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Except they don't if the car is out of warranty, which (at least in Canada) is 4 years or 80,000 km.

I don't think this is just me but I believe cars should be able to last longer than 4 years and not get bricked by fault of the manufacturer and then not at least easily give me the ability to fix it myself if they won't.

Do they not replace it out of warranty or simply don't pay for it out of warranty? There is a huge difference between those two options. If it is the former, I would imagine it is just a matter of time before a lawsuit. If it is the latter, then isn't this functionally the same as a particular model of car having a bad transmission or similarly critical ICE component that regularly fails much earlier than expected?

Powertrain components are required by EPA to have a 10yr/100k miles warranty, I thought? So it's not exactly the same situation because fundamental parts of the powertrain are covered by a longer warranty.

That doesn't appear to be true [1]. It seems like a majority of powertrain warranties are in the 4-6 year and 50k-70k mile range. Tesla's 4 year and 50k warranty on this part would therefore be on the low end, but it matches the powertrain warranties for Audi, BMW, Volvo, Mercedes, and several other manufacturers.

[1] - https://www.motor1.com/features/253277/comparing-new-vehicle...

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