DaimlerChrysler Cars To Be Equipped With BorgWarner All-Wheel Drive System

The Chrysler Group recently announced that their 2007 Chrysler Sebring and the 2008 Dodge Avenger will be equipped with a technologically advanced drive system. The said cars will be outfitted with BorgWarner’s Interactive Torque Management (ITM 3e) system. The technology will enhance the Sebring’s and the Avenger’s stability, performance and fuel efficiency as well. BorgWarner’s ITM 3e system is already being used by the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica and has already made a lot of good impression on the motoring public. The technology that the Sebring and the avenger will employ is only one of the torque management system products of BorgWarner and it is the latest technology developed by the said company.

Cindy Niekamp, the President and General Manager of BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems, is pleased to provide another driving system for the Chrysler Group. “We are proud to launch another front-wheel, all-wheel drive application with DaimlerChrysler, using BorgWarner’s new ITM 3e system. Niekamp also stated that with the successful integration of the system to the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica, it is logical for other DaimlerChrysler cars to use the same driving technology. The use of the system on cars enhances their traction, stability, and handling. All of which are vital to give a car a great fuel efficiency and superior performance not to mention keeping the occupants a peace of mind knowing that the car will not be prone to rollover.”

BorgWarner will supply the necessary hardware to the Chrysler Group to integrate the said system to their mass produced cars. Aside from the hardware components the company will also provide the needed electronic systems and software controls. The company will also provide DaimlerChrysler with the required vehicle integration support. These wares are part of BorgWarner’s commitment to provide the car manufacturer competent service. The integration of the said system to DaimlerChrysler cars will be a joint effort on the car manufacturer and the vehicle powertrain applications provider. With the necessary tools provided by BorgWarner and the competency of the Chrysler Group, it will not come as a surprise if the Chrysler Sebring and the Dodge Avenger come out of their assembly plants as finely tuned cars.

The driving system developed by BorgWarner uses technologically advanced controls to detect slip on the car’s wheels and effortlessly transfer power from the engine to the said wheel. The technology only needs a couple of milliseconds to convert both the Sebring and the Avenger from a front-wheel drive car to an all-wheel drive vehicle. This is just as fast as a Volvo radiator fan can respond to the radiators’ cooling needs. The radical technology allows the Sebring and the Avenger to have great traction not only on the front wheels but on the rear wheels as well.

During high speed driving the system, without human intervention, such a system decreases the power being provided to the rear wheels. This innovative technology allows the car it is equipped with to have better fuel economy than other vehicles with an all-wheel drive configuration.

The system is not only convenient in the sense that it increases a car’s fuel efficiency, handling and stability. It is also developed to be compatible with other car safety systems. The anti-lock brake system can effortlessly complement the technology to provide better driving safety. Another vehicle system that can work with the ITM 3e system is the electronic stability that is featured on most currently mass produced vehicles. The use of the ITM 3e system integrated with both the anti-lock brake system and the electronic stability feature greatly increases the stability and traction of a car as well as providing safety and comfort to the driver and passengers of a car it is integrated to.

Lemon Law – Mechanics Flat Rate Pay System

There is a relationship between the auto repair technician Flat Rate pay system and the incidence of unrepaired Lemon Vehicles. It is more direct than one might think.

What is Flat Rate Pay System?

It’s old-fashioned piecework plain and simple. Imagine picking peaches. Instead of an hourly wage, you get paid a penny a peach.

The auto manufacturer establishes fixed times for every conceivable repair. This includes everything from a bulb replacement to installing a new engine. Most dealerships charge between $60 and $70 dollars an hour for warranty repairs. It’s in the dealership’s contract with the manufacturer that they may only charge for the repair hours provided by the manufacturer.

Here are some of the links in this chain of cause and effect:

– The modern automobile is computer controlled and complex.

– Vehicle computers fail and these software/computer hardware failures appear to be other non-computer components in the vehicle.

– Modern diagnostic tools don’t isolate faults; they suggest possibilities, areas of vehicle systems that might be at fault.

– The technician is rewarded for how fast he or she works, not how well.

