posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:43 AM
My family is from Detroit and has been working in the auto industry since the 1920's. My Grandfather got an engineering job at the Flint Chevrolet
plant. When the Great Depression hit, no body was buying any Chevy's so he got transferred to Saginaw Steering(people were still buying Cadillacs and
Trucks that needed steering gear). Eventually the Depression got worse and they stopped buying those also, and he got laid off again. He then got
hired by Packard Motor Car(they were like Rolls Royces that the super rich could buy, and did) in Detroit. When Packard Went out of business in 1955,
he got hired by Chrysler and worked there until 1972, when he retired. He collected a fat pension until he died at 94 years old.
Our families' bread and butter(and a little more) came from the American auto industry, so we were not permitted to even look at a foreign built car.
Maybe a GM, or a Ford(Mustangs were sweet!). I always wanted an American car, and never thought I would never own a foreign car. As I grew up, I drove
them(had a sweet 5.0 Mustang), and with my Grandfather's help, I easily repaired them.
When I was 18, I thought it would be a great Idea to Apply at the Ford Wixom Lincoln Assembly Plant. I thought, I love cars, I might as well make
them. It seems to pay well, and I am very mechanical. I went down to the personnel office at the plant and asked to fill out an application(1984). The
man there laughed at me and said:"Boy, we have not had open hiring here since 1979". He then finished with the line:"Ha, ha,ha, Boy, you need to
gets 'glombamly(sic) competitive'".
I walked out, and thought that hick may be right. I then went to College, graduated, and then went to Law School and became a Lawyer. Along the way, I
applied several times at Chrysler, Ford, and GM. None of them even sent a rejection letter. No one from my High School Class(in the Shadow of the
Wixom Plant) got hired by Ford. No one in the Class prior, and no one in the Class later. I don't think I have ever heard of anyone from my
generation getting hired by one of the auto plants. That plant is no longer there. Even though it was one of Ford's newest, and most productive
plants, It is gone. It is just a giant grass field now. They shipped production overseas and to Mexico.
Over the years, as I realized I probably would never have an Auto-related career, the guilt of possibly owning a foreign car has slowly evaporated.
finally, I actually bought a Honda.
That car has been the most incredible car I have ever owned. It rarely has mechanical problems, it is easy to work on, and every bolt, no matter how
small, or rusted, has actually come out clean. I have over 300K miles on it now. It looks like it may go 400K. I am shocked at every turn, how
superlative the design, build, and assembly engineering is on the thing. All those years of owning American Cars, and replacing Water Pumps,
Alternators, Radiators, Starters, Fuel Pumps, Ball Joints, Transmissions, Electrical parts, CV Joints, CPU's. ETC. All that money and time spent
fixing them, (and the down-time and lost work) could have been avoided.
My advice to the OP, is to buy a Honda. There is a Up-front premium cost because word is out at how high their quality is. Dealers don't dicker on
the sticker price, and it hard to find a cheap used one. Everything on the car can be fixed by a shade-tree mechanic at home(but rarely needs to be
(1) Buy a Honda, you will live a lot longer,
(2) I did eventually get "Globally Competitive" and can now buy any car I want (Ford never actually did).
(3).Don't feel patriotic to the point of your own detriment, they gave up hiring us long ago.