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Toyota Bashing

Early this morning ~ 1 am on KGO "news talk" radio, the host opened up both barrels at Toyota, making the leap from one tearful woman's Congressional testimony to total condemnation of the company since time began. One thing 25 years in technical support/QA has taught me is that a failure in a single unit does not mean all, or even most of those units are defective. Cars have many potential points of failure, many of them potentially fatal. I don't know anyone who has been driving for 10 years or more who has not experienced some sort of problem with his/her vehicle. It's one of the main reasons US auto makers have been in the toilet for decades. I used to own a Saturn, and so did my best friend G. Between G and I by the time we had the cars for 2 years we had replaced almost every part of the car between the two of us.

Serendipity alert: G drove to Reno, won $5k gambling, on the drive back his Saturn's engine block cracked, which cost $5k to repair.

My parents owned a Camry for 15 years, finally decided it was time to trade it in when it needed a water pump replaced. They bought another Camry and drove it for another 10 years, until they were no longer able to drive, and donated it, in working condition, to a local religious school. I had a Corolla for 10 years, sold it when I got a good job and bought another one. Neither my parents nor I have had any problems with our Toyotas which made driving the car unsafe. I'm sure there are those of you out there who have had scary problems with a Toyota, but Consumer Reports tells us Toyota's record is stellar compared with Detroit's output.

Toyota's response has been pretty good, IMHO. Show me a GM or Ford CEO apologizing for anything.
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