it's threads like this that bother me.
I have owned nothing but domestics since I started driving in 1989.
I mean, this is a list of cars owned:
1981 Chevrolet Citation X11 hatchback
1978 Mercury Bobcat
1980 Ford Pinto
1984 Mercury Capri RS 5.0L
1972 Pontiac Catalina Sport
1971 Ford Bronco 4x4
1978 Ford F150
1980 Mercury Zephyr
1979 Plymouth Horizon
1981 Buick Regal coupe
1991 Chevrolet Cavalier RS coupe
1988 Chevrolet Cavalier RS coupe
1984 Chevrolet Cavalier Type 10 coupe
1986 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z
1980 Dodge D50 4x2
1985 Chevrolet Celebrity sedan
1986 Dodge 600 coupe
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier coupe
1998 Chevrolet Cavalier RS coupe
1985 Chevrolet Cavalier Type 10 hatchback*
1989 Dodge Shadow ES Turbo sedan*
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt coupe
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS/SC coupe
1993 Chevrolet Lumina sedan*
(* denotes winter beater)
not once I have owned a 'foreign' car. I've never wanted one. The closest thing to an import I've ever had was that 80 Dodge D50 which was nothing more than a Mitsubishi in drag.
I started driving GM's exclusively in 1996 and found my Cavalier to be pretty much indestructible. Now, as I approach middle age, I find that GM makes the cars that I want to drive. When I went to replace my aging 98 Cavalier (217,000 miles), I shopped around until I was blue in the face. I drove an Acrua RSX and didn't like the engine or the weird interior. I tried to test drive a Mini and couldn't even get in it! Then I drove a Ford Focus and realized how much i still disliked that bathtub on wheels. Nothing Daimler-Chrysler had was even remotely interesting. I drove a Honda Civic and Civic Si, but again, like the RSX, i hated the torque-less engine and weird instrument panel. Then I stopped at the Hyundai dealer and drove a Tiburon GT V6. I liked it, but their warranty was dubious at best. Toyota had nothing interesting other than the Scion tC, but for the price, I was very unimpressed. And I still don't trust Volkswagen after the warranty hell my friend went through with his Golf GTi. I kept coming back to GM. The Cobalt was solid, seemed well built, had a torque-y, spunky engine, I fit in it and the price was right. In 14 months, I put almost 50,000 miles on my 2005 Cobalt without any trouble, other than a failed radio that was replaced the same day I had problems with it. 50,000 miles here is almost like 100,000 miles in other parts of the country. Our weather and roads are horrible and the car held up admirably. In fact, last September, I traded that Cobalt in for a laser blue 2007 Cobalt SS/SC coupe... again, nothing appealed to me like that car did.
I don't know what i'll do if GM does ever go out of business. Maybe I'll do what a friend of mine did back in the early 90's. He bought up every Yugo he could find just so he could keep driving his. I'll have to buy up either a good supply of decade old Cavaliers and Sunfires, or some Cobalts... keep a fleet handy.