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: Has anyone driven a chinese car?


mikeucr
12-12-09, 05:20 PM
i know that chery, honqui (love the name) have been trying to make it to the US for years and apparently i read it is because their cars wouldn't be appealing here due to high standards we have. that being said...has anyone ever driven a recent one? if so...any comments would be interesting.

lscrx
12-12-09, 05:28 PM
i know that chery, honqui (love the name) have been trying to make it to the US for years and apparently i read it is because their cars wouldn't be appealing here due to high standards we have. that being said...has anyone ever driven a recent one? if so...any comments would be interesting.

Haven't driven a Chinese car... but I did ride a Chinese motorcycle when I was in Iraq... it was a POS but it only cost about $200.

900t
12-12-09, 05:31 PM
I don't think Hong Qi has been trying hard for US sales, Chery and Geely I think yes

It hasn't happened yet so certainly there isn't a lot of interest. Bricklin was trying for Chery recently but abandoned the venture.

But the Chinese makers are making serious inroads into developing countries, in Latin America, in Russia, in Africa, China is almost taking over

Meanwhile in Western Europe the sales of Chinese cars seem disappointing, while sales of the cheap, crap Franco-Romanian Dacia Logan are extremely high. Bias against Chinese cars from European consumers?

I'm interested too to hear what people with real experience of the product think of them though.

I think Chinese motorcycles and ATV's are making a dent in the US market though.

boon94
12-12-09, 06:16 PM
I think Chinese motorcycles and ATV's are making a dent in the US market though.
Yea you can get a 200CC Chinese motorcycles in the states for about $2000 brand new... thats the MSRP, I'm sure they can be had for cheaper (lifan)...

But i've heard horror stories about the frames snapping and such :o

900t
12-12-09, 06:25 PM
Yea you can get a 200CC Chinese motorcycles in the states for about $2000 brand new... thats the MSRP, I'm sure they can be had for cheaper (lifan)...

But i've heard horror stories about the frames snapping and such :o

My Honda VF750S has a snapped frame and the forks are shaped like a sickle :lol: Sure wouldn't liked to have been riding on it when that happened, ay-o!:lol:

lscrx
12-12-09, 07:38 PM
Yea you can get a 200CC Chinese motorcycles in the states for about $2000 brand new... thats the MSRP, I'm sure they can be had for cheaper (lifan)...

But i've heard horror stories about the frames snapping and such :o

My brand new Suzuki SV650S only cost $5800... so $2k for a 200cc POS doesn't sound like much of a bargain. Shoot, for $3799 you could get a 250cc Suzuki GZ250.

http://www.vtwinmama.com/images/Ann_and_GZ250_b.jpg

Matt88S
12-12-09, 07:45 PM
I was told by a small engine mechanic that on the little chinese crotch rocket and chopper type bikes for kids, that many of the bolts are not even threaded, they are held in place with glue/threadlock like compound. You take them out, you have to glue them back in, something he wasn't willing to do. Granted this is on the kids bikes, but some of those kids bikes can get going pretty fast. :o

Wulf
12-12-09, 10:25 PM
"Made in China" doesn't really give visions of style, reliability and quality. Hyosung sells motorcycles in the US but it they are only about 10-20% less expensive than the well-known Japanese bikes.

Hyosung GT650 - $5399

http://www.hyosungmotorsusa.com/img/product/popup/i_GT650.jpg

Suzuki SV650 - $5,999

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2007models/2007-Suzuki-SV6501-small.jpg

900t
12-12-09, 10:40 PM
Hyosung is South Korean though :p

I hear there are some motorbike manufacturers in North Korea, look cheap and crappy. I would be tempted but I think I'd rather send my pennies to the PRC than to those *******s :p

Finch 93
12-12-09, 11:52 PM
Hey, politics is forbidden. No mention of Chinese car. People's Republic of China, ok. Just using "China" is bowing down to the People's Republic of China. The Republic of China on Taiwan has just as much, if not more, right to be called China. After all, China Airlines is based in Taipei, not Peking.

Car have been made in China (Taiwan) by knock down kits.

Wulf
12-12-09, 11:58 PM
Hyosung is South Korean though :pOooops.. ;oops:

Well, you know how it goes. Europeans believe Michigan is the same as California, Americans believe Holland is part of Sweden or Denmark (seriously!) and European-Americans believe China, Korea, (north and south whatever), Thailand are all the same country with different kinds of restaurants. :D

900t
13-12-09, 12:08 AM
Oooops.. ;oops:

Well, you know how it goes. Europeans believe Michigan is the same as California, Americans believe Holland is part of Sweden or Denmark (seriously!) and European-Americans believe China, Korea, (north and south whatever), Thailand are all the same country with different kinds of restaurants. :D

I thought Holland was between Manhattan and Jersey :lol::lol:

Cuba
13-12-09, 12:14 AM
Chinese car anti-theft mechanism

http://www.funtoosh.com/f_images/chinees_at_1.jpg


http://www.funtoosh.com/f_images/chinees_at_2.jpg



http://www.funtoosh.com/f_images/chinees_at_3.jpg


http://www.funtoosh.com/f_images/chinees_at_4.jpg


http://www.funtoosh.com/f_images/chinees_at_5.jpg

Wulf
13-12-09, 12:37 AM
I thought Holland was between Manhattan and Jersey :lol::lol:You silly man... Holland is the place where all people live in windmills, wear wooden shoes, take care of their tulip gardens, smoke marijuana and visit legal hookers every day.

