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    Re: Is this the best time (overall) to be alive in human history?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    If you like cars that all look alike and drive alike, then yeah the 2000s are great cars.
    I drive a Mercury Grand Marquis, my wife drives a Toyota Corolla. Both are relatively new and completely different. Aside from the fact that they both have four tires and use 87 octane, they have just as much in common as my 73' chevy and my friends Torino.

    Honestly, I'd say that there is a greater diversity in vehicles today than there was forty years ago.


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    There is nothing special about any new car on the market, nor will they be around in 20 years.
    Is this the best time (overall) to be alive in human history?-tesla-model-s-sunset-beach-jpg

    The above care is the very definition of special. . . hell, it's even called a model S.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    I like the 1973 Chevys. That year stands out to me for a few reasons.
    1973 was a good year, I definitely liked my '73 Chevy.


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    The new cars are meant to be disposed of after a certain period of time and that is exactly what will happen.
    I don't honestly think that is any more true than it was in the past, especially judging by the quantity of 10 - 15 year old cars I see still running around looking new. My last car, a 2000 Crown Victoria was still running great when I traded it in for the Mercury. Honestly, I would've kept it for another ten years if I hadn't found out they were stopping production of the panther platform.

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    Re: Is this the best time (overall) to be alive in human history?

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    I drive a Mercury Grand Marquis, my wife drives a Toyota Corolla. Both are relatively new and completely different. Aside from the fact that they both have four tires and use 87 octane, they have just as much in common as my 73' chevy and my friends Torino.

    Honestly, I'd say that there is a greater diversity in vehicles today than there was forty years ago.




    Is this the best time (overall) to be alive in human history?-tesla-model-s-sunset-beach-jpg

    The above care is the very definition of special. . . hell, it's even called a model S.



    1973 was a good year, I definitely liked my '73 Chevy.




    I don't honestly think that is any more true than it was in the past, especially judging by the quantity of 10 - 15 year old cars I see still running around looking new. My last car, a 2000 Crown Victoria was still running great when I traded it in for the Mercury. Honestly, I would've kept it for another ten years if I hadn't found out they were stopping production of the panther platform.
    I have a 2000 Durango that I have babied. It has around 60,000 miles on it and it is falling apart piece by piece. The sensor problems have started which is like a cáncer, it never stops.

    I also have a 1963 Plymouth Fury that sat in the same spot for 20 years, give or take a year or two, and with a battery and clean gas, it started and runs well. No leaks in the radiator and the fuel pump Works great.

    I also have a 1983 Mercury Capri witha 6 cylinder engine that I have had to rebuild twice because the car sits more tan it is run. The car never runs right if it sits for a couple of weeks and the plastic parts are falling apart.

    When the new fangled systems on these new cars start to fail, which they are designed to do, the car will be worthless.

    The Tesla is a nice car but I don't think it will ever be a car that the normal person can buy or will use.

    In 30 years nobody will say they wish they had a 2014 Corolla again.

    Good call on the Grand Marquis. I wish I had bought one of the last ones.

    Do you really trust your vehicle to stop by itself if it senses an obstacle in front of it? What happens if a car is following closely behind when your truck decides to brake by itself? What happens when the computers go crazy and do things they shouldn't do, like on the Toyotas?

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    Re: Is this the best time (overall) to be alive in human history?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    I have a 2000 Durango that I have babied. It has around 60,000 miles on it and it is falling apart piece by piece. The sensor problems have started which is like a cáncer, it never stops.
    Either you've got a lemon Durango, or it's just a poorly constructed model. I've heard a lot of bad news about the Durango, but you need to remember that you are dealing with just one model. My 2000 Crown Vic had well over 100K miles before trade-in and was never babied a day in its life. Sure the oil was changed and tires rotated, but I bought that car to drive. Same thing with my 1989 Oldsmobile 89, great car with 189K before it was wrecked when I got rear ended by a guy in a tow truck (how convenient).

    Sure a Corolla isn't going to be having people clamoring after any single model year, especially a decade from now, but that's not what those cars were designed for. How many people are out there actively looking for a '70 Mercury Monterey? Aside from avid collectors.

    I'd argue that Corollas aside, millions of people run back each year to find specific Honda Civic models (Same with Golfs, 300s and Altima's)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    Do you really trust your vehicle to stop by itself if it senses an obstacle in front of it? What happens if a car is following closely behind when your truck decides to brake by itself? What happens when the computers go crazy and do things they shouldn't do, like on the Toyotas?
    Personally, I don't like the idea of having a computer do my driving. I'm all about road trips and getting behind the wheel on a dusty desert road, lots of great highway in the southwest. I'm sure at some point in the future I'll have to surrender some of my control and likely will get much more done on the way to work.

    For now though, I'm pretty happy with the quality/ type of cars being produced today.

    Not saying that cars in the 60's/ 70's were bad, hell I loved my chevy, but all the same.

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    Re: Is this the best time (overall) to be alive in human history?

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    Either you've got a lemon Durango, or it's just a poorly constructed model. I've heard a lot of bad news about the Durango, but you need to remember that you are dealing with just one model. My 2000 Crown Vic had well over 100K miles before trade-in and was never babied a day in its life. Sure the oil was changed and tires rotated, but I bought that car to drive. Same thing with my 1989 Oldsmobile 89, great car with 189K before it was wrecked when I got rear ended by a guy in a tow truck (how convenient).

    Sure a Corolla isn't going to be having people clamoring after any single model year, especially a decade from now, but that's not what those cars were designed for. How many people are out there actively looking for a '70 Mercury Monterey? Aside from avid collectors.

    I'd argue that Corollas aside, millions of people run back each year to find specific Honda Civic models (Same with Golfs, 300s and Altima's)



    Personally, I don't like the idea of having a computer do my driving. I'm all about road trips and getting behind the wheel on a dusty desert road, lots of great highway in the southwest. I'm sure at some point in the future I'll have to surrender some of my control and likely will get much more done on the way to work.

    For now though, I'm pretty happy with the quality/ type of cars being produced today.

    Not saying that cars in the 60's/ 70's were bad, hell I loved my chevy, but all the same.
    My Durango is not a lemon. It performed fine for many years but once a newer car starts to have problema it is like a snowball rolling downhill.

    The older cars were not like that, well most of them.

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    Re: Is this the best time (overall) to be alive in human history?

    Except for Vietnam and Jimmy Carter, my Dad has enjoyed a much more secure life span than I will see.

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    Re: Is this the best time (overall) to be alive in human history?

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    I drive a Mercury Grand Marquis, my wife drives a Toyota Corolla. Both are relatively new and completely different. Aside from the fact that they both have four tires and use 87 octane, they have just as much in common as my 73' chevy and my friends Torino.

    Honestly, I'd say that there is a greater diversity in vehicles today than there was forty years ago.




    Is this the best time (overall) to be alive in human history?-tesla-model-s-sunset-beach-jpg

    The above care is the very definition of special. . . hell, it's even called a model S.



    1973 was a good year, I definitely liked my '73 Chevy.




    I don't honestly think that is any more true than it was in the past, especially judging by the quantity of 10 - 15 year old cars I see still running around looking new. My last car, a 2000 Crown Victoria was still running great when I traded it in for the Mercury. Honestly, I would've kept it for another ten years if I hadn't found out they were stopping production of the panther platform.
    I drive a 2010 Ford Platinum through the week but on the weekend I appreciate this baby just as much:

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    Re: Is this the best time (overall) to be alive in human history?

    I would have loved to spend time as a Roman soldier. The days of who and what you please.
    Or feel the stark terror of landing on Normandy. Knowing your life may be measured in seconds.

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