I pit few people, and few organizations. But today, I most emphatically pit Pontiac.
My parents own a 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix. It’s a pretty good car. Little heavy for a “sports” car, but seats 5, so that’s okay. I don’t know much about cars, but I do know I like to take stuff apart. Thus, just like when the windows on it stuck, when the aerial had some problems, I decided to try to handle it myself.
After almost an hour of close examination, crawling, unscrewing, and annoyed yanking, I remove the aerial assembly from the trunk. A few screws later, I see that the motor drives a notched plastic cord, which feeds up the centre of the aerial. The cord is jammed of course. Just like the notched plastic belts which drive the power windows were!
WTF!?!? Who decided this was a good idea??? Who tested this??? 3 outta the 4 windows have jammed (two temporarily repaired with percussive maintenance) but I know it’s not for long. My hands are all greasy, and all I have to show for it is plastic! How am I supposed to fix this???
To all current and future engineers: build some robustness into your designs! I coulda welded broken metal… or cleaned out metal spall… but stripped plastic is a replacement item, no doubt. I’ll phone the dealership, but I betcha this’ll cost a stupid amount, just like the double-height non-industry-standard radio/CD player cost 600+ to replace when that broke. Argh.
And make your trunks more ergonomic too, 'cause I wrenched my shoulder in there.