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  1. GM and Chevy Quality

    I've always thought they were good looking, not overdone, and often notice them on the road. I'd kinda thought about looking into finding one. What kinds of problems have you guys been having with it?
  2. GM and Chevy Quality

    1) Engineer substitutes sub-spec part: Poor engineering decision 2) Engineer fails to change part number: Poor engineering decision 3) No internal quality assurance or testing in place to catch it prior to production: Poor engineering / management decisions 4) Problem begins to manifest itself in the field. Rather than deal with it head on, management sweeps it under rug: Poor management decision 5) No significant attempt to correct problem until AFTER multiple death and injury claims, and legal actions: Poor management decision I rest my case.
  3. GM and Chevy Quality

    1) I see a Neon every other day. I found a one-owner with just over 100K on the clock for a good friend who needed a "backup" car for $2000. She LOVES it. The little bugger handles better than just about any of its contemporaries, and except for a little buzziness, it's easily the equal for comfort and fuel economy of the comparable NEW cars I rented recently on a multi-state trip. Because they WERE considered by the masses to be disposable, the junkyards are chock full of cheap Neon parts, and barring a moron event, it will be running for as long as I live. 2) You're absolutely right. The sheeple have been brainwashed to KNOW that old cars are unreliable junk, and BORING, so the 3-year replacement cycle reigns. The manufacturers only need to get their over-styled, over-complex body-part-extensions to run reliably for 3 years. And anybody who cant build a NEW vehicle that works well for 3 years has no business being in the business. 3) Yup. Maintenance and competent repairs when necessary make ALL the difference. But many electronic components will NOT be supported in the future for most of the now-new vehicles. Keeping one running will be much like keeping an old Windows 95 computer functional.
  4. 2019 Ram

    I said earlier I think that was the high-point for Mopar truck styling in recent memory, and I have significant experience both driving and working on them. Good trucks. The one I know best went to 200,000 miles before needing anything other than oil changes, when its lower balljoints got to the point of requiring replacement. The interior still looks almost new. And from a crash-repair standpoint, the things are a pleasure to work on. Everything comes apart and goes back together just like it looks like it would, which is something rarely found on contemporary vehicles.
  5. GM and Chevy Quality

    I'm sure your numbers don't lie. Interpreted correctly, numbers reveal truth. Still, a string of poor engineering and management decisions that took a switch that could have been pretty much bulletproof for about an extra 25 cents per vehicle, and turned it into a debacle that may ultimately cost the company 10 BILLION dollars doesn't really inspire confidence in the OTHER decisions being made there. For instance, the LS series of engines is well respected, but the guys who know engines inside (among them...me) are aware of design shortcomings that frankly defy all logic. I simply do not believe that the current crop of ANYTHING will be running with very minimal repairs after 250.000 miles, as many of my older vehicles have been able to do.
  6. GM and Chevy Quality

    It was the best Fiat 128 knockoff with a pot-metal crankshaft ever made. Honest.
  7. Well, the flakes in Testors "One Coat" lacquers are about the same size as the metallic particles in "metallic" paint for REAL cars. This makes them about 25 times bigger than they SHOULD BE for "metallic" paint finishes in 1/25 scale, 8 times bigger than they should be in 1/8 scale, etc. However, the size does make them PROPORTIONALLY about right for the huge dune-buggy / bass-boat flake seen on old dragsters and customs, if represented in 1/25 scale.
  8. GM and Chevy Quality

    WHAT !!! BLASPHEMY !!! Seriously, I've owned almost as many Fiat X1/9s as I've owned Corvairs. They're LOVELY little cars as long as you don't mind tinkering with them constantly. Never had to get any of the Fiats towed (or the Corvairs for that matter), and both cars respond to tuning happily and acquit themselves nicely in competition.
  9. GM and Chevy Quality

    Reported problems do not always result in recalls. These are two related but independent issues. And the number of vehicles affected by a recall are not necessarily representative of the number of complaints or incidents resulting in the recall. Once a significant problem shows up in the field, its potential to be life-threatening or financially disastrous is evaluated by engineering and legal teams, and a decision is made as to the scope of the recall. A recall could be initiated from a very FEW actual incidents or reported problems, if the POTENTIAL for disaster is determined to be great enough. If J.D. Power's "representative" sample of owners of vehicles haven't personally experienced the problem, it won't show up on the radar (according to their own explanation of their methodology). NOTE: Here's some information that will be helpful to anyone interested in corporate disaster preparedness... http://www.na-businesspress.com/JMPP/ShepherdIJ_Web17_1_.pdf
  10. GM and Chevy Quality

