Here is the latest reader question, along with my reply:
Jane asks: I would like to buy a car that has mechanical crank down/up windows. How far back would I have to go?
My reply: Not too far! The problem, though, is that your options will be pretty limited – unless you do go farther back. The Nissan Versa sedan – not the current model but one about five years old – came standard without power windows. If you go back about 10-15 years or so, you’ll find more vehicles that came standard with manual roll-up windows. My 2012 Nissan Frontier has manual roll-up windows.
The car companies began to make power windows (and locks) standard across the board in recent years because it cost them less to make cars this way – and of course, they can charge people more for the car as well for servicing it when something breaks.
Manual windows can fail, too – but the mechanism (purely mechanical) is simpler and usually lasts the life of the car.
That’s why I prefer them, too!
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