theflatline: Silverstaff: I liked that Cuba drove lots of vintage cars from the 1950's.To me it kept driving home how US carmakers used to make things that would last, and with proper care and a good mechanic a car could last for decades, a lifetime maybe. . .instead of falling to crap after a couple hundred thousand miles.It does not attest to quality but it attests to supply, they have none, so they have had to jury rig those old beasts to keep them running, manufacturer parts for them, spit and duct tape hold them together.It used to be that when an american car got into 40-50k on the odometer it was time to look for a new one because they would literally fall apart, and this was up until the mid 1980s. It was not proper care, it was sloppy work and planned obsolescence.Then the japs really got on board with inexepensive cars that were well made, and needed little upkeep that American car makers actually started making quality cars again in the mid 90s until now.While older cars might be easier to fix, they are far less reliable than cars of today.
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