I’ve been told many times that the stuff that is made in the Philippines is nothing but cheap junk. I usually agreed with that, but I did so without giving it too much thought. As I think it over, though, next time somebody tells me that, my response will certainly be…
Are you sure about that?
Today, I want to relay a little story about a recent experience. I took my car in to the shop for service. This happened back in May, or perhaps it was April, I don’t recall. I didn’t get around to writing about it until just now, though.
It all started one morning when my nephew went out to move our 2000 Mitsubishi Adventure. Our Adventure is the vehicle that I drive. It’s 10 years old, but it practically looks like new. We have taken good care of it, and it is just in very good condition still. My nephew does the driving for Feyma in our Nissan Pickup Truck, but he was going to move the Adventure that morning. When he went out, though, it would not start! This had never happened before, so when Feyma told me, I was quite surprised. The vehicle had been running fine, so I just didn’t expect that there would be a problem starting it.
Well, my nephew, later in the day, made arrangements for a mechanic to come to our house to check and diagnose the problem. I knew that it had been a long time since the Adventure had gotten tuned up, and I suspected that this was probably the problem, it just needed some maintenance. When the mechanic came and checked it out, he told us that the Fuel Pump was bad.
I got thinking about this, and I realized something. With the Adventure being 10 years old, and having about 150,000 Kilometers on it (that’s about 94,000 miles), I had never had to fix anything on the vehicle! Oh, it had been in the shop for maintenance, oil changes, lube jobs and the like, but I can think of not a single incident where something actually broke and required repair! There were a few minor things that needed adjustment during the warranty period, but never a real repair.
As I thought about this, I felt that it was a pretty good record of service that I had gotten from that vehicle. We purchased the Adventure brand new in May 2000, just a couple of weeks after we arrived in the Philippines. I have literally driven that vehicle to almost every far flung corner of Mindanao too, and it’s never let me down. Oh, I’ve had things like flat tires (because I ran over something sharp!) and the like. I’ve replaced windshield wipers. Those are all just maintenance issues, though.
The mechanic called one of his co-workers and they pulled our Adventure to the shop to replace the fuel pump. We had them do a couple of other things with it too (maintenance issues, not repairs!), and in two days I had the Adventure back, running just like new again!
Now, being fair, the vehicle was not manufactured in the Philippines, though. It was assembled in the Philippines. Most of the parts are manufactured in Thailand (a few in other places) and then shipped to the Philippines. The vehicle is completely assembled right here in the Philippines, though. I wonder how many American made cars go nearly 100,000 miles before they need their first repair? In fact, I told Feyma that this had been the best and most reliable car that I had owned in my entire life!
Oh, how much did the repair cost me? Well, for a brand new fuel pump (not re manufactured) and the labor, it was around P5,000, a little over $100. Not bad.
Oh, one other thing… I wonder if, in the States, the mechanic will come to your house to diagnose the problem? Ha ha… I expect that the answer is NO.