Manufacturers will do a recall if they have a major fault (life threatening or not) that effects virually ever car, AND they have a fix for it, that is first implemented on the production line.
However, many manufacturers also do recalls for faults that effect a lower percentge but still most cars, but they would need to be specific. and the cost of the likely warranty repairs and crucially to reputation (this is the bit AR dont consider at all/enough compared to others) would need to reflect the recall cost.
Also need to consider that they need to find a fix first, which can take time and money - the variator is very common, and expensive to change, but to fix it requires a complete top end engine redesign, and the cost of that and recalling all cars way exceeds doing the perhaps 50% of cars fixed under warranty. even just the fitting of a 'new design' variator is 100% of cars 'V' 50 (??)% fixed under warranty, and the repuation thing is not considered anough of a cost to AR
other problems like rattles and silly speed, vary and dont effect every car so they cant recall...it has to be a specific problem the same on nearly every car, and in the end it all comes down to money- which is going to be cheaper, recall all or a lot of warranty claims?
What is not acceptable is AR attitude to assembly and design quality issues...the same repeat general faults could be fixed and implemented in production for newly built cars (no recall, but fixed with updated parts if replaced under warranty), but they have a very slow attitude to this. They have made many improvements, but it is just not good enough for where they should be.
They are chipping away at it with a chisel, and REALLY need some help in the form of a big German (assembly) AND Japanese (engineering design) sledgehammer to smash this problem of AR's poor quality reputation (and there no smoke without fire).
Then we would also have to go to dealer with problems less often
, they would be less annoyed by the 'pesky' customers hassling them, and that dealer-customer releationship would then improve. So better car = less dealer arguements= JD power rating and residual values improve in bounds.
but AR will really have problems in the US i think. The US mkt seems alot less tolerant to quality problems, and I predict that there will be a rush of interest to start, then after appx a year the poor AR quality will detroy its viability in the US, and possibly with the losses this will incur be the death of AR
We will see, but mark my words) The US is a huge cost gamble that at this time AR just aren't good enough reliability and quality wise to pull it off, sorry if that hits some raw nerves or pride
. Many will argue, but in our hearts we know virtually every mainstream car is better built and more reliable
even Fords ...yes and more boring
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