Originally Posted by Wibbs
For my mind anyway I suspect that the period just after the need to take grease to your trunions and just before the cars became mobile computer networks may well be the sweet spot for longevity. I'd near bet that in classic car meets in 2050 there'll be more 1995 cars than 2015 cars still driving in a near original state.
You're absolutely right. Mid 1990s cars:
- rust proofing
- good in a crash (depending on car)
- fuel injection, so good economy
- reliable because there's not much to go wrong, and what's there is mature technology
- easy to fix
Since then it has been one step forward two steps back.
With certain brands, even cars of that vintage had inbuilt design faults in order to generate money on service and parts after the car was sold, but now almost every car on the road seems to be designed with what the yanks call "planned obsolescence" in mind.
I vaguely remember that the Volvo 240 was designed for something like a 25 year life span, impossible to imagine that with a new car nowadays.