On Thu, 01 Sep 2005 16:26:13 GMT, "help-slip-franklin"
>What about the time period just prior to the Ford transition? I've heard
>that was a bad period for reliability.
Not really, no. Early XJ40s did have problems with their advanced (for
the time) electronics. The bad period was during the mid-'70s, under
the stewardship of British Leyland. There was a dramatic improvement
with the S3 and the return to independence. New model development and
investment in improving the manufacturing process then became the
limiting factor and it became essential to find a major investor to
maintain the continuous improvement. Ford stepped in and provided
that, together with a great deal of advanced production expertise.
Jaguars are now right up with the best of the Japanese in terms of
build quality and customer satisfaction......and way ahead of the
Of course, one must always look at things in context. Cars today are,
in general, better built and far more reliable than they were even 10
years ago. The Japanese have forced everyone to up their game They
also require far less routine maintenance to stay reliable. On the
other hand, when they do eventually fail they are generally a lot more
expensive to fix and you are less likely to be able to do it yourself.
It is also important to try and filter out the 'perceived wisdom'.
Those things which everybody knows and yet which don't necessarily
have a great deal of basis in fact.....like 'it was a bad period for
reliability just prior to the Ford transition'.
David Betts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Classic Car Gallery: http://www.ofoto.com/I.jsp?m=17830847103&n=398038677