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kscherer
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Join Date: Aug 2004
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2022-09-20, 11:05

A very large percentage of Japanese cars are made in America. Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, and Nissan all have large plants in the U.S.
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PB PM
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2022-09-20, 14:47

Yes, RAV, CRV, Civic, Corolla, and more are made in Canada and the US. It’s all part of trade agreements, so they have to.

I don’t think being made somewhere else makes something good or bad. That all comes down to the people doing the work. I don’t see any problems with the Maverick in terms of assembly. Over half the parts in it are made in Canada and the US anyway.
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2022-09-20, 18:18

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One word of warning, from what I've seen from reviewers who took the Santa Cruz with the dual clutch transmission for off road adventures, is that the dual clutch is not great for that. It was a while ago, so I don't remember why, but I konw they thought the Maverick EcoBoost AWD package was better than the dual clutch Santa Cruz when both vehicles were tested on the same paths off the pavement. One of them who later bought a Santa Cruz got the lower trim just to get the standard automatic, which they said was better for off road.
That was something I looked into. One major flaw in my opinion on those off-road tests is that they are all using the tricked out Limited trim which has 20” rims and poor grip all seasons, and don’t use appropriate drive modes (aka snow in soft, sandy conditions). No wonder the transmission seems to get mad on aggressive hill climbs in the those tests.

For my use it will be 90% normal drive mainly with some not super aggressive off-road. The Premium with the smaller 18” rims and an appropriate aggressive tire should be able to handle that.

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drewprops
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Join Date: May 2004
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2022-09-20, 18:55

Okay, this is helpful.

Apparently it was 5% of Tacomas produced between October of last year and May of this year were affected by a faulty spot weld to car seat anchors. This is a case of receiving insufficient information and running with it.


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PB PM
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2022-09-20, 21:18

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That was something I looked into. One major flaw in my opinion on those off-road tests is that they are all using the tricked out Limited trim which has 20” rims and poor grip all seasons, and don’t use appropriate drive modes (aka snow in soft, sandy conditions). No wonder the transmission seems to get mad on aggressive hill climbs in the those tests.

For my use it will be 90% normal drive mainly with some not super aggressive off-road. The Premium with the smaller 18” rims and an appropriate aggressive tire should be able to handle that.
Interesting, one of the reviewers (it's a truck reviewer, not a general vehicle reviewer) had it as a long term test drive, and had AT tires (Falken Wildpeak AT3 IIRC) on there for the off road test, and they tried all the drive modes. That was last fall when I was trying to decide which one to go for, so I don't remember much of the details. I have no idea what a good off-road tire is, the most I go off pavement is into campgrounds, or the odd maintained logging road, and never had issues with normal tires. Looks like you've done your due diligence though.
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2022-09-20, 21:23

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Okay, this is helpful.

Apparently it was 5% of Tacomas produced between October of last year and May of this year were affected by a faulty spot weld to car seat anchors. This is a case of receiving insufficient information and running with it.


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Sounds a lot like one of the early recalls on the Maverick, where some of the seat-belts (rear bench) were not attached properly.
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Ryan
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Join Date: May 2004
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2022-09-20, 21:29

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Interesting, one of the reviewers (it's a truck reviewer, not a general vehicle reviewer) had it as a long term test drive, and had AT tires (Falken Wildpeak AT3 IIRC) on there for the off road test, and they tried all the drive modes. That was last fall when I was trying to decide which one to go for, so I don't remember much of the details. I have no idea what a good off-road tire is, the most I go off pavement is into campgrounds, or the odd maintained logging road, and never had issues with normal tires. Looks like you've done your due diligence though.
I've got Falkden Wildpeak AT's on my car, they're fantastic.
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