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The article is about simple cars? Please explain simple. A simple car might be my 1952 Studebaker, 6 cyl, 3 on the tree, overdrive,and this car actually goes up in value every year. Yes it does. When it doesn't run at 100% a simple tune up costs about $30.00 for parts,can be done in about an hour at home,and down the road we go. NOW THIS IS SIMPLE. MOST NEW CARS TODAY,ONE HAS TROUBLE FINDING THE SPARK PLUGS. JUST SAYIN. I have a newer car, but more than not I drive the Studebaker. Simple is simple, there isn't a newer car that can be classified as simple, msn writers need an education.
My idea of simple is front engine, rear drive. No abs, ecu or computer of any kind and just a carburetor.
Manual tranny too
I am a retired GM Factory mechanic. i hate to say it but there are no "Simple" cars, due to EPA Laws. If your going to buy a new or used car beware that many (Especially German) require Premium fuel.
In the real world of stop and go traffic, road conditions etc., you gas mileage will never amount to the advetised MPG. These vehicles are tested with 1 person (Usually small-sized) behind the wheel at either a "Test Track" or on a road with no traffic or stop areas. Buy your next vehicle because you like the looks, can afford it and read all the road tests and blogs. I was working for Chevorlet in 1971 when the Vega was voted "Car of the year". You would not believe how many engines were replaced under warranty (Aluminum engine Block & Cast iron head). Not only that, but they rotted out very early in their life. Pinto was given a bad rap because of a "Rear-end collision" danger. Yes, there were incidents but it was a great little car.
My advice...Talk to someone who has owned their car for a year and see how well they rated it!
I haven't seen a simple car since my slant six Duster. Now, I can't do more than change my oil.
My biggest gripe is why does everything have tio be electric - I don't want or need electric locks (that break) and I can't stand electric windows (that can leave you stuck with them up or down). None of these have anything to do with gas mileage - nor does having a push-button start and "off" instead of a key.
I have had a computer since the Atari 800, and I demand a good one. But I don't want everything in my car or life to be dependent on one.
Many of them are totally without digital equipment, and as such could be ALL there is to drive after a EMP event. Our own 1951 ford pickup is simple, easy to work on...and although it has been modernized a bit with better suspension, brakes and tires it is not any more complicated than originally produced. The only "hi-tech" feature is the push-button starter it came with in 1951. Wasn't hi-tech then, but now it is the NEW feature on many new cars.
Figure the carbon footprint of a vehicle which has served faithfully for 60 years. Now...I do have a newer pickup for heavier lifting. My 1966 Ford F-100. Futuristic.
why else would 99% of all microwave instructions say "cook on high" yet you never cook on full power in a regular oven? because most people are too stupid or too lazy (or both) to actually realize microwaves even have different settings.. and if you actually use them your food will cook a lot better!
same thing with cars, if people actually drove logically they could save a lot of gas and wear and tear on their cars.. stomping on the gas when the light turns green and stomping the brake at red lights generally doesn't get you there faster, but it does waste a LOT of gas, and kill your brakes.
Are you kidding me? A Subaru Impreza? Turbo Flat Four, with four wheel drive, is a SIMPLE car? Can I have some of what you're smoking?
Thirty years ago I drove a 1980 Mustang. Turbo four, but not the "flat" configuration. I could remove and/or replace any part with a standard toolkit and a gapper. I owned that POS for ten years. During that time I replaced the engine, transmission, eight clutches (and cables and throwout bearings), wheel bearings, u-joints (needed a hammer for those), wiring for the taillights and the stereo, and the usual maintenance stuff. All I needed for a little help was an occasional glance at a Chilton's to get the right torque or measurement.
I currently drive a 2008 Maxima. I've looked under the hood a few times to check the oil or coolant levels. That's it. The dealer does everything. Fortunately, after 90,000 touch Dodgeball Chairman miles, the dealer has only performed the routine maintenance procedures when scheduled.