I had to wait till my father died before I dared buy a Japanese auto. He would not have liked to see such a vehicle sitting in his driveway. He was a General Motors man. You had to grow up in America in the 1960's to appreciate that. Earlier this month General Motors and Ford had their stock downgraded to "junk" status. That is hard to believe. Two icons of American smokestack industry have their bond rating called junk. Hard times indeed.