Well Adam, I guess we have complete opposite taste on just about everything automotive.
I think Toyota has to be the best brand out of Japan. My favorite being there Cressida 1982-1986 model years. They had a great straight 6cyl. engine that was rear-wheel drive.
I really liked the 'button down pillow' leather seats; brushed aluminum-faced dashboard with 7 band illuminated EQ and left & right output VU meters.
This car rode almost as well as an Oldsmobile Delta 88.
My mother has a '96 Camry (4 cyl) and has just over 200,000 miles (those L.A. commutes will do it)
and only had to replace a water pump as the only maintenance in it's lifespan.
As far as Mitsushitsi goes, I never met anyone who got over 80K on there’s without needing a valve job. My girlfriends '92 Eclipse ran out of control. Transmission got stuck in 1st gear and accelerated knocking down a fence and destroying her neighbors rose garden. I had a friend with a '94 Expo and a cousin with a '91 Gallant and none of them reached 90K miles.
Mitsushitsi has way too much plastic cladding on the outside and the paint fades differently than the metal. After about 6 years, they look hideous.
Actually I will digress and say that I would buy a Chrysler.
Wait a few years for the 300N
. I'll talk about that in another thread
As you may know, I am a not so proud owner of a 1987 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible. The car always gives me problems. Chrysler makes good looking cars but they are underpowered and are poorly assembled.
The Fifth Avenues were there last good vehicles.
Can you tell me of a current mass-produced American car that has waiting lists months long?
Honestly I don't pay to much attention to the trends of the fickle-minded buying public. I know for a while, there were waiting list for and I am sad to say
, GM SUVs.
Are there any waiting lists for "mass produced" Japanese cars?
You live here in the Bay Area too and as you can see, our roads are cluttered with these little Japanese imports and the dealers seem to have many on the lots as well.