It's a crap design I agree! Another fault is that the suction comes from the bottom. When the vacuum is emptied, the bottom gasket gets dusty and when you close the bin, a poof of dust goes on the other side of the filer and when the machine gets turned on, that dust goes to the motor, the motor is probably very dusty :|
I hope mine blows up before the warranty expires in a year, that way they will have to replace mine with a new 700W model!
We never really use it anymore, our DC14 kicks its ass any day even with the original used brush and clutch! The 41 had like 10 new parts haha
The only thing I like about the DC41 is the colour, looks, the big brush on the crevice tool and the lightweightness of the wand. Only keeping mine atm cos it's modern and worth a lot! Not sure if I am better off selling it though with the cracked spine not affecting anything :/
I would say the best Dyson ball is the DC25 :) Sturdy, durable, powerful and easy to repair and diagnose. I am so glad we got our DC25 brand new instead of a DC41 (we got it new in November 2011, when the DC41 was the latest one just launched) and have not regretted the purchase :) Worked really well in our house