Re: Focus Front Springs Breaking
I feel that the root of the problem is Ford Management and to try and save
There is no excuse for shoddy workmanship and defect parts. Ford needs to
take responsibility and accountability for the problems they have had with
this Focus car instead of making excuses for them.
Toyota has been making cars in North America for about 18 years now, Ford
has been making cars how long? - Try 100 years plus, and they still can not
get it right.
The Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe are made in the same plant in Freemont
California. The Toyota Corollas and Honda's are made in Canada. If one
thinks about it, the same people who make Toyotas, Hondas and Nissans very
likely worked for Ford at one time.
"Dave Gower" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
"Happy Go Lucky" <email@example.com> wrote
>...some things are not as they should be but
> maybe the designers that designed those parts have retired or been
The root of the early defects is mostly in third-party suppliers, which of
course doesn't let Ford executives off the hook since they contracted with
the suppliers. Over the years, I've seen two explanations for this, both of
which may have some truth.
First, Ford got too generous at letting suppliers participate in the early
planning stages, rather than the usual practise of simply issuing
requirements and selecting among the various bids. Some suppliers used the
opportunity to boost profits rather than design good parts.
Second, Ford senior management rushed the production deadlines, which gave
the designers insufficient time to test the parts from outside suppliers.
Ford isn't the only company to have had this problem. When Toyota started
assembling vehicles in North America, they had a lot of problem with
domestic suppliers. Ditto Mercedes.