lehighline: "I don't know how many of you have noticed, but the latest set of cars were made in Vietnam, not China. I'm not certain when the switch occurred, but my guess is that is when and why the new tooling was created and when the problems started."
Yes, and these cars made in Vietnam are the same ones with the paint chipping problem!
NOT LionelLLC: "There's nothing wrong with the Milk Reefer trucks. The trucks are perfectly fine. It's the couplers, and just the couplers, which don't consistently work as well as they could."
The original trucks were truly sprung trucks. The trucks here have springs that are just decorative. They don't function. It looks like most of us here THOUGHT that these would truly be a second run of the milk cars from a few years ago. In many ways they are a pale imitation of those original cars.