I truly wonder why you complain constantly about people taking care of their vehicles, or even, God forbid, exceeding the minimum that the dealer calls for.
It seems you don't put very many miles on your vehicles. Or drive them in adverse conditions.
Or care about doing a better than minimum job.
I don’t see you in the care and detailing section complaining about all of those posters that exceed the factory recommendations on taking care of the finish…
After all, just running it through a car wash three times a year is more than enough, right?
As to usage that requires you exceed the minimum factory maintenance, in my community on the high desert, we have roads and streets that are poorly maintained due to location and local conditions.
Driving conditions are listed as among the worst in the world. Heavy traffic, high speeds, some of the highest temperatures in the world, as well as altitude, blown sand and snow.
In a normal week any car here may go from the snows of Big Bear to the center of Death Valley.
A normal commute is 75 miles each way through LA traffic, up the Cajon Pass, 0-85 repeated over and over, pot holes at 85, then sit in traffic in 120 plus degrees for an hour with the A/C on.
Most cars in this area get 40-70k mile a year. If you keep it three years you can expect to replace the front end, shocks, transmission etc. once to three times.
Or you can do lots of ‘extra’ maintenance.
The recommendations in the book are for light duty service. We don’t get that here. Maybe in small town Midwest, North Florida, etc, but not here.
Ford considers all of our driving to be ‘severe service’.
Of course, if you actually push your truck hard, drive fast or don’t live near the freeway, you go way beyond severe service into what the dealers consider abuse.
I know hundreds of people that live down one to three miles of dirt road. This is not the nice dirt road you get in Kansas; this is desert drift sand, washboard road.
Nasty on any kind of truck. Your whole front end can wear out and drop on the ground in 100k.
I have a sister who drives two miles of washboard road from behind the Devil’s Punchbowl, then down the 14 into LA 6 days a week. 72 miles each way.
She buys a new truck every three years. They are scrap by the time she parks them.
Even with better than dealer maintenance the front ends fall out by 150k miles, that’s about 25 months on the average.
I suppose she should insist that the trucks should last forever on dealer maintenance schedules…
Or perhaps she shouldn’t be allowed to live in a nice place, and still work at a good job since that requires extra maintenance…
Has in ever occurred to you that we don’t all live down your street?