Comment 32409

By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted July 14, 2009 at 12:39:30

Every appliance should come with the landfill costs prepaid by the manufacturer, which would encourage more design for repairing and less disposal of three year old major appliances!

Just a correction, european appliances might be more reliable, and actually pay attention to design feature like noise. But their automobiles are actually less reliable.

In fact, unknown to most, for over a decade average reliability has been japan > north america > europe. (see consumer reports, but they aren't online for free). I think this is driven in major part by volkswagen's consistently poor reliability (but fantastic marketing) and bmw / mercedes - high end cars with lots of fancy features to break. The big three have been improving steadily and quietly through that time (though Chrysler continues to suck even more than VW)

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