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Old 10-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #71
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I remember the Vega thing - if I'm not mistaken,they weren't the only vehicle that required you to do that or some other thing to replace routine components.
Agree, even today many veh's require removal of dams, shrouds etc. Just for a easy oil change has been complicated.
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In my experience in municipal (civil) engineering, Engineers are not unlike any other profession. There are good ones, and some...not so good.
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:16 PM   #73
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In my experience in municipal (civil) engineering, Engineers are not unlike any other profession. There are good ones, and some...not so good.
So I guess you're saying that Engineers are just human like the rest of us and everything that goes with being human.
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best thing for a vega was a v8 swap. a 3.8 turbo motor out of an early buick regal also did wonders to their personality
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Usually, the problem is NOT the engineers. They know how to do it. It's the bean counters who won't let them (or YOU the consumer, because you don't want to pay more money for the vehicle.)
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:18 PM   #76
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Usually, the problem is NOT the engineers. They know how to do it. It's the bean counters who won't let them (or YOU the consumer, because you don't want to pay more money for the vehicle.)
Amen rockfordroo. You hit the nail on the head. Bean counters or lawyers and the cya syndrome.
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Just caught this thread.

Not an engineer but probably should have been. My thing is fixing WiFi at restaurants. Since no one at the stores know anything about WiFi, they usually don't bother to change the default admin password. So I log in when it won't connect to the internet properly and reset the WiFi so it starts working. Done this a half dozen times, but usually don't tell them because it just causes more confusion if I do.
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:09 PM   #78
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Pooneil - wish you'd been at BOTH of the KOA's I was at this week. They would let you connect, but you couldn't get to the internet half the time. Very frustrating!
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Mem, the engineer's job is to to envision, package and out the door for 13K! Remember the Clhevy Vega, had to drop rear motor mounts to change rear plugs. Maintenance is a future problem.......
trust me, engineers have the LAST say in how a car is made. First off, you have to cram a v6 engine in a car that would have been just fine with a 4 because marketing told you that nobody will buy the 4 cyl version. it has to fit in the form that the styling department came up with, and accommodate all the safety stuff like crumple zones, and impact bumpers, and it can't weigh too much because of CAFE requirements.

Oh, you want to put the alternator on top where you can get at it?

If engineers got to make a car with full control... You would be driving a Checker Marathon with a 4 cyl diesel engine. It would be dull and bland as hospital meatloaf. it would last for 50 years, cost 25K and the company making it would fold in about 9 months. Sometimes, overriding the engineers isnt all bad.

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