Originally Posted by Vyper340
A testimony to the fine UAW labor agreements that lazy management has agreed to over the decades !
Actually no. All those agreements were voided by the bankruptcy and completely clean sheet new agreements put in place. Also, the factory in which our Wranglers is built is a completely new factory that was built in 2005-2006 for the new 2007 Wranglers and there was a lot of Daimler input into how it was designed, so there's not a whole lot of legacy insofar as processes are concerned, it's a fairly highly automated factory (well, by Jeep standards
) that *should* be able to produce quality product -- if anybody cared.
I think one problem is that between Daimler, Cerberus, and the bankruptcy, there was a lot of turmoil for a while. It doesn't help that our JK is basically not a Jeep -- it's a shrunk Dodge pickup truck frame with a Jeep-like body on it, probably the first all-new fresh from-the-ground-up redesign of the "military" style Jeep since 1942 (I swear that any GI mechanic from WW2 who got up under my 2006 LJ could figure out what everything under there did, even if he couldn't figure out *how* the innards of some of those black boxes did what they do). So experienced Jeep assembly workers had to come up basically from scratch, as vs. the evolutionary improvements of previous-generation Wranglers that really *were* derived from the original WW2 Jeep design, just with decades upon decades of incremental changes.
So anyhow, I'm generally satisfied with the quality of my 2012 Rubicon. The only problem I've had thus far is the Chinese water torture (drip... drip... drip... onto my left shoulder). I'll shift the driver's side roof panel around and see if I can fix that myself before turning the dealer loose on it.