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Stupidest Designs....... #5298476 12/18/19 10:21 PM
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So many to choose from....off the bat I am going w a liquid cooled alternator. Thanks Cadillac. oilburner

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Re: Stupidest Designs....... [Re: ToadU] #5298489 12/18/19 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by ToadU
So many to choose from....off the bat I am going w a liquid cooled alternator. Thanks Cadillac. oilburner


A buddy of mine was selling his BMW 750i, and I considered buying it. He related how he had to replace the liquid cooled alternator and it was a very expensive repair- over $2000. The car was in great shape otherwise, but had a rear main seal leak. I was serious considering it but he encouraged me not to buy it, as it was a money pit. It had close to 200k miles on it and he was looking for around $10-11k. A BMW mechanic finally bought it, but it took him a while to sell.

Re: Stupidest Designs....... [Re: ToadU] #5298515 12/18/19 11:05 PM
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I have changed a few 3800 oil pan gasket. I hate doing them. The don't leave any room to get at some of the fasteners.

I don't like where any modern heater core is.

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Re: Stupidest Designs....... [Re: ToadU] #5298573 12/19/19 12:27 AM
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BMW cheap plastic expansion tanks and hard to get to oil separators.


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Re: Stupidest Designs....... [Re: ToadU] #5298575 12/19/19 12:33 AM
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This blend door gear from a 2011+ Durango/Grand Cherokee.

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Re: Stupidest Designs....... [Re: ToadU] #5298581 12/19/19 12:43 AM
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Minor thing but gen7 and gen8 Accord headlight bulb changes require going through the wheel well and opening up the fender liner


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Re: Stupidest Designs....... [Re: ToadU] #5298582 12/19/19 12:44 AM
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Drain plug on a (I forgot what year) Kia minivan transmission. Yay for a drain plug, stupid that they put it right over a non-removable frame member so you can't actually get it out.


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Re: Stupidest Designs....... [Re: ToadU] #5298587 12/19/19 12:48 AM
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EGR tube/port-inlet on the 3.5L engine Dodge used in the ‘05-10 LXs.

Once unhooked from the intake plenum, it would never seal back completely upon reinstallation of plenum. Plus, given the fact that the engines used Speed Density/MAP fueling, the inevitable vacuum leak at the EGR inlet could go unidentified for weeks.

I swear that design was the product of some drunken monkey detoxing off of benzodiazepines and in the middle of a seizure episode.


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Re: Stupidest Designs....... [Re: ToadU] #5298656 12/19/19 05:49 AM
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The internal water-pump on 3.5L/3.7L Ford Cyclone engines. Fantastic engines until the water pump gets a leak. Expensive and time consuming job at the least, for FWD applications. Total engine failure if you don't catch it in time and it gels your lube and seizes the engine.


The act of preventative maintenance, in and of itself, is FAR MORE important than brand/grade/base choices among lubes and filters.
- under maintaining something is akin to abuse/neglect; that can kill equipment by shortening the lifespan
- over maintaining something has never been proven to be anything but a waste of time and money
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There are those engines where you have to remove the intake manifold to replace the starter. Toyota and Honda come to mind.

Vehicles where you have to pull the dash to replace the heater core or HVAC doors and actuators.

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Dumbest design from a maintenance standpoint? V6 powered GMT330 trucks. All of them.

They are actually ok vehicles, but when there is a repair to be made, they always leave you scratching your head asking yourself "why'd they do it like that?". Truck as a whole is such a basic design whether it be the powertrain or chassis, but it's poorly assembled.


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Re: Stupidest Designs....... [Re: ToadU] #5298732 12/19/19 08:39 AM
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Any awkward placed ol filter. AKA Honda back of engine.
Why are there so many different sized oil filters?

Sealed transmissions with lifetime fluid. Please...


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Originally Posted by zzyzzx
There are those engines where you have to remove the intake manifold to replace the starter. Toyota and Honda come to mind.

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I think the NorthStar is like that too.


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J Body 2.2 ohv with 3T40. Ignition coils are located on bottom rear of the block & firewall. J Bodies with 4T40E had more clearance. 1998 & newer coils were relocated on the side of the valve cover.

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BMW doesn't hold exclusive rights to this, but R&Ring AC evaporators on an E90/E92 require near total disassembly of the front half of the interior. My wife and I have an E90. Check out this video! See how mortified we were seeing what the repair encompassed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVpp8CFcfVI

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