Toyota is without a doubt the vehicle manufacturer with the least problems with their vehicles. Only Honda is equal to Toyota with quality, but only for the first five years. After five years even Honda can’t match Toyota with the fewest problems with their vehicles. Since 1976 I only brought Toyota vehicles and the only problems I had with Toyota’s vehicles were those parts with that were beyond their expected life span. Most of the repairs were performed by me while I was younger. Now that I am older I only keep the car for three years. I had a 2003 Echo, a 2005 Echo, and a 2008 Yaris. I now have a 2011 Prius. The major fault with Toyota and all vehicle manufacturers is their service departments. It is highly unlikely you will get a competent repair job with only the defective part changed and not have expensive parts also changed that are not defective. The usually scenario is you will go back time and time again because the repair wasn’t done properly. Today’s vehicles are technologically advanced and a mechanic with a IQ of 160 is needed to repair them properly. Most mechanics we have in the service departments are not qualified to do a competent repair job. If some vehicle manufacturer solved this problem they would outsell any other manufacturer. The public could go have their vehicle repaired with complete assurance they will get the repair job performed competently the first time.
Toyota Prius, again, tops Consumer Reports Satisfaction Survey
Retro-styled automobiles have very short shelf lives.
We really need to get on about the business of becoming energy independent. This past year and the record gas prices played a huge part in our economic meltdown and seriously damaged our economy and society.We keep planning to spend BILLIONS on bailouts and stimulus plans.Bail us out of our dependence on foreign oil. Make electric plug in car technology more affordable. It cost the equivalent of 60 cents a gallon to drive an electric plug in car. The electric could be generated from wind or solar. Get with it! Utilize free sources such as wind and solar. Stop throwing away money on things that don't work. Invest in America and it's energy independence. Create cheap clean energy, create millions of badly needed green collar jobs. Put America back to work. It is a win-win situation. We have to become more proactive citizens, educate ourselves and demand our elected officials move this country forward into the era of energy independence. Jeff Wilson's new book The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence NOW outlines a plan for America to wean itself off oil. We need a plan and we need it now! www.themanhattanprojectof2009.com