At 12/13/09 02:06 PM, Life-Stream wrote:
When you say nicer engine, what exactly do you mean? New engines are statistically more efficient and reliable than older ones. If you mean more power or 'adding a turbo' as you mentioned, it would only result in less mpg, which means more expensive maintenance.
Aluminum head, stainless steel trim, just higher quality bits and parts in general. As for these new engines, they just keep taking up less space and becoming more powerful at the same time, its incredible. Turbos do increase the upkeep, but if they are used for casual driving, it can increase the mpg and overall efficiency of the engine. My dad has owned his turbo-diesel E-300 for over 11 years now and we have never had any engine problems, including the turbo. He also gets 30+ mpg on the car.
It is true that car manufacturers are trying to save alot of money on cheap interiors, and you won't find a real nice leather/wood finish if you don't spend 50k or more (unless you but a 2nd hand luxury car or something).
I remember my dad brought a Bentley some time ago to sell on again to make a profit, and it had the most elegant interior i'd ever seen. Sheep skin wool carpets. HUGE comfortable leather heated seats, and a beautiful wooden dash.
Exactly, back in the day cars were built as if each one was a work of art. The overall driving experience (comfort, agility, luxury) was more important than how "loaded" (GPS, TVS, lights and shit) a car was.
But let's be honest. Not everyone that buys a car wants a turbo, rims or a full exhaust system. I'd say the majority of cars that are sold are for family use, or for every day work runs etc...so why would people want turbos on those cars?
Ok lets put these out as an example. Lets say a car company takes the cheaper way out by using a V-6 to power a larger sedan. I would rather have the extra money spent on a twin charged I-4, rather than a cheap, bulky V-6 and electronics. The twin charged I-4 would be more powerful, more fuel efficient, and more reliable, due to less cylinders and the mutual relationship between the turbo and supercharger.
Most new sports cars do have turbo versions, for those that do want that extra push, but I don't think there's any reason to loose all the technology.
All I'm saying is that engine efficiency should be more of a priority than cheap electronics.