[opendtv] Re: Euro Cars

  • From: "John Willkie" <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2008 12:16:29 -0800

The Toyota Tundra isn't a massive vehicle?


Ever see one?


John Wiilkei, who admits the Tundra is an outlyer, but one of my "inlaws"
bought his on the first day it was available, after pining for months for
the Japanese truck that was as "mighty" as any U.S. model, but without the
quality problems



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Asunto: [opendtv] Euro Cars


I've driven European GM cars (Jeep, Opel) and the American equivalents.
They don't compare.  The Euro cars are faster and spunkier.  I'm guessing it
is in the programming and I bet the emissions are not as strict.  Or maybe
just cheaper components (like smaller exhaust pipes).  (By the way, the
German autos are by far the best: Volkwagen, Audi, Mercedes: they are what
to drive). 

The last car I rented in Europe was an Opel Vectra wagon with a 1.9
turbo-diesel.  Those cars are so practical, stylish and comfortable, my wife
wanted to buy one in the states even though she doesn't like wagons.  She
was really disappointed that they aren't available here in the US, at least
not like the Opel.  The Chevy Malibu wagon is the US equivalent, but not
really.  Not in finish, handling and certainly no deisel engine. 

Truth is, US car makers don't make cars that most of us want.  The Toyotas
and Hondas are more expensive and out-sell.  Toyota is now the biggest auto
manufacturer in the world and they don't make massive vehicles that don't do
anything like GM. 


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