Originally Posted by Marauder_Pilot
The thing is, you can still do the vast majority of repairs in your garage. The idea that you have to work with an ECU or something every time you fix a car is...well, false.
Is it as easy? No. And it takes a little more training now. But anybody committed to wrenching in their own driveways still can.
And, statistically, you have a much lower chance of actually needing to do any in-driveway repairs now anyways.
As for your 41-MPG Super Beetle...probably true. But the new Dodge Dart will do the same thing, but it'll also seat four comfortably with a large trunk, accelerate faster than continental drift (I've driven Super Beetles, there are a lot of words I'd use to describe them and fast is the absolute last) and give you a decent chance to survive in a collision.
A modern car is 13% cheaper to maintain now compared to 1997
, and will last longer than any vehicle in history
Your CJ-7 is definitely easier to work on than your JK. But your JK won't need to be worked on as often in the first place.
There are many cars on the road today will go their entire lives without needing anything but brake pads, tires and fan belts-parts that you can easily fix in your garage (Having just done all of the above on an '04 Honda Civic and an '02 Toyota Tundra last weekend).
That's funny. I just traded in a Chevy HHR to get my JK that needed front end work every year from the first year I got it to the last. Now luckily the first five years were under warranty, I paid it off in 4 years and that last year and few months I had it I spent wishing I had traded it the day it was paid off. It just had a coil spring crap out and that was the last straw. I went back and checked the receipts. It was EVERY YEAR. Almost a grand a year in front end repairs. In a two year span it needed the same parts replaced twice. Do you know what the GM service manager's response was? "Do you drive down any steep hills? If so, you shouldn't do that." Yeah, progress.
My girl used to work at a Ford dealer as their parts order clerk/service cashier. You can believe all the industry and government propaganda you like, but I've owned cars that range in year from 1967 to 2012, and both my girl's professional experience and my personal experience say the only thing you have right is that older cars were easier to work on. Can you imagine buying a car that had chronic front end and suspension failure from the day it was new in 1967, hell, in 1987?
Of course these articles are going to tell you that all this computerized management is good for your vehicle, and that it's "for your own good". I'm sure it's also a coincidence that vehicles the vast majority of the time suffer serious problems just after their warranty runs out.
I can give you a list of vehicles I owned that got over 100k miles put on them, by me, without needing anywhere near the maintenance that my girl saw on a daily basis from the late model offerings in the 3 years she worked at that shop, or with my 07 HHR, or 01 Taurus. Anywhere from my 79 Thunderbird to a crappy little 92 Cavalier.
You can site all the articles you want from industry sources, but the reality that they now sell "repair insurance" is pretty damn telling. Jmo, of course.