Spouse is in the market to replace a 2004 Subaru Outback, which in the past has been targeted by destructive rodents. In effort not to bring home a “meal on wheels” for rodents, we are in the early stages of determining whether to buy now — limiting our search to specific makes/models vs. holding out for a future model year in the hope manufacturers make changes.
I read that soy-infused wiring has resulted in numerous customer complaints and related lawsuits caused by costly rodent damage to auto wiring harnesses. What isn’t quite as easy to determine, however, is what kind of wiring to expect on a particular make/model/year. And that makes car shopping somewhat tricky.
One article I read claimed virtually all makes/models after 2000 make use of this eco-friendly type of wiring. If true, perhaps the better question is whether or not there are any manufacturers that have elected to change the wiring or have plans to change it in an upcoming model year?
Apparently, many auto manufacturers have been sued yet continue to maintain this soy-infused wiring isn’t any more appetizing to rodents than the conventional type. If this accurately represents the consensus among manufacturers, it implies no changes are forthcoming. If I am wrong, however, I would be happy to learn about any current or upcoming alternatives.