Originally Posted by Roadrash187
On a side not sorry to hear about the accidents but at least everyone made it.
If they didn't make it, they wouldn't be posting. lol
As for the Domestic vs Import battle, there are too many reasons to list for this ongoing debate. The fact of the matter is that ALL (with the exception of Yugo) import manufacturers have lemons and cherries. It is our responsibility as consumers to do our research before buying a car. Consumers' Report
does some guinea pigging so that we don't have to. We then need to send a message to ALL manufacturers as to what we are willing to accept on the market.
This debate really boils down to personal preference and opinion. Many factors play a role in developing ones preference. I have owned imports (european and asian) and domestics (including Mexican and Canadian--GM, Ford, and maybe even Chrysler have plants all over North America). I prefer Domestic because--even though some "imports" are assembled/built in the U.*./Canada, the money always trickles down to the mother company, and thus the country in which it is located. Yes there is a Toyota of America Company--but it is a subsidiary of Toyota, LTD (Japan).
BTW, Speedguy, one of my favorite vehicles is a Land Cruiser--albeit a 1965-1978 model.
As far as rice, many of you have said it best. Rice is the ridiculous "look at me" things people do to there otherwise mundane, unimpressive, underpowered cars. Rice is not a legitimate modification to the engine for performance reasons--that is called "hot rodding". Ricing has no boundaries. It is performed on domestics, quasi-domestics, and imports. The name "Rice" refers to the stereotypical notion that Asian cars were the first to have said non-performanced based modifications. It also illudes to the fact that many riced-out cars have Kanji decals on them. And we all know that "rice" is a somewhat diragatory term for Japanese or otherwise Asian--referring to a main staple food sourse in Asian countries.
I personnally do not like referring to PEOPLE in a diragatory manor, as I myself wouldn't want to be called "Spic", "Kraut", "Red Skin", or "Dough Boy" (England)--just because of my ethnicity (e.g. Puerto Rican, German, English, Carribean Indian (Tahino), and Cherokee Indian mix...don't ask!) So if I refer to "rice", please understand that I am referring not to an ethnic group, but rather to a form of expression applied to cars by there multi-cultural owners.
BTW, I am not PC, but as you can see, I can't afford to be a bigot.
That is how I see it.