Are cars made cheaper these days?

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Old 05-08-10, 05:22 PM
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Are cars made cheaper these days?

Watch this recent crash test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety between a 1959 Bel Air and its predecessor 50 years later, a 2009 Malibu.
YouTube - Crash test: 1959 Chevy Bel Air



Yes it's true the Malibu is a vehicle with an impact rating of 5 stars across the board, if that's your next question, but still!
 
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Cheaper might not mean cheap though. Calculators got cheaper, but can actually contain way more information and yet be way smaller than their predessesors.

If they roll out the sheetmetal a hair thinnner, but then give you all kinds of extras that cars from the 50's never had, would that be cheaper? If they ARE cheaper, what is better - a good car that lasts 100,000 miles, or a cheap car that lasts 300,000 miles?
 
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Old 05-09-10, 06:56 AM
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I remember my first car (1955 Chevy). This was in 1963. The car was only 8 years old, had about 50,000 miles on it, but in those days that was way over retirement time. It had been driven in a lady's back yard and parked so she could buy a newer one. I paid $95 for it and drove it home!!
I just bought a "driving" car just so I don't have to drive my work truck everywhere. It is a 2001 Volvo with 78,000 miles on it. I expect it to go another 10 years and another 100,000 miles. That is today's mindset, which is so different.
Today it is "crumple zones and air bags". In yesteryear it was massive metal frames and heavy steel. Yeah, today's cars are cheaper, but technology has come a long way. That car that cost you $2000 back when was bought on a right good yearly salary of about $7500.
 
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Old 05-09-10, 10:36 AM
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Chandler, if youtake decent care of the Volvo, you should have no problem hitting 250k on it and it wil still run happily. Had an '85 Volvo several years ago. It hit 275 k, then sold it because I couldn't afford to fix all the normal things that need replacing at that point.
 
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Old 05-09-10, 11:15 AM
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I"m hoping, anyway. Got it at a good deal ($6k), and it is the S80 with the T6 interior with 78k on the clock. Few things to fix on it, but nothing big. Found the original sticker in the glove box....$43,000 new.
 
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Old 05-10-10, 02:53 PM
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Just be careful if you tend to space out with the speedometer. I once saw flashing lights in my rearview in that Volvo, saw I was going 120mph when I thought I was going 70 or so.
Good news though, the trooper passed me to get someone who passed me a few minutes beforehand. This was on the MAss Pike back in '96.
 
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Old 05-10-10, 05:19 PM
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I already had that wakeup call. Luckily no blue lights. Just merged onto a rather empty interstate and eased down on the gas. 100 mph felt like 60. Scared the booger out of me. No vibration, no sense of movement.
 
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Amazing how smooth they ride isn't it? Unfortuantely the 240 series from the 80's was horrible in snow due to rear wheel drive and no weight in the back end.
 
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