I don't know why this bugs me so much, but it's funny how the cars/trucks of today are the cars/trucks we've dreamed about years ago; they're really starting to look like the futuristic sketches, drawings, & concept photos of cars we've seen in magazines, TV shows, or other types of media throughout many years. The options they're equipped with like GPS, iPod compatibility, TV monitors with DVD, memory seats for more than 1 driver(which used to be limited to only BIG luxury car names like Lincoln & Cadillac........now companies like Hyundai have them), tiptronic shifters, & more. The "c0ckpits" these car companies design- you don't know if you're going to the grocery store or if you're piloting a starship on your way to Pluto.
As far as things we CAN see, it's incredible. Most cars/trucks are just looking so technologically advanced just from their appearance alone, nevermind all the modern technology on board @ the tips of your fingers.
Now.......what happens when you turn these cars/trucks over & take a look @ what's underneath.......it's the same crap we've been using for years. Take for example something like the brand-new gas-powered Super Duty. You have this massive looking leviathan of a truck with all the modern creature comforts of a mid-range Mercedes. It's no longer the old bang-up trucks of yesteryear that look like a modernized version of those trucks of yesteryear. These new Super Duty's look like something out of the ideal truck of tomorrow.
Now, you watch one of these new Super Duty's drive by with it's double-stacked headlights, the clean lines, new-styled rims, cab, bed, etc.....& then as it's passing by you, you see this grey, partially rusted, puny turd of an exhaust pipe & muffler sticking out of it. I know we're talking about something as simple as an exhaust pipe, but it completely throws off the look of the NASA space station on wheels. These big car manufacturers are out to look the best & stuff the best technology into these vehicles, but it only stops @ what the average consumer can see.
I'm sorry, but I always thought that in the future, everything that makes it live & breath would change. You'd think they'd change the design of the exhaust systems to be more efficient & change that old mechanical-metal appearance they still have. Even the engines they install in today's vehicles are the same crap we've been dealing with for years. The only thing that they do to keep things looking new on engines is bolting a plastic engine cover(that you usually have to take off to do ANYTHING to them) & state that this new engine is the latest & greatest. & the materials that these same pieces are made out of(especially if you live in southern NE) are the same crap we've been using for years; after the 1st year you get rust & oxidation & they get worse as time goes on.
I'm probably not going to get my point fully across, as I'm not the best @ explaining things. But the bottom line is; we buy cars & trucks that are supposed to be what we consider to be our generation's future- but we're still looking @ & installing parts our grandfather's did back in their time. The only difference------is how the car itself looks.
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