- Aug 25, 2015
- Western Washington
- 2015 Cruze TD (x2), 2009 Dodge Cummins
Well said, and applies to the emissions cheat as well.. it was years of denials, when certainly someone inside VW knew the cars were intentionally designed to cheat. They also know quite well, most cars will survive past 120K and 10 years on the original horrible HPFP, they know this from failure rates, so letting them fail, and replacing a few early ones is cheaper than a proper fix, and admission of putting a poor design into the market in the first place.. and sure, other OEMs play the same game as well, VW is not alone in this, but that emissions cheat is a pretty extreme example for typical OEM behavior for such things.Automakers make these kinds of cost saving decisions all of the time. In many cases, things work out fine, but in some cases they push the limits too far, and then you have problems.
Even once the problem has been discovered, it is undoubtedly cheaper to replace a few pumps under warranty that it would be to recall all cars with a CP4 and replace with a CP3.
My beef is that they keep playing games and insist that the problem is due to misfueling, when their engineers almost certainly know to be a lie.
On the Cruze Diesel threads, there is a glitch that on very rare occasion in a pre-regen condition for the DPF, that if the car is shut off in that small time window (<60 seconds), it causes a reduced power condition at next start up, forcing a dealer visit and manual regeneration. This has not happened on either of my 2 cars, but knowing about it, I can avoid with a short cool down before I shut off, and I monitor MAP and EGTs so I know if it is in that condition, but is GM doing anything to fix the software to avoid this? Nope, because we are talking about a small problem, rare occurrence, on a small population of cars.. so those that have them are on their own to prevent this problem... but this is tiny compared to the expense of a HPFP failure and contaminated fuel system with abrasive hard metal particulates, but shows a similar tendency of OEMs to make cost benefit decisions, which do not keep the customer as first consideration.