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    New Cars Why They Suck Karls Rental Job

    Call me "Crazy" like a 5-speed and Crank Windows..

    Also miss just a Basic Stereo in my dash not a Computer Screen..

    But today everybody likes this crap .

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    Gotta throw a @Northern Rivers there.

    Eh that Aussie loves my videos thinks I'm next Superstar.

    What he don't know is I'm ole pathetic Karl
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    Karl you need to get out of the 1990's. There should be a way to turn off the seat heaters in the screen settings. I just went through that with a Ram 1500 I recently bought.

    I will say one thing, you are entertaining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    Gotta throw a @Northern Rivers there.

    Eh that Aussie loves my videos thinks I'm next Superstar.

    What he don't know is I'm ole pathetic Karl
    Life without dogs is like life without music....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodiak View Post
    Karl you need to get out of the 1990's. There should be a way to turn off the seat heaters in the screen settings. I just went through that with a Ram 1500 I recently bought.

    I will say one thing, you are entertaining.
    If I could "Run" the World and be like "Dictator"..

    Be 1985/1995 and "Stay There"..

    I would even let Dr. Theodore Kazynski outta Prison on Parole in the Silicone Valley..

    Even leave afew Storage Units of Plastic Explosives ..

    If we don't FIGHT EM and keep $pending our Ca$h buying their stuff..

    We only gonna end up more "Subservient" to their "Whims"..

    Think about that @Kodiak and very "seriously"
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    What was so freaking about the 1990s..

    We had Cable, Vcr , and Nintendo..

    Life was still "Simple" even with afew "Luxury" ..

    About the 2000s when this world went to Really "Crap"
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    I was happy enough in the 80's when 10-15 year old cars were a dime a dozen and cheap.

    I don't need no sticking computer chips.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    Call me "Crazy" like a 5-speed and Crank Windows..

    Also miss just a Basic Stereo in my dash not a Computer Screen..

    But today everybody likes this crap .

    With ya 100% on the sucking complexity of new cars.
    Half of it is the Gov regulations mandating Traction Control, Skid Control, pre-crash memory, 35 airbags.....
    Then there is the clownish screens that every car company is so proud of, and in 3 years they are obsolete (like a cell phone...), then they fail and cannot be fixed or replaced!!!!!!

    Back in the day, I ordered a mid 80's Mustang GT, roller tappet V8 engine, BW T5 Trans, manual seats, manual windows, manual HVAC...
    It still gets 27MPG on the highway.
    And it all still works!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Yes I agree. Far too complicated, and approaching unfixable.

    And no instrumentation. As well as RPM and Speed, I like an actual calibrated oil pressure and temperature gauge, a water temperature gauge, battery charging amps, and manifold vaccum guage. Then you can see whats goign on.

    Electric windows are ok as is central locking, but i still prefer to use a CrookLock mechanical steering lock.

    Cars were fixable up to the year 2000. Ford Sierras, Cortinas, Also Vauxhall Viva's and Ford Transits, I also had a Fiat Supermirafiore, and eve a Yugo 311 (LOL). Point was you could fix them all on your driveway with a set of tools from the local DIY or Car Mart. Fords sometimes needed special tools, like the cranked dog leg 1" spanner to take the radiator fan off a Sierra, or the Tubular Void Bush Puller for a Cortina rear suspension bushes, but you could improvise some, like a bar with two 10mm bolts screwed into it to lock the camshaft on a TOHC Pinto engine. I had a Gunson Gas analyser ($100 new) to set carburettors up, and most cars you could set the timing by ear (usually 3 degrees BTDC), just start at TDC and rotate back a little for the sweet spot.

    Brakes were easy once you got the hang of how to bleed them, then i made a little device using a car tyre for air pressure, an old oil filler cap and a plastic bottle full of fluid, then bleeding brakes became a doddle. (This was necessitated due to the loss of a child to press the brake peddle on command, due to growing up).

    What really increased the difficulty was front transverse mounted engines and gearboxes, made working on the drive train hard, and the clutch became impossible. I had a Rover 75, that had a hydraulic clutch, which itself in over engineered, (whats wrong with a cable) but the put the slave cylinder INSIDE the gearbox on the transverse mounted engine, which mean when it failed, you had to remove the ENTIRE engine and gearbox and split them. I could take the gearbox of an axially mounted engine when i was like 15, but taking transverse engines and gearboxes out is a whole new ball game, and you need a garage and an engine lift or a pulley and chain.

    You could improvise with old tech. Ive gotten cars back home with broken clutch cables and broken throttle cables. Engine computers created a entire gamut of warning codes that is a licence to print money for garages and MOT testers.

    When i was in my 40's i could (and did) change the cylinder head gasket on a Sierra 2.0L at night just by the light of a torch, and went to bed with the engine fully restored and working. You got no chance of being able to do that nowadays. One friend I had even talked his girlfriend through changing the cylinder head gasket on a Ford Transit, over the phone, when it failed halfway back home and she was forced to stop at a motorway services car park. Fortunately, the van was full of tools, and there was a Motor Factors shop in the service area sold her a gasket set. She got home, fantastic job.
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    Gotta wonder if there'll even be "old" gizmobiles on the used lots in the near future... in my experience "digital" is defined as THE FIRST THING THAT BREAKS!!! "Planned Obsolescence" is now a pure science like physics.
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