In the 90s all the white guys that I knew were loyal to the American brands of automobiles because Japanese automobiles were seen to be unmanly. This was many years after the American brands solidified their reputation of being pieces of shit compared to Japanese makers. As time went on those same guys ended up buying Japanese because they were sick of their Fords and Chevys crapping out on them.
I was delighted when my mother gave me her 2006 Toyota Camry because I thought I would have a great car for years to come. Toyota serviced and mother driven, it couldn’t get any better for a used vehicle.
The car has been with me from 125,000 km(77,000 miles) and the odometre today reads 150,000 km(93,000 miles) and just a few thousand km ago the alternator went. Kind of early for it to be going but whatever. Now I’m dealing with some brake hydraulic issue that my mechanic cannot accurately diagnose but it’s rumoured to be the ABS pump unit or the master cylinder. These freaking parts aren’t supposed to go this early on a Toyota Camry!
Having done some research I’ve found out my car was made in Kentucky, USA. Okay now it makes more sense. Possibly some hick in the southern United States assembled my car while hungover from a 12 pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. A Japanese branded car built in America is like an Asian born and raised in America…you’re going to lose at least some of the work ethic along the way.
Even if it’s some Japanese redneck assembling Toyotas in Kentucky it’s still not going to be the same consistent quality as if it were made in Japan by a bunch of Japanese people who would rather slice their stomachs open than to be off by an allowable 1/16th of an inch.
The 2015 Toyota Camry was also built with 75% American/Canadian made parts which makes the Toyota Camry about as Asian as Keanu Reeves or maybe even David Carradine who was a white guy who played an Asian on TV…an idea that people also bought into.
If most of the parts were made in Japan then it would at least be less like an Asian born American who is the first of their bloodline in history to be over 30% body fat. Instead, most of the parts and all of the assembly has that unionized, self-entitled attitude of “don’t work so hard otherwise they’ll expect us all to work harder.” The same attitude that built the legendary Ford Pinto.