I was one of those protectionist types (USA all the way). I bought my first new truck--A FORD! Man was I happy with my f-150. But when it the transmission left me stranded in Mexico two times I lost all faith in FORD. Worse thing is I lost faith in all U.S. made cars and trucks and will NEVER buy another one.
I don't understand how such great companies can accept losing customers like this. I personally have purchased 3 new vehicles and will buy more in the future, but not American made. I will teach my children to buy only quality even if it means to buy from other countries (which hurts our economy, but I cant stand inferior products). When other members of my family tell me they will buy a new car I instantly say DONT BUY AMERICAN! I wish I didn't have to say that but I have to look out for them and their safety and money.
Hope one day the CEOs of U.S. auto makers offer us better American made cars and trucks.