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today's kids don't know anything about cars

Watch this video and I'll tell you some interesting factoids.

The car in the vid above is a 1983 Buick LeSabre, and watching somebody actually having to learn this car definitely reminded me that 1983 was a long, long time ago.

In the beginning of the vid you'll notice the guy asks "which drive" he's supposed to use. That's because someone today has never seen the overdrive selection as it once was, commonly known as "Circle-D". It's a D that literally has a circle around it. I'm guessing the circle is supposed to mean O for Overdrive. And while that sounds fancy, it isn't. It's just a gearing selection that saves gas at cruising speeds.

Later on in the vid he can't figure out how to adjust the power seat. It's not that power seats aren't common (I had a power driver's seat on my 2000 Alero), it's that GM for as long as I can remember has always had the controls on the left side of the driver's seat. As such, they're completely hidden.

After that, he can't figure out how to use the turn signal, however, I understand why. GM cars and trucks for the longest time had two levers left of the steering wheel, one in front of the other. The front one was for turn signals, wiper control, cruise and high-beam selection. The rear one was to adjust the steering wheel tilt.

Then he notices the highlighted "55" on the speedometer. USA car manufacturers did this during the Carter administration when the vast majority of interstate speeds was the double-nickel. Carmakers fortunately stopped making speedometers like that in the mid-'80s.

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1983 was 27 years ago. I was 8 years old then.

This month in 2010 I'll be turning 35.

With autos in particular, I'm noticing the older I get, the more I can't stand new cars. I've actually felt this way for quite some time.

Older GM vehicles to me feel a lot better than new ones do. I totally admit I'm a GM fan through and through, but there's not a single car they've made since the mid-90s that I'd actually want.

Even with the shamefully low gas mileage an '83 LeSabre gets, which is about 14 city/20 highway, I'd happily drive it. Why? Because the truth is that I'd actually save cash by using it as a daily driver. When you take into account car payments, insurance, and the RIDICULOUS list of crap just to get a car's computer to run right (fuel injector cleaning services, sensors galore, blah blah blah), the gas guzzler vintage Buick is actually cheaper to own and maintain.

That's just plain sad.

Because of this, the chance of me ever buying another new car is very, very slim.


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