Do you still trust Toyota?

For decades, Toyota’s name has been synonymous with quality.

But its latest troubles threaten the reputation it has built over the years.

What can Toyota do to earn back your trust?

What car would you consider buying instead? Why?

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38 comments Add your comment

Canton

January 28th, 2010
12:01 pm

I would still buy a Toyota before I buy an American car!

bobfromacworth

January 28th, 2010
12:01 pm

No I won’t trust Toyota, never have, since the 1969 Toyota Crown station wagon my dad had that was such a piece of crud. My didn’t buy another one and I will never start doing it. Ford is my car and Toyota can go to H***….

Gusti

January 28th, 2010
12:02 pm

Yes, I trust Toyota and would buy yet another one. So what… they have a defect and are fixing it. Of all the miles logged on these cars, is it really that big? Way more satisfied miles than unsatisfied.

Capitalism

January 28th, 2010
12:03 pm

I don’t trust Toyota or their luxury brand that uses the same components LEXUS!!!!!!

SmartWoman

January 28th, 2010
12:12 pm

Toyota anytime over American made cars.

Shannon

January 28th, 2010
12:14 pm

I will buy another Toyota. I am on my third one. I had a Tercel, a Rav4 and now I drive a 4Runner that is paid for.

Real American

January 28th, 2010
12:24 pm

Toyota has brainwashed this country. Toyota is killing people with this defect and endagering all our lives on the roads of America. I have owned GM all my life now a Cadillac and have never ever had an issue with quality. One time I bought a Toyota and it was a piece of crap. What a terrible ride and lousy service. And it was not cheap. Service costs was were they get you. Remember your dollars are going overseas to the Japanese Corporations who will in the end control your fate and I do not trust them. They have hid this problem for too long and are guility of murder.

Sherilyn

January 28th, 2010
12:38 pm

Sorry, I wouldn’t be caught dead driving a Toyota or Honda, even before all this started. I’ll take a Nissan over these two any day. Not only are they boring as hell, the maintenance fees cost way more than they should. I’ll stick to driving my badass Dodge Charger, thank you very much.

MediaSavvy

January 28th, 2010
12:54 pm

The floormat issue can happen with ANY make/model of vehicle. The accelerator part is a “slow wear” issue with an AMERICAN made part. Both recalls are 100% voluntary by Toyota, and are based a very few number of incidents, only one of which resulted in a fatality. Don’t worry, the media will find something else to fixate on next week… look how fast Haiti is disappearing from the news.

MediaSavvy

January 28th, 2010
1:09 pm

Oh, and the floormat issue that resulted in the fatality was caused by an aftermarket (non-Toyota) floormat sliding down and getting stuck over the accelerator… also not mentioned by the media.

Political Mongrel

January 28th, 2010
1:27 pm

I’ve had 6 Toyotas, and they have been the most reliable cars I’ve ever had. I get better service and less sales hassle, especially vs dealers and service departments of US brands. Plus they have more US parts and labor involved than most “American” brands.

Ghostrider

January 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

I would trust Toyota again. They will continue to produce a great product.

Pamela

January 28th, 2010
1:30 pm

I own a Toyota and yes I still trust them. I don’t EVER see me purchasing an American made car. They are absolutely worthless!

jj

January 28th, 2010
1:33 pm

I have also seen lots of TSB on the current model Camry with all kinds of transmission problems as well. Go buy a Ford or GM.

Toyota Lover...

January 28th, 2010
1:36 pm

Kia’s are manufactured by Chrysler and trust me when I say that they are CHEAP cars that don’t last more than 5 years!!! After that time they are just a piece of scrap metal! American made cars are all worthless! The average life span of any toyota is at least 20 years! You can’t EVER say the same about any of those sorry American made cars now can you?

For those of you that own Ford cars…did you know the founder of Ford was a very racist person? Yes Hitler loved Henry Ford’s values because of his hate for Jewish people and people of color! Yeah…do your own research…I would NEVER purchase a Ford car! They are a piece of trash!

Toyota Lover...

