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New It's amazing how long the attitude lasted.
In 1979 when I moved from Upstate NY to Charlotte, NC and had my '74 Subaru shipped. When I was picking it up in Charlotte, I was told "How could you buy a Jap car?"

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
New Once it was amazing; now ... ... also, GMTA :-)
I bought a new Subaru ..maybe '76? Great car; I went for the naturally-balanced flat-four sans the air-cooled problems of VW. Only part I bought (had it ~3 years): was the little rubber seat-belt keep-away; once it had a crankcase to cylinder gasket leak, out-Warranty and fair amount of dismantling; expected to pay a few C-notes then; Subaru comped-it! I paid maybe $50 for incidentals (Have likely 'sold' two or three new Subarus via that story.)

Believe that their Mad-success nowadays began from just such largesse early-on. They Knew how Americans hated the Dealer-scams in sales, thence in any small repair. I wish them Well.
New A bit of history

Check out this podcast for a brief history of car dealerships, and why their tactics are currently changing.

     "And Then They Came for Us" w/ Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange photos: WW-II Japanese Internment - (Ashton) - (3)
         It's amazing how long the attitude lasted. - (a6l6e6x) - (2)
             Once it was amazing; now ... ... also, GMTA :-) - (Ashton) - (1)
                 A bit of history - (drook)

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