought an Avalon. They were a good cars although not having a luxury model, I missed things like electronic seats and door locks. My next car was (and continues to be) a Saab. I love that car, but with all of the problems GM is having and not knowing the future of the Saab brand I am considering buying my next car this fall. My new dream car is the Mercedes Benz "C" class convertible. Even though it is not the most luxurious of the Mercedes family of cars it is a beautiful high performance, dependable car. So I will buy foreign but not Janpanese.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  264. Courtney

    I'm from New York City and I love my Jeep Grand Cherokee. I wish the MPG could have been better but so long as I don't have to worry about it accelerating on it's own I'm fine. These days I have to look around for speeding Toyota's and Lexuses.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  265. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, if I win the Powerball I will head to Sweden and pick up a new Volvo at the factory! Otherwise, Ford is looking good to me because they have NOT accepted "government money", i.e., an Obama takeover of a PRIVATE business!!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  266. Bob St Louis MO

    Not necessarily. I'll purchase what I consider to be the best in quality and value. The suffering of the auto industry in our country is not just foreign competition, it's the 'attitude' of american car makers. For years they fed us crap – poor designs, poorer quality. And now that they are in the tank ( Ford excluded), we're expected to rally the "Buy American" attitude. Ford is the only one of the Big 3 from which I would consider a purchase, and only because they continue to improve the quaiity and desirability of their products, not because they are an American company.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  267. Dan B.

    I never have and NEVER will buy any of those cars. Thousands upon thousands of our military have been wounded, crippled, and killed for the good of the United States. In comparison, buying an American car isn't anywhere near the sacrifice they made, but would still be of great benefit to the whole country. It's time people in the U.S. wise up and buy American.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  268. Al Morgan - Douglassville, Pennsylvania


    No – I have owned mutiple Toyotas over the last 20 years and I didn't buy them because they were foreign, I bought them because they were the best buy for the money – better cars for the price.

    In light of recent events, I will be "more likely" to buy an American car because it's a better buy meaning that the Auto Industry management in this country is finally waking up and building better cars. Let's hope they don't fall back into the habits that got them into this mess.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  269. Harold, in ANCHORAGE, AK

    I've never owned or wanted one,but my Dad, who's bought nothing else for at least 20 years, hopes the controversy will mean a great deal on his next Toyota

    March 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  270. Ian

    The Toyota recall doesn't effect my decision to buy a foreign car at all. I will just steer clear of Toyota products (always did anyway as I find them terribly boring) that being said, I am headed to the dealer to look at a CPO BMW tonight. Buying American certainly doesn't promise a safe or reliable car, are we forgetting the history of the American auto industry here? I'd personally like to buy a car from a company that will be around in 10 years and doesn't require government bailout money to stay afloat. Call me crazy.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  271. Lisa Golladay

    Three months ago my husband and I were test-driving hybrids like the good educated liberals (and cheapskates) we are. We settled on the Toyota Prius and planned to buy one later this year. Thank goodness we're also procrastinators! We will certainly not buy a Toyota now. But I'm worried about ANY car these days. I've worked in the software industry... and I'm not eager to drive anything that weighs 3,000 pounds, travels 70 miles per hour, and is controlled by software. Does anyone build a purely mechanical car anymore? 1968 Mustang, here we come.

    - Lisa, Chicago, IL

    March 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  272. Peter

    Am I less likely to buy a foreign car?...no, but it won't be from Asia. My next car will be from Germany and hopefully diesel-powered.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  273. Kyle

    I have always been a huge Ford fan and my family has always been a Ford Family. I did shop around when I was able to buy on my own. I have never figured out what made a Toyota THAT much better than an American Company car in the first place. There was always a sense of arrogance from the salespeople almost saying that if I didnt buy the Toyota, someone else would. Then, I walked into a Dimension Ford North in Fort Wayne Indiana and those guys treated me like I was buying a 50k dollar Lexus! I bought a 2010 Focus and thank you but I think I'm gonna stay in the Ford Family.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  274. Joe R - Houston

    Just the opposite. Since the government now owns GM, and since none of you in the news reporting media have questioned the evidence – I suspect GM, Chrysler and the media of partnering to discredit the competitors of The UAW and its affiliated interests.

    If you doubt my reasons, try this: Go to your employee parking lot and find car with the most powerful engine. Take that car (or any other of you choosing) and accelerate it up to a highway speed... then with your right foot, press the gas pedal to the floor and with your left foot apply the brakes with enough force to activate the ABS system or lock up the tires.

