- Mar 2, 2012
- chicago, Illinois
With all the massive recalls going on now, I'm surprised that more folks haven't started to realize the obvious..that cars have reached the point of being too complex for their own good, now for small production items that can transport large amounts of people (eg. planes) it might be manageable for companies to deal with this and still make a profit and satisfy customers, but with the car being a mass market consumer item it looks like that is increasingly not going to be sustainable, even FIAT CEO Marchionne says that the cost of all these recalls will be passed on to the customer in the end. We are at the point of dimishing returns when it comes to safety, emissions, and practicality. The sweet spot was probably the mid 80s - mid 90s or so when the auto industry had, in general very good reliability, affordability, ease of service, and reasonable safety and emissions standards. I for one would LOVE to be able to buy a brand new MK I or II VW Golf GTI, 1980s-1990s Honda Accord or Civic, ect. I'd love to see the car companies reverse course and build some more basic, simple, and more affordable cars.