Originally Posted by etex211
The downside is that you've got a '73-'87 Chevy truck. I had one of those. They ride like crap compared to today's trucks.
BTW, my '66 Chevy half ton towed 10 times better than my '86 did.
Look, I'm as nostalgic as the next guy. I love old cars, but I don't want to drive them every day. Today's vehicles are light years better than the junk they were selling us 30 or 40 years ago.
In many ways, today's vehicle are better than yesteryears...
- MPG's that were unimaginable when the first energy crisis surprised us.
- Wind noise only when you open a window.
- Much more survivable when inertia exceeds available traction.
- Starts when you turn the key (who remembers having to tap the gas pedal to close the choke?)
- Quality of build is much better.
- Service intervals are MUCH longer.
- Longer lasting: 100,000 miles is just a waypoint.
However, the process of what the automakers choose to bring to market has gotten (for lack of a better word) bland.
- Test drive a comparable Chevy and Ford. Notice any striking differences? Even the Chryslers are blending in. I dare anyone to tell the difference among the nipmobiles if the logos and nameplates were removed.
- Have you seen the color palettes? White, 4 shades of grey-blue, silver and something reddish. What happened to green, yellow, copper or (gasp) brown?
- Maybe 2 engine choices per model. None on the transmission, unless they are currently experimenting with a new innovation. Who else remembers when the Tempest/Le Mans could be had with an L6 or 2 different V8's?
- What about a bench seat up front? Nope not happening! 2 Bucket seats with crummy support and a console that the driver can't use.
- Common modules across entire segments: The seats in the family sedan are the same as the ones in the SUV's and the light trucks.
- How many different radios are offered anymore? None, really, the higher-end cars get more buttons, but AM/FM/XM with Aux input and Bluetooth for your smartphone's mp3 music stream is standard. CD is obsolete.
There's the real gripe. Big Business pandering to the lowest common denominator!
Just like what happened to the food supply. Grocery store chains and pre-packaged food-like products. The organic/whole foods movement is making some headway...
I guess that's what I am after: A Certified Organic 1/2 ton truck. Free of additives, antibiotics and hormones.