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Old Mar 11, 2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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I'm putting down an engineered floor in my bedroom, was at the local Home Depot hardware store and found a 3 piece Dasco Pro Pry Bar Set. It's well made, very functional for working with trim and prying up carpet strips, reasonably priced, and marked as Made in the USA!
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 12:53 PM   #2
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I will be buying an American made car at some point in the near future.
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 01:13 PM   #3
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I will be buying an American made car at some point in the near future.
Will you consider cars made in the US, but have parent companies, and thus profits, that are overseas? Will you exclude American brands that manufacture outside of the US?

I too will be swapping out my US made foreign car for an "American" car, but anymore, I'm not sure what that means.
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 01:16 PM   #4
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 01:19 PM   #5
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most products "Made in the USA" are excellent quality
German and Japan are even better.
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 02:04 PM   #6
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Will you consider cars made in the US, but have parent companies, and thus profits, that are overseas? Will you exclude American brands that manufacture outside of the US?

I too will be swapping out my US made foreign car for an "American" car, but anymore, I'm not sure what that means.
Something made in the US, either a Camaro or a Challenger. I'm waiting to see if there is a glimmer of hope that Dodge makes a convertible Challenger next year.
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 02:10 PM   #7
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I too will be swapping out my US made foreign car for an "American" car, but anymore, I'm not sure what that means.
IMO, a car built in America is an American made car, that's what it means. A Ford Fiesta, built in Mexico, is no more of an American car than my VW built in Germany and definitely less of an American car than a Honda Civic built in Indiana.
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 02:45 PM   #8
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 02:53 PM   #9
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Something made in the US, either a Camaro or a Challenger. I'm waiting to see if there is a glimmer of hope that Dodge makes a convertible Challenger next year.
Have you looked at the Chrysler 200 convertible. It's pretty sharp but not as "macho" as the camaro or challenger. I had a sebring years ago, and loved it even though it was iffy as far as "quality." Still, probably the best convertible I've ever had. I rented a g6 hardtop convertible and it was great other than the tiny trunk.
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Just bought a model rocket - a re-release of an old kit and it's made in the USA, just like the original.
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 02:59 PM   #11
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Have you looked at the Chrysler 200 convertible. It's pretty sharp but not as "macho" as the camaro or challenger. I had a sebring years ago, and loved it even though it was iffy as far as "quality." Still, probably the best convertible I've ever had. I rented a g6 hardtop convertible and it was great other than the tiny trunk.
No offense, but that is one ugly car and far too conservative for me. If I was married off and had kids, sure.
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I struggled for a while to think of anything I own which is made in the USA but just remembered my mountain bike has a titanium frame made in Washington (though it's Canadian branded) and forks made in California.
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This reminds me of a history project I had back in high school. We were to tally up all of our household (then parents house) goods made in china. The idea was to give us perspective of were our money was going. Obviously I found a lot of what I was looking for but I was more surprised of how little of our possessions were made in America. Even now, much of my possession are foreign made...mostly japanese and chinese
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 03:15 PM   #14
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No offense, but that is one ugly car and far too conservative for me. If I was married off and had kids, sure.
Um, you're not a breeder, right? If you are, then I seriously had the wrong impression of you.

I thought the same thing about the sebring, and wasn't very happy about the car at first, but absolutely fell in love with it. That was when I was single and before I had a kid. Anyway, I haven't seen a 200 in person yet, but the car it is replacing was butt-ugly.
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I purchase vehicles used from local dealers. The original manufacturer is out of the profit loop and all the money stays here in the US. I think...

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I too will be swapping out my US made foreign car for an "American" car, but anymore, I'm not sure what that means.
Good point. There is a little article in the April Car and Driver that lists all of the cars assembled in North America and their actual domestic parts content. Some of it is pretty shocking. Sorry, I don't think they have it online, but if somebody really wants it, I can scan it.

As an example, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are both 80% U.S./Canadian parts content. The Chevrolet Silverado pickup? ...61%.
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Um, you're not a breeder, right?
That's why I need a muscle car. I need a guy magnet, and the 200 ain't gonna cut it.

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I thought the same thing about the sebring, and wasn't very happy about the car at first, but absolutely fell in love with it. That was when I was single and before I had a kid. Anyway, I haven't seen a 200 in person yet, but the car it is replacing was butt-ugly.
I liked the first Sebring convertible. It was a nice car.

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I too will be swapping out my US made foreign car for an "American" car, but anymore, I'm not sure what that means.
I'm too damn po' to be buying any car, foreign or domestic.

However, when the day arises that requires me to replace my 1996 Toyota Corolla, I'll find the best product—quality v. price—and won't care a bit whether it's made in Japan, Germany, Britain, Sweden or the United States.
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As an example, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are both 80% U.S./Canadian parts content. The Chevrolet Silverado pickup? ...61%.
My Acura TL is built here from 75% American parts, 15% Japanese and no others listed.
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German and Japan are even better.
Which is ok because when the car breaks down, you donate twice as much money to your American mechanic
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My old Trek 930 mountain bike is one of the last Treks made in the US before they outsourced most of their production overseas. For a replacement I am looking into US-made bikes.

I have a Japanese car (made in Japan), my previous car was Japanese but made in the US.

I try to buy US-made when I can, and in particular I like to support local or regional products. But at the same time I don't feel guilty about buying foreign-made products. You don't have to be obsessive about "buying American" in order to make a help support domestic producers of goods.
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Something made in the US, either a Camaro or a Challenger. I'm waiting to see if there is a glimmer of hope that Dodge makes a convertible Challenger next year.
Neither of those are assembled in the US. They are both the product of The Peoples' Democratic Revolutionary Socialist Province of Ontario.
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Neither of those are assembled in the US. They are both the product of The Peoples' Democratic Revolutionary Socialist Province of Ontario.
Hmm...well, I have to say I'm OK with that. I like Kommunist Kanada.
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Most of my ever growing set of hand tools is American made...you really can't beat the quality and durability. I inherited an all-American car that I can't say really fits me, but I laugh in my German/Swedish car-owning friends faces come maintenance time.
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For a replacement I am looking into US-made bikes.
US made bikes? HA. good luck - there are like 3 main manufacturers all over seas that put out most frames (Giant is a big one.) - past that SRAM and Shimano are going to be your group (i think SRAM still has some US plants). Wheels will be easier to find but hubs/rims - not so much.
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