One of my previous managers once described me as "dedicated to low-tech". I also used to do all my own car repairs, to the level of stripping down and rebuilding engines. I don't understand any of the cars I've bought in the last 20 years despite being an electronics engineer.
But I still bless the electronic systems in them. My car is 10 years old, my wife's is 14, both have about 180,000 miles on the clock. Both start faultlessly every day. The days when there was a real sense of surprise that a car started first time are long gone. My previous car did have an issue when several sensors failed simultaneously (we believe through a power surge during jump starting). But to be honest my local garage and I got to the bottom of this a darn sight quicker than I ever got to the bottom of the carburration problems on my old Escort. The other surprise, looking back, is that my impression is that servicing prices have actually fallen in real terms since I started driving in the late 1970s (although I wouldn't swear to this, this is based on memories and a back-of-the-envelope calculation).
I can understand the frustration, in my case I often just feel a bit of a fool that I lift the bonnet of my car and have no idea what's going on. But actually the electronics does work incredibally well (particularly given the horrible environment it works in) and does make our lives much easier.
It's a bit like saying should we go back to typewriters, except that computers don't
work reliably, but they're still much better than the alternative!
Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMIhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/millarandy
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