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Old 11-25-2018, 11:06 AM
 
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It's been captured already but the three biggest trends to me are:



Long term reliability - You can expect a car to go 150,000 to 200,000 miles without doing anything expensive to it.


Safety - You really have to pull a Darwin Awards move these days to kill yourself in a car.


Fuel economy - Most of us now drive cars with plenty of pep that get good fuel economy.
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Old 11-25-2018, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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4 cylinder engines with 300+ horsepower.
I believe what you mean is the massive strides in forced induction, past couple decades?

They've gone from questionable utility, sketchy quality (Dodge Daytona, c. 1984, with a blistering 142hp. I was there, man, as in a junior in high school and elbow deep in learning to tinker with cars. These were not "bad" in that they were best we had and seemed quite modern. In fact they were. They just didn't hold up too well over time. We looked back somewhat wistfully on early 1970s muscle cars, with real HP and panache, but most were out of reach (although some friends had Mechanic's Special Chevelles and similar to tinker with constantly). I looked at a Daytona Z Turbo closely, used, in 1986: finalists were a (used) Toyota Supra, Ford Escort GT, and that. The Supra was the obvious answer, in the details, and my dad loved it so much he bought it off me a couple years later. Truly a GT car. The others were sad in comparison.

I digress.

If you mean forced induction in-general, agreed, and there are at least a half dozen companies that do it really, really well anymore. If you mean, tuning a street car to turn more than 100hp per liter of displacement, motorcycles have been doing that for decades. I had a 750cc from 1995 dyno at 108hp at the wheel, with some work on the intake and exhaust side that I did with a tuner. Still, then or now, it's impressive.

My current 3.8L flat-six with "Power Kit" option makes 430hp claimed, no forced induction, so more than 100hp/liter. Not bad for street, with a warranty, and when rocked it screams like a hell hound as it comes on the cam (as we used to say).
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Old 11-25-2018, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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YOU CAN'T THINK OF MANY!!!
How about modern cars can get 200,000 miles like it ain't nothing and still running. It used to be, cars were barely able to reach 100,000 (if they were lucky).
That is not necessarily true. I have owned and know of many cars that easily passed the 100,000 mark. My '66 Dodge Dart GT V-8 had 109,000 miles when I took ownership. Had the engine rebuilt at 170,000 miles only because it was burning oil, it was still running fine. Same with my brother's '66 Plymouth Fury III 318.

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Hell, odometers wouldn't even have more than 99,999 back in the day.
That wasn't because were not capable of going that many miles. It was because it was common to trade in cars every 2-4 years because the customers wanted the latest model or style.
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Old 11-25-2018, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Podunk, IA
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That is not necessarily true. I have owned and know of many cars that easily passed the 100,000 mark. My '66 Dodge Dart GT V-8 had 109,000 miles when I took ownership. Had the engine rebuilt at 170,000 miles only because it was burning oil, it was still running fine. Same with my brother's '66 Plymouth Fury III 318.

That wasn't because were not capable of going that many miles. It was because it was common to trade in cars every 2-4 years because the customers wanted the latest model or style.
Then let me add corrosion prevention to the list. Rust did in many cars in the old days.
Advances in design (computers have largely led to the elimination of water traps) and materials = drastic improvement.
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Old 11-26-2018, 02:57 AM
 
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That is not necessarily true. I have owned and know of many cars that easily passed the 100,000 mark. My '66 Dodge Dart GT V-8 had 109,000 miles when I took ownership. Had the engine rebuilt at 170,000 miles only because it was burning oil, it was still running fine. Same with my brother's '66 Plymouth Fury III 318.



That wasn't because were not capable of going that many miles. It was because it was common to trade in cars every 2-4 years because the customers wanted the latest model or style.
My parents had those cars. They were disposable garbage.
Donít let your nostalgia fool you. The statistics donít lie.
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Old 11-26-2018, 03:30 AM
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Default The best car trends

Power windows,door locks, and tilt steering as standard on all trims where they used to be part of packages or trim levels.
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Old 11-26-2018, 07:32 AM
 
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it use to be and not that long ago, clutch and brakes every year. now its 150k on brakes and clutch last lifetime of car
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Old 11-26-2018, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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My parents had those cars. They were disposable garbage.
Donít let your nostalgia fool you. The statistics donít lie.
On the contrary, they had a well-known reliability record. Every hear of the "Slant-Six engine?"

Nostalgia? I know from personal experience. Not only did my '66 Dart go 160,000 miles before an engine rebuild, but I drove it very hard many times. Burnouts and winding 1st gear to 40 mph and second to 70 mph.

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Old 11-26-2018, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Then let me add corrosion prevention to the list. Rust did in many cars in the old days.
Advances in design (computers have largely led to the elimination of water traps) and materials = drastic improvement.
Yes, rust was a problem. Although many cars survived it; those that were not in the rust belt.

When many people say those old cars could not make it to 100,000 miles, they usually refer to the engine and drivetrain. And, from what I've experienced, that is not true.
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Old 11-26-2018, 03:29 PM
 
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FACTORY HID projector headlamps

Electronically locking differentials / shift-on-the-fly transfer cases

Creature comforts in pickup trucks

Bluetooth streaming audio (so i don't have to choose between Apple Music and fast-charging)
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