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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Something to keep an eye on with Chinese built vehicles

So during my trip I visited my family in Toledo, OH and over there they are all big time American Brand supporters since a lot of them worked or still work at the Jeep plant and get their UAW discounts. My cousin's husband bought a brown Envision last year I think. When he went to take us for a ride around Toledo he showed us some damage he got from a car losing control and hitting the rear drivers side door while he was at a light. It isn't too bad but it's enough where the door needs to be replaced. We asked why it wasn't fixed yet and he said because it was built in China parts for it are hard to get so he's been getting the run around from the dealership that they are waiting to get the parts but it's been taking a really long time. He said once it is fixed though he's going to get something else since he didn't expect this headache. Is this something that's going to be common with Chinese built vehicles? Or do you think his dealership is giving him the runaround? Since the next Focus is coming from China it's possible we could see similar issues.
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...Why is Ford catering to China and not the states. Something is wrong with this picture. If Ford is getting rid of sedans, then Ford needs to get rid of some top executives who are sending this company into the ground. Maybe China will buy Ford. Its a stupid comment, I know, but it what I feel about this mess.
...dunno how critical, but my refrain has to do with PARTS...shipped from China WITH the vehicles, But
needing to be stocked country-wide cuz shipping times are too long OR
even if made here - why bother for a low volume?


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During the late 60’s I worked at a ford assembly plant. It was at the time that the first wave of Asian vehicles started to hit the USA then the gas crisis hit and changed everything. US auto industry seemed to concentrate on trying to build cheep small cars to compete with them and lost of building the quality cars that the were good at. Time to get back to what we did best and let them compete with us.
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During the late 60ís I worked at a ford assembly plant. It was at the time that the first wave of Asian vehicles started to hit the USA then the gas crisis hit and changed everything. US auto industry seemed to concentrate on trying to build cheep small cars to compete with them and lost of building the quality cars that the were good at. Time to get back to what we did best and let them compete with us.
I have owned many older cars, including cars from the 60's, and I don't recall much quality. Sure, they were very simplistic farm machines relative to today's complex cars, but I mean in terms of general quality, fit/finish, etc. Nothing I would hold in high regards anyway. I think today's cars are incredibly high quality, given the massive complexity associated with them.
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During the late 60ís I worked at a ford assembly plant. It was at the time that the first wave of Asian vehicles started to hit the USA then the gas crisis hit and changed everything. US auto industry seemed to concentrate on trying to build cheep small cars to compete with them and lost of building the quality cars that the were good at. Time to get back to what we did best and let them compete with us.
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