Product Quality

August 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm • Posted in ALL POSTS10 Comments

Before you run out to buy that new or improved product, think about this. Do you really need this product and is the old one still functional? How about durability and length of the warranty? I have found that nearly, all new products are signifigantly inferior to older ones. For example, the electric stove we use was manufactured in 1945. ALL four burners still work. One switch sometimes needs a little tweaking to get it to work. Both of our refrigerators were manufactured during the mid 1950’s and still work just fine. Our washing machine is over 25 years old and is functioning just fine. A family I know recently bought a top-of-the-line washing machine and started having problems with it within 30 days of the purchase. The car my wife has been driving for years is a 1965 Plymouth Valiant. It has more than 200,000 miles on it and still runs just fine. Those engines were expected to run up to 300,000 miles before they had to be rebuilt. Turn signals on newer cars often fail (if used) within a few years of purchase. My 1966 Dodge power wagon has over 430,000 miles on it and the turn signals work just find. Newer vehicles I have owned have not performed nearly as well. New cars are rated for safety, by a government “5 star” crash rating. If cars manufactured during the late 50’s and early 60’s were included, their ratings would be closer to a 10 or 15 star rating. My older brother was riding in a 1958 Chevrolet convertible at 85 MPH when a tie rod broke causing the car to flip end over end three times and slide to a stop on its top. Neither he nor the driver sustained any injuries. He told me that their most serious problem from the accident was kicking the passenger door open so they walk to a phone booth to call a wrecker. My younger brother was driving a 1959 DeSoto Adventurer that he lost control of when the automatic transmission upshifted from low to second gear at 70MPH. He struck a tree an a light pole simultaneously at that speed before he could even react to the skid. (Note: He told me that it crossed his mind as the pole and tree loomed ever larger in his windshield, that “This is not a fender bender, this is going to hurt”. There were no seat belts, crumple zones, or air bags in that car, but both he and his passenger (After they decided that neither had a concussion because they didn’t what constituted one.) walked about one mile to the nearest phone booth to call a wrecker to tow the car to our father’s place. Month’s later, when he had to move that car, he pried the hood open, cut the belts, started the engine, and drove the car onto a vehicle trailer. Later he removed the engine and transmission, and installed it into a 1958 Fury, and drove it. A teenage driver was driving my 1958 Chrysler 300 D in central Oregon, hit black ice, lost control, and struck a jersey barrier at 45 MPH. The impact bent the bumper just far enough to puncture the left tire. I was able to bend the bumper back with a 4000 pound hydraulic jack, replace the tire, and continue on the 1500 mile journey with no other problems. The front bumper and grille assembly off of my father’s 1957 Chrysler Imperial weighs 110 pounds. The bumper from a newer eco friendly car weighs 7 pounds. I guess people can use the money they save on gas for purchasing caskets for members of their family. Remember, Al Gore, the guru of energy efficiency, was found to be driving the most expensive Hummer money could buy. I always wondered why most people have such a facsination with tinfoil and plastic cars