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The automation that new manufacturing plants have is amazing. Started in the eighties. Where manufacturers found out....DUH.... when the workers are comfortable making product....the product quality goes way up. Gone are the sweat shop car plants of old. Just go on youtube and see how those autoworkers worked in sweat shop heck. Now even the factories HVAC is filtered to make the best product possible. Yes there are some problems. Alot of it federal Government mandates. it has been that way since the sixties. But in the past few years automakers had just had to deal with CAFE...mostly. Thatis why you see big vehicles with turbo 4's in them. That can be a problem...yet. Time will tell.
 

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Does everyone feel confident Mav will be built-tough and be a reliable vehicle? Ford hasnt had a stellar reliability reputation for decades. I hope its built w/ quality but being a Ford, built in Mexico, and a virgin model with no past history of any kind it’s taking a real leap of faith to invest $26k-30k in ordering one of these intriguing small trucks.
Does everyone feel confident Mav will be built-tough and be a reliable vehicle? Ford hasnt had a stellar reliability reputation for decades. I hope its built w/ quality but being a Ford, built in Mexico, and a virgin model with no past history of any kind it’s taking a real leap of faith to invest $26k-30k in ordering one of these intriguing small trucks.
Foe the most part I think the Maverick will be the best of Escape/Bronco Sport frame. Maverick last to the party. I have watched Ford Mechanics talk about ECOboost engines, on youtube. Look them up. They all say change your engine oil way sooner than the Ford manual says, for ECO Boost engines. It makes sense, because when I worked a Buick dealership in 1977'78 the turbos then required shorter oil change intervals. It's cheap insurance too. Police are still using the Ford LTD. Some have been said to have a million miles. They will go 300,000 with care by owners. So look up Eco boost Escapes and see what the videos say. The base engine.....well fine for urban driving, least to me.
 

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Man I dont know but it's scary looking at youtube at some of these newer cars. They have so much garbage on them to eke out a few percent more fuel mileage. At this point I'd say the environmentalists have pretty much killed gas, only electric cars will be able to exist before long. Like one more round maybe. My goodness.

At the ford I saw on one of the escapes the heater core is $1020+tax plus labor. It's in an assembly with a bunch of other stuff and you cant purchase it separately. This lady the doors got stuck in her heater, she's out so much money for something so minor. You have to pull the dash to get to that assembly and worse, now you have to pull the doors to pull the dash! It looked like a nightmare. Then the same mechanic was showing his 72k F-150 platinum edition. Seemed like another nightmare of possible unreliable parts and crap everywhere for emissions CAFE. He was showing some brake thing that used to cost $60 is now a $2000 assembly, like the heater core must be replaced together.

A weird thing is I cant find ANY videos of youtube of doing basic things like changing the alternator on either the newest gen Ford Rangers or Colorados. Any repair videos always seem to deal with the old models only. Are Cars now just too complicated for anybody to work on? Or are they just so reliable now nothing hardly breaks? With my Dad's help I've always been able to fix most anything short of an engine or Transmission on the cheap in my older models I've owned so far.
Man I dont know but it's scary looking at youtube at some of these newer cars. They have so much garbage on them to eke out a few percent more fuel mileage. At this point I'd say the environmentalists have pretty much killed gas, only electric cars will be able to exist before long. Like one more round maybe. My goodness.

At the ford I saw on one of the escapes the heater core is $1020+tax plus labor. It's in an assembly with a bunch of other stuff and you cant purchase it separately. This lady the doors got stuck in her heater, she's out so much money for something so minor. You have to pull the dash to get to that assembly and worse, now you have to pull the doors to pull the dash! It looked like a nightmare. Then the same mechanic was showing his 72k F-150 platinum edition. Seemed like another nightmare of possible unreliable parts and crap everywhere for emissions CAFE. He was showing some brake thing that used to cost $60 is now a $2000 assembly, like the heater core must be replaced together.

A weird thing is I cant find ANY videos of youtube of doing basic things like changing the alternator on either the newest gen Ford Rangers or Colorados. Any repair videos always seem to deal with the old models only. Are Cars now just too complicated for anybody to work on? Or are they just so reliable now nothing hardly breaks? With my Dad's help I've always been able to fix most anything short of an engine or Transmission on the cheap in my older models I've owned so far.
Well actually since the BODII two sarted in 1996 I think...vechicles have continually been relying on electronics to help operate vehicles. All of them. All them basically have modular building. Those parts >>>being throw away of course. You hope that the manufacturer didn't bean count to much on that modular piece of HVAC, per say. The big push for the last ten years is smaller engines and Space Shuttle transmissions. I mean the complexity of the new transmissions is scarey. The Feds need to relax the CAFE standards for a few years until the manufacturers get the tech down. I remember the seventies.....It took FORD to start the turn things around in 1982 with the Mustang GT! (hatchback) I think 185 hp 5.0, if I remember. I think that Fox body weighed 33 hundred pounds? Notchback. They are (notchbacks) are sought after for now, I want one. I can remember the splash when computers showed up on vehicles LIKE wow we are in the twenty first century...lol Sorry for so long... I don't think you really want to work on the these vehicles....let the dealerships do it. Go shop aroound for extended warranty...there you go. I own a '70 Montego 351-C. Driver. They ain't no stinkin PC in dat car. LOL Now my 2018 Challenger I personally had the hood open twice. dealer does it all. Hey eberybody... remember when headlights cost $ 1.98 and they were glass? You needed phillips to cahnge out. Now its tear the freakin entire frontend off to replace that modular Headlight!!!
 
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