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May 30, 2008

Hooray for Chevrolets

My 2001 Chevrolet Impala regularly averages 33 mpg. This mileage is computed by how many miles are traveled fill-up to fill-up. Separating city miles from highway miles results in a false average. Claims from auto manufacturers that their product will get 28 mpg fall on these deaf ears.

Since 1952, there have been nine Chevrolets in this family. While the current Impala may have been manufactured, for the most part, in Canada, the profit from the sale of that vehicle stayed with an American company. The profits from Japanese cars go home to Japan, even if the auto is constructed in the United States.

Only one foreign-made car, a Volkswagen, has made it to this garage. The cost of repairs on that Volkswagen far outstripped the cost of repairs for Chevrolets.

Autos carrying the name of American brands have much the same quality as those carrying foreign brands. The difference is American brands do something for the American economy that foreign brands do not. Why not support American-made?

Jack Gregory
Plattsburg, Mo.

Comments

Dan Beyer

I'd have to repair my Camaros all the time! My Hondas(any model) are 10,000 times better! Honda Civics are the way to go for fuel economy and overall reliability!

red rover

nmmng, do you have your computer set to grind out the same uninformed, biased,slanted, anti-American post on every pro American badge auto letter the Star prints? (which isn't very many) At least Jack has been doing something the last 56 years to support the national and local economy, and you..?? Where can I find the wages of toyota and honda employees that show they make the same wages as the UAW?

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Sure thing boss, that Equinox with the engine assembled in China does our economy good. Toyota and Honda have plants running at 100% capacity in the USA, they pay their workers equally as good as UAW whiners yet somehow they are profitable and build a higher quality product. GM, Ford, Chrysler all invest in global markets, so don't think for a minute that the profits (when they have them) stays only in the USA. I would imagine you own some electronics, therefore contributing to foreign companies.
You shop at Wal-Mart?

 
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