float_6969 wrote:But sometimes the home team sucks. It doesn't mean you bail every time they have a bad season. I'm gonna stick with them, at least as a fan.
I have no "home team."
It's not the team I care about. It's the players. I happen to have owned two Nissans that I loved. I have family who have owned other Nissans they (and I) loved. Those CARS are where any loyalty I may have belongs.
Before I was ever a Nissan Guy, I was a Cadillac Guy, and foremost a GM Guy. But those brands have failed me as often as they have succeeded, too. Nissan succeeded in winning my fandom with specific models during the 90s, and NICO (NOT NISSAN) succeeded in fueling that fandom with a community of like-minded, intelligent enthusiasts. It's not Nissan to whom I owe my loyalty. It's NICO. Nissan made the cars, but NICO made them more than just cars.
I haven't called myself a [Insert Brand Here] Guy in a long time.
I'm not a Lincoln guy. That brand is just as much of a mess today as Nissan is (where Nissan are forsaking cogs for pulleys, Lincoln is forsaking driveshafts for CV axles).
I'm not a Cadillac guy. I refuse to pay allegiance to a brand that produced the XTS and continues to lie bald-faced to the public about its appeal and importance.
I'm not a GM guy. I won't consider it until the brand belongs to the consumer again.
I'm not a Nissan guy. I don't buy FWD unless it's PERFECT and I don't tolerate automatics unless they're justified by excellence elsewhere in the car. I have also NEVER felt the desire to own a crossover.
I'm not a Ford guy. I love a lot of their products, but they're another unabashed liar-your turbo engines did not change the world, so I would like my V8s back now, please.
But I have owned products that I have loved from all of these brands.
It's not the brand that matters. It's the car. And the community.
Nissan isn't building cars that matter. So Nissan doesn't matter.