For a short while, life on the Patriot conveyor seems to have diligently taught the homeland to love. And at the same time to love us with you, his customers. Science was hard. Many of those who bought the car five years ago, more than once sprinkled ashes on their heads, cursing their own credulity - those "patriots" strewed and rusted, literally on the spot. It turned out before he "sat down, went, " he took the keys and "fell, squeezed out."
Nevertheless, time goes by and heals a little. Not everyone, of course, - those who got burned in the UAZ with a “human” face are unlikely to see him with their next car: the impressions were very bright. But a generation of “unreached” enters into adulthood - it is quite possible to count on them with an effective advertising campaign.
For the new arrivals, and by its seventieth birthday, the plant has prepared a valuable gift: since January 2011, the warranty period for “patriots” and “pickups” has been increased to three years, and mileage - up to 100, 000 kilometers!
The manufacturer claims that since 2007, thanks to a set of measures aimed at improving quality control at each stage of production, the number of complaints about the Patriot family has been halved.
If after the "rain" in the cabin there will be puddles, the car will be sent for completion
If after the "rain" in the cabin there will be puddles, the car will be sent for completion. If after the "rain" in the cabin there will be puddles, the car will be sent for completion.
Possible defects, which cars were famous for at that time, are now carefully caught on the testing line, which includes static and dynamic acceptance. The first is equipped with stands for checking the brake system, wheel alignment, headlight adjustment and rain chamber.
Dynamic - a stand with running drums, on which the car runs in the first five kilometers in different modes. The drums, I note, are quite ordinary, moderately rough, so how the “check of the car in motion with imitation of roads with different surfaces” happens, it remains a mystery to me.
But before you cut it off once - call the machine finished product, measure it seven times - that is how many quality control posts it goes through at key production sites. The Patriot assembly is nearly 11, 000 operations, and a standardized work card has been developed for each. It clearly spells out the sequence of actions of the employee, lists the correct materials and tools. Hammering bolts with a hammer, of course, is not provided.
All UAZs are tested for wheel alignment
All UAZs are tested for wheel alignment. All UAZs are tested for wheel alignment.
There is also Japanese know-how - continuous improvement of production processes using the Pocayoke systems (protects against errors) and Andon (a stop-crane for the conveyor, if the worker notices any defect). Everything, like on Toyota, where, in fact, the roots of this quality system go. God willing, she will take root in the Middle Volga.
Since January 2011, the anticorrosion treatment section of the chassis - the frame, springs, bridges, and everything that falls under the torch of a hand gun - was gently pollinated with bitumen-wax mastic. The process takes a couple of minutes on the strength. For the first time, until the car got to the consumer, this, apparently, is enough. Well, anticorrosive light is better than none at all, but cataphoresis priming would be much more useful. Only him, unfortunately, is not yet in sight.
Black anticorrosive is the final touch to the product portrait
Black anticorrosive is the final touch to the product portrait. Black anticorrosive is the final touch to the product portrait.
A tour of the plant did not give a complete picture of how all these innovations raised the quality of cars. Even if there are no complaints about the assembly (at first glance, clean, sparkling with fresh paint cars look great), it’s much more interesting how their life develops on the loose.
A three-year warranty is a serious self-esteem of the manufacturer and an advertising message to the buyer, but does it mean the infallibility of the first or only three years of free repair for the second? The guarantee, let us note, albeit conditional, but still imprisonment: the machine should be serviced only by an authorized dealer, it is mandatory to use original spare parts and materials, etc. where it’s more typical - try to find a speck in the eye of the buyer!) Until you train, you won’t know. But where to get comprehensive information?