Decision time

DeWitt Harrison six-rs at
Mon Jan 12 19:33:39 PST 2009

Recall that the Japanese enthusiastically adopted the statistically based
quality control methods of Deming following the Second World War.
The Germans felt no such humility and, to this day, German engineers
still confidently design and German manufactures confidently build
automobiles mainly on the strength of the superior German ego. Since the
real world is nothing compared to German smarts, there is actually no
need to test German products or to monitor German build quality.
And don't forget the European service model: the customer is
always wrong.

Thus German reliability is below that of Ford and GM, never mind Lexus.
Yet, somehow, the Germans understand how an automobile ought to "feel."
Damn them.

DeWitt Harrison
'88 Audi 5kcs
'87 BMW 635CSi
'06 Infinity M45 Sport (for the real world)

On Mon, 12 Jan 2009 20:11:34 -0500, Taka Mizutani wrote:

> You can't expect Lexus type reliability from any German make. Sorry, but we
> know how to do electronics better than the Germans. :-)
> Taka
> On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 3:49 PM, LL - NY <larrycleung at> wrote:
> > Wow. At the rate this list is going, we're going to have to spawn a new
> > "Lexus Lover's List"!
> >
> >
> > Seriously, if you can deal with the maintenance issues Taka noted about the
> > A6 4.2, it could be a entertaining enough luxurious ride. Just dont' expect
> > Lexus like reliability.
> >
> > LL - NY

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