puts on the automotive employee hat
having worked in the automotive industry for many years, here’s MHO:
asking someone what car make is best is like asking what someone’s favorite color is. Every make will have their fans and people who hate them. There are people that love Ford and people that hate them. They’ve had recalls, sure- Everyone has. The Focus definatly had more than it’s share at first, but there are people here that love them and would buy another one in a heartbeat.
10 years ago Honda and Toyota DID outdo the American makes- the quality was much better. The feel of the car, how they lasted…Now, they really aren’t much better. Seriously. Right now the 06 Camry has one recall for misprinted tire info labels (proper inflation) and the 06 Escape has one recall out for a wiper motor. It’s not like the Toyota has one and the Ford has 492018340.
My one complaint with Ford is their lack of foward design in a lot of their new cars. I really think the Five-Hundred looks like a Passat knock-off. But, that’s what you get for hiring a former VW designer… I don’t mind the Fusion, though. I HATE the Freestar- it’s a totally new van from the Windstar from the ground up, but IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE WINDSTAR. GAA!!
So, basically if you’re worried about the quality and safety of the Ford, don’t be. You might be bored out of you mind with a white minivan, but you’ll be safe. Unless you get the one with the powered liftgate (it might fall on you randomly).
I assume hubby’s job has a contract with Ford? If they’re reimbursing him for the payment and are repairing the vehicles themselves… Hey, it’s a tax deduction if he has to buy it for work…
I’ve been in my job too long.[/size] :lol:
goes back to her knitting