Originally Posted by jp467
You call it workmanship assuming it was a person that installed the gasket. Engine assembly plants are highly automated. There is a good chance in my opinion that it was a piece of automated equipment that installed the gasket. The thing with automated equipment is they do the exact same thing over and over. So if there is an issue with the process the same mistake will be made over and over. I am not saying this is what happened its just a possibility in my opinion.
This is actually a scenario I "hope" was what occurred in my case. It is totally plausible, and one I could at least feel good about... if there is such a thing as feeling good about a quality defect in a $50K automobile. The truth is for the most part, our expensive GC's are built with the same processes as lesser expensive cars. So sticker price isn't necessarily a component of higher QC standards.
But I feel better thinking that it could be an anomaly in a computer programmed assembly task, rather than a bad job by someone coming off lunch.. argument w/ the boss.... hungover... whatever. Computer glitches happen, but it is pretty easy to pinpoint where the errors are. Humans are random, so the errors are all over the place.
When I got my car back from the dealer the tech had replaced the oil pan gasket, no leaks so far. For the transmission leak, he said the hydraulic pump bushing was damaged by a scored torque converter hub. Again, probably caused in a machining glitch, but not caught in QC.
Fingers crossed that this will be the extent of my issues. I love the car, it drives and handles wonderfully. The Hemi power is nice. It's every bit the car I was hoping it would be (other than the oil leak misstep)
I've got 4200 miles and have been avg 18.5 mpg. What's not to like?