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Re: Working on modern cars (was daily driver)

To: Max Heim <>
Subject: Re: Working on modern cars (was daily driver)
From: "R. O. Lindsay" <>
Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2001 11:29:17 -0500
Max Heim wrote:

> Well, for one thing, the engine compartments are immensely crowded and
> everything useful is hidden under some plastic junk that you have to remove
> before you can do anything (1/2 hour wasted right there).

   Max, I have to agree.  One point that shouldn't be overlooked
here.  The manufacturers today don't want us to work on these
cars!  The disguise that desire in a shroud of 'safety' or 'emissions
compliance' issues but it comes right down to a single underlying
issue; The manufacturer wants you back into the dealership where
you can be preyed upon -- for service and/or for new car marketing.
   Am I a cynic?  Uh, yea.
   Perhaps one last issue:  I used to think that the changes to
Torx fittings and strange bolts, etc., was just to make it harder for
DIY guys.  I now realize that, while the first assumption is probably
true, another reason for the strange configurations is because the
cars are assembled by robots that need better ways of holding the
parts, screws, etc., during assembly.

   I guess we'd probably get this thread over with and get back to
MG issues.  I have enjoyed it but I have also contributed to the
NMGC noise level.  Sorry.

Rick Lindsay
Diamond Geoscience Research
5727 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK
Voice: +1 918-747-3456
Fax: +1 918-747-8599

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