Not me, that's for sure, and not many other Americans either. Mickey spotlights the fact that of 15 auto makers rated for reliability and performance in 2009 by Consumer Reports, Chrysler came in 15th!
Ah, you say, but what about those nifty little Fiats? Chrysler can add them to the inventory throughout its dealer network, and presto, sales and profits. Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is so smitten with the Italian buggies that she's wooing the company into building them in her state (she is probably right to figure there will be plenty of manufacturing capacity there).
Alas, Fiats are still not getting the love they think they deserve. A writer for Consumer Reports took the trouble to publish this account of the 2008 Brand Reliability Index produced by Which? Car, an independent British outfit similar to Consumer Reports. The money paragraph:
Among the 38 brands featured in Which? Car, Fiat ranked 35th, followed by Renault, Land Rover, and Chrysler/Dodge. Jeep is the highest-rated brand from Chrysler, with its 29th place just barely keeping it in the “Poor” category. Fiat, Chrysler, and Dodge are categorized as “Very poor.” In total, Fiat, Chrysler, and Dodge provide similar reliability, and it isn’t good.