Re: [DML] FanZilla versus the EBay competitor for Fan ControllerIdle Sta
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Re: [DML] FanZilla versus the EBay competitor for Fan ControllerIdle Stall

At the risk of moving outside the bounds of the DML, but seeing as you 
asked so -nicely- (that's British sarcasm BTW), I will give you specifics.

1) The FanZilla: Great concept, great execution from a reliability point 
of view, but should have evolved with the rest of the electronic world 
in the past 12 years..Perhaps then it'd be a bit more affordable - and 
not more expensive than a new alternator! (I'd like to check this before 
I send, but can't access ATM) It should include some 
improved functionality that would show up an open circuit as well as a 
short circuit - a failure that's more likely especially given the flaw 
in the design of the fan motors (drain hole at the front, tilted 
backwards, happened to me) and part of the original fan fail module. 
Definitely cleverer than any alternative or other aftermarket 
replacement, and more reliable than the "jumper" wires. However at that 
price, it only covers some of the bases I'd like to see it cover before 
offering it to my customers.

2) LockZilla: Way too expensive. I don't know the specifics but am 
awaiting the chance to dismantle one to find out once and for all if 
it's truly redesigned or just, as are ours at 1/4 the price, a rebuilt 
stock module with new sealed relays and beefier components. I've had 
zero failures to date, but haven't been going 12 years. I'd love to put 
my redesigned unit into production, but it's not worth it.

3) TankZilla: 3rd party sender machined to fit the hole with a box of 
tricks to make it work on the DeLorean's electrics. Great, if it's 
reliable, but very expensive given that the DMCH unit came in at less 
than half the price and is a properly designed drop-in replacement. 
These facts alone speak volumes, IMO

My contributions to this thread on the DML has been to help owner get 
his car to stop stalling at idle, and to pass on my measurements for the 
cooling fans' current draw! I passed no comment on the FanZilla on this 
mailing list in this thread. You brought me into this.

I do not take any Zilla product owners (ZPO's has a certain ring as an 
acronym methinks!) as "gullible idiots". I do like my customers to be in 
full posession of the facts, and if I use my degree in electronics to 
that end, please forgive me. Everyone, by all means go out and buy Zilla 
products, they're reliable, but expensive, and not as good as they could 
be. All in my opinion, of course. Something I'm always careful to say

DeLorean Motor Cars Ltd

pjgrady2000 wrote:

>why is it 
>that "know it all's" like you and Martin G. keep dumping on the 
>Zilla product line? It seems to be a central theme in many of your 
>posts. So that is my queston for you and Martin. If you have nothing 
>nice to say then perhaps you should keep it to yourselve's. After 
>all thousands of satisfied "Zilla" owners can't be the gullable 
>idiots you make them out to be. 

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