Gone are the days when a couple of friends can rip apart an engine and put it back together perfectly in just a couple of hours. Mechanical fuel pumps are a thing in the past, carburetors are rendered obsolete now, and if your car is safe to drive, but doesn’t pass emissions, then it doesn’t pass at all.
Now there are two sides to the argument of whether more technology is good or bad in cars today. On the one hand more technology is a very good thing. Some folks are very car illiterate. To them, a car is just a matter of getting them from point A to point B, and if the car can’t do that anymore, then it’s easier to just get a new one rather than worry about what it may cost to fix it. Cars today are filled with sensors that let the driver know everything from, the fact that ice may be on the road, the oil is getting dirty, and the passenger is not buckled in yet. There are also such features as an automatic parallel parking system, brake assists, and even a system that will assist the driver in turning your steering wheel if the car feels like you are losing control.
Now, as I said, for the driver who is car illiterate and likes all fancy sensors and systems, all that is fine. However, for the car driver who likes to control their car and do their own maintenance, all those gizmos are just another reason to keep that old car they have running for as long as they need it and to avoid buying a new car like the plague. Many back yard mechanics like the satisfaction of knowing when to change their oil. And if the driver feels that they are a good enough driver to stop the car in bad situations, then a brake assist system would horribly alter the way they may drive, or even make them crash.
Car companies are coming up with all kinds of new technologies these days, and some are more innovative than others. New cars offer up some of the latest and greatest gizmos, but for someone who appreciates the old ways, there is nothing wrong with finding something old and fixing it up. It may even be cheaper.