Dec 27, 2003, 9:53 PM
Post #4 of 11
Excellent points made here. Our "throw away" mentality up north is a foreign concept (pardon the pun) here. There is no doubt in my mind that if the Whirlpool guy told Jennifer that her washer will perform for as long as she wants, it will indeed happen. I did not know about the yearly maintenance on appliances other than perhaps a/c's, so thanks for pointing that out. The dust IS a culprit, and right, my house IS wide open 365 days a year. (Dust bunnies run rampant and they multiply)
Seriously though, this isn't often talked about. That being the fact that something CAN and usually is coaxed into living forever here. That is a huge cost of living savings. The labor IS unbelievably cheap by home country standards, and they will fix what is broken.
Another example; Yesterday we took my gracefully aging, but seriously babied, newly arrived in Mexico, Mercedes Benz "Sady" to a mechanic. Santana was hovering like an expectant father while the team of mechanics (I mean at least 4 of them) discussed just how they were going to a) extracate the oil filter (proved difficult for them with different tool sizes) and b) find a new filter for her here in Mazatlan. Turns out that parts for Mercedes are not readily available in Sinaloa. Did that deter the mechanics? Not likely. They called the special oil filter guy (like a doctor, he appears to do house calls). He arrived in a recent model vehicle, carrying a nice leather case, popped it open, and handed the mechanics (still 4 of them) what he thought would work in Sady.
My hubby came dashing over and bet me that I couldn't guess which oil filter was going to work. (I was just thankful that any would!) He pointed to a little VW Bug on the repair lot. That one! No kidding. While the new VW oil filter was being installed, the garage owner and the on call filter guy poured over the Repair Manual I brought from Canada, nodding appreciatively.
I predict some future scientific experiments will somehow be performed. The garage owner says that while the parts must be ordered from the USA - "I can get them through Tijuana".. Looking good for Sady's life span. Oh, and the final tally after all was said and done? Unbelievably under $300 N.M. I was blown away. This included 6 litres of oil, the new filter hand delivered by the oil filter guy, and the curiousity and time of 4 mechanics plus the owner for at least 2 hours. Viva Mexico!
(This post was edited by Marlene on Dec 27, 2003, 10:03 PM)