I recently had the opportunity to check out a fancy new “semi autonomous” vehicle from a big 3 manufacturer. While it did exactly what it said it would. I couldn’t help but be suspect of what felt like a stopgap design. To me (an idiot) it felt like a bunch of existing tech that was more connected than most vehicles bearing similar features (lane assist, blind spot monitors, cruise control etc) all working in strange harmony to give the sensation of autonomous driving. With regards to that I asked both the journalist and rep from the company about their feelings on the future serviceability of this tech. 10 years seems to be the magic number when it comes to automotive planned obsolescence, and while dealers will work on older cars (mechanically) I simply can’t imagine a world where a company will spend its resources fixing outdated tech in their vehicles (especially with the potential litigation involved in fixing a “self driving” system). Both the rep (obviously) and the Journalist both scoffed at my luddite pessimism. How many pieces of digital tech do you own that is 10+ years old? Where would you take it if it broke? How is your iphone 3G treating you?
There are alot of 10ish year old Luxury cars on craigslist. What may have been an 80k car 10 years ago is now a 3k car with “fully loaded” in bubble letters across the window sitting in a plastic flag dealerships open air lot. But in the end you end up paying for a navigation system that needs a cd to update and NO AUX JACK (the only thing you actually wanted). Along with expensive maintenance/parts.
Consider instead a 30 year old luxury car! This Acura Legend was Honda’s first foray into the luxury market. While its germanic rivals may dismiss its humble Accord underpinnings, these cars are known for reliability and comfort. These engines are known to run happily for 200k+ miles with routine maintenance and this one claims to only have 52k! The sound system has been upgraded and a pioneer infotainment system seem to be the only modifications to a pretty clean looking coupe. Want to be an absolute LEGEND? 3k seems like a good price to begin with, but the add does say open to negotiation, If the mileage claim is true then I would snatch it after some light haggling (offer 2500, pay 2750).