Do you really think they'd make cars better so you'd spend less?
Name 1 thing better about a "modern" USA vehicle that's better than just about any 1980's vehicle, just one. Now, if you don't mind just throwing money away on the repairs/warranties of modern cars, have at it.
The good thing about old vehicles was that what went wrong, almost exclusively always went wrong... and nothing else. You knew where you stood and you could spot foreshadowing of problems with nearly 100% accuracy.
1st Worlder's enjoy modern vehicles for:
- Paying out the ass for any mechanical repairs.
plastic "new" is better.
- Forced to call a tow truck for every problem.
- Excessive electrical problems.
- Stuck with YouTube for _ANY_ self-help.
- Pretending physics allows "100K" miles to be "low mileage".
- Forced to find "Authorized" mechanics.
- Always being tracked.
- Forced to "Allow" car manufacturers to sell your driving history.
- _LOWER_ gas mileage.
Take just about any given 1980's vehicle and your better off than you are today. I find it crazy that people have forgotten so quickly how good 1980's vehicles were (which I guess was due to competition between Japan and the USA). Shoot, while not a "car" (but a vehicle), even 1980's bicycles/10-speeds were better.
Take just about any given 1960's vehicle (any nationality) and you **might* pay more in gas, but you'll be well prepared for mechanical problems (you might even keep spare parts around for when "it's time").
**might, because with the current trend of under-utilized SUV/Trucks, you'll probably pay more in gas (undoubtedly more than if you drove a 1980's SUV/Truck).