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...not quite IMHO... (archive)

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Posted by vertigo on April 18, 1999 at 02:28:29:

In Reply to: It can't be a design flaw... posted by 777 on April 18, 1999 at 00:43:50:

There's is variability in every manufacturing
process. I would argue that any design exhibiting
a low tolerance to this variability--sufficiently
low that a large number of units are disfunctional--suffers
from a design flaw. Maybe this is a linguistic
issue, but it sounds like there is some kind of
systemic resonance problem inherent to the design
of the car even if only half are exhibiting it.
This is not unlike a smaller issue with some
Early Volvo 850's. If you look IN the crumple
zones of some years of these cars there are
seemingly useless chunks of dead-weight metals.
Apparently they were put there as a quick fix
to vibrations that set in at various speeds.
Not every early model car had them, but clearly
a problem of design.


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