You guys defending the Vega… never owned one, did you?
I did. Bought it new. Took great care of it. I liked the car, but it was a piece of junk, even for its era. The engine’s self destructed, the cooling system had insufficient capacity, the idle stop solenoid brackets would break and the solenoid would fall into the accelerator linkage… hanging from the wire, the heater hose abraded at the corner of the engine, where it rubbed, the sheetmetal on the fenders was so thin you need to be careful of it, the thin plastic valance panels crumbled into pieces so easily I had to sign a release of liability to get it towed, and, last but not least, the retainers that kept the rear axles on would fall out and the axles would slide free of their gears and out of the housing. And my tranny imploded because it was never properly bolted secured to the bell housing.
Oh, and after only four year of ownership the seat was falling off the rails and the driver’s door was hanging from it’s hinges and had to be lifted up to close the door.
Sorry guys, but the early Vegas were junk, even for that era. But I liked mine when it was running right. Until the rear axle parted ways with the car. At that point, I said to myself “enough is enough”.
And then I bought a Corolla. The difference in quality was truly dramatic. Nothing broke. Everything just kept working. Nothing failed. Pieces didn’t fall off the engine and dangle into the accelerator llinkage, the cooling system was sufficient, the heater hose was safely routed, and the axle staying in the rear axle assembly. I didn’t have to sign a release to get it towed. Six years later when I got rid of it due to a growing family, it was still excellent. The seat wasn’t falling off the rails, the door didn’t need to be lifted to close it, I never needed to be extra careful not to bump the fender lest I dent it.
The rest is history. For me, for Toyota, AND for GM. Me and Toyota did fine. GM, not so well.