This is just my point of view of Toyota and GM fans. I have spent some time browsing through Toyota Nation for awhile now, and feel it is necessary to reveal the similarities and differences between us and them.
The similarities are quite a few. First, we defend our company with fierce tenacity. Any import fan that comes on to GMI with the intention to rattle our nerves by saying, “ GM sucks and Toyota rules,” will be met with us blaring all guns saying how he is a moron and how he is a blind fanboi, etc. If a domestic fan( being GM or Ford) goes on Toyota Nation and says how much Toyota sucks due to them being Japanese, or that it there tricking the American public into buying their hybrids, etc, there met with the same thing from the Toyota fans. Both fans come in and say stuff that insults us and the company that we love.
The other similarity is that we love our cars! Whatever we own, we just love. I love my Suburbans, Equinox, and BMW. They love what they own, being it a Camry, Avalon, Tundra, etc. They will defend those products without end. Now we both can criticize the companies that we so dearly love. For us GM fans, it is the CSV minivans, why is it taking so long to say, “ The Camaro has been approved,” why is GM keeping around the 3400 V6, and why are they doing such a blatant rebadge of the Cobalt for Pontiac, etc.
Both of us seem to want to work together seamlessly. We don’t want to see Toyota to go under, and they want to see GM do well. Now of course there are exceptions with our blind fanboi’s who support GM and want Toyota to disappear and there blind fanboi’s want to see GM( and Ford) disappear. I for one want to see both companies to be in the black and can get along with each other.
Finally, Then there is our forum rivalry. Whenever a thread or post is made about Toyota Nation, some of us go out and say stuff like, “ Those people are the most ignorant people ever,” or “ Those guys won’t give GM a chance.” Then at Toyota Nation there are posts like, “ That Ming guy is the biggest GM fanboi ever!” The thing is that is completely natural for people. If you go on to an Apple forum you will see people trash Windows and Windows fans. Then go to a Windows forum, and you will see them trash us. Of course there are people who want to see both OS’s or car companies succeed. Like Silver Streak over at Toyota Nation. He wants GM to succeed and be in the black, but will buy Toyota for the time being as Toyota’s appeal to him. I want the same for Toyota. I don’t care if Toyota or GM is #1. What I care is that GM and Toyota are giving each other good competition and are profiting.
There is only one, I do mean one difference between us. People at GMI tend to love GM. People at Toyota Nation love Toyota. That is it. Just a matter what company we prefer.
Once again this is my opinion. You can agree or disagree with it all you like.