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Old 02-15-2019, 12:21 PM   #11
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I still get caught with the foot on the brake thing sometimes.
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Old 02-15-2019, 03:34 PM   #12
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Ford couldn't install a new Takata airbag until Takata built one for them. The man who ran the Takata plant in Mexico sent an internal memo(in Spanish,obviously) titled "defects and defects, and defects" because he wasn't happy about the product they were producing. Takata's answer was to "promote" him to a different plant and get a new plant manager. Let that sink in: the Mexican running the plant was concerned about the quality of the parts being produced for a Japanese company but the company didn't want to hear it. My favorite beers come from Mexico but I don't usually think of Mexican manufacturing and high quality standards together, apparently they're higher than Takata's standards, though.
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Mexico has been building German VW's for a long time now.
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Mexico builds Fusions, too and I've always liked them. Mexico also build all the Fiesta and Focus door latches we replaced under recall. That was a serious recall- like the airbags- we had some customers come in with doors held shut by bungee cords.
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Mexico has been building German VW's for a long time now.
The last original style Type I Beetle rolled off the line in Mexico in 2003.

They have been making VW's there just about forever.
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Air cooled VW's don't belong in a conversation about quality either. I owned 9 of them in my youth and have build 80+ of their engines. I worked at a service station for 3 years before I went to the dealer and we did so many VW engines that I bought the valve guide driver. When you hear guys my age say they wish they had their old beetle it means they want to be 16 with a new license again, not that they want that underpowered, noisy POS back.
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Air cooled VW's don't belong in a conversation about quality either. I owned 9 of them in my youth and have build 80+ of their engines. I worked at a service station for 3 years before I went to the dealer and we did so many VW engines that I bought the valve guide driver. When you hear guys my age say they wish they had their old beetle it means they want to be 16 with a new license again, not that they want that underpowered, noisy POS back.
My brother had a '68, for a 40yo car it seemed pretty well put together aside from the crappy defroster.

It had a '73 superbeetle 1600 in it and seemed to get around fairly decent.
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This like many recalls is obviously hit and miss. Mine was defiantly built in the date range as I bought it Jan.9th, but the shifter is fine and will not move under anything other than the conditions that its supposed to.
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If your truck has the recall please get it done: it might make the truck better/safer, it certainly won't hurt anything, and it's free.
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