"Art" <begunaNOSPAMPLEASE@mindspring.com> wrote in message
>I guess you don't think Ford 500 gas tank falling off cars deserves a
None have "fallen off" except in extended life testing at Ford - "The
automaker discovered the problem during durability testing of a future model
of the Five Hundred at very high mileage. The company's investigation found
that the strap's manufacturer changed to a weaker grade of steel in December
2004 that could not meet Ford's durability requirements. Ford declined to
disclose the supplier's identity. At mileage levels of 100,000 and more, the
automaker was concerned the strap would separate and cause the fuel tank to
drop. Most 2005 vehicles likely would not have approached those mileage
levels yet, but "it's still not a risk that we want to take," Kinley said."
When Toyota recalls hundreds of thousands vehicles, no one seems to notice
recalls 50 Foci, and it is another example of how Americans can't build
As I have suggest to others, go to the NHTSA website and read the documents
available regarding the Toyota truck balljoint recall. Toyota knew there was
a problem, and instead of getting out front like Ford did with the 500 Gas
Tank recall, they lied, denied and delayed until NHTSA finally forced them
kicking and screaming into recall the affected vehicles.
> By the way, the 500 could have been a success if it came with an engine.
BS. As I recall you drive an older Avalon with a 210 (inflated) Hp. The 500
has a 203 Hp (verified rating). The Avalon's 0-60 was around 8.6 sec. The
500's (a larger car) 8.7 sec. Not a big difference there. Why is the 203 HP
500 underpowered and the 210 (really 195 hp) Avalon not? Especially when
they have virtually the same 0-60 time (and if the 500 had the CVT instead
of the 6 speed, it was even faster). And further more, the Avalon engine is
a user hostile design that is so backwards it still requires routine valve
This is exactly the sort of crap that pisses me off when I talk to Toyota
fanatics. No matter how ordinary their Toyota is, they always assume it is
the best. And what is worse, they are willing to spend thousand extra for a
average or worse designs.