Car manufacturers are legally responsible to supply you with parts for
10 years after the car is made. So you should still be able to find
pasrts for the sprinter for at least ten years. the reality of it is,
Dodge isn't just going to stop stocking those parts in 10 years. There
is a market for them, so they will sell them, even if they do have to
buy them from mercedes, mark them up, and sell them. I wonder if
freightliner will still be selling the sprinters. I'm sure that
Freightliner dealers will still service and sell parts for them too.
Your wrong on that count. Manufactures are not legally required to stock
parts for ten years. They are legally required to repair defects pertaining
to warranty problems for the life of the warranty claimed by the
manufacturer. And the manufacturer can obtain parts from any means,
including USED to repair those defects. I worked for DaimlerChrysler for 13
years and there is no LAW stating your bullshit!
Before you get all huffy puffy and start cursing for no reason, calm
down. I admit that I could be mistaken, but I am not intentionally
feeding anyone BS. I was looking into buying an Oldsmobile years ago
when it was known that they were dissapearing, and the dealer told me
that GM was required to maintain parts for the cars for 10 years by
law, and could not just abandon their customers. Unless the law has
changed, or this guy was feeding me BS, I seriously think that there
is some basis to what I said.
And before you start attacking people. Think about what your
credentials say. So what, you worked for DaimlerChrysler. A company
that at the time had never shut down production. Does that mean that
you know the law for this scenario? Are you a lwayer for them? In
charge of distribution of spare parts? I'm an engineer with lots of
experience in cars and submarines. That doesn't mean that I can tell
you how everything on a car or submarine works, or the laws regarding
them. And I don't claim to, or tell people that they are full of bull
for saying anythign about them. So tone it down.
If you're really an engineer, the first thing you'd have asked yourself is
"why would I believe this without any evidence?" Are you really going
repeat and then defend something told to you by a car salesman? No further
You put those higher thinking skills to work on this and think about it.
He was either mistaken himself, or was feeding you a line. There is
no such law (it is, obviously, impossible to cite a non-law -- which
is why, in my original response, I asked you if you had a cite). A
company is required to support their warranty, and there is a required
warranty on emissions equipment. Beyond that, they've got no
obligation to ever sell parts. And they sell them for exactly as long
as they think they're making money by doing it.
I'm not a lawyer, and don't work for any car companies. My claim is
based on many people making the same statement I did over the years, a
general belief that the auto industry really ought to work the same as
all the others in the world, and nobody ever coming up with a cite
showing me where the "must sell parts for X years" law exists.
I just realized that I did say supply. That was not as specific as I
probably needed to be. I didn't mean that they need to stock them for
your use, but they have to have made enough to last for that long.
They could all sit in a warehouse and take three weeks to get ahold
of, and they woudl still be fine. At least that is what I had been
told. So take this with a grain of salt.
On 18 Mar 2007 18:32:49 -0700, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
GM promised continued parts and service for Oldsmobiles. I don't
recall the time period.
I recently was involved in repair of a car that was less than ten
years old and needed driver and passenger seatbelts. The manufacturer
could only furnish the driver's seat belt in one color, the
passenger's seat belt in another, and neither color matched the car
Oldsmobile had degnerated to the point that, other than trim and body
panels, it was an entirely "corporate" car just like Pontiac is right
now. The last Olds cars used the Buick v6 or the small Northstar v8.
Chevy, Buick, and Cadillac are the only GM brands with any engineering
identity left. Buick's is pretty much limited to the 3800 v6 engine
(which is still so much better than the Chevrolet v6 engines that it has
a home in all the car lines), and Cadillac's is the Northstar engine family.
Not that this is an altogether bad thing. Ford and Chrysler went to
corporate-engineered drivetrains in the 50s, and that worked out much
better than GM selling 3 different unrelated 350 v8s, thre unrelated 455
v8s, plus a 454, 500, and 472 all through the 70s. That was nonsensical.
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