It’s surprising how much hasn’t changed over the past 25 years.
New cars start right up; don’t stall and are pretty much maintenance-free for years. And so were the cars made 25 years ago.
Arguably cars – the fundamental technology – was perfected in the ’90s. The pace of functionally meaningful improvements has gone from a a run to a fast walk to a crawl.
New cars have gadgets, of course, that weren’t available 25 years ago. Things like LCD touchscreens – and better stereos. But the mechanical things haven’t improved much; they’ve just gotten a lot more complex.
Consider the night-and-day difference between a 1970 model economy car and a 1995 economy car vs. a current economy car.
It’s the difference between jumping the Grand Canyon – and jumping a creek.
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