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would you use a chinese part on your exped? (rear window strut)

Discussion in '1st Gen - 1997 - 2002' started by Ramon Triton, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. ManUpOrShutUp

    ManUpOrShutUp Full Access Members

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    "Made in the USA" is very misleading. Manufacturers are allowed to use cost analysis to demonstrate that the product is mostly made in the USA (so they can use the "Made in the USA" label), but with the cost of US parts/labor being so much greater than China, for example, a product could have more foreign parts/labor and yet still have 75% of the total cost come from the US. As I posted above, I purchased a Motorcraft "Made in Germany" pulley and the main bearing in the unit was stamped "China." I don't know how much difference it really matters though anyway considering these Ford Expedition isn't very American at all. It ranked 20th in the 2020 American-Made Index with 8 Hondas and 1 Toyota above it.

    Moog doesn't even make half their products anymore, so you never really know what you're going to find in the box. I purchased 3 Moog wheel hub assemblies with identical part numbers and received assemblies made by 3 different companies. This is the nature of the beast with a vast array of products these days.
     
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    I replaced my rear window and liftgate with lift supports from Amazon. They were inexpensive, easy to install, and work great!
     
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    as a purist/made in usa fanatic i really wanted to go all USA made but decided to go chicom just this once....a slippery slope for sure but i am wearing my best snow shoes.
     
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    Machete My Rig. 2000 EB 4x4 5.4L

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    Globalism. It reduces quality simply because quality is no longer in the equation to determine sales. The American consumer wants “cheap pricing”. So big business gives it to them.

    What big business figured out is that they can make larger margins w cheap products.

    And the cycle continues.
     
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    You can write a book about this. And inflation, and debt, and consumerism...
     
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    Machete My Rig. 2000 EB 4x4 5.4L

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    ...add central bank, federal reserve, and currency to the list.
     
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    If I had the choice, I would not buy Made in Communist China parts. That is not always possible, for anything. Made anywhere else works for me, just not MICC. MICC is a last resort. And yes, I will pay more for Made in Anywhere Else than MICC
     
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    Many years ago 2 friends said they would never buy a Japanese car. After I saw the quality of a Yamaha dirt bike I bought a Japanese vehicle. One friend has driven his Honda Pilot to nearly 300,000 miles and loves it. The other is still stubborn and gets his Buick Roadmaster fixed regularly.

    Not buying a superior product prolongs the process of getting the inferior products up to par. American auto manufacturers eventually realized that and began building a better product.

    The issue of buying Chinese products is similar. I would not hesitate to buy one, but if unsatisfactory, return it for a better product.

    In the long run, you do a disservice to American workers by knowingly buying inferior products.
     
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    Machete My Rig. 2000 EB 4x4 5.4L

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    Huh? Makes no sense.
     
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    Huh? Tell that to the neighbor who loses his job because you're doing him a service buying Chinese stuff. Sounds like you're only thinking about your wallet. I really doubt you'll find ANY Communist Chinese ANYTHING that's better quality than its American original.
     
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