Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Does Your Old Car Have 'Personality'?

Not like new cars. Those are all quiet, and most everything works as you expect.

No, I'm talking about quirky, interesting. Never boring. That rattle in the passenger-side door when you drive down the road. The squeak in the dash when you rev the engine over 3000 RPM. Why do these things happen? How to get rid of these quirks? Ah, always interesting, these old cars.

And why does the vintage car run better (or worse) depending on the weather? Mine runs superbly on warm days, but is a bit balky on cold days. Even when fully warmed up it is still not as smooth as on a nice hot day. Why is that?
New cars must be awfully boring. OK, if it has 300+ horsepower maybe it's not so boring. But your average new mid-price or economy sedan must be awful boring. I guess that why they all come with CD players now. I don't even have a working radio in my car, the engine makes its own music.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mazda 323 1979 has real personality. I have it now for 32 years and will not trade it for a new item.

6:49 PM  

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