300k Tuesday November 13, 2007, 8 comments

Normally German engineers are really meticulous. They think things through, and don’t engage in the decidedly North American practice of identifying and working to maximum/minimum profit/loss curves.

These engineers do not decide that ninety-five percent of the cars Volkswagen make will never go more than 300,000km and so therefore limit the odometer display to 300,000km in order to save 0.32¢ (US) on dashboard costs. Instead, they look at it differently: fully five percent of their cars will exceed 300,000km over the vehicle’s lifetime, and therefore they ensure that the odometer can display six glorious digits worth of nines. It’s the details that really matter.

Which is why I was absolutely stunned – not to mention disappointed – when the odometer on my trusty (and slightly rusty) 1996 VW Golf clicked over from 299,999 to…

…a single 0.


Comments

Sumedh Tuesday November 13, 2007


Ouch!

Just reading it hurts bad; so I can only imagine how you might feel!

Adrian Tuesday November 13, 2007


While it does work, I am under the impression this was meant for Much to my Surprise?

Rob Wednesday November 14, 2007


1996 VW Golf. Only 7km! A bargain!

Adrian Thursday November 15, 2007


No kidding!

Heather Saturday November 17, 2007


Ha ha ha!! This will kill Dad – a crisis of faith! Why is this funny to me?

Adrian Monday November 19, 2007


Because you grew up in the same house I did?

Julio Tuesday December 4, 2007


A new beginning, an automotive reboot, a clean slate, a challenge, a blatant lie… these come to mind when I envision an odometer at 0

Adrian Friday December 7, 2007


It’s creepy, seeing 0 on an odometer.

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