|Saab 900 long|
Message #18 Posted by bill platt on 30 Oct 2003, 3:47 p.m.,
in response to message #16 by Norm
I had an '87 saab, great car, ran nicely, reliable, etc. Mechanical fuel injection. Replaced it with an '85 saab 4 door--another nice car. Year later, that gets totalled by an undocumented driver. When I asked to see his papers, he drove away!
So, Got a 1990 saab, thinking, these are cool cars, they are very safe, pretty good on gas, very comfortable, low cost (for a eurocar anyway).
Well, the 90 was a whole nother ballgame. ECU or ECM or something. That godddaaammm thing was nothing but trouble. Finally got tired of repacing it--3 times--and now that car sits in the yard, serving as a Property Value Reduction Prop. Next week, I plan on taking the wheels off, sitting the car on blocks----since the house across the street just sold for 375k ;^}
Apparently, they went "electronic" in 89 or 90 or something.
Also, Detroit diesel is involved in a massive lawsuit from a major shipowner, regarding their electronically controlled high speed 4 cycle diesels. Apparently, they are not making the 15k hours between rebuild--more like 500 to 1000!
And, I know of some smaller ferry operators who shy away from the electronic ones--had troubles etc.
You know, electricity is great and all, but why does it seem like it is less reliable now than in the past? (I can answer that but I wont--too much of a rant).
So, why is this relevant? Because In 20 years of using an 11c and 32sii, I have NEVER had to "reboot". But how about the 49g+----see c.s.hp48 and yo uhear reports.....
Here's another curio: Big Shipyard, Big Mainframe, Unix. 150 CAD workstations--running different programs. Programs linked to eachother. Not a single crash in 7 weeks.
Another shipyard. a "Microsoft" approach. Microsoft NT server, 50 Cad workstations, local machines windows NT4 SP3. Crash server almost daily. Crash local machines more than once a day. Blue Screen of Death, and others, too.
Why do we accept this?! Why are we throwing away stable UNIX systems for this CRAP! So we can have eXcel or Word?! For C...sakes..those programs arent't THAT good....(I liked Word Perfect 5.2 more--and Quattro Pro had more functionality...)
So, along that line, I am NOT going to buy a 49G+ for a while---I don't want to encourage them! Send the useless junk marketeers the only message they understand---nothing!