Australian Ford Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
What are the real design/assembly/service priorities of motor manufacturers?
We've all been frustrated by the idiotic design and location of various parts on cars, and no doubt professional mechanics are just as frustrated by a lot of it.
It seems that some things are dictated by ease or cost of assemby considerations, with no regard to the people who are actually going to have to work on the beast. Others are just plain arbitrary and stupid and could easily have been put somewhere more accessible, e.g. the starter motor going from right to left of the block between XF and EA and converting a simple through bonnet job into a ridiculous under car exersise, or the oil filter location accessibility on the same two with the same result.
Does anyone know how these things come to be, and why it is getting worse rather than better? Doesn't anybody in a car design team actually try working on the things they put out? Who controls these things?