Originally posted by Crazy
Why would they be any better in Europe????
No UAW ...oops, did I say that out loud.
No really... IMO, One of Fords biggest problems is not enginneering, but the penny pinchers in sourcing/purchasing. In Europe there are different vendors for most components.
A car often is a sum of it's parts. Put a lot of cheap parts in it that have sloppy tolerances and you get a squeaky ratly car. Tighten the tolerances, and combine several parts and you get a much tighter machine.
Every company cuts corners. The margins per unit in the auto industry like most manufactured goods are pitiful. in the end everyone's margin is about the same, so you get what you pay for. If the Ford Taurus costs less than a Honda Accord but is roughly the same size and has the same features.... guess what... someone cut some extra corners. or worse... typically the American cars cost less and have more features. Hmmmm wonder how they did that. Plastic water pump impellers taht fail after 80k miles.... plastic moutning brakets instead of metal.... one less coat of paint... a cheaper primer of resin for bumpers.... cheaper shocks with wider tolerances that last only 100k miles and give a rough ride.
Take a close look at a Honda, Toyota, Nissan and how the body panels fit together, how the interior trim is overlayed, etc, and compare it to the same Ford or Chrysler. Look at platic trim parts, mounting brackets, nameplates. Look at materils of contruction and how they fit together. There's a big difference.
Anyway.... sorry to hear about the problem Crazy... but at least it's only the radio.