Honestly my main gripe about new cars is that it's hard to find a really stripped down economy car. I want something with zero bells and whistles other than AC, minimum sound deadening shit.
I completely agree. But let me add Cruise Control to that. Plus i do like power windows but that is not a deal breaker. Cruise is just nice to have on long trips. But you can take seat warmers, in dash navigation, memory seats, heated steering wheels, and etc and throw it in the garbage.
Make that thing as light as possible while still being safe. Fuel economy should be much higher on little cars than it is.
I agree completely with this. The Mini coopers get crappy gas mileage considering the size of car it is. They could build a car to get super gas mileage but they always ram way more horsepower into it then required. Like a 90's civic would have been around 100hp where as a 2019 civic is rate 158-180 depending on which model you get. Hell you dont even need 100hp for a good work commuter, geo metros were pushing 55. Im not say all cars should be "metro" slow but somewhere between 55-100hp makes a perfect small family car / work car. I wish they would stop with this power craze and give me gas mileage.
The real issue is new cars are built in such a way that it is hell to do major repairs and they are built with such shitty parts like plastic that the repairs will be needed with age and then the car will be sent to the junkyard
I will say that the cars sitting in junkyards look better nowadays haha. All that plastic makes them look like nice cars.