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View Poll Results: Would there be a market for mass produced simple basic cars?
yes 39 44.83%
no 48 55.17%
Voters: 87. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-21-2019, 05:58 PM
 
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Not really, it's more about "I used to be able to fix my own car easily, now there is too much stuff in the way, or I can't bypass stuff and jury rig until I can save up for better"
Cars aren't that hard to fix. I replaced the suspension, the timing belt, and the water pump on my wive's 2004 Volvo without any problems at all. The current models are pretty much the same.

I owned some older cars, and was always working on them Cars to day just don't break as often, many never. I'll take fuel injection over a carb any day, and have never missed a distributor since all electronic ignition came about.
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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Automakers will not make them no profit in fact they would loose money remember the Yugo.

Last edited by easy62; 01-21-2019 at 06:17 PM..
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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There are 2 examples that say 'yes'..

One is the original VW Beetle.
The other is the original WWII surplus Willys Jeep.

I have owned both. They were a breeze to work on. They were dependable, 'around town' or 'around the farm' transportation. They were inexpensive to own and operate.
I know what you mean. I cut my teeth on those and some earlier vehicles but they could not pass safety and pollution controls in this day and age.
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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it all comes down to a simple multiple choice question:

The reason wealth is invested in the auto industry is so
( ) people will have cars
( ) the investors will earn profits
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Murrica
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I was in the Ford dealership the other day picking up my new truck. I wandered around the showroom and looked at the engine compartment of the new Mustang V-8. I couldn't fit my hand around in any part of it.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:21 PM
 
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I was in the Ford dealership the other day picking up my new truck. I wandered around the showroom and looked at the engine compartment of the new Mustang V-8. I couldn't fit my hand around in any part of it.
This is an observation lost on the aficionados of modernity.

Let's suppose that in the modern Mustang, the water pump fails every 100K miles, while in the older one, it fails every 10K miles. If it takes me 20X as long to replace the water pump in the new one, as it does in the older one, then my time is better managed by owning the older one.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:46 PM
 
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"Would there be a market for mass produced simple basic cars?"
yes.
not in USA.
third world.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:51 PM
 
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This is an observation lost on the aficionados of modernity.

Let's suppose that in the modern Mustang, the water pump fails every 100K miles, while in the older one, it fails every 10K miles. If it takes me 20X as long to replace the water pump in the new one, as it does in the older one, then my time is better managed by owning the older one.
That makes no sense. You are spending more time fixing the old one since you have to fix it 10x more often.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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When Toyota first introduced the Sienna, it had no spare tire, nor even a place to stow one. I pointed to one and asked mu Toyota service manager if he would drive it to Alaska. He just laughed: "These are designed for socccer moms to drive to the nail salon."
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:19 PM
 
Location: CasaMo
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This bears repeating. Exhaust systems needing replaced after a couple years, plugs and points every 10k to 12K miles, brakes and tires about the same, shocks at 20K or so.
I remember my first car when I was a teenager.

10 year old car. 90k miles. In a few short years I replaced a water pump, radiator, exhuast pipe twice, carb needed to be rebuilt, starter, and much more that I can't remember. So many of my weekends were shot keeping that car running. But it sure was easy to get to everything under the hood. Yay!

Fast forward to now, my 10 year old car with double the miles as the my teenage car hasn't needed a single major repair.

Think I'll take the 2009 car over the 1981 car.
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