From: (PeteCresswell) on
Per Neil Harrington:
>but some American cars have been very
>poorly assembled.

My suburban was assembled in Mexico.

One of the first things I noticed were the streams of rust
bleeding down from where they aligned parts of the front body
using iron or steel spacers that were already rusting badly on
Day 1.

The second thing I "noticed" was smoke pouring out of the right
rear brake - which locked up on day 7. Turns out the prevailing
wisdom was "never engage the parking brake in freezing weather
because it tends to lock up". Assembly or design? Dunno...
but you'd think they'd have something that basic worked out after
50+ years design-wise.

As of now, the roof metal around the left side roof rack
attachment points is rusting so badly it's starting to blister. I
can't even disassemble the racks/attachment bolts bc it's all one
big mass of rust. I pulled the right-side bolts to have a look
and was scared by what I saw: just holes drilled in the body
metal with these little clips on the other side of the bolts. No
nut welded to the other side, no backing, no after-assembly rust
proofing.

I was hoping to go for a quarter-mil miles, but this could be
the precipitating factor in getting rid of the thing.
--
PeteCresswell
From: Larry Thong on
Savageduck wrote:

>> That's just it, I don't know what these exact parts will cost me from the
>> Lincoln dealer.
>
> Welcome to the club Rita.

The bastards, I mean dealer, gave me a break and only charges $12 each.
From: Larry Thong on
tony cooper wrote:

>> That's why I do all the work myself. I don't have the time or the
>> patients to deal with these idiots.
>
> I guess we should be calling you Dr Thong.

Well, with the new Obamacare just around the corner it might be a
lucrative business venture that will bring out many new patients, it got
you out of the woodwork. How ya doing Tony?

Dr. Thong

From: Savageduck on
On 2009-11-09 18:54:38 -0800, Larry Thong <larry_thong(a)shitstring.com> said:

> tony cooper wrote:
>
>>> That's why I do all the work myself. I don't have the time or the
>>> patients to deal with these idiots.
>>
>> I guess we should be calling you Dr Thong.
>
> Well, with the new Obamacare just around the corner it might be a
> lucrative business venture that will bring out many new patients, it
> got you out of the woodwork. How ya doing Tony?
>
> Dr. Thong

I can see your standard treatment now, "Change the filter, and replace
all the vital bodily fluids."

That should fix everything from an ingrown toe nail to H1N1.
Your patients won't need insurance, just a service contract.

--
Regards,

Savageduck

From: Neil Harrington on

"(PeteCresswell)" <x(a)y.Invalid> wrote in message
news:vgdgf51jl3mjiit97hfddrv06fukk1sbas(a)4ax.com...
> Per Neil Harrington:
>>but some American cars have been very
>>poorly assembled.
>
> My suburban was assembled in Mexico.
>
> One of the first things I noticed were the streams of rust
> bleeding down from where they aligned parts of the front body
> using iron or steel spacers that were already rusting badly on
> Day 1.
>
> The second thing I "noticed" was smoke pouring out of the right
> rear brake - which locked up on day 7. Turns out the prevailing
> wisdom was "never engage the parking brake in freezing weather
> because it tends to lock up". Assembly or design? Dunno...
> but you'd think they'd have something that basic worked out after
> 50+ years design-wise.

Yes, you'd think so. That's terrible. I've been buying new cars since 1955,
mostly American but a few European or Japanese, and never had anything quite
like that.

I think the worst case of careless assembly in my own experience was a Ford
Pinto I bought in 1972. The first time I was out in it when it started to
rain, I turned on the windshield wipers and they made two or three strokes
and stopped. The reason they stopped was a bolt just fell out of the
actuating arm under the dashboard. Evidently whoever put that bolt in hadn't
even made it hand tight -- I did so and never had a further problem with it.
That and an incredibly sloppy job of painting the spare wheel (full size
spares were standard in those days) did not create much owner confidence in
it.

However, despite all the bad publicity given the Pinto, apart from those two
final-assembly problems mine was a good car and never gave me any further
trouble. I owned it about five years, took it on trips to Canada and to
Florida, never had another complaint with it.

>
> As of now, the roof metal around the left side roof rack
> attachment points is rusting so badly it's starting to blister. I
> can't even disassemble the racks/attachment bolts bc it's all one
> big mass of rust. I pulled the right-side bolts to have a look
> and was scared by what I saw: just holes drilled in the body
> metal with these little clips on the other side of the bolts. No
> nut welded to the other side, no backing, no after-assembly rust
> proofing.
>
> I was hoping to go for a quarter-mil miles, but this could be
> the precipitating factor in getting rid of the thing.

Yes, I can se that. When you say "suburban" you mean the Chevy Suburban,
right? (I don't know whether the term is used for any other vehicle.) How
old is yours now?

I didn't even know Chevy was assembling cars in Mexico.