Originally Posted by adc
I think that many modern cars are built with a specific, and limited, service life in mind. Planned obsolescence is the term I believe. It would be bad for business otherwise. Literally, they don't build them like they used to.
There was a time I believed this but no more.
To me a better way to understand car longevity is this: the car will go as far as the driver wants it to. That is to say, as long as he likes it, as long as he likes to look at it, as long as others recognize it, as long as he (or she) gets a thrill driving it, as long as there is a spot in the garage next to the station wagon , as long as the driver is willing to put up with the occasional tow, as long as they don't ask it to do something in its old age that it can't do, and so forth.