Originally Posted by Andoskyy
The only problem I see with this specific example is that Audi goes through these lengths, spends all this money, and their reliability is nothing to be proud of.
Ha. That was my first thought. Audi has been getting better, but its reputation precedes it. Really, buy any VW product and you're taking your chances. Things got so bad here that they had to create a whole division in Chattanooga to address some of the more important issues coming up with the new US Passat and (and Jetta, which I believe is still assembled in Mexico). It was a good thing -- supposedly this division was given a lot of leeway in solving issues for American customers. Don't know how it's working in practice.
I'd put Chrysler and Audi on the same page...yet Chrysler doesn't waste as much money and makes a cheaper car.
They could do less QC but source better parts. If they had 5 sunroof vendors to choose from and the picked #3 because it was the right price....but sunroof #5 would probably never rattle....but your GC would cost $65k
I wonder how the sourcing works -- do they just put all the parameters they need in a part and then source to lowest bidder?
I'm not sure if it's parts or QC, but I have now had three cars purchased new that were actually manufactured in Japan (not just Japanese brands manufactured here) -- a 2003 Subaru Forester, a 2006 Mazdaspeed6 and a 2011 Acura TSX Sportwagon -- all built at plants in Japan. Not one of these cars had a single quality control issue during the entire time I had them. Not one of them needed anything other than "wear" parts (brakes, shocks, etc.). The Subaru I had for the longest time. We gave it to my stepson after high school and he just sold it with 165K miles on it.
I got used to having cars with zero issues that never had to go back to the dealer for anything.