Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Why American Cars Suck III

I was at the dealership this weekend getting some service done on my Chrysler and walked the showroom floor to see what I could see. I posted on this vehicle a while back, a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 3.0L Diesel, encouraged that our automakers are exploring alternative fuel vehicles that don't turn food into fuel.

When you walk to the driver's door on this $45,000 Jeep, you can't help but notice a glaring example of makeshift design and shabby quality control, and would no doubt be reminded every morning of our American automakers' erratic command of the finer details of automotive manufacturing.

As you can see in the picture, this rough-cut piece of cheap plastic with an exposed end is visible in the window frame where the inside of the door meets the opening. It is as if the "Vice President of Interior Design" at Chrysler Corporation didn't even do a walk-around before approving the vehicle for production.

If this flaw appeared on a production Honda, someone would lose their job. Maybe their head.

Of course, this is a detail; even a nit. But it is yet another lingering example of our carmakers' utter disdain for producing a product worthy of a regaining lost marketshare.

1 comment:

Bike Bubba said...

I personally think that the engineers & designers knew about this, but (here's my soapbox again) some director bucking for VP saw that fixing it would add a nickel to the BOM, so it didn't get done.

I wonder what GI Joe or Ernie Pyle would have said about a 45 grand Jeep.....