Not hardly, but two things happened recently so I am signing off on this fight.
I am standing next to a woman filling up her Solara at Costco. Mid 30s--expensive hair and clothes. She spots my car and apparently, knows enough about Lexus to know it's just a really nice Toyota. So we have something in common. Asks me what I think about the Toyota story. I said, "I think it's bullshit--what about you?"
Oh! my! goodness! Got the whole female-Toyota-driver rap from a woman with an education and a career. This was her third Toyota. The previous two had been utterly trouble-free. She really likes "Mike" her service rep down at the dealership because he always explains everything so well. She just could NOT believe that someone was saying such things about the most reliable thing in her life. It was like someone was insulting the best lover she ever had.
It was great!
She made an interesting remark. "I think there are American men who resent the 'little nippers' (real air quotes) actually making something better than they do. And IF 'the nippers' (air quotes) actually do make something better, goes the accusations / excuses / rationalizations, it's because they cheated--trade barriers / exchange rates / reverse engineering / flouting patents, and so on. So now these insecure men are taking a stand against Asia on quality control--the one thing that Toyota actually DID invent. Well, they won't change MY mind--my next car will be a Toyota. There is no other company I work with that comes CLOSE to solving my problems and making my life less difficult than Toyota. I am LOYAL to those sorts of people."
Thus spaketh the affluent yuppie. So I drove away muttering to myself. "Yes I LIKE talking cars--it is one of my favorite subjects. But I just met the reason Toyota can not be brought down by this bullshit. Loyalty is earned--and I just got an earful from a loyalist. She's WAY more pissed about this than I--she has this subject covered.