While Chrysler may not be majority owned any more, it still has most of its assembly plants in the US, and a much larger percentage of American ownership than ‘foreign’ companies. As a result, at least a goodly chunk of the revenue gets plugged back in to the American economy, unlike Honda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, etc. You can’t entirely blame Chrysler for its woes. After it became the underloved stepchild of Daimler, then was kicked out of that unholy union, it was next bought by a company that had no interest in it other than making a flip. Getting Fiat to put up a stake in it was pure survival. If nothing else, Chrysler seems to be the comeback king. Just when they’re down for the count, they manage to find a solution and battle their way back to relevancy. Pretty much three times now, and without abandoning their unwanted baggage for someone else to deal with, like General Motors’ “Motors Liquidation” spinoff.
Worst car I’ve owned? Probably an 81 Firebird. Suspension problems, water leaked into the trunk, weird electrical gremlins, a tail light would burn out at least once a month, anemic small V8, saggy doors, and the overall build quality of a $10 stereo from China. The next worst was probably a 1985 Ford LTD. While LTDs are mostly good cars I think, the primitive engine management system on mine couldn’t be encouraged to work right even with divine intervention.