True but people tend to travel further now and also car's seem to last longer too.
not sure if I agree with the last bit scotty you are right that people do more miles,but I think cars actually last less time these days than they used to..
firstly the delear wants you to buy a new one every three years, this is good and bad, on the good side the second hand car market is flooded so the prices are low, on the bad side manufacturerers are getting away with cars that have serious issues...
jaguar with the nicasil problems on the early xk engines, bmw with exploding timing chains on the n47, saab 93's with bulkhead issues, MG with headgasket failures..
most reently fiat released a 500 that couldn't drive up a hill!
if I sat down and did a bit of research I could find hundreds of examples of this kind of design and manufacturing problems.
in fact I did before buying my GT...it was a heart choice not a common sense one, a honda or Kia would have beena far more sensible (and boring) choice.
back in the day we ran our escorts,fiesta's austins and vauxhalls until they were rusted dead and beyond repair.
these days we treat our cars much like we treat our laptops and mobile phones, upgrading all the time.
the race for greener cars/fuel and tighter emmisions means that older cars have higher road tax and are in most cases are becoming (deliberately) more diffcult to get through th emissions testing.
and often the failure of a body computer or ECU menas that at a certain age a perfectly good car gets scrapped because the cost of repairing is more than the car is worth..
this NEVER would have happened in the 70's 80's and 90's in fact I would say cars were built much more solidly and simply up to about 2003
after that it all gets very ''laptop with wheels''
in fact my 2005 GT has cost me more in 3 months than my previous 97 e36 did in 3 years..
my wifes 2002 1.6 civic v-tec is embarrasingly reliable, I do all the servicing on it, its easy to work on and the engine is bomb proof, cambelt at 75k intervals and parts are cheap as chips.
wouldn't want to work on a new one without a laptop and OBD11 scanner.
maybe i'm just a luddite!