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Why are people obsessed with Japanese vehicles (Toyota and Honda)?

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Why are people obsessed with Japanese vehicles (Toyota and Honda)?

Can we stop bashing Korean, American and German cars?

Every car manufacturer has had its fair share of issues depending on the model and production year. Stop being obsessed with brand name and recognition, and instead focus on factors such as safety features, a dealership's reputation and track record, and ensuring a vehicle meets your specific needs and circumstances, etc.

Modern cars are a lot more reliable than certain people give them credit for.
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Japanese cars suck...
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My corolla has more safety features then my benz
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It comes down to your main reason to buy a particular model. People buy Japanese for reliability. If your reason is low cost you look at Chrysler or Ford. If you want fun to drive you look at German models. No particular reason is wrong it is just what you consider to be important for you.
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General public does not care about the cars. They need car to go from point A to point B with minimal maintenance. Thats why people would choose Toyota or Honda. They are simple technology challenged cars. I mean 1.8L from Toyota Corolla still produces 135HP, while some Volvos 2.0L engines can produce 400HP.
Also asian cars are neglected like there is no tomorrow. Just recently they guy here on RFD was just changing oil on his car in the last 5 years.... and it is still running.
People claim that they are more reliable which used to be true Toyota is still holding up but the Honda is below Chrysler right now, but people still thinking that 2020 Honda is as reliable as 1990 Honda.
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romsan04 wrote: They are simple technology challenged cars. I mean 1.8L from Toyota Corolla still produces 135HP, while some Volvos 2.0L engines can produce 400HP.
Lol yeah let's compare a economy NA 4 banger to a super and turbo charged luxury car engine...
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en3rgy wrote: Can we stop bashing Korean, American and German cars?

Every car manufacturer has had its fair share of issues depending on the model and production year. Stop being obsessed with brand name and recognition, and instead focus on factors such as safety features, a dealership's reputation and track record, and ensuring a vehicle meets your specific needs and circumstances, etc.

Modern cars are a lot more reliable than certain people give them credit for.
I fully agree with your post!!!

Purchasing a vehicle is a very personal and subjective decision for each person... so research and compile your list of needs and priority expectations. Its easy to read reviews and comments but the real work is confirming the accuracy of these statements for the vehicle your considering.
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I bought American for reliability.
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Because my first purchase turned out to be a lemon!!!

1999 Pontiac Grand Am V6.

Not once I considered buying domestic again.

All my family and friends said to go with a Honda Civic. I was never a fan...until the 10th generation came out, hence why I bought the 2017 Hatchback Sport Touring.

To be fair I was also told not to buy Nissan either but I love my last to purchases. I base my purchases on design. I don't think about RELIABILITY to be honest, it's whatever catches my attention.

Hopefully, *knock-on-wood* my 2020 Audi Q3 Progressiv purchase doesn't bite me back because again I was told not to buy European. LOL
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shabby wrote: Japanese cars suck...
Yeah tell me about it. In 14 years I had to change out a burnt out bulb in the tailight on my '06 Honda Odyssey.
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en3rgy wrote: Can we stop bashing Korean, American and German cars?

Every car manufacturer has had its fair share of issues depending on the model and production year. Stop being obsessed with brand name and recognition, and instead focus on factors such as safety features, a dealership's reputation and track record, and ensuring a vehicle meets your specific needs and circumstances, etc.

Modern cars are a lot more reliable than certain people give them credit for.
No, we should not stop bashing those cars. We should add the Japanese brands to the list. More exactly, we should bash all cars that deserve it. And we should not bash them only for reliability. Maybe they are too expensive for what they are, or ugly, or whatever.
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jackrabbit000 wrote: Yeah tell me about it. In 14 years I had to change out a burnt out bulb in the tailight on my '06 Honda Odyssey.
See... your odyssey is an unreliable hunk of junk!
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Don't bash cars ..bash the driver....
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jackrabbit000 wrote:
Yeah tell me about it. In 14 years I had to change out a burnt out bulb in the tailight on my '06 Honda Odyssey.
The fact that you are not on second transmission is a miracle. Did Honda fixed that by 06?

Look, I am never a Toyota guy but I am impressed with the TNGA based 2019/20 Corolla. And now that all of them have AA and CP, they are damn affordable yet not quite boring appliances.
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Xtrema wrote: The fact that you are not on second transmission is a miracle. Did Honda fixed that by 06?
Yes and no. Yes in that the 2006 Odyssey uses a totally redesigned transmission and thus would not overheat prematurely and kill the transmission. No in that the transmissions from 1998-2004...never were rectified and they literally can't because it was a design problem where regular driving caused it to fail more frequently, essentially turning it into a consumable. Literally the only way to lengthen the lifespan of a problematic old Honda automatics was to reduce the times the transmission ever shifted basically use L, 2 or D3 and totally avoid D4.
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because they are legendary and run FOREVER!

I will never own another brand beside a Toyota or Honda because they are that good.
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romsan04 wrote: General public does not care about the cars. They need car to go from point A to point B with minimal maintenance. Thats why people would choose Toyota or Honda. They are simple technology challenged cars. I mean 1.8L from Toyota Corolla still produces 135HP, while some Volvos 2.0L engines can produce 400HP.
Also asian cars are neglected like there is no tomorrow. Just recently they guy here on RFD was just changing oil on his car in the last 5 years.... and it is still running.
People claim that they are more reliable which used to be true Toyota is still holding up but the Honda is below Chrysler right now, but people still thinking that 2020 Honda is as reliable as 1990 Honda.
Lol. 7 years ago a 2.0l engine from Kia/Hyundai was making as much as 173hp. Now their 2.0l engine makes 147hp!
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sandikosh wrote: Lol. 7 years ago a 2.0l engine from Kia/Hyundai was making as much as 173hp. Now their 2.0l engine makes 147hp!
That's because they are moving to Atkinson Cycle engines for efficiency, which sacrifices HP for better fuel economy.

I'm not a Hyundai fan either but come on, this is a strategy not a defect.

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