posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 04:12 PM
Had to share this. My daily driver is a 1980 Mercedes 300SD. What a brick! and Economical too. In an emergency there is a 1986 Volvo 740 diesel
sedan sitting quietly for an emergency.
Why such old cars? They were quite expensive in their day, and I paid peanuts for them. No mortgage to the banksters, proven reliability, and being
diesel is a plus to my way of thinking.
In New York State every vehicle built from 1996 on requires an emissions test that it more of a pain than it is worth. Auto shops are pulling in the
bucks having to perform the tests and repairs required. I don't mean that our cars should go without repairs to keep them in good running order, but
really these tests go way beyond making life miserable for an auto-mobile owner.
As the OP suggests, modern autos are junk compared to old timers like mine. True there are lots of intriguing technologies that gives me some envy,
but I've no qualms about doing without considering my cost of operation.
For years I considered yearly vehicle maintenance to be about $1,000 but raised that to $1,500 a few years ago due only to inflation. Last years
expense for the Mercedes was about $1,200, the Volvo was less than $100. This does not include oil changes, tires, lights, and other common repairs.
It does include things like brakes, struts/shocks, steering etc.
FYI the Mercedes has 210,xxx on it and I usually drive about 12,000 miles. The Volvo has 76,000 miles and it was driven less than 2,000 miles.
I'm planning on purchasing a pickup truck in the near future and like my cars it will be older.