Come to think of it... that doesn't sound bad at all. :lol:

Finch 93
13-12-09, 01:38 AM
You silly man... Holland is the place where all people live in windmills, wear wooden shoes, take care of their tulip gardens, smoke marijuana and visit legal hookers every day.

Come to think of it... that doesn't sound bad at all. :lol:

Really? I thought Holland was Jerusalem, Dead Sea, etc. :p Or it that Holy Land? Isn't Saab a Swiss car? :p

Spidey
13-12-09, 12:40 PM
Both my brothers-in-law bought a motorbike and a quad (respectively) for their kids. Terrible, terrible machines. Both broke within a week, one irreparably. Oddly, the motorbike had opposite shifting, one up and 4 down instead of one down and 4 up.

I'm not sure I would trust a car built China.

Rennsport1
13-12-09, 02:23 PM
OMG:o !!!!!!!!!!!

You silly man... Holland is the place where all people live in windmills, wear wooden shoes, take care of their tulip gardens, smoke marijuana and visit legal hookers every day.

Come to think of it... that doesn't sound bad at all. :lol:

Cuba
13-12-09, 02:27 PM
Really? I thought Holland was Jerusalem, Dead Sea, etc. :p Or it that Holy Land? Isn't Saab a Swiss car? :p

No, it's HOLLAND, not Holyland. That's Jerusalem in Modern day Israel.

Now that I think about it, I suppose a Swiss car would be holy though.

I don't know, now I'm really confused. :)

Saab named Jag
13-12-09, 02:30 PM
Whatever happened to that $3000 chinese car that was supposed to be sold at wally world?

Anyway last year my boss bought a 250cc atv. It was a chinese honda clone. We assembled it and right out of the box and the thing wouldn't start;)

TooMany2cvs
13-12-09, 02:40 PM
Well, you know how it goes. Europeans believe Michigan is the same as California

You mean they AREN'T in the same country...?

900t
13-12-09, 02:44 PM
You mean they AREN'T in the same country...?

Well one is in a major economic crisis, and the other one is Michigan :lol::lol:

badum-tissshh! :lol:

DavidMorgan
13-12-09, 02:48 PM
I thought Holland was between Manhattan and Jersey :lol::lol:
Thats what comes from smoking Peter Stuyvesant ..

900t
13-12-09, 02:51 PM
Thats what comes from smoking Peter Stuyvesant ..

Well in reality I was more in reference to Mr. Holland and a certain piece of underwater infrastructure but it may be obscure to those not familiar with the area :p

DavidMorgan
13-12-09, 03:07 PM
Of course there is Holland and Holland ... :lol:

http://www.hollandandholland.com/factory/graphics/images/zoom/eng2_img2.jpg

No, I have not driven a Chinese car .. in fact I don't think I've never seen one .. :lol:

TooMany2cvs
13-12-09, 03:48 PM
No, I have not driven a Chinese car .. in fact I don't think I've never seen one .. :lol:

http://citroens.citroen1.info/China/fukang.jpg

Saabman900
13-12-09, 10:02 PM
Suppose you could add me to the list of those never having driven a Chinese car. Don't think I would ever like to either.

mulik51
17-12-09, 11:33 PM
Futile efforts my friends, futile efforts.
All those who have driven a Chinese car are dead.

Klim

SaabKen
18-12-09, 12:11 AM
.... European-Americans believe China, Korea, (north and south whatever), Thailand are all the same country with different kinds of restaurants. :D

http://static.pyzam.com/img/thumbs/g_340/funnypics/misc/asian-buffet-billboard.jpg

bazwold
18-12-09, 03:56 AM
A Chinese Citroen ZX?

http://citroens.citroen1.info/China/fukang.jpg

TooMany2cvs
18-12-09, 04:06 AM
A Chinese Citroen ZX?

Yup. With a boot. The Fukang 988.

I've got an Engrish ranguage blochure for 'em somewhere. It's hirarious. Keeps referring to "the Fukang car".

DavidMorgan
18-12-09, 04:15 AM
Yup. With a boot. The Fukang 988.

I've got an Engrish ranguage blochure for 'em somewhere. It's hirarious. Keeps referring to "the Fukang car".
Got a probem with your ells :lol:

TROLLhattenschatten
18-12-09, 04:33 AM
silly people, holland is an hour south of buffalo,ny

and no i have never driven a chinese car. but my brother does own a 200cc enduro bike from china - nothing on it works :roll:

Blacky Turbo S
18-12-09, 09:39 AM
I thought Holland was between Manhattan and Jersey :lol::lol:
Tssssss :nono; Holland is a part of The Netherlands. 2 provinces (North and South Holland). America is a vilage in the province Limburg.:confused: In the enverything you can find in The Netherlands. :D

I do like Chinese food though:cheesy:

TooMany2cvs
18-12-09, 09:51 AM
Tssssss :nono; Holland is a part of The Netherlands. 2 provinces (North and South Holland). America is a vilage in the province Limburg.:confused:

New York is in Lincolnshire, but not actually in Holland - that's a few miles away, the other side of Boston. California, meanwhile, is in Birmingham.