Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Bill asks: Huge fan; initially learned of you from Lew Rockwell’s great site. Are there any resources you know of, other than your well-studied opinion, of course, that would provide good info on new/newer ICE cars that are dependable and last long regardless of drivers always employing jackrabbit starts? I’m asking for a friend with an addiction.
My reply: Rapid acceleration is harder on tires (and clutches, if the car has a manual transmission) than the engine because those items are more subject to wear caused by friction. Assuming the engine is properly lubricated (this means following recommended changeout intervals) almost any make/model ICE vehicle’s engine is likely to last much longer before anything expensive goes wrong than any electric car (which will need a replacement battery much sooner; this being an inevitable result of battery degradation over time caused by discharge/charge cycling).
Of course, some cars – the whole thing, not just the engine – have a better track record for long-term durability than others. It is very hard to go wrong with a Toyota Corolla or Camry, for instance. These are both “15-20” (and 200,000 mile) cars.
Tell your friend the main cost of those “jackrabbit” starts is gas mileage! Also that doing the same in an EV will have a similar cost . . . in terms of range!
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