I feel sorry for some of you as CAFE regulations are going
to make future car selection a misserable process.
The doom-predictors have been sayin' that for 40-50 years -- while cars
keep getting BETTER. Faster, better handling, better braking, more mpg,
safer, more reliable, lower maintenance, longer-lived, etc., etc. ....
Any garden-variety 2012 Honda Civic would run rings around my 1960
Porsche Super90 -- with its high octane fuel, ZERO emission controls,
and NO safety features (not even lap belts!). Also, the Civic would get
at least double the mpg and 30-40% more horsepower -- on 87 octane.
Any 21st century plain-jane grocery-getter will also have 4x the life
expectancy between total engine rebuilds, and should never need a
"tune up" except for new spark plugs every 60k mi (about the same
mileage where a 356 Porsche would need new pistons and barrels).
...if this is misserable [sic], may I have please
have some more?