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Old Today, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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What? Why are you over thinking this? If you like cars, you like them? If you don't, you don't. It's that simple. Why the psychoanalysis?
Haven’t you noticed that simplest stuff on here is overthinking even the simplest thing like oil or air pressure can go on for 10 pages I guess anyone who doesn’t know a thing about automotive anything has access to google and all of a sudden want to be part of the discussion on these redundant topics, but start talking about a engine rebuild or something more mechanical and the topic has less responses because they haven’t a clue what is being discussed because now you’re talking about the innerds of a engine or a transmission and its over there head.

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Old Today, 09:27 AM
 
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What we forget is even back in the 50s to 90s the majority of drivers weren’t enthusiast. Like today most were just daily commuters. What passed for performance cars were more affordable than today, except for the exotic brands. As dull and boring as today’s sedans appear they are faster, in a straight line and in corners, than many performance cars of the past. But though they’re faster, the driver feels disconnected from the car and road compared to those performance cars of the past. Thankfully technology is catching up in some brands to give the driver a feel of the car and road through the electric power steering and drive by wire pedals. Even cheap entry level cars can eventually become fun to drive again. Car owners of the past felt more connected to their vehicles because of the ease and frequency they worked on their own vehicles for maintenance, repairs, and or upgrades. Today’s cars are electronically controlled thus limiting the amount of work one can do themselves. Some families feel they need a crossover/SUV. Perhaps they do, but that doesn’t mean all their vehicles must be a crossover or SUV. They could have a fun to drive second vehicle as a commuter.
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Old Today, 09:29 AM
 
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As a youngster I always ask myself if it is too late to really get more into car culture, maybe I need to actually experience it a bit, because I stated in another thread I consider myself a car enthusiast, but not necessarily into car culture. However I feel maybe experiencing it in an actual manner would probably help shape things up.

Supposedly car culture has been declining since the mid 2000s, but it seems to like it's really trying to become popular again, by trying out new ideas and trends

What do you guys think?
There is virtually no car culture today. Since the advent of the computer in automobiles - not much can be added or changed to vehicles with few exceptions. For most of the last two generations the automobile is an appliance. Yes, there are enthusiast that prefer one brand over another. And there are still some who purchase a Camaro, Mustang, Dodge, Corvette - but those are in a small minority and not much can be changed with those cars - with some exceptions.

There is the Velocity Channel (name has since changed) dedicated to cars. Even the History Channel now has some car shows. Always some bearded pranksters "restoring" some car for some real or fictitious customer. But mostly vintage older cars. Those shows are sometimes called "reality TV". But not much reality is involved. Some, yes. But all mostly for ratings and advertising revenue for the TV companies.

Yes there are some dedicated companies that will enhance a car with air filters, exotic mufflers, and suspensions. But all of that is in the minority.

The days of going to the junk yard and purchasing an older Willys body and making a hot rod are long gone (with very few exceptions).

In the 1950's and 1960's one could "menu" order a new vehicle. A base model with a huge engine. Those days are long gone. A red car with a blue interior (many combinations) - gone.


For the average person - most just view the automobile as an appliance. Whether a Sub-Zero/Viking or a Whirlpool.


Of course there will always be folks that will state that their $80,000 BMW is better then your $15,000 Nissan. That is not really a car culture in the traditional sense.
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Old Today, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Podunk, IA
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The car culture might grow but it's focus will continue to be on the new throwback models as price and availability will be a deterrent from getting into the much older 60's and 70's cars.
If affordability is an issue, you won't be buying a throwback, '60's or early '70's car.
The mid '70's and '80's are where you go if you don't want to spend much money.

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Since the advent of the computer in automobiles - not much can be added or changed to vehicles with few exceptions.
No modifications are required for any car.
Originality is a big deal... a high quality survivor is a prized vehicle, especially if it's never been repainted.
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Old Today, 12:04 PM
 
Location: NNV
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See is because the car enthusiast camp is quite split up nowadays
. Truly weird...
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