Hi JOAT - true, they are notable, but for all but the most eccentric, they
aren't cars that one would one would be driving at 17 years of age. Still
goes back to the matter of them being a 17 year old car, regardless of what
notable contribution they may have made to the annals of automotive history.
Well, we're talkin' 25 to 26 years of age here. And, the great thing is
that they are "old school," I.E., no computer, no "check engine" light
and even lack a PCV valve. Just right for an old fart like me to
maintain and repair which really doesn't happen very often.
Sometimes the latest and greatest ain't really so...
Still lots of late 1980's to early 1990's Accords and Camrys on the
road, still fetching 2-4K on the used market. You have to chuckle when
you see the ads from Ford and GM trying to compare initial purchase
prices of new vehicles, i.e. the Malibu, since they are forced to leave
longevity out of the equation. It's not just having to purchase 2x the
number of vehicles for the same time period, it's the resale value if
you do choose to sell after only 8-10 years.
Actually I think that most people do understand the whole longevity
versus initial purchase price issue, but they either don't care about
that aspect of ownership, or they don't want to admit that their
long-held beliefs have been debunked.
or they don't believe that *any* car will last significantly longer than
the warranty... I used to believe it was true but even brands I used to
know and trust (VW, BMW, etc.) have "turned Japanese" and over-contented
their vehicles to the point that they're all one big unrepairable mass
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
My neighbor who likes to fiddle with old (pre 1963) cars occasionally
has to work on his mother's late 1980ish Oldsmobile with a Quad Four
engine. Car only has about 80K on the odometer yet it runs like shit
and is next to impossible to diagnose or repair. Freakin' thing has been
laid up for months!
Everything is in the way of everything else. Industrial engineering at
GM??? Not as far as I can see...
Fear not as by doing so, you have defeated the thinking of them thar'
PHd economists who calculate how often fools trade in their current ride
only to become a slave to the finance company.
Not many people have their priorities straight these days...
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