    Well, no. The J.D. Power ratings that Carl asked about are based on owner interviews and questionnaires, not recall numbers. Because the VAST majority of new-car-buyers are functionally ignorant about vehicle design and engineering, the results are rather like pollng pool boys to recommend brain surgeons.
  11. GM and Chevy Quality

    The J.D. Power ratings are basically meaningless, but sheeple have been very effectively brainwashed to accept that these ratings actually mean something. Read through how the results are complied, and it's pretty obvious. (This one rates vehicles by problems reported in the FIRST 90 DAYS of ownership. Even a Yugo could do OK here.) (Quoted from https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/how-do-jd-power-reliability-ratings-work ) 1) J.D. Power Initial Quality Study The most widely reported survey is the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS). The study looks at the number of issues that customers experience in the first 90 days of ownership. For the 2017 study, the company talked to 80,000 consumers about their new vehicles. The results are reported in the number of problems per 100 vehicles. (This one rates 3-year old vehicles based on problems reported in the LAST YEAR of ownership.) 2) J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study Through the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), J.D. Power rates 3-year-old vehicles by analyzing the number and types of problems reported by original owners in the last 12 months of ownership. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Obviously, if these quotes are accurate indications of actual practice, there's an almost 2-year gap in the life of the vehicle that isn't even looked at. And statistics can be interpreted several ways, usually. Don't forget that even a tiny edge in fewer-reported-problems would make one vehicle a winner. Also remember that the results are compiled from talking to a "representative" number of owners. Owners by and large know pretty much nothing about how cars work, and the guy with a Chevy pickup isn't really very likely to know anything about the ignition switch problem in other product lines. Here's more to read... https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/best-cars-blog/2015/08/understanding-jd-power-reliability-ratings-for-car-buying
  12. Glad they were honest enough to refund money for a "fix" that didn't fix anything. Good to know there are folks out there who do the right thing. A competent driveline shop will also check to insure the LAST guys who worked on the shaft assembled it correctly. If the parts aren't marked and reassembled in the original relationship to each other, even though the new UJs fix the ORIGINAL problem, a vibration can remain from a repair-shop-induced out-of-balance condition. I see this stuff ALL THE TIME...which accounts for my constant carping about incompetence in the car "repair" biz. Here's another relevant thread. Be sure to notice the part about the internal rubber isolator. http://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-gen-t4rs/71742-2001-133k-vibration-55-a.html
  13. This is the most relevant response I've found so far on one of the Toyo forums...http://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-gen-t4rs/71980-vibration-please-help.html I had a similar vibration issue on an 02 2 wheel drive. The problem started with worn out u-joints. This is my daughters car and she is away at school. I had a local shop there replace the u-joints and the problem was better but still there. I then sent the truck to the local Toyota dealer and they replaced the joints again with no improvement. I had her bring the car home and gave her my 09 4 runner to drive. The truck had a substantial vibration between 60 and 70 MPH. It was a drive train vibration so I pulled the drivshaft and took it to Drive Line Service of Atlanta. They told me that Toyota shafts are known for this issue. They had to replace the joints and they used select fit clips to properly tension the joints and rebalance the shaft. They told me they do all the Toyota driveshafts for the local dealers there. This took out 90% of the vibration. I then replaced the rear trans mount I thought it felt soft. I also rebalanced the tires on a late model precision balancer a friend of mine had. This fixed the issue. I have replaced many u-joints in the past and not had any issues. The Toyota shaft is a 2 piece unit bonded together with rubber one shaft inside the other. That makes it a fairly heavy shaft and it is critical it runs on true center. The driveshaft boys knew what they were talking about and got it running smooth.
  14. The dove as a symbol of "peace", or on the menu?

    ANNOUNCING TWO NEW "Country Classic" FLAVORS FROM CAMPBELL'S...Squirrel Noodle and Bunny Noodle soups. M'm! M'm! GOOD.
  15. Sacrilege or really cool? Hmmmmm...

    Singer gets it, and they got it right...