Japanese cars are known to be superbly engineered, plainly logical in their construction, and easy to work on (which is weird, since they break down much less than other cars). But after reading your answers about difficult repairs from last week, we know there are exceptions so illogical they would make Spock commit seppuku.
Some are easily explained, like the Toyota 5M’s impossible-to-reach fuel filter due to its master cylinder placement in the change from right- to left-hand-drive. Some can be attributed to sheer stubbornness of philosophy, like the Honda Vigor’s forward-transmitting driveshaft. And some are the result of epic screw-ups when the company is so big that the engine and transmission engineers don’t tell each other which way the drivetrain is supposed to rotate, like on the Twin-Stick Mirage/Colt.
What’s the most confoundingly engineered JNC?
What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s the hardest repair job you’ve done on a JNC?”
We felt both your pain and heroism this week in your tales of accomplishing near-impossible repair jobs. Tj‘s tour through the entirety of Mitsubishi’s 1970s parts bin simply reinforced our impression that the Triple Diamond Empire is simply not that concerned with building cars. We commiserated with Greylopht‘s Subaru engine swap escapade because any sentence containing the phrase “wiring harness” is downright terrifying. And Kiran had our deepest sympathies not because of his superglued radio, but because he owns a Cordia. The winner, however, was Leon because, well, let’s just say we hope some JNC stickers can make up for a lost appendage.
’89 Toyota Corolla 2E oil pump change. Required a sump to be removed. Removing the sump required the exhaust down-pipe to be removed. Removing the down-pipe required the lower cross member to be removed, which also required the two lower engine mounts to be removed. I’m sure pro mechanics would have done it without all the strain.
Putting the lot together cost me my left index finger though when I stupidly caught it in the crank pulley (while it was idling)…..
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!