– The dealership makes good money for warranty and non-warranty repairs.

– Quality and customer satisfaction are advertising slogans, not a way of life in the work place.

– Quite often poorly trained mechanics cause more trouble than existed in the vehicle before attempted repairs.

– The slow technician, whether excellent or not, will barely make a living and certainly receive hard talk from his supervisors.

Are all vehicles declared lemons at buyback unrepairable? Probably not.

Given these conditions, the chances a faulty vehicle will meet lemon vehicle legal definitions, i.e., four repair attempts during the warranty period, are significantly increased.

The Dealership Situation

Here’s an example of what dealerships consider a bad, bad thing.

1. A car that is still under warranty has a defective transmission. The manufacturer assigns transmission replacement a time to repair of 4.5 hours. At $65/hour for warranty repairs, the dealership gets paid $292.50 by the manufacturer for this warranty repair. (Remember, the manufacturer pays for warranty repairs.)

2. If it takes the dealership’s technician 6.75 hours to complete the repair. The dealership must eat 2.25 hours of technician repair time.

3. If the technician takes 3.9 hours to make the repair, the dealer will still charge the manufacturer 4.5 hours, and even though the technician only spent 3.9 actual hours on the job, he will be paid for 4.5 hours.

4. In the first case the service manager at the dealership complains to the technician, “sorry, Joe, the manufacturer reduced repair times again. You know those %^$%^$# aren’t part of the real world, they don’t know how long it takes to make orange juice!” He’s also going to strongly “encourage” the technician to make the repair in less time than that assigned by the manufacturer.

It is an unjust system with no redeeming value for the honest technician or the dealership. Who’s the big loser? You guessed it, the customer.

All the players in this game have very different viewpoints. Let’s review them.

Manufacturer

The manufacturer screams about being ripped off by the dealership for inflating warranty repair hours, and that the dealership is doing unnecessary warranty repairs. Both accusations are probably correct, but not necessarily for the reasons suggested by the manufacturer.

Dealership

The dealership moans and groans about how unfairly the manufacturer establishes and even reduces the hours allowed for each warranty repair. They also claim they have no say in how the hours were established in the first place. Both of these accusations are entirely correct. Manufacturers also have a policy of not paying for repeated warranty repairs to fix the same malfunction. How does the dealership respond to this? It’s not good. If the dealership sees a repeat problem, they must somehow make it appear to be different that the original malfunction. Charitably, this can lead to untruthfully describing a problem on the repair order. Remember, four repair attempts for the same problem is one of the criteria that defines what is and is not a lemon. Where’s the incentive to do honest, quality work?

Mechanic

The immediate effect of manufacturers cutting the flat rate (piece work) times is a reduction in the mechanics paycheck. In order to maintain the same pay rate the mechanic must work that much faster. Faster is not consistent with quality repairs, quite the contrary. At the same time the manufacturer is demanding higher quality repairs. It’s a Catch 22 wherein everyone loses. Add to this inadequate training at best and one has a recipe for the Lemon connection.

Consumer

The consumer has no idea about the complex business relationships that exist between manufacturers and dealers, nor do they have any interest. Why should they? The consumer’s needs are quite simple. Sell me a car for a decent price that does what the advertisements say it will. If it needs a repair, have someone competent and well trained do the work and for Pete’s sake get it right the first time.

Final Thoughts

There’s something seriously wrong with the system. It’s a system that rewards all the wrong things. Like many such systems in other parts of American business, this system rewards quantity, not quality.

There seems to be an inherent inability among business managers to draw a connection between quality and business success. The manufacturer sets up quality rewards systems, such as Ford’s Blue Oval, then turn around and cut the work/task hours arbitrarily, probably to allow a senior executive to look good by improving the bottom line of a quarterly report. The result is an immediate drop in quality work at the dealership. There are so many contentious viewpoints, and so little willingness among the players to correct the situation.

I wish I could offer some hope to consumers that efforts are being made to resolve this situation, but I haven’t seen any such evidence. Perhaps this essay will at least bring some sense to a nonsensical mess.

