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July 28, 2007

Don’t blame the user

Ted Weber (7/25, Letters, “User error?”) suggests the fault lies with the owner of the domestic car.

The old argument about “domestic” vs. “import” (it used to be “American” vs. “foreign”) has cropped up at an interesting time for me.

I check my oil every time I get gasoline. I get my oil changed regularly. I do not defer maintenance.

These things have worked well for my 1989 Honda Accord with 170,000 miles on it, which still takes the 90-mile round-trip commute daily in fine shape. I have about $1,000 in this car, and it will sell for more than that.

It didn’t seem to work so well with my 1997 Ford F-150, which needs a new engine at 60,000 miles. The cost: $3,500 for a rebuilt engine installed. I had $5,700 in this car. Its resale value in good running order was less than my Honda.

Don’t tell me it’s user error.

Chris Johnston
Ottawa, Kan.

Comments

red rover

Ok Chris, it's PROBABLY user error. And I'm sure people will line up to give you several thousand dollars for your 18 year old car. Will this guy write in when his timing belt/ chain breaks and toasts his engine and he's left with a pile of junk? Even if he does, the Star won't print it anyway considering the one-sided stance it must have on only printing letters bashing American badge cars and praising import badge cars. Once again, as far as his pickup goes, you could sell the same car to two different people and have two completely different ownership results. Notice how I say American badge and import badge now? This is for those of you that whine that they can't identify a "foreign" car. You're welcome.

red rover

Ok Chris, it's PROBABLY user error. And I'm sure people will line up to give you several thousand dollars for your 18 year old car. Will this guy write in when his timing belt/ chain breaks and toasts his engine and he's left with a pile of junk? Even if he does, the Star won't print it anyway considering the one-sided stance it must have on only printing letters bashing American badge cars and praising import badge cars. Once again, as far as his pickup goes, you could sell the same car to two different people and have two completely different ownership results. Notice how I say American badge and import badge now? This is for those of you that whine that they can't identify a "foreign" car. You're welcome.

 
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