Those old cars had some charm, but they were pigs to drive for the most
part, didnt last long, and
rolled and swayed in the corners. Accidents were much more likely to cause
fatalities than just about
anything we are likely to drive today.
I am not a fan of SUVs because many tend to be gas guzzlers, and they are in
general more prone to
rollovers. At least, so the statistics say.....
I drive a full size Dodge conversion van, and I give it a due amount of
respect, because I know it doesnt
handle like a sports car. It was pretty bad when I first got it, but a set
of Bilsteins, good tires, and a rear
sway bar helped tame the ride. It gets decent mileage for such a large
vehicle (about 18 mpg), but I no
longer need a vehicle with the features that the Dodge provided so amply.
When gasoline once again
surges to over US$3 per gallon, the van with its 30 gallon tank becomes a
My next car will be much more fuel miserly, lower roll center, and able to
gobble up highway miles with
creature comforts and little or no 'jitter' at turnpike speed. I havent
made the choice yet, but am still leaning
toward an Avalon or something similar.
I just heard this morning that the Chinese are pulling away from the
American market for a few years.
Their vehicles are not quite right for this market, either in safety or
quality, and they will observe the Korean
and Japanese products for a while. They are active in Russia and to some
extent in Europe, where small
cars are the rule, largely due to gasoline prices.