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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 11:41:34 PST
From: mojavegnospamveg.iwvisp.com (Everett M. Greene)
Subject: Re: Opened DI Casette - For those interested


Retro-Bob <uctraingSPAM-ME-NEVERnospamanet.com> writes: > > Back on the "other cars with DI systems". My '88 Nissan had a DI > system, coils were known to go around 75K. Nissan Maxima's (since > 95, IIRC) have DI systems with the coils typically going out at > 60K miles. Audi & BMW just had a big debacle - Audi coils were > going at 15K at such rates that customers had to wait months for > replacements. > > DI systems are prone to failure - I don't think you can subject > electronics to this kind of abuse and expect them to last. There is not yet an answer as to the failure modes involved in the DI failures. Nobody has identified any "electronics" in the units and even if there is, that might not be the cause of the failures. After monitoring this thread for a week or so, I'm beginning to wonder if the DI is a case of suboptimization. The distributor, HV coil, and sparkplug wires have been eliminated, but these were relatively inexpensive items and rarely failed. These were replaced by multiple expensive items which are just as prone to failure if not more so.

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