Not to be picky, but I see an awful lot of Chevy Suburbans driving around my area, and 70% of those are built in Mexico...
Indeed most large SUV
's and pick up truck on US roads today are built in Mexico.......somehow I do not think that US car manufacturers would let their bread and butter models be built in plants where the QC
levels are low.......in order to better ilustrate my post have a look at this link.....it's in Spanish but babel fish translation is below..........
American consultant J.D. Power, In agreement with the annual study of initial quality (Initial Quality Study) the Mexican automotive plants have surpassed as far as quality talks about to American his contrapartes. The study, that analyzes the total of problems reported by each 100 units produced in a automotive plant, reveals that while the American plants register 138 problems by each 100 units, the Mexican productive organizations registered 135 problems by each 100 units that leave their lines of joint. The previous thing could pretend that the difference is minimum, nevertheless another one of the statistics of the company/signature confirm the merit of the Mexican plants. In agreement with the analysis of J.D. Power, the advance or improves in the initial quality of the cars produced in Mexico for its export to the United States during last the 5 years is of 35 percents in comparison with the accumulated improvement in the same period of 19 percents of the American plants. For Brian the Walters, director of product investigation in J.D. Power, this improvement does not occur overnight, "Is necessary a coordinated effort between designers, engineers and employees of the line of joint as much of the shipbuilder as of the suppliers to take to the vehicles produced in Mexico at extremely competitive levels with those produced in the United States", he emphasizes. The Mexican plants that emphasized in Mexico by their smaller number of problems by each 100 sold units were GM
in Silao with 121 problems and DaimlerChrysler with Saltillo and Toluca with 127 and 131 problems respectively. The vehicles that take place in these plants are the Cadillac Escalade EXT
, Chevrolet Avalanche, Suburban and GMC Yukon on the part of GM
. On the other hand the vehicles that DaimlerChrysler in Saltillo and Toluca produces are pickup Dodge ram Heavy Duty and the PT
Cruiser for the whole world.
Now getting back to the topic about the reliability of VW
's........I had a VW
bug while in college, if you have never driven one of those things you don't know what you are missing........
1.- Above average ground clearance for a small car
2.- Rear wheel drive with the engine mounted right over the rear axle for very interesting handling
3.- Dirt cheap
4.- Semi hard suspension and seats (that is kind of an acquired taste)
5.- Good steering and feedback from the road
6.- Endless conversion options and aftermarket kits
7.- Top speed of 160 km/h or 100 mph.....I don't think you would like to go faster than that in a bug
And best of all as I confirmed during a flood in Puerto Vallarta..........It floats!
As for the quality I never had any prblems with it......just one burned out headlight and a burned out relay after the "floating" confirmation.
Kids!....we are going to the happiest place on earth...TIJUANA! signed: Krusty the Clown