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I think in addition to planned obsolescence, itís also pure greed and what it comes down to in the end is sales numbers. Let me explain. I think the appliance industry and the automotive industry run parallel in many ways. Theyíve both of course want to sell as many products in a year as possible and they also want to beatvthe competition. They donít do that by bragging about durability and longevity but by putting as many bells and whistles on their products as possible to attract and dazzle customers and get them to buy their product. Many times, the bells and whistles are a major part of the product and are often new and unproven. BMW over the course of the last five years has made their SUVs in series X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6 and now X7. When a vehicle or an appliance gets to be in need of repair, 10+ years later, how in the world are these companies going to be able to keep an inventory of repair parts and in stock for that many different models,Ö Itís impossible. And then add the ďDigital DisplayĒ parts that cost thousands of dollars to replace (if theyíre even available!) ď Itís too costly to repair so just buy a new one quote is there thank you and hope.So thatís the sad reality that we live in today. Mani Guzzi riders like to keep their products going for many many many years. People complain about the environment being polluted but very little thought is given to appliances that are thrown in landfills after only 15 years of use if that. When you look at the expensive German car companies and the models they introduce, the labor rate soaring well above $100 per hour, and the parts expense, it is hard to conceive of maintaining a vehicle once it leaves its warranty. My saying that I have adopted is Öyou donít want to be paying monthly payments AND repair bills at the same time. Thatís why vehicle companies offer extended warranties on a used vehicles because they know owners canít afford monthly payments AND repair bills at the same time. Thatís the way I see it. Hopefully Moto Guzzi hasnít followed that route.
A bit like the human condition, you get about 80 years, if all goes well, and then motor goes south.
My buddy has his mothers old International Harvester fridge at least 60YO in his garage to keep his beverages cold.I have an old Sears 12 Volt battery drill with a pair of wires and alligator clips I use off a m/c battery, its handy when i'm working somewhere without power availablethe original battery only lasted a couple of years.
In my mom's house there are the original Frigidaire fridge/freezer that was installed in 1964, the RCA/Whirlpool freezer that was purchased in ~1960 (and is 6 feet tall!), and the Kelvinator fridge/freezer that was built in 1950. All of them work and are still in use, and I'd bet that the total spent repairing all of them is under $1000. And the parts are still available, albeit sometimes not locally. For example, I replaced a noisy evaporator fan in the Frigidaire last year; the part was around $85. I replaced the freezer fan in the same fridge 10 years ago; it was the same part number!I'd much rather pay the electric bill for an "obsolete" appliance that just keeps on working than buy a new energy-efficient one for $2500 that I know I'll need to replace again in less than 10 years.
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