Find Out More About Drivers Education For Adults

It is fairly common for people who are now adults to have never attended drivers education classes. Sometimes it is because their parents would not allow them to drive a vehicle when they were under the age of 18. Other times, it is because they were in some sort of trouble with the law and they were not allowed to drive a motor vehicle.

There are numerous reasons why adults are going back to school to learn the laws of the road. This is always a good refresher course for anyone involved. Most people are more responsible drivers if they take one of these courses as an adult. Young people are sometimes not really mature enough to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Sometimes people have grown up in the city and they have never had any reason to get a drivers license. People who live in the big city often take public transportation everywhere they go.

If you are a new driver, it is critically important that you learn the rules of the road and defensive driving techniques. Drivers instruction courses will also give you practical driving experience with a qualified instructor at your side to guide you. One big benefit of this type of training is that many insurance companies will give you a discount on your policy when you have taken one of these courses.

If you are not quite sure how to go about getting yourself signed up for a drivers education course, you can find a lot of information on the Internet. This is going to be the most convenient way to find a local source. Many people prefer to shop around for a driving school before they decide which one to go with. After all, there are affordable prices if we are willing to look around.

You will normally be required to take a class inside a classroom. After this, you will be required to do road training and then do a written and road test. If you can pass each of these tests, you will be in good shape. In some cases, you can take the classroom portion of the course on the Internet. However, it is usually better to do local classroom study because you can get the input of others in your same situation.

Drivers education is something that should always be taken seriously. We need to be responsible with our driving privileges so that they are not revoked. Some people think that because they are of a certain age, they qualify to drive a motor vehicle. However, if you are not legal, you need to take a drivers education course.

The good thing about taking an online education course is the fact that it is available 24 hours a day seven days a week. This is perfect for anyone who has a busy schedule. Of course, you will still need to take actual drivers training on the road. If you need training to get your drivers license, be sure to check out a drivers education course in your area.

Bad Driver Car Insurance – 3 Essential Tips For Getting The Best Rates

Let’s face it, if you own a car these days getting insurance is a tricky affair. But bad driver car insurance is even more tricky. This is because insurance companies are always afraid (for obvious reasons) of insurance anyone that has been labeled a ‘bad driver’. Well, don’t fret, because in this article I am going to reveal 3 simple yet effective ways to get dirt cheap rates no matter how bad a driver you are – seriously…

Tip 1: Online Quotes Are Best
When you are looking for the best quotes possible regardless of your driver standing, it’s always best to go online. You’ll benefit from having a larger pool of insurers, which in turn will give you more options. Online insurers operate in such a competitive environment that it is almost a guarantee that they’ll try to beat out any quotes you get from other online insurers.

This of course means huge savings for you. But there is an even more important reason to use an online provider and it is this: many online providers specialize in insuring ‘bad drivers’.

Tip 2: Bolster Insurer Confidence
Whatever the reason for your ‘bad driver’ status, you must do all you can to improve your perceived image in the eyes of insurers. One way to do this by taking part in a defensive driving course. Although these types of courses aren’t mandatory, they can help in reducing your insurance by several hundred dollars.

Defensive driving courses work well because they instills the confidence that an insurer needs that they won’t have to foot a huge bill shortly after they write a policy for you. In other words, the chances of you having a serious accident are just about average, and nothing like the 4 times likelihood of a so-called ‘bad driver’.

Tip 3: Consider Your Car and Any Changes Made To It
This is one of the simplest ways to get good quotes on insurance. You see, the type of car you own – it’s engine size, specifications etc, can influence massively the amount you pay. The general rule is that the bigger the engine, the more costly the auto insurance. Modifications add another dimension to costs too, because they increase the value of the car and hence the amount that an insurance company has to pay out in the event of an accident.

All this leads to one very simple suggestion, which is “If you have a big car, get a smaller one and if there are expensive modifications, get rid of them. The three tips outlined above are responsible for hundred of dollars in savings for people who have had to get bad driver car insurance. You have nothing to lose by employing them in your search for dirt cheap insurance.