    I know you won't try it because it would pretty much prove that the Toyota problem is either computer related, or it doesn't exist. Then you'd have to come up with a story line to explain the months of ignoring the obvious.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  275. James Florida

    Dear Jack

    Am I less likely to buy a foreign car?
    With Unemployment up in over 30 states I am less liely to buy any car or even a CD for a car. I would sell the one I own now if anyone would buy it.

    Who in the second worse Rescession in American History is buying a new car?

    Sure not anyone I know and I know a ton of people.

    By the way I have a friend that is a Fleet manager for a Toyota Dealer. He sells to Companies and Individuals.

    He makes now get this $5000.00 for each car no matter if it is a Company or individual.

    No I wont be buying any car regardless of where it or its parts come from.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  276. Ralph Spyer

    How many Americans were kill in the Ford Pinto? In Europe car last a around 10 years shelf life our American cars are lucky to last 3 years .

    March 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  277. Gord Metcalfe

    "In light of the Toyota scandal, are you less likely to buy a foreign car?"

    All cars are international products with engines, wiring harnesses, transmissions, headlights, hardware, software sourced around the globe. There is no virtually such thing as a 'foreign car' today.
    Moreover, Toyota is as much an American manufacturer as GM, who has plants in dozens of countries.
    The answer is a resounding "no".

    March 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  278. Craig Anderson

    Believe me when I say GM Junk, Fix Or Repair Daily, etc will keep me buying Toyotas for years to come.

    I own a Prius. It is the best car I have ever owned.

    I still laugh and make American car owners cry when they fill up their gas guzzlers next to mine at the pump.

    By the way, why are so many Prius's having troubles all of a sudden? What kind of an idiot wouldn't turn his Prius off and at least down shift to the hill brake on the transmission.

    Either way, the recessive braking ability of the Prius would also help brake the car as the battery gets charged.

    WHO IS GOING TO SUE WHO? That is the question. In the mean time, one of the best cars on the road may get hurt. If that happens, I am going to the auction and buy 2 more for my family.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  279. Neil

    Hey John,
    You must have owned an American made Toyota two years ago then.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  280. Donn Hooker

    Long gone are the days when the USA was playing catch up with Japan for quality, efficient cars. Regardless of where your politics are with federal assistance to Detroit auto manufacturers (note here: one USA manufacturer did not take any federal bailout funds), it is simply good personal finances to buy USA. The Big Two are building more fuel efficient cars, they are backing them with far better warranties and they are receiving better initial quality recognition than their Japanese counterparts.

    Now here's the most compelling reason: you are spending your automotive dollar to bolster the American economy and not a foreign country.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  281. Robert Gleason

    Jack, this Toyota fiasco will pass just like the Ford Pinto did. I will keep buying foreign cars until the Big 3 produce quality cars that people actually want. It’s hard to stomach spending more for a higher-end American car that still has the same seats, radio, door handles as one of their economy cars…

    March 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  282. Don

    Not inthe least. At least I know that my Honda 2008 accord is dependable. The reputation tnat American manufacturers have had over the many, many yeasr does not encourage me to buy American. They are still having trouble and recalls as well. Toyota is getting a bum rap in my opnion.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  283. Tom Hrbek from Interlachen,FL

    I own two a 2000 Tundra and a 2002 Camry. Just this past year of late 2009 had I had any work done other than oil and filter changes. When U.S. manufactorers match that kind of reliabity I may think about it. Besides if any of those problems ever happened to me I have the intelligence to turn the key or pull the emergence brake to shut the engine off and stop the vehicle.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  284. James P Murphy

    I would never buy a foriegn car. Have always owned Fords. Also own Ford stock, and bought a bunch way down around the 2's. What folks need to realize is that you can own a great car, by buying one contribute to the growth of the company, profit through the appreciation of the company's stock and help the US economy get out of this recession. How many people driving Audi's own Audi stock?

