You can NEVER get any PROOF that Asian’s build better cars then domestic…or visa-versa.
I agree CR does have flaws…I’ve stated a few of them here in this forum.
CR is the ONLY source that tracks this sort of data…but it’s proven to have faults.
Anecdotal evidence is ALL any side is actually going to have. Not one side can prove their case.
Personal views an opinions:
. I’ve owned many vehicles made from the big-three in the past. Starting in the 70’s with my Vega and ending in 84 with my GMC S-15…I had major problems with any domestic car I ever owned.
. I know many people my age (late 50’s) who have the same experience. Loved GM/Ford of the 60’s and 70’s…then they went south…Switched to Asian and the problems we all experienced with domestic manufacturers went away. Not too many people my age or older who grew up in the US owned anything but Asian made vehicles.
. Here in NH you can easily find Honda’s, Toyota’s and Nissan’s from the mid-80’s…the numbers of these vehicles compared to GM/Ford/Chryco is at least 5-10 times more. Yet GM/Ford/Chryco were outselling their Asian counter parts 3:1 back in the 80’s.
. I know several mechanics who have years and years of experience working on Domestic an foreign who all agree that overall Asian cars have been far superior to Domestic cars for the past 3+ decades. They have many clients some own Asian vehicles…some domestic…They all tell me that they see perform far fewer repairs on the Asian cars their clients own as compared to the Domestic cars their clients own. One guy is a 60yo who spent is first 20 years a Nascar mechanic. Then spent the last 20 years working as the Head mechanic for a dealership. The dealership started as Pontiac…then they bought a Nissan dealership. After 3 years of working on both Pontiac and Nissan vehicles…he’s been buying nothing but Nissanvehicles since. That was 20 years ago…and still believes Domestic vehicles have a long ways to catch back up.
The main problem I see it with GM (not sure about Ford anymore) and Chryco…is their business model. Where they give out huge bonuses to Directors and above for how well they did that quarter. This model is NOT good for making quality/reliable vehicles.
Beside anecdotal evidence…there’s this…