Thanks Eric. Let me ask you this then. What component failures do you recall that are still giving owners headaches and are not covered. That is the sort of thing that happened with the BMW 328i where the locks failed and a 14-year old was trapped in the vehicle in California heat and died just last week. The locks could have failed previously, but the owner was perhaps able to jiggle the mechanism until it worked. Maybe the vehicle wasn't covered and the owner put off a needed repair. This time unfortunately, the locking mechanism couldn't be made to work. And there may be other issues which are not safety related, but don't get fixed early on and wind up costing the owner. I'm just interested in what you recall of such issues that are now showing up now in the repair shops. And I do agree with you that the engineering has improved markedly in the last few years, while competition has made effective warranty programs a must. But nagging problems continue, for example, I know someone with a Ford Mustang with a 3 valve engine. The spark plugs broke when a routine servicing was done. Turns out Ford doesn't pay because the warranty had run; but at the same time, the spark plugs were a two piece that had seizing problems in many vehicles due to sludge build up. That is the type of problem I am interested in knowing about, even though it is not strictly a safety problem.
I am not looking to burden you and I will provide additional remuneration for a good answer . . .no problem. I usually give a bonus. But five years is good, back to the 2008 model year. Let's see what you come up with. If you do spend time researching, let me know by all means.
Eric--are you saying s to each issue that owners are likely to be paying for a significant % of the repairs?
Eric--concerning the ac evaporator and the joint welding, how pervasive is the issue as to the welding? Is it only certain plants? All plants? All SUV's and truck models? Etc?
Eric . . . question:
how does the consumer/owner describes the problem?
Is it that the gas pump continuously and repeatedly shuts off during the refueling process because the station’s pump incorrectly senses that the tank is full ?