Thank you Albert for taking the time to share this. Very interesting.
I worked for an automobile manufacturer who would not believe there were component failures in cars operated in the U.S. but not also in Germany. Despite numerous high-level meetings the failures were ignored.
Soon after a very well known and high official came to the U.S. for a meeting and vacation. Well readily supplied him with one of the fleet cars. Yes, you probably guessed it ... that particular component failed (could not have planned it better in terms of timing) made him late.
When he called for service assistance he was told those components don't fail! Needless to say all were replaced at no-charge on all models sold in the U.S.
The component failure had to do with electrical loads. The U.S. car were always loaded with options and thus the charging systems were much more stressed than the European counterparts.
'03 E320 Wagon-Sold
'95 E320 Wagon-Went to Ex
'93 190E 2.6-Wrecked
'91 300E-Went to Ex
'65 911 Coupe (#302580)