Is There Any Point In Complaining About How New Cars Suck?

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I don't like most new cars. That doesn't mean I don't think they're fine vehicles, but they're just not for me. Should I even bother complaining about them?

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I mean, why should I complain about the new Beetle lacking the charm or the backwards engineering of the classic when I can just go out and buy an old Bug and move on with my life? In fact, I did just that, and it only cost me $1,500.

This came up for SuperStock413 when we saw Chris Harris wonder about how the new 911 GT3 has no manual transmission.

Accepting that the way I fundamentally approach cars - what I want in one, what keeps me in an almost perpetual daydream state - isn't the way the market sees them, and is often the opposite direction in which they've evolved, is always hard to take.

I think it's always been this way, though. The way my grandparents talk about cars proves that to me. They never cared about them the way I do, even driving cars I'd dream of, like a 1933 Lincoln V12 (because it had jump seats she could pack kids into), and appreciated only advancements in comfort and convenience.

All you can do is hold onto those aspects of the culture that you value, which is why I'll keep driving my '97 Cherokee Sport 5-sp well passed the imminent 200,000-mile mark, and I'll never sell my '72 2002.

I'm beginning to wonder if I should even complain about new cars losing some of their directness, their feel, their spark. Am I wrong? Am I going soft?

Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove

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I think this is the problem, nostalgia and romanticism.

It seems that with a great number of car enthusiasts, everything that used to be is always far better that what is.

Here's the thing though, Raph, someday you'll write about how you cut your chops as an auto journalist in a GOLDEN AGE OF PERFORMANCE. You'll wax poetic about the Cadillac CTS-V wagon, the F10 M5, LaFerrari vs McLaren P1... the Miata, the Toyobaru, how the GT-R could whip cars quadruple its price... you'll talk about the 2014 Cayman and its pure driving experience and glorious sound... about how Aston produced some of the best looking cars you'd ever seen... about how Subaru defeated Mitsubishi in a long drawn-out war between the STi and the Evo... you'll write about the reintroduction of the Camaro and how it changed Corvette design, and made the Mustang up its game. I could go on but I won't.

"IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE TIME TO LOVE CARS" you'll say, "not like these boring, commoditized pieces of shit we have today in 2035."