Old Cars Are Clearly Better Than New Cars - Here's Why

"They don't make them like they used to"

1y ago

Are car guys stuck in nostalgia? Why can't we move on? Why do we still yearn for old cars when new ones are safer, much more comfortable, fuel-efficient, and they come with more power? Questions that consistently come up in the automotive community, but questions that nobody has a clear answer to.

The amount of critique new cars receive from the automotive community is getting out of hand, even cars that were targeted, designed, and made for us. The problem isn't that we don't quite know what we want, the problem is that automakers continuously try to sell us the exact opposite of what we desire to drive.

Electric Cars And Parts

The reason why we usually steer away from the electric-powered vehicles isn't the one you think, we do love the instant torque and the initial acceleration that those vehicles are able to achieve. Most vehicles today utilize a central computer from which every sensor's input and output come in and out of, the reason we see that as a problem is because we enjoy working on our cars. Just to start the process, in other words, troubleshoot the issues a vehicle utilizing such technology has, extremely costly equipment is required. A car powered electrically becomes a significant issue then, simply because the cost of repairs breaks the bank; Car guys aren't wealthy, we're just hard workers trying to fulfill our passion.

Another advantage older vehicles hold over new vehicles is their reliability. Some time ago, automakers didn't have to worry about saving money on every single part they could. That, combined with the lack of technology we have today resulted in cars being over-engineered. The issue of central computers shows itself again; Once a minor malfunction happens, the whole car malfunctions with it. In comparison, you could very well drive on three cylinders in older vehicles; Your brakes stopped working? No problem, it's not safe, but you can still use the car. Also, the cost of repairs, as well as the cost of spare parts, won't bleed your wallet the same as a vehicle with substantial reliability on electric components would.

The connection we have to our vehicles comes from driving; It comes from us being able to feel the mechanics of it, to feel the road, to hear the beautiful engine noises. Car guys enjoy the mechanical part of it, in other words, we enjoy driving. Everything doesn't need to be simulated, and with that said, I'd rather listen to the engine noise that comes from the engine, instead of the engine noise that comes out of the speakers.

The Timeless Looks

Many would argue that old school cars look better than the new school, and they might just be right. The common saying "New cars all look the same" didn't appear out of thin air. However, I can't agree entirely with that statement, because it's only partially true. They don't look the same, but they do lack personality; They require something that makes the 90s', early 00s' cars stand out from the crowd. In other words, they're only perceived as the same.

Not that long ago, manufacturers were competing against each other instead of collaborating, and that is precisely why new vehicles "look" the same. If two cars share body parts, engine, interior design, how do we differentiate them? Japanese market would be a prime example. During the 90s', the competition was at an all-time high, legendary cars such as Nissan GT-R, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7 were created; Each one beautiful and unique in their own way. Compare that to Scion FRS, Subaru Brz, and Toyota 86 if all three of them were de-badged, would you know which one is which?

Most new cars don't have a timeless look to them. They only look modern, and as manufacturers start developing a more modern vehicle, the old one will quickly be forgotten.

Simple Times

Last but not least, old cars remind us of simpler times, back when the whole world wasn't offended by everything, when Top Gear was hosted by guys with personalities, guys that actually loved cars. Most importantly, they remind us of times when you could enjoy life.

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Comments (12)

  • It’s definitely a feeling rather than a logical thing. Older cars feel like they have a “soul” whereas new cars feel more like AI.

      1 year ago
  • I think that they are basically the same, however I want an old car because of how it makes me feel.

      1 year ago
  • I want new cars to really embrace the future, I want to be able to choose either a Blade Runner Spinner, A back to the future DeLorean , KITT or a Tesla powered Aston Martin Lagonda. In other words deliver the cars that films and concept cars promised but we never got.

      1 year ago
    • Concept cars were something I wanted to cover but felt like it wouldn't quite fit in. We always seem to love concept cars and in the end automakers seem to take out what we like to replace it with something dubious...

        1 year ago
    • Also cars were designed by people with slide rules, "form followed function" and similar idioms. We have gone from performance selling cars, to drag coefficient to wi-fi connectivity being the selling feature! Like the "phone" where the...

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        1 year ago
  • There's one particular thing that alot of people miss out regarding electric cars. Yes electric cars have fewer moving parts than ice cars so maintenance is going to be less so in theory should be more reliable.

    But if we're look at reliability surveys on new cars there seems to be pattern on what's likely to go wrong and in most cases its something electrical that goes which is always going to be expensive. Surely manufacturers should be trying to improve their cars electronics before they even attempt at making an electric car as that seems to be a fairly important factor would it not?

      1 year ago
    • Very well said. Something else just came to my mind, have you noticed that new cars have a shorter lifespan? You could drive an older car for 300k miles, even more, depending on the vehicle, and it would still run. With newer cars, once you get...

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        1 year ago
  • Couldn't agree more.

      1 year ago