January 28th, 2010
1:41 pm

jj is NOT telling the truth..the new Camry’s do NOT have transmission problems….

Jeffrey

January 28th, 2010
1:43 pm

Sticking to my Audi, thank you, though next time around I’m going to give Ford a look. I like what I see coming out of that company.

vicki

January 28th, 2010
1:46 pm

Owned 10 chevy’s…no problems….enough said!!!

Old School

January 28th, 2010
1:48 pm

I remain loyal to Toyota (own 2), Honda (own 1) and my sweet little vintage VWs (’72 & ‘75). I’ll never drive another Chevy and don’t want a Ford. Might consider a Dodge again if they would make a model I actually like.

Kevin

January 28th, 2010
1:50 pm

I trust Toyota completely. I had a Camry that I drove for about 210,000 miles and than my son drove it for another 50,000 miles including to Winter Park, Colorado for the winter with only oil chnages and replacing the battery.

I have a 2005 Tundra with 140,000 miles and same story. Just change the oil and repalce the battery.

As far as I am concerned, there is nothing Toyota has to do to earn my trust back since thay have not lost it.

CJ

January 28th, 2010
2:02 pm

Want Toyota quality? Buy a Nissan/Infiniti or Honda/Acura instead!

Nonia

January 28th, 2010
3:32 pm

I came home from a Detroit hospital when I was born in a ‘65 Chevy Impala. My family has owned nothing but American cars (Caddies, Chevy’s, Buick’s, Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles) -yes we had a dud or 2 out of 40+ american cars, that’s not bad at all. The problems the 2 duds had weren’t life threatening and the family mechanic could fix it.

I have never in all of my life been able to look at a Japanese car and say that it is a beautiful car with glamor. Japanese cars to me are just basic transporters, they’re cheap in both the design and build quality-they actually resemble insects with the ugly bug eye head lights and the cats eye tail lights. American cars have come a looooooong way in quality, , reliability, comfort, handling, safety and yes they still lead in style. Do I trust Toyota, hell no anytime we support a country and nation that they have our country’s best interest at heart! Our country complains of the lack of jobs yet we have had two American plants right here in Atlanta close and displace workers out into the street! The Ford plant in Hapeville was a Taurus plant-Ford stopped building the Taurus, closed the plant and started building the Taurus again less than 2years later by rebadging the Ford 500, instead of moving production of that 500 here and renamed it to the Taurus! When will this country learn that we cannot support our country if we continue to purchase abroad and expect other country’s to produce products that will not harm or kill us both physically and financially?
It has been almost if there’s a holiday in Atlanta with such less traffic congestion on the road and my commutes have been easy without all of the sewing machine engined corollas and those fugly 2002-2006 Camry’s littered all over the road.

Kenny Powers

January 28th, 2010
3:52 pm

All of you dumbarses who dont trust Toyota probably voted for Obama in which you find it completely acceptable to bail out Chrysler.

It’s a pedal people; they will fix it in a month, end of story. Keep buying over depreciating American cars and call yourself a better American; even though your Ford is built in Mexico.

Sherilyn

January 28th, 2010
4:35 pm

LOL@Kenny! How did Obama’s name come up in a forum about Toyota cars? So all of the people who didn’t vote for Obama drive Toyotas? Talk about a “dumbarse”! lol The ignorance I read on these AJC message boards astounds me sometimes.

Kenny Powers

January 28th, 2010
4:38 pm

I’m laughing out loud at you; you’re mother named you Sherilyn.

Ohio Mike

January 28th, 2010
5:05 pm

American Cars? Japanese Cars? Try global cars. Most large automotive companies have plants all over the world and have stock holders all over the world. Toyota has American manufacturing plants and build cars by American workers and have stockholders who are American. It is a global market that GM, Ford and Chrysler also participate in. So, I’m not sure what it means when someone says “I only buy american cars.”

JH

January 28th, 2010
5:21 pm

Have owned 3 Toyotas & 1 Lexus and YES – I would never buy anything else. All Toyota products have been excellent and never given us an ounce of trouble.

