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Gorski
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aging vehicles
Gorski   3/21/2014 11:21:08 AM
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I can remember when cars rusted out and wore out in 7-10 years if yiu took care of them. I think the fact they are lasting longer is due to people being more aware of the importance of maintenance. Electronic signals ( time to change the oil, tire pressure is low and the ability to save trouble signals) have made maintenence more than your mechanics opinion.

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Re: Average Vehicle Age Hits 11 Years
Charles Murray   3/18/2014 6:45:52 PM
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My car is ten years old, marksilva2121, and I'm very proud of the fact that it has 205,000 miles on it. But when I recently told that to my mechanic, he said he had a customer with the same vehicle (a few years older, though) that has 740,000 miles on it. That's longevity.

marksilva2121
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Average Vehicle Age Hits 11 Years
marksilva2121   3/18/2014 11:36:24 AM
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My car is 15 years old and i don t change it for new one,im passionate for old cars.Anyway nice post.

man with a van london

 

FloydCaple
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It will likely not pass through inspection next year
FloydCaple   1/18/2014 6:47:50 AM
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Until recently I also have a 1996 truck, so I know what you mean by that change of vehicle being reliable and maintainable. thanks for nice sharing.

Man and van

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Re: My cars are getting older
Cabe Atwell   10/23/2013 6:15:49 PM
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Indeed so rpl3000! Most of the mechanics I know have old sports cars like GTOs and Chevelles.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: My cars are getting older
Rob Spiegel   10/21/2013 8:37:00 PM
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Actually, the makes sense, Chuck, putting the development dollars into the expensive vehicles. 

Charles Murray
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Re: My cars are getting older
Charles Murray   10/21/2013 6:26:59 PM
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Well, there's certainly precedent for it, Rob. The Cadillac Northstar engines in the '90s were developed from the ground up by a dedicated GM group that was trying to compete with the powertrains of German luxury cars. The technology eventually trickled down to Oldsmobile and Buick, but not until Cadillac had gotten several years use from it. Obviously, luxury automakers can't always develop their engines from the ground up, as Cadillac did in that case, but many have their own teams that enhance existing powertrain platforms.  

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Re: My cars are getting older
Rob Spiegel   10/21/2013 9:47:57 AM
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One of the things we were trying to determine in another thread, Chuck, is whether these luxury cars have a separate engineering team for the drive chain, or whether the luxury car design team is only there for the interior and exterior body. Any thoughts?

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Re: My cars are getting older
Charles Murray   10/18/2013 6:26:50 PM
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You got that right, Rob. That's why we have automotive divisions like Cadillac, Lincoln, Lexus, Infiniti and Acura, not to mention BMW and Mercedes. There will always be a market for luxury. Only the definition changes, not the desire.

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Re: My cars are getting older
Rob Spiegel   10/18/2013 11:11:33 AM
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This thread has been going on a long time. You're right about SUVs, Chuck. They're the big, long cars for the baby boom generation. the WWII generation had its long sleek Caddys and Lincolns. Baby Boomers have their SUVs.

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