Is technology making it easier or harder to work on cars?

Dustin Powell
55

Asked by Dustin Aug 17, 2012 at 06:17 PM about the 2010 Dodge Challenger SE

Question type: General

My car is only 2 years old, but it seems to have some problems, and I think technology can be a pain in the butt. Because I think older cars have less problems due to less technology like sensors, and engine malfunction lights. It makes since that the older cars are solid, not all technical. I know that technology is improving how we drive a car, but I feel like the computers, and sensors are still working out the bugs. I  don't want to give up on my car, so I say this is a start of new vehicle education/tests, until there is one day a better kind of transportation.

5 Answers

Dan Connell
5,755

The technology behind cars today is mostly emissions related. that being said, the cars emissions system is a whole other machine inside of the car, constantly monitoring to add or remove air or fuel to make the engine run as cleanly as possible. Its near impossible to tell whats wrong with an emissions system with out the various computers contained inside the vehicle. For the most part aside from a complete internal parts failure, the car will tell you exactly whats wrong with it.

Andrew Olsen
6,255

The addition of all these "sensors" have made the car safer, more efficent not only in emissions, but mpg and power at the same time. It's not that it's harder but it's different. Building a Carburetor is just as hard as learning the electrical skills to diagnose the newer systems. Plus a carb needed played with as well as timing every 10-20,000 miles to run at peak efficiency, now that has been taken out of the equation all together.

Jason Zane
3,445

easy, for the first 100k miles but it gets more difficult as things wear out. sealed hubs, huge wiring harnesses, aged sensors, and tight fitting engine bays are just a few issues that make it not easily serviced. maintenance free seems to make vehicles fall apart later on. 60's, 70's and older vehicles had parts more accessible but lacks efficiency. i'm noticing they made my '12 camaro easier to service; we have progressed quite a lot better than the 80's.

Andrew Olsen
6,255

Oh god, the 80's were terrible for electronics, that and most cars reliance on vacuum lines made it a nightmare. Not until the late 90's did that get better.

Dustin Powell
55

I appreciate all of your answers. It is part of owning a car, and repairs come along eventually. When cars were first envented some old timers thought that they were novelty. Now most people use a vehicle of some sorts everyday.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Challenger
Looking for a Used Challenger in your area?
CarGurus has 17,895 nationwide Challenger listings starting at $12,490.
ZIP:

Search Dodge Challenger Questions

Dodge Challenger Experts

#1 Chase Sutherland
Chase Sutherland
Reputation 340
#2 cubfan08
cubfan08
Reputation 300
#3 Jeff Schmidt
Jeff Schmidt
Reputation 210
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Charger"
571 Great Deals out of 29,830 listings starting at $2,950
Used Chevrolet Camaro"
573 Great Deals out of 28,714 listings starting at $1,795
Used Ford Mustang"
1,070 Great Deals out of 26,198 listings starting at $1,329
Used Chevrolet Corvette"
319 Great Deals out of 11,219 listings starting at $3,900
Used Chrysler 300"
594 Great Deals out of 20,534 listings starting at $2,500
Used Jeep Wrangler"
1,004 Great Deals out of 45,507 listings starting at $1,800
Used Ford Shelby GT500"
33 Great Deals out of 557 listings starting at $23,999
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500"
2,533 Great Deals out of 169,179 listings starting at $650
Used Ford F-150"
2,597 Great Deals out of 165,859 listings starting at $1,495
Used Dodge Ram Pickup 1500"
850 Great Deals out of 15,243 listings starting at $1,222
Used BMW 3 Series"
1,190 Great Deals out of 37,870 listings starting at $1,200
Used Chevrolet Impala"
1,752 Great Deals out of 60,226 listings starting at $990
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee"
994 Great Deals out of 55,271 listings starting at $1,100
Used Chevrolet Tahoe"
986 Great Deals out of 33,072 listings starting at $2,500

Used Cars For Sale

2011 Dodge Challenger SE For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 232 listings starting at $13,999