Normally I would fully agree with your statement, however, everything I learned today shows that the clips are intended for duty use. I couldn't even obtain the crimped type link at the dealership (and I have the crimping tool sitting on the box). I'm using them, reluctantly. I hope RTH's small sampling and the local Indies similar comments, echoed by two dealerships hold true.
I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for the first 50K miles or so.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.