LOL Getting a little bunched up there eh. I think you were just getting called on what's gonna hit many as a comparatively weak 'first world problem'. Whatever that part is it may have started out more robust and more than adequate for the job. But the same design likely never got reviewed for carrying more load as all amenities on even the same models ALWAYS get bigger and heavier, often without support parts keeping up. Plus, configuration changes for convenience of installation, lower quality spec material in the constant hunt for 'cheaper', and maybe lack of periodic lube all contribute to eventual failure. Find a 5-year older version of that thing and there may be differences.
And get with it. You're supposed to be buying a new car every 4 years anyway. Word gets back with such low failure rate, especially so far out of warranty, and they'll sick a team of 20 on figuring out how to cheapen it up a bit more.
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