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(Reuters)   Mitsubishi to build cars in Thailand to be sold in China as Fiats for Chrysler. Chevy still building cars in America for recall   (reuters.com) divider line 11
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2014-07-02 12:16:56 PM
That kind of reminds me of the time I bought an old (Made in America) Ford Courier pickup truck. You know, one of those small ones. Back then, Ford was touting its genuine made in the USA slogan.

When I started working on the engine, which I had expected to do, I discovered that it was a Mazda 2. Not American. A little research disclosed that Ford had contracted with Mazda to supply them with engines for the Courier -- a little fact not too many folks seemed to know.

Everything else on the truck was 'assembled' in the USA.

It was a fun truck to drive -- standard everything, power nothing -- with no a/c -- but fixing that engine constantly started costing me more than the truck was worth, so I sold it.
 
2014-07-02 01:20:52 PM

Rik01: That kind of reminds me of the time I bought an old (Made in America) Ford Courier pickup truck. You know, one of those small ones. Back then, Ford was touting its genuine made in the USA slogan.

When I started working on the engine, which I had expected to do, I discovered that it was a Mazda 2. Not American. A little research disclosed that Ford had contracted with Mazda to supply them with engines for the Courier -- a little fact not too many folks seemed to know.

Everything else on the truck was 'assembled' in the USA.

It was a fun truck to drive -- standard everything, power nothing -- with no a/c -- but fixing that engine constantly started costing me more than the truck was worth, so I sold it.


I had two of the Mazda B2000 versions.  Best damned little hellion of a truck ever made.
 
2014-07-02 02:01:25 PM
Both sides lose?
 
2014-07-02 03:28:36 PM
Mitsubishi gets to sell what would be its Japanese-marque cars in countries that have a bloodlust hate for Japanese.  FiatChrysler gets into another market.  Win-win.
 
2014-07-02 03:54:45 PM
Careful. If it's made in Thailand you need to check the tailpipe first. Never can be sure what you're buying.
 
2014-07-02 04:32:27 PM
This is not news.  It's been happening since at least the 80s.
 
2014-07-02 04:36:23 PM
This isn't the first time Mitsubishi has teamed up with Chraylser (or whatever their official, full name is now.  I can't keep up any more).  Link
 
2014-07-02 04:48:56 PM

bhcompy: This is not news.  It's been happening since at least the 80s.


*Shakes tiny fist in impotent rage.*  It appears it started in the late 1970s though.
 
2014-07-02 05:05:27 PM

Fark like a Barsoomian: Careful. If it's made in Thailand you need to check the tailpipe first. Never can be sure what you're buying.


Tail pipe or stick shift?
 
2014-07-02 05:16:31 PM

47 is the new 42: This isn't the first time Mitsubishi has teamed up with Chraylser (or whatever their official, full name is now.  I can't keep up any more).  Link


Yeah, I once owned a 1986 Plymouth minivan with a Mitsubishi engine in it.
 
2014-07-02 11:10:20 PM

Rik01: A little research disclosed that Ford had contracted with Mazda to supply them with engines for the Courier -- a little fact not too many folks seemed to know.


Mazda supplied the engines for the Capri from 89 thru 94. Neat but odd little car, Australian body, Mazda drivetrain, American badged.
I've got a 91 I bought from my niece, needs a fuel pump replaced, it's in the gas tank. It was too small for her and her 2 kids at the time, so I figured I'd take it off her hands. Will fix it eventually.
I worked in a Chrysler garage when the Mitsu engines were installed in various fwds that Chrysler built. They were a warrantee nightmare due to dropping the valve guide further into the head. When this happened, it would suck oil into the combustion chamber and the vehicle would smoke like crazy. It did a lot of damage to Chrysler's reputation, and I'm surprised they are getting into a partnership with them again, to be honest.
Had an 86 Reliant with the Chrysler 2.2, had over 400,000 miles on it when I gave it to a friend. Rattled like crazy but still ran. He finally killed it by putting it in a fwd demo derby where he said it almost won.
/rip Goldie
 
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