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More options = higher manufacturing cost (archive)

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Posted by MikeW on October 20, 1999 at 15:29:48:

In Reply to: Re: Options that should be standard..... posted by Gilbert on October 20, 1999 at 14:33:21:

The larger # of options a car has, the more it costs the builder to deal with assembling all the various permutations of the car. They want to push down the number of possible combinations. This is why you see more stuff standard and bundled into packages.

: Starting a debate...

: I don't want, or have any use for the universal transmitter. I wouldn't want it standard.

: As far as floor mats are concerned. I think it should be a dealer installed option. The dealership I purchased from throws floormats in every car. (No negotiation neccessary.) Unfortunately I wanted rubber mats, and had to pay extra. I now have a complete set of velour mats in my closet. Floormats probably aren't standard because people vary their floormats preferences. Some may prefer rubber, velour, coconut, sisal or plastic. I guess it's a minor way to personalize your vehicle.

: I actually wish my 328 had less standard options then it does. (I keep killing myself with the possiblity that I could've spent less on a 323 with 17" wheels, and upgraded 328 brakes and had a lighter (less bloated) car.)

: just my $0.02

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