a reply to: DigginFoTroof
The US car market is organized crime to the highest levels of government! Know this; the deck is stacked HEAVILY against you being able to do what
you are considering!
The US federal government has conspired against the American consumer to make it all but impossible to import FAR better vehicles than are sold here
from foreign countries. They have two weapons they use to accomplish this, and one of them is almost bulletproof..."Safety". Safety is something you
simply cannot win an argument over. But the thing is, US cars aren't safer...but you'll never get them to admit it. Why? Because it's a closed
Just look at a vehicle like the Land Rover Defender. Land Rover stopped importing it because the safety restrictions in the US are just too stringent
to make it competitive. Just simple things like the 5mph crash bumpers adds huge costs to vehicles for no significant improvement in safety for the
occupants. It's all a ruse. Then there's all the emissions crap. You see very few diesels in the US due to all the stupid emissions regulations
which accomplish exactly zero, other than starving horsepower, wasting fuel and making everything more expensive. It's the biggest racket in the
It's protectionist, and it's wrong! American cars SUCK compared to European vehicles (in most cases). And here's the icing on the cake (and the
proof)...even US Auto makers make better vehicles for markets OUTSIDE the US!! Classic examples are Ford and Jeep. Ford and Jeep both sell a range
of diesel engines in Europe, South America and even in Asia, but none of them are available in the US.
When I was living in SE Asia I had one of the most bad-awesome 4x4's known to man! That thing would climb a tree!! But it's not available in the US.
It got WAY better fuel economy, was more comfortable, had way more power with a much smaller engine. It was made by Mitsubishi and was/is called a
Pajero. Heck, it won the Paris-Dakar Rally not once, but 12 times!!! Mitsubishi made a similar vehicle for the US called the Montero, but it was
completely different and sucked royally! Dodge had a flavor of it with the Raider too, but it also sucked. Why? Because of all the BS regulations
All of these regulations make the manufacturers have to add significant weight and horsepower along with 1,000's of additional moving parts which
break to meet regulations. Consequently they have to cut other features you get outside the US. So what you get here is a crappier, heavier, less
fuel efficient, sluggish land yacht which is neither safer, nor more environmentally friendly...AND, you get the privilege of paying MORE for it!
Great deal, huh?
Ever wonder why you see all these cool concept vehicles in the news..."Ford is coming out with a new diesel Ranger!"
...the headline reads. but
then you read the article and see at the end where it says..."But this vehicle won't be available in US markets."
? Well, now you know.
I got pissed off just writing this post! This is a real hot-button for me, because it really summarizes what's wrong with our government from top to
bottom and side to side! Just a classic example of the government NOT helping the people, but rather conspiring against them!