I have a 2001 Ford Taurus. It now has 108,000 miles on it. I have had this thing in the shop more than any other car I have owned. My wife has a 1996 Honda Accord with 120,000 miles on it and it is in the shop less. I make my last payment on this car in 2 weeks. I have absolutely had it with American car companies. I will not be buying another vehicle from GM, Ford, or Chrysler. My next car will be a Honda, Toyota, or Nissan.
I cannot even begin to go over what I have had to have replaced on the car. It’s too much for me to remember. Off the top of my head so far in 5 years I have had to replace the following items.
-Windshield wiper lines to the hood
-Fuel Sending Unit
…..and on….and on…..and on…..
About a month ago I noticed my A/C would work for about 20 minutes and then start getting warm. If I turned off the A/C and then turned it back on 5 minutes later it would work for another 20-30 minutes. I can live with this. About 2 weeks ago I noticed that my outside electric mirrors no longer work. Tonight on the way home I noticed that my power steering pump is making noise. I pop the hood when I get home and check the fluid, and it’s fine. I check it again after it cools down, and it’s still fine. Now however the hood will not close. I clean the lock and lube it all up and low and behold I find a broken spring lying on top of the frontal crash sensor. Great. So now I get to drive to work tomorrow with my hood latched with the safety latch but not locked. I’m going to wire it shut later tonight probably for safe measure. My drive is 45 minutes and is 65MPH most of the way.
I realize I have it better off than most people and even way better than people in other countries. That’s not the point. The point is that this is the last straw. I will not keep putting money in the pockets of the American car companies and the UAW. Those union fools make too much money anyway.
I’m about —–> <—— this close to just saying “screw it” and trading the shit heap in and buying a new car. Before winter I would have to put 4 new tires on the car and I don’t want to waste any more money on this thing.
Oh well, lesson learned.
Unfortunately for Ford, GM, and Chrysler millions of people have learned the same lesson as I and will no longer buy from them.