I applaud Toyota for the massive recall, it means that they stand behind their vehicles and don’t hide problems like many manufacturers do.

A.S.Mathew

January 28th, 2010
8:56 pm

Due to my patriotrism, I used to buy American-made cars, but my luck was very bad. After the
warrenty is over for 3 years or 36000 miles. problem started. My daughter bought 2007 Lexus E 350
and she liked it well. Even though the quality of the U.S. made cars have improved, still I am feeling
reservations to buy an American car due to the bad experience with those cars.

otis

January 28th, 2010
11:18 pm

Toyota is a piece of crap seen any good old tercels i doudt it piece of junk engines are good but everything else is a below average. Ive had two leak oil on my pretty concrete.

scott

January 29th, 2010
6:09 am

10 Chevy’s? That IS enough said. Unless you are 200 years old, that speaks for the quality of Chevy’s. A Toyota will last 15-20 years with little maintenance.

Dave

January 29th, 2010
8:22 am

Toyota…..brought to you by the same people who bombed Peril Harbor. I will always support American products and the people who make them.

Winkasdad29

January 29th, 2010
9:26 am

Toyota’s a good car. I’ve owned 3 of them and didn’t have trouble. I would buy a 7 passenger crossover from them if they offered one. Otherwise, I’m going to try GM for one. Automobile quality is getting better for GM and Ford so I’ll try one.

Phil

January 29th, 2010
3:20 pm

American cars are over priced? Have you looked at Honda and Toyota? You get a lot less car for the money, and American cars aren’t likely to accelerate out of control killing everyone inside.

All of you guys who like Toyota should go out and buy one quick and skip the recall maintenance. Just remember when you can’t stop your car you can always jump out.

Chris

January 29th, 2010
9:39 pm

Seeing as I’m an owner of a 2010 Toyota Tundra that is less than 60 days old with two recalls, both around the gas pedal. I cannot get the dealership it check or repair because Toyota is sending the new pedals to the factories and the dealers have been given no corrections for this issue. Hell now I wouldn’t buy another one. This my first and will damn sure be my last. Toyota should be totally ashamed!

Nick

January 29th, 2010
11:17 pm

I drive a 2001 Ford Taurus with 100,000 miles on it, and have not had one single problem with it. My car was made in Chicago, Illinois by hard working Americans. I do not feel as though it was overpriced what-so-ever. It is the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned and plan to purchase Ford vehicles for as long as I live. Why don’t we put high tariffs on cars that are imported to the United States from Asia? They do it to the Detroit automakers, so why not be fair here? I applaud Ford for making a 2.4 Billion dollar profit. The “Cash for Clunkers” program was a failure that did nothing but help stimulate Japan’s economy! People who bought Toyota’s under the program are getting a bit of karma now! If you have not driven an American car lately, go to your local dealership and see that the quality is second to none. Stop sending your money to Japan and keep your money in North America. This country has been on a downward spiral since the 1980’s and will not stop until we start buying and selling American made products.

Nick

January 29th, 2010
11:21 pm

@scott
…Or he owned more than one at time, you moron!

adam

February 12th, 2010
12:10 am

you foreign lovers are a virus to this country- if i had my way ud all be deported along with your cars back to japan. you might as well fly a japanese flag in ur yard. there is a reason i drive by foreign vehicles stuck in the ditch without batting an eye, if youd bought american it would be a different story- but then again had you bought american you probably wouldnt be dumb enough to find yourself in the ditch in the first place. toyota has been covering up complaints relative to these recalls for over 5 years, over 2800 accidents later they finally are pressured into doing a recall. toyotas actions were reckless and irresponsible- something you foreign loving IDIOTS need to get through your head.

jo jernigan

July 24th, 2010
5:12 pm

I would not buy another toyota. As a matter of fact i just traded mine due to the fact that the japanese kill whales. They go into the arctic sanctuaries and kill whales!!!!!!!! Unbelievable that their country and toyota has not done a thing to stop this needless killing.