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Old 11-19-2012, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by jim165 View Post
In all honesty, I think the root cause of the horrible reliability of all of the German makes is their steadfast refusal to adhere to the KISS rule when designing car components. Take the E60 climate control system...sure its a marvel at getting the temperature "just right", but damn, my 11 year old Honda does it just as well with probably 1/3 of the components and controls. Do I really need to go into 3 menu layers just to make the air coming out of the vents just a little cooler/hotter? They over-engineer every damn thing!
I guess the you could say their lack of mechanical engineering perfection is made up for by over compensating on their electrical components. The electrical doesn't mean squat if the fluid seals leak every 35 to 50 k miles, valve stem seals are crap, coolent tube in valley trough leaks, tranny shifting issues. How hard is it to build a mechanically reliable car that is fun drive.

I still love turning the key on mine every morning.
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