“So I guess I should have said new cars are shit to keep for decades and pass down to multiple drivers... for that the old cars are better“
It’s still possible. Even though Subaru’s commercials would have you believe you’ll be doing that with your Subaru, i think you’d have a better chance if it were a Honda or Toyota.
Another aspect on old vs new. The drivers.
Knowing how to change a tire. I think this statistic figure has dropped significantly.
Knowing how to install snow chains. “What’s a snow chain?”
Checking the oil level. This used to be something the driver had to have the sense to do, or have someone else do it for them, on a regular basis. If they forgot, usually the attendant at the full service station would remind them by asking “Would you like me to check the oil?”
Now most the “full”service stations are gone, gross oil consumption isn’t a common issue on most brands anymore, and checking the level between oil changes isn’t a routine for most people.
Since oil level isn’t on the top of everyone’s list, neither may be regular oil change intervals. And now many manufacturers are recommending oil change intervals as high as 7,500, even 10,000 miles. This works in my favor sometimes. After maybe 9000-10,000 miles, there’s no oil left in some cars, it’s towed to the shop, and i get to replace an engine.
Most BMW’s seem to have more oil on the outside of the engine than on the inside. The only reason they don’t die more often is because most of them hold 7-8 quarts. I believe they’re designed to hold more oil because they know they don’t know how to design an engine that doesn’t leak.
And that lower engine cover thing with the absorbent mat on it. Pretty sure this is to keep oil off of the owners garage floor until the warranty has expired. Some will try to say the “mat” is for sound deadening. I call bullshit. Sound deadening for who? The road? And just how efficient are they at deadening sound when they’re all saturated with oil?
As a mechanic, i’m still dumbfounded when i ask someone to “pop the hood”, and they don’t even know where the hood release is, and they’ve owned the car for years.
@don. I enjoy reading a well written service manual, or good article on new technology, but i have no time for fictional books. I am aware that i may have social skill issues, but i’m ok with that.