Oh, I see my experience with an American cars, especially my own is dismissed by you. The truth, especially if tends to contradicts your opinion should be mocked. But your experience with American cars is the word. The man has spoken. The Brooklyn sage of cars speaks. Please. As for the Japanese not having a bad year or decade, perhaps not in your short life span and memory, but for at least a decade and I would say possibly up to two when Japanese cars were first introduced into the united states they were crap. The first Honda had a motorcycle engine and broke down every day. In fact overall just as we now laugh at Chinese quality so it was with all Japanese products when they first started to appear in large quality. The standing joke was what junk and second rate Japanese products were. The term "Made in Japan" was actually a colloquial joke at one time for meaning junk.