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Old 03-28-2012, 09:29 PM   #1
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Thoughts about Japanese quality

I think that most of us believe that the Japanese improved the quality of the cars that we drive today. How do you feel about how the quality of RV's would improve if the Japanese or Koreans started to produce RV's?
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We all saw what the Japanese auto business did to Detroit and how much better thequality is now. Why would this not happen if they butted into the RV market.

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Old 03-29-2012, 05:59 AM   #5
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My question is--why would you not think that history would repeat itself? Competition always makes the price lower and the product better. It is, however, a sad commentary on business when they ignore the customer UNTIL someone else, typically a competitor, builds a better mouse trap!
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Other than a bmw my DW insisted on, and a couple motorcycles, I've never owned a vehicle that didn't bear an American nameplate. Chevy's, a few Dodges and Jeeps, one Ford, my first MOHO.
Call me stuck in the sixties, but I still believe they build shi!!y little econoboxes, underpowered rattletraps made for third world alleys and having no business on American Highways.

I absolutely do not give them any credit for the current build quality of American cars.
In fact, other than some government induced weirdness in the 70's and 80's, I never had a problem with my American cars.
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I like the idea of Japanese as long as they remember we are bigger than they are and build that way
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I didn't see anything in the video that myself, DW and the two dogs could fit into...
I just traded my Government motors Traverse in for a Subaru Outback ,it's made in America in Lafayette Indiana
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But in the beginning for the first 10-20 years Japanese quality sucked. Just like the Chinese quality is now!
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Because of ny height I do not fit into most asian designed cars. For that matter some of the multi country designs either. Something to remember, some of the motorhomes in the US are bigger than the average living area of most of Japans households (~1000 sq ft).
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Because of ny height I do not fit into most asian designed cars. For that matter some of the multi country designs either. Something to remember, some of the motorhomes in the US are bigger than the average living area of most of Japans households (~1000 sq ft).
I have an 07 Toyota Tacoma, which is my daily driver. I am 6'2" 205lbs. This is the first vehicle I have ever owned (and the first foreign made vehicle I have ever bought) that 'all the way back' is not my seat position setting. I have never owned a vehicle with so much driver leg room. Even in my F350. Seems they are designing for their market a little better than they used to.
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I will only state that, of the three (3) Japanese branded cars (2 actually manufactured in the U.S.) that we've owned, none have ever made an unscheduled visit to a dealership service department. Just routine service/recalls, etc. These include a 1999 Honda Civic Si, a 2003 Acura 3.2TL-S and a 2008 Toyota Highlander Limited. If only U.S. RV manufacturers could raise the quality bar anywhere near that high.....

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The responsibility for Japanese quality can be attributed to an American; W. Edwards Deming, the father of statistical quality control. In the simple version, no one here wanted to hear what this guy preached, so he went to Japan where he found an audience. The highest industrial award in Japan is the "Deming Award".

A current saying is that "Perception lags reality". The perception is that one must buy an Asian car for top quality but the reality is that some domestic cars are now equal or superior to their foreign competitors.

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I think I'll stick with my American brand made in Mexico truck. The one I got when I traded in my American brand made in Canada sedan. I'll roll along on my American brand, probably made in China, tires while listening to songs on my American brand made in Japan radio.
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