You & me both, Bub. When my wife wanted to go look at the then new PT Cruiser’s at the dealership she gets in one and remarks how roomy it is. I get in and literally scrape my head. She starts the engine & I tell her to pop the hood to see the engine. When I open it I ask the salesman to tell me which plastic box is the engine! Everything is completely covered up! Designed for dealer only repairs! Nope, sorry, not going for that! Wound up with a JEEP Grand Cherokee Limited. From somewhere else.
Same here, Bub. Although to be honest, that’s about all I ever could do anyway.
What’s a man without a car hood to pop and get oily and scratched up inside an engine bay? And what’s a car with none of the thingamabobs to mess with?
I generally don’t like cars, preferring bikes, and I never saw the need to know more than to top up various liquids and perhaps clean a couple of plugs!
Thats exactly why I don’t drive a new car! I prefer ones I can work on. We have 3 vehicles : a 2000 Buick Regal, a 1994 Ford Ranger, and a 1966 VW Beetle
I don’t see any bandages. Where did you hurt yourself this time?
I’ll bet he’s OK to top up the brake fluid, too. Now, I can’t even find the durn battery (I know where it is, bur you can’t see it. I’ll miss changing my own battery. 8^(
We won’t even get into the spark plug situation. After making them impossible to reach, they did away with them completely.
I used to at least change my oil until I had to remove the skid pan to get to the filter. I use full synthetic so I only have to pay for a change once a year. $60 vs $28 x4 times a year.
Don’t even have to fill the washer fluid much, my van has a 10 liter tank.
Two words: diesel Mercedes! Simple cars, enthusiastic community on the Internet, 1950’s technology (even in the 1980 cars), plenty of room in the engine bay. I bought my 1979 240D because it was the closest thing to a tractor that I could drive on a city street, but I fell in love with the pride of being able to say “I fixed that.”