Pretty much, although technically I am still "employed". Which brings up a
chuckle I had when you said this:
I chuckled because I was very fortunate to be able to retire over 5 years
ago at the ripe old age of 52. I was reasonably successful from a financial
point of view, have a decent reputation in the industry I was in and never
got sued for anything. I attribute this modest success to some of the
cockamamie ideas and standards that I tenaciously stuck to for many years.
BTW .... the BMW E60 M5 engine (V10 - 500 hp) is arguably one of the most
advanced engine designs in production from a technological point of view.
It is "sloppy" in it's tolerances and owners (me being one) typically
experience a liter of oil use every 1000 - 1500 miles. How's that for
I don't know.
Car manufacturers are tasked with meeting a wide range of technical,
marketing, economic and regulatory criteria. They have to design and build
a desirable car that they can build at a profit and meet ever increasing
safety and environmental regulations.
One way to get better gas mileage is to improve engine efficiency. Hard to
do in a cost-effective manner so it is accomplished every 3 or 4 years.
Another way is to reduce weight of the car. If a component usually made of
metal that weighs 2 lbs and has a mean time between failure of 100,000 hours
can be replaced with one made of nylon that weighs 1/2 pound and has a MTBF
of 50,000 hours ... it will probably be made of nylon since the Marketing
Department research indicates that the average person owns a car for about
Profit is based on the total cost of doing business. Some manufacturers
have significant advantages over others in this area.
You could've stopped at "I don't know", because logically, it doesn't
matter. If they know they're producing crap, they're disgusting for selling
it to anyone. If they do NOT know they're producing crap, then they're
incompetent, and this sentence can be completed the same as the previous
There is only one way to do your work. Everything else is offensive.
As far as I can determine Ford no longer sells the same vehicles they sold
in 1970s. Nether does any other manufacturer. Seems the oldest any may
have to sell that are still.considered 'new' vehicle may be a rare 2006
Try not to confuse Joe with logic and valid business reasons for
companies designing and building products the way they do. His
fragile mind can't take it, he's likely to spontaneously combust if he
feels like he's being picked on. Joe is the master of applying BS
anecdotal evidence, sketchy rumors and conspiracy theories that he
gathers in his *very* limited sphere of influence to the rest of the
Although not for me, they certainly are popular with the mothers of young
My daughter has a Grand Caravan ... an '05, I think. She has two boys aged
6 and 8 plus two fully grown bloodhound dogs. She wouldn't part with her
"Eggmobile" for anything and after inspecting it one day I can understand
why from her point of view. The rear seats fold flat, there are storage
compartments everywhere it seems and she hauls the kids, groceries, dogs,
furniture, ... whatever everyday.
She and her husband have taken 3000 mile vacation trips in it several times,
packed to the gills with their "stuff". So far, it has performed
flawlessly, gets decent gas mileage and has about 80k miles on it.
Good think Chrysler insisted on "loose" tolerances. <g>
Then why don't you go survey about a million and a quarter car owners and
report on your findings?
CR stays in business because they make their readers happy. They're not
going to make them happy by steering them into crappy cars.
I finally started to consult CR before I bought cars just a few years ago.
As a result, I have been buying Toyotas.
I have 4 Toyotas, 3 purchased used, now at an average age of 7.3 years, with
10.1 years of ownership and 108,000 miles of driving and ZERO problems.
They look good, they don't squeak or rattle and the offer a good combination
of fuel economy and performance.
Maybe I'm gullible but I'm also happy to follow CRs advice.
What are the other options? Listen to you? Hah!
That's nothing. We had individual Vaxes run for at least two years and Vax
clusters up for longer than that. And we weren't a 24X7 shop, that's just
how Vaxes worked.
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