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Message posted by Colin2130/8/2021 at 12:43pm
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Quote: Originally posted by saxo1 on 30/8/2021
"It is also possible to make oil-powered vehicles last very much longer than we currently do. There are "classic" cars from the 1950s and 1960s still around, despite the fact that their expected life was generally only about 10 years. Today's vehicles if looked after will normally last twice that, so with care and good maintenance they could probably last 40 - 50 years"
It was relatively simple to keep older vehicles running, spare parts could be manufactured by a reasonably competent engineer. The same doesn't apply to modern cars with all the electronics needing chips etc.
I ran older cars and could do most repairs at the roadside, nowadays I lift the bonnet scratch my head and shut the bonnet!
The majority of old cars from the 50s and 60s are owned by enthusiasts and do very little mileage each year they are hobbies rather than everyday transport.
I know just what you mean, I used to do all my own repairs too. I even ran a vehicle workshop at one time, but like you I look under my car's bonnet and scratch my head.
However, there are people who do understand more modern vehicles, like my local garage, and If there was a market for parts I'm sure many companies would soon spring up to make them. At present its not really worth it because most people don't keep their vehicles long, unlike me. My current car is 13 years old and I intend to keep it running until I can no longer drive. I sold a Volvo 2 years ago which was 20 years old, and it is still going today. Looked after, a modern car should easily go 30 years, so a car built in 2029 should still be going in 2059, although I won't be as I'd be 110.