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Re: Do you agree that choice of car changes as you age?

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As you age, many factors will change that will affect your choices. First of all, your choices change; I can no longer own a Plymouth, a Pontiac, an Olds, or a Mercury. But now I own a Hyundai.

 

When you are younger, your choice may be dictated by want of something cool, sporty, or fast. You get married and raise a family, vehicles may become appliances, so your choices are affected by need. Become an empty nester and wants could come into play again, but the wants could be different unless you want the muscle car you couldn't have when you were in your 20's.

 

Status symbols and dream cars have changed. Many people presently want the latest in utility vehicles instead of luxury sedans.

 

Economic need and fuel prices will always affect our choices. 

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I have owned three Chrysler Corporation vehicles loaded with the latest safety features like rain sensitive windshield wipers, cruise control, cross traffic notifications, memory seats, navigation systems, satellite radio, auto dimming mirrors, and others. They all have worked well and continue to do so well into over 150,000 miles. I have not had any failures in any of these systems. My latest is a 2017 Jeep Cherokee with adaptive cruise control, cross traffic notification, front sensors, automatic rain sensitive wipers, auto dimming mirrors, memory seat, navigation, chip audio, and many other features. These keep me safer and have been reliable for over 6,000 miles. If they are as reliable as the tec features have been on my other cars, I will not be surprised. Do you think is was fun to try to start a 1971 Mercury station wagon in -30 weather? You know, set the choke, engage the starter, pray, and off it goes? Sometimes it would not go. Now, it is rare if the car will not start.
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Re: Do you agree that choice of car changes as you age?

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"....It is laughable to say "chip-driven" cars can go wrong more.  This is really the sign of not being very tech oriented....".

 

I'm ex IT, in my former life. I didn't say chip-driven cars can go wrong more. I'm saying the more chips, the more things that can go wrong, and do. I realize, especially as an environmentalist, that getting rid of carbs and having chip-driven injection has greatly enhanced efficiency. In theory, chips shouldn't fail. But put under conditions of heat, cold, and rain, they do fail, or as I've found out with my Ford C-Max Hybrid, have 4 recalls to change the programming on them. 

   You yourself had a total system failure. That is very wrong.  That is certainly not an improvement in safety.

   And Epster is dead-to-rights about hacking. DW and I will not purchase appliances that connect to the internet. If you (rladdi) don't believe hacking is a clear and present danger, you are the one not tech savvy. 


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I've driven Hyundai Sonatas since 1989.  I've owned three to date.  They are comfortable, reasonably priced, ride well and after all, there aren't many that can beat the mileage or the service waranty 10yrs, 100 thousand miles.  My latest purchase is a hybrid electric/gas relay engine.  The dealership owner, now a good friend used it.  There's a brand new type of hybrid by Hyundai this year & he ordered one for him to use @ the dealership.  He invited me to see the hybrid he had to sell.  I bought it for the safety features alone!  It gets ( I kid you not...) 58 miles to the gallon, measures my Eco-Score, alerts me when my tire pressure drops by 2 pounds, whatever service needs to be done, has all the bells & whistles... GPS, Lane Tracker, Back Assist etc.

I must say, If a terrorist is going to take over my car while I'm driving then atleast I can always lock up the gear box as I can even drive my car standard if I want to! ( that's one of the features most other cars do not have.)  I'm certain that evil minds will do what evil minds do but; I'm a firm believer in making my life as easy as possible, reduce stress, maintain that which will break down without mindfull attention ( much like our health, body & the aging process) & pray I don't accidently drive others through hell as I pray to God that my humor & positive viewpoint remains stable and reality based; the good and the bad!

It's akin to birthing and raising children in the Forest Gump Family ... Personally, I prefer a box of Austrian Dark Chocolates but plain Hersey's Kisses will pleasure my tastebuds too !

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@rladdi wrote:

It is laughable to say "chip-driven" cars can go wrong more.  This is really the sign of not being very tech oriented.  Need we go back to the hay eating animals?   

I did have a new Ford, where the chip did go wrong.  I was driving down a road.  Everything stopped. no steering, brakes, etc.  Had to have a wrecker haul it to the dealership.  And this board costs over $400. to replace, thank god for the warranty.  

 

But even appliances now use chips, it the coming of age, 


@rladdi Well I beg to differ (for one, @retiredtraveler was an IT guy) but for another, DH is a software engineer and our last car was ordered directly from the factory so we could avoid all the smart tech options (read: internet connections that can be hacked and which we will soon enough see being used for terror). I'd say going low tech with a new car just might be a sign of uber tech savvy. 🙂

 

@AARPTeri DH and I are so weird: we will probably have Jeeps well into our 80s. We love 'em. (They are anything but easy to get into. A person as to climb up into one.)

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I have always only purchased used cars in a price range set by my budgeted allowance. But I must say that my last choice was based mostly on the need to be able to get in & out of the vehicle with ease and with respect for my poor old knees. I am thinking my next choice will need to be an SUV so that I will not have to bend down too far to get in--lol. I am not a big fan of all the tech gadgetry either, which I tend to think is just another electronic sensor/gadget that will malfunction, cause problems, and cost a lot to repair.

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It is laughable to say "chip-driven" cars can go wrong more.  This is really the sign of not being very tech oriented.  Need we go back to the hay eating animals?   

I did have a new Ford, where the chip did go wrong.  I was driving down a road.  Everything stopped. no steering, brakes, etc.  Had to have a wrecker haul it to the dealership.  And this board costs over $400. to replace, thank god for the warranty.  

 

But even appliances now use chips, it the coming of age, 

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I don't think those safety features are - or should be - designed for seniors, because the last time I checked, even young drivers don't have eyes in the back of their heads to be able to see cross-traffic .. and frankly they seem to be "distracted" a lot more than seniors, and need the help!

 

I've been pretty consistent with my cars, except for 2 outliers, I've had 3 Toyota Camrys .. each for a long stretch of time. For me reliability & safety are #1, and they've had it, and accessibility has always been good too. With my current 2005 car going into its 12th year, I plan to get a Camry Hybrid, with all the safety features available, and a GPS. (Would you believe it's becoming impossible to get paper street maps?!) Anything that can improve rear/side visibility is welcome. Maybe the car after that will be self-driving, because I'd appreciate that at night going to unfamiliar places!


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Re: Do you agree that choice of car changes as you age?

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When I was young my choice of car was "what I could afford".  Now, having just bought a car 6 months ago I can say I wanted some special features and comfort and was willing and able to pay for them.  Loved sports cars until I found that getting in and out was becoming a challenge.  I've been an SUV lover for the last 15 years including the last car I purchased.

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No. I don't like all the new chip-driven devices on cars. More stuff to go wrong and have fixed. Not sure how well some of these features work.


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