I imagine mis-fueling is quite common too.When you hear that the majority of AA/RAC etc callouts are related to flat batteries flat tyres or key/alarm problems does this really say as much about the car as its owner?
We had a company Audi 80 which went on fire at a place I used to work ; also an A4 went on fire outside my house - lucky I was on hand with an extinguisher and tools to disconnect the battery when it happened .Not today but I have seen 2 Audi q7s on fire and my mate has also seen 1 on fire ! Is there something we are not being told !! ???
My sum total of Merc breakdowns over the last 30 years or so have beenDon't want to put a damper on this thread by any manner of means because it could be very interesting. Always interesting to hear from breakdown/recovery guys like Tiff who have a unique insight to these things. Would be interesting to hear for example what causes all these Vauxhalls to breakdown - a common factor or variety of problems? Perhaps more pertinent to this forum what causes any Mercs to be stranded at the roadside. When you hear that the majority of AA/RAC etc callouts are related to flat batteries flat tyres or key/alarm problems does this really say as much about the car as its owner?
There's one straight away where most of the issues are down to owners neglect.. A K series head gasket is a "fuse"- the problem lies elsewhere which causes the "fuse" to blow.So, my results for yesterday, on a hot M4 were surprisingly low, just a Rover 25 with steam belching out (no surprise there then! Another K Series with a blown head gasket)
And in addition to grover's post... certain cars have simple underpinning making them more likely to be kept on as old bangers (Ford, Vauxhall, Peugeot) and therefore more likely to be seen broken down on the hard shoulder - compared to cars with complicated mechanics and electrics who will be whisked away to the next life at the slightest sign of the first expensive repair and therefore will never grow old to become old bangers.
Would be interesting to hear for example what causes all these Vauxhalls to breakdown - a common factor or variety of problems?
Our New Vauxhalls break down with regular failures.It's always a combination of things, isn't it... breaking down due to neglect is seen as owner issue rather than car issue, yet some cars will take abuse well while others require careful regular servicing...
e.g., I suspect that many of the breakdowns will be due to cambelts that were not replaced on time as per manufacturers' schedule, however you could argue that chain driven cams are a better design (from the reliability point of view anyway - there other drawbacks to chains).