Piston Slap: Mister Goodwrench's Future With American Leyland
nweaver, longtime TTAC commentator, writes:
Assuming GM does go Chapter 11 and kills off Saturn, what happens to part support? I doubt it matters for my case, as a ’95 is old enough and common enough that its pretty much junkyard/recycled/remanufactured for anything major at this point anyway, but what happens to those with newer models?
You are right; any car can live forever after the warranty expires. Thanks to the government’s intervention in GM’s 100k warranty (and Chrysler’s now Lifetime Achievement Award) you can bet your sweet bippy there’ll be manufacturer support to cover these warranties.
But don’t expect a just-in-time inventory management system for Mr. Goodwrench or the MOPAR mob. As a tangentially related Piston Slap article mentioned, get ready to take a number . . . and a reservation with Avis.
Which reminds me of a (fictional?) story my high school Economics teacher had about the USSR’s requirements for stocking replacement parts: the government compensated parts manufacturers by product weight (and weight alone), intentionally flooding the market with new engine blocks. Hence the “little things” that go wrong went unnoticed, unrewarded. Take replacement windshield wipers: the problem forced people to remove wiper arms after parking their car, lest they become a victim in the victimless crime of wiper theft.
I wouldn’t stock up on wiper arms for GM and Chrysler products, but buying stock in parts manufacturers (that supply the likes of Delphi) doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me.
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Isn't the wiper blade the victim?
I remember hearing that the Soviet factories had a weight goal for the electric engines they made, within a short time period Soviets had the world's heaviest electric engines...