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It's curious as hell what the OEM is doing there. In the old days they would have been modding like crazy to fix the issue and quick, now it's like they don't even care, just keep making the same crap unit. Ford does the same on the DCT trans that has cost them hundreds of millions in warranty cost and since '12 and the cars STILL aren't right coming off the showroom floor. Like Nissan they have a warranty wagon train going now that appears to be endless. You can buy an almost new Focus for pennies on the dollar.
How do they make any money with those warranty issues tearing at profits like that???
I got real cynical about it to the tune of they were letting the cars die faster to be able to sell more cars as they were lasting too long before but even that doesn't fit.
What fits more than anything even though quite unbelievable is the 'rule of McDonalds' my son and I have talked about for 20 years and since he was a young guy just getting started in jobs. The rule was this...............when the very same people who worked at McD's and could not (would not more likely and greater problem there) spend enough brain power to make a 1/4 pounder the same correct way 10 times in a row due to ADD real or imagined, when they went on to higher jobs later in life then we would all be in super trouble. Going further, that if my son then applied himself hard to the job at that time he would pass people so fast it was unbelievable. The point being that those same incompetents at some point MUST go higher in the system as there are no well trained people left, the incompetents then wreck everything around them by a factor of 10X since they are now higher up to do more damage. The whole idea now replaces the 'Peter Principle', the axiom from the '90s that said a person only goes as high as his own personal incompetence lets him. Business can no longer do that, they MUST promote him as EVERYBODY they have is now just as incompetent. So now the higher guys are incompetent far beyond what the job title suggests.
My son (who had no college at all) has run with the ball now and routinely sacks college grads who are so stupid after all that business management that they cannot think constructively for sh-t. The people even above him listen and take advantage of what he says as they cannot figure out how to run the company without doing it. He has his plant manager wrapped around his finger now and just set new chain wide output and production records on a new system rollout that blew all the other national site rollouts out of the water. The latter were led by people who were trained by the system techs to be experts. My son had ZERO tech training in the system at all!!!!! He DID have experience in the same system 10 years before and simply went back in his head to pull it all out and switch it back on. They sent him to Chicago and threw him cold turkey at the main distribution center there and in 2 days they were outputting at record pace that the trained techs there could not touch. I know him and the first thing he would say is that he is nobody special, he only 'works when they won't'. All of this was after the company bypassed him when he asked to be included in the training classes for that new system. The site manager passed him up as he was mad because my son threw him under the bus at a meeting of company heads, the manager was seriously misrunning the company in certain aspects, and said manager almost got fired. Later when my son's performance at the other site with no training at all was witnessed the local site manager got ripped again for holding people back and almost fired again. MY point, they CANNOT afford to fire even the bad ones now!
Yeah, I meandered.............BUT...............consider this. If the rest of the planet is like this (don't kid yourself, it IS) then so is the design section of engineering at the car plants. Those people are no more immune to acquired stupidity due to personal lack of drive than anybody else. I submit that the engineering guys have lost their sense of direction and why we get warped designs and ideas like what are out there now, and they go defective super quick because one of the major errors is to computer test whether a design is robust enough to continue to actual production rather than use the old school way of actually physically testing parts to destruction and the like. Then the bad design just gets dumped on the public to really determine if it was worthy to produce or not. A little late I'm thinking.
So, are you going to get into that self driving car??
Not this boy. Not for a LOOOOOOOOOONG time.
Back around 1994 or so I did a little self study/test while looking close at that McDonald's thing. You'd love the result. I loved it so much I looked up the territory manager for the store and mailed it to him.
Last edited by amc49; 02-21-2019 at 05:43 AM.