    March 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  285. Bob - Apex, NC

    I still am unlikely to consider an American car due to legenday quality issues. Toyota has problems right now, but my family's Honda and Nissan are still running just fine. And both were assembled in the US by American employees.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  286. Tom

    Every car maker experiences recalls. Most recalls don't land people in the hospital or morgue, and subsequently get swept under the rug. Toyota deserves everything it's got coming to them, and more.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  287. Mike

    I've never had a recall or had to take my 5 year old Pontiac into the shop for repairs but my Honda has been recalled four times now. Am I less likely to buy a foreign car next time out? You're damn right I am.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  288. Jeff

    The American Auto industry lost my business long ago! I drive a Toyota and am very pleased. I have never had a problem. Americans have little or no pride in their work. I've had BMW's, Mercedes, and now a Toyota. Will never buy American again! Sorry!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  289. Stan Clinton

    A Ford will always be a Ford and never a Mercedes or a BMW. Lets leave it at that and buy what appeals to you. It is gret to have choices.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  290. Jayson Mpls, MN.

    What would the Japanese do if an American car company committed this kind of fraud resulting in deaths in Japan? I think we all know.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  291. LtDan in Tx

    Now that Toyota has been taken over by the government, it to is falling apart. The take over of base ball has me worried to. Will nothing stop this evil Obama?

    I get all my news from Rush, Beck and Fox, so don't tell me I don't know what's going on!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  292. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Define "Foreign" car, Jack. Since a majority of the parts manufacturing has been outsourced to China, the cars we assemble here can not be called truely American. A point in fact that means most of the bail outs and stimulus money actually ends up overseas in the hands of those companies we out sourced to. American auto companies never got a bail out. They got a loan, a Loan, a LOAN. which they are paying BACK WITH INTEREST. And, I have never bought a Japanese car. Never will.
    I buy japanese motorcycles....

    March 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  293. Chaz

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't most, if not all, of the Toyotas recalled in this country made in this country? I think Toyota might have started having problems when it stopped producing in Japan. The same happened to Mitsubishi. If you want to buy American cars, most of the Japanese brands of the popular models are made in this country now. And don't lose sight of the fact that many of the GM and Ford vehicles you think are American could be made in Canada or Mexico.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  294. Donald in CA

    I wouldnt have a problem buying a Toyota. The Camry was voted the most reliable car in America a few years ago. They will solve these problems and continue being the number one cars in America.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  295. Ana, Daly City, CA

    Yes, I am less likely to buy a Toyota. A few months ago I was considering buying a Toyota Highlander. But now I'm not so sure. I will now be looking at domestic cars. I just don't think I will feel safe in a Toyota right now.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  296. Maria

    I buy what I need at the time. At my age I'm sticking with Honda Accord. The one I have is 20 years old. Great for most trips. My son and daughter-in-law just bought Fords, and they are happy. Foreign really doesn't play any part in it, but I'd rather have American.



    March 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  297. Steve

    GM junk piles have let me down far too many times over the years. I would consider a Ford–owned one until a couple of years ago. Currently a Subaru and 2 Hondas. I'm likely to stick with them next time, but will consider a Ford. Never GM ever. There's no such thing as an American car anymore anyway. All cars are a mix of components from multiple countries and many "American" cars are built entirely in Canada or Mexico, Thank you NAFTA.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  298. Scott Stodden

    I won't speak out against all foreign car companies just Toyota Jack! So many people have trusted Toyota for many, many, many years and they make great cars but also so many people's lives have either been put at risk or have lost there lives at times due to Toyota's irresponsibility! I encourage everyone to stop buying Toyota cars and driving them because your life will be at risk! Its a shame Jack that this had to happen and Iam deeply upset and irritated that a great car company like Toyota would allow this to happen! Support America not foreign car companies, Ford, Chrysler and GM are great cars and you know your life isnt going to be at risk when your driving down the highway! To everyone affected by this sloppy mess that Toyota created my heart goes out to you!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  299. SMM

    I have a Chevy and VW. A good mix, never been a fan of cars from Asia.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  300. Eric

    If you buy a non-American car you are a dirty traitor. And I don't care if you say they are made in the US or are just as American as Toyota or whatever. These are still US companies and the money stays in the US (unlike foreign car companies).

    You drive foreign? You are a traitor. Period!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  301. Veetee

    Can you define "foreign"? In the globalization era, most of the things you buy in the US is not made in the US. So, I don't have any problem buying a "foreign" car.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  302. Mike

    Absolutely! Toyota and Honda are made 51% abroad, and Ford is made 49% abroad. Clearly if I keep driving foreign cars I'm going to die in a fiery wreck very soon....Wait, that makes zero sense and it's completely arbitrary.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  303. A. Smith, Oregon

    Toyota makes some of the finest cars in the entire world. Folks that are shopping for features are all going to purchase non-American brands as nearly all American brands lack the many, many features that Toyota and other foreign autos routinely offer.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm |