Will Moderate For Cigars
Date registered: Apr 2005
Vehicle: 2002 ML320, 2005 S430 4MATIC, 2010 F150 Crew Cab
Location: City on the TN River
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Back in the early '80's, automakers manufactured cars with what they deemed with acceptable percentages of defect occurrence and percentages of failures. Parts can be defective but some of the defects never show up in normal usage. Defective parts ran in those days in the 8 to 10% range, depending. Carburetors ran significantly higher than that. I remember my uncle saying that he could expect to get back 1 in 3 carburetors that he sold through his parts house. Did not matter the brand either.
We have become spoiled to reliability. It was accepted at one time to rebuild a transmission at 50,000 miles. Now, if one fails at 125,000 miles, it's considered a piece of junk.
Today, we just expect more because we continue to get more out of our cars from increasing quality standards. And when one takes a sh^t like yours, we tend to be less understanding and rightfully so. Good consumer protection laws is what has gotten us to where we are today in vehicle reliability. It was not uncommon for autos to be in the shop for weeks during their first year of ownership.
Defects are just a part of life since these parts are designed by humans and many made by humans. Now, manufacturers have gotten defects down to less than 1%. But, the law of averages say that eventually, there is one automobile every once in a while that gets more than it's fair share of defective components. Unfortunately, you got that car. It sucks but I hope you get a resolution to it soon.
2005 S430 4Matic 'Morton' W220.183 • 722.671 Rest in Peace
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