My only American vehicles I ever drove was my 95 Grand Caravan LE and my 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport. The 95 one lasted from 99 to 05 with the A/C breaking down [ never did the $1000+ repair], a starter replacement, and failed emission needing an O2 sensor change but it froze to the exhaust header which was a $1000 replacement. My 99 one is a lemon, used dealer fixed the bad brakes but the brakes went bad after a year [poor braking action]. Then it broke down on the road after my belt slipped of in rainy weather. They said the splash shield fell off. Brake + Belt repair $1200. Then in Dec 07 my water pump breaks going to work and I nurse it to the Dodge Dealer. They suggest some other repairs like hoses, oil sender unit, oil gasket, and something. I said repair it without a quote first, my biggest mistake as they ripped me off - a $1200 bill, like changing 2 coolant hoses is $150? I'm never gonna go back to them! And my recirculation is broke; they quoted a $860 repair for it.
My impression is if you drive American you get a lot of repair bills. But I've had Hondas and they broke down too. My 90 Civic Si stranded me by braking a timing belt - from 10 years of driving. The tranny on my 88 Prelude Si 4ws broke and got stuck in gear. My 1993 Mazda Mx6ls V6 stranded me twice; clutch line leaked preventing me from shifting, oil seeped past the seals and fried my distributor through my spark plugs or something - a $1600 Mazda Dealer repair. Had the MX6 from 97 to now.
If you drive American, what do you drive and how has the repairs and maintenance costs been? What broke down, how much did it cost to repair, and how often did your car break down!
The 6 speed 4 cyl Malibu looks better than an Accord or Camry. The new 09 Aveo is styled very nice. The Solstice and 5 dr Saturn Astra are sexy too. And GM SUVS have nicer styling than the Toyota Sequoia or those ugly Honda SUVs. But in the end, imports have better resale value.