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#16 daytime dave OFFLINE  

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Posted January 04, 2011 - 03:38 PM

Cheapest thing they can put together that's the easiest to make and sellable to the public at the highest profit margin possible.
And when it fails they want you to bring it back to THEM to fix.


I agree. I went to the owners manual to replace the headlight that was out. It said it was a dealer service to change the bulb. Turns out I had to take the grill out first, then the assembly. I changed all four bulbs, high and low beams, to avoid that headache again later.

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Posted January 04, 2011 - 04:00 PM

I agree. I went to the owners manual to replace the headlight that was out. It said it was a dealer service to change the bulb. Turns out I had to take the grill out first, then the assembly. I changed all four bulbs, high and low beams, to avoid that headache again later.

THAT'S ridiculous! I had a car once (can't remember the make and model now) that you had to remove the battery to change the headlight on the drivers side and the air intake cowling to change the other! I think these engineers should have to work on what they design!

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Posted January 04, 2011 - 05:27 PM

1994 Oldsmobile?

One of the nicest cars I ever worked on was my 1976 Triumph Spitfire. The entire hood/fender assembly flipped up towards the bumper. You could then sit on the tire while working on it. It was just a really nice design for driving, fixing or whatever. I never should have sold that car, but I needed a truck and lacked the cash.

The absolute worst thing I ever worked on was an early eighties Ford Escort. We changed the rack and actually had to recruit my friend's girlfriend (it was his car) because we couldn't get our fingers in to get bolts started.

I was looking at Mrs. Rev's Hyundai Accent the other day and it's really well-designed for working on, especially for such a small car. Everything is easily accessible and you can see how it works without guessing. Maybe other manufacturers should be taking their cues from them.




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