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Re: You nailed it!
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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:19:11 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: You nailed it!, Noel, Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:51:41
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I agree, but with some caveats:

1) modern electronics are much lighter/more efficient per function than old electronics (eg compare the weight/efficiency of a 20 year old laptop to modern laptop, nevermind an ipad). The wiring and circuits in a c900 are bloody stone age. Bundles of heavy gauge wire with significant current flowing is heavier than fine wire carrying low voltage or digital signals... the problem nowadays, is there is just so much more electronics in the cars!

2) backup cameras and sensor/warning systems are completely unnecessary in a car with great visibility and very minimal blind spots like a c900, but valuable in a massive SUV like the GMC Acadia we once rented. They are there so you don't run over your child or neighbour's cat... the blind spots on those vehicles are huge!

3) though the c900/9000 were very safe for their time (and still pretty safe even by today's standards), new useful safety features do add weight, and I'm happy to accept that... stronger frames and airbags etc are probably a significant weight contribution to the average car vs 20 years ago... but then again, the sheet metal has gotten thinner, and computer modelling of structural components should enable highly optimized structural designs on a strength/weight basis...

I agree on the entertainment stuff though: there are portable DVD players - no need to have that integrated into the car (same for nav)... and # of speakers is just a marketing thing like # of cupholders... totally BS that probably means the system sounds like crap... I'd rather have fewer better quality speakers... but I'm in the minority... most people want disposable cars full of "current" features, not something that will last!

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