It Sucks That We Can't Fix Our Own Cars These Days: The Skinny With Craig Cole
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Many vehicle owner’s manuals are thicker than a large-print Bible and weigh as much a waterlogged mattress. When did things get so complicated?
Today’s vehicles are absolute marvels of engineering. The things they’re capable of are nothing short of astounding. You can roll down the road at triple-digit speeds while watching your favorite movie in climate-controlled comfort as a satellite-powered navigation system ensures your chauffeur never misses a turn.
There are backup cameras, cutting-edge all-wheel-drive systems, self-parking capability, massively powerful engines and more, all surrounded by an impenetrable layer of crash protection. And these features aren’t even exclusive to flagship luxury models, you can get pretty much all of this in a mainstream sedan.
Yes, today’s vehicles are so advanced it’s no wonder they come with encyclopedias in their gloveboxes. But operating instructions are one thing, maintenance and repair are another animal entirely.
Our cars and trucks may have more features, deliver better fuel economy and offer higher levels of safety than our parents and grandparents could have ever imagined, but all this complexity comes with significant tradeoffs. I explore this topic in the latest Skinny video, which you can watch above!
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Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
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