, much appreciated! You certainly do provide a lot of help on the forum! I'll search up and read through the post.
Regarding brittle, I've owned a lot of very diverse cars (Volvo, MB, VW, Lexus, BMW, Subaru, Saab, Honda, Toyota, Audi, Ford, Jeep, Mazda, Fiat, Chevy, Dodge, etc. Most all of them were in my care beyond 10 years of age. Yes, some had brittleness issues. But this particular S500 literally takes the cake! It's the most brittle of them all!
From what I could find out about it's history it's been here in southern Texas the whole time, with the last few years being in Louisiana. All very humid climates. Short of it being a manufacturing defect or specific toxic exposure issue, I'm at a bit of a loss as to why this particular one seems to be so much worse. If this were a wide-spread issue across a given make or model, it would basically make them throw away cars.
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