Ford Pinto Cheap Parts that Replace in Seconds

October 25, 2007 at 3:46 pm 1 comment

Jalopnik posts some great vintage car commercials. Today they had a Ford Pinto commercial that contained some pretty funny concepts. Like the ability of a car to have cheap, quick, replaceable parts. Of course it is back from the day when you could replace your own parts.

In the book, Blue Ocean Strategy, a Hungarian bus maker NABI turned the $1-billion-a-year U.S. municipal-bus industry on its head by building lighter-weight, cheaper-to-maintain fiberglass vehicles… that had lower long-term repair and fuel costs. NABI realized that more money was spent on the operation of the vehicles than on the vehicles themselves.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone built a vehicle back to the roots of famous cars like the VW bug, or Model T? A people’s car that was functional, not embarrassing, and easy and cheap to maintain?

Or, is our own self expression too big of a hurdle for a people’s car?

Just for fun: here is a link to some nice tables that show costs of new car ownership by category. Check it out and see where you fit in:

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  • 1. Ft. Lauderdale VW Service  |  May 31, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    When the last time I took my VW for its schedule maintenance, I took it to a VW service provider where the technician asked me several questions about the car and took it for a test drive. It took him hardly three hours to fix the problems that it had. And, after that service I was surprised to find that my car was running as smoothly as any new car. So, I feel that before the technicians fix any problem, they should ask the owner about the problems associated with that car so that they can find out the actual cause of trouble.


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