>I wonder if Nikon realizes that between this focus issue that >they seem to acknowledge, and the D700 hot shoe problem, which >they refuse to accept ownership of, they are emptying the >magazine down their pant leg -- shooting themselves in the >foot. This should not be happening with cameras that cost >$2500-3000 new.<<<
I personally think you are right on.
However there is one consideration that we shooters have not discussed. It they acknowledge all these as defects, there will be an open floodgate return of cameras that are not defective along with the few that are.
What would you do if you were Nikon?
First I would acknowledge that some cameras may have a problem. Then I would at least require some testing before a return is authorized.