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LIers turn thumbs down on GM vehicles

When asked whether they would buy a vehicle produced by General Motors, some Long Islanders said Monday:

Martha Mutchin, 59, of Wantagh.

"Unfortunately, at this particular time, no, because I feel their cars have come down in quality," Mutchin said. "I buy a car every three years. My last three cars were Acura, Saab and Nissan. The quality and designs were far superior. Prior to that, I always bought American."

Lisa Martin, 23, of Farmingdale, drives a 1991 Toyota Corolla. For her next car, she wants a Volkswagen.

"You don't see too many of them on the roads," said Martin, who said she couldn't name GM-produced vehicles. "I guess that's why they're going bankrupt."

Aisha Mohan, 26, of Deer Park, said she bough a 2009 Nissan Maxima over the weekend. She also owns a Nissan Armada. "They're not the most reliable cars," Mohan said of GM vehicles. "They depreciate in value too quickly. It's not worth the investment."

Frank Atria, 30, of Deer Park. He owns a 1994 Toyota pickup truck, which has more than 100,000 miles and he said it's "still kicking." "They're behind the curve," he said of GM cars. "They always had these great concept cars, but by the time they come out, it's just an average car. I'll buy any of their concept cars."

Clyde Martin, 34, of North Babylon, whose first car was a used Oldsmobile Delta Royal. Martin likes to maintain his cars and found that the Oldsmobile, produced by GM, was very difficult to work with. Now, he drives a Nissan Altima.

"No, not me," said Martin, when asked if we would buy a GM car. "It (Delta Royal) lasted for 100,000 miles, but the maintenance was too much of a hassle."

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