A caller this week said her car exhaust was smoking. Tom and Ray told a caller she needed a new car – because her current one, an older model, was burning oil. Ray recommended as a new car to consider a 4 cylinder version vs a 6. A more simple design, easier to work on, better fuel economy, etc.
I agree with Ray. I think cars are getting heavier and bigger and needing more engine power from all the gadgets the automakers are installing on them. And even if you don’t want the gadgets (as option), you still have to buy a car which has all the brackets welded to the frame to install it, the wiring harness and connectors, the more complex computer software, etc. So you get a heavier car and a more complicated car – hence less reliable and more expensive to diagnose and fix when it breaks – than you really wanted.
I hear callers on the show saying their 1990 this-or-that gets 42 mph. One caller said his older Honda Civic EF (I think) continues to get 50 mpg. I don’t see these kind of numbers out of newer cars.
Anyone have the specs? I imagine a 1992 Toyota Corolla weighs a good deal less than a 2012. And I expect because of this, the 1992 version has a good deal smaller engine displacement.
If fuel economy & reliability are the objective, it seems like new car designs are going in the wrong direction.
What do you think?