We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“Toyota” in an Anglo market had the toy factor to overcome, but it eventually did and is taken v. seriously now. Maybe toying wid us is more the point these days. After overcoming a rep for manufacturing cheap throw-aways, an authoritarian corporate culture that discourages dissent and discussion, and a society reflexively closed to the world, Japan now makes efficient products with appealing style and markets them with global glee.
Gotta love the Japanese-- daughter’s beau is Japanese-Brit.
It is interesting, I think, how the Japanese have kept their nose to the grindstone, so to speak. Seemingly insurmountable obstacles in the beginning. But with their eyes on the prize, us, they overcame and are now enjoying the fruits of victory. Perseverance, flexibility and adjusting to the desires of the customer. An analogy, perhaps, that could be carried over to an endeavor we are currently involved in.
Then again, they do eat their own. We bought a Honda for the better two-thirds a couple of years ago, based on a prior ownership. Not happy. Should have bought a Toyota. I like my Tacoma a lot, and 6 years later it is still worth half its initial value. Not that I am selling. Hope you enjoy your purchase BD.
Tundra my next pick m up. GM had it all, but that extra two grand their pension program adds to the price of a vehicle, is just scary, when you figure that a like-priced Toyota has that 2k "in the vehicle".
My previous two cars were Gm and Ford. The GM was a Citation. Had a accident while it still belonged to the dealer, he patched it up and sold it to me and mums the word. Three years later after dealing with suspension and alignment problems I discovered the truth. Dealer had gone out of business 6 months earlier.
Then after moving once since purchase, I didn't hear about a safety recall. One day I drove home, parked the car next to the house and went in to take a shower. As I'm showering my wife comes in and tells me the car is on fire and heading for the house next door. Stark naked and dripping wet I ran outside, grabbed the hose and followed the trail of smoldering grass. As I slid down the hill, on my bare butt, waving the hose in front of me at the burning car, my wife yelled from the safety of the porch,"Should I call 911?".
Next a Ford Taurus, put three transmissions in it, body and gas tank rusted out. All in all, paid three times the original price in repairs. Lost my shirt, but kept my pants on.
I've now had a Honda for four years, I love it.