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    Getting rid of lead (and emissions regulations and fuel economy regulations in general) engendered a lot of innovation in car design.

    I personally like my turbocharger, my electronic fuel injection, and my engine diagnostics.  None of these work well with leaded fuel, and getting rid of it made a lot of engine technology development viable.

    •  Most people have no idea of the change (2+ / 0-)
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      computers have made in cars from the design to the ultra close manufacturing tolerances to the control systems.....

      The average car today has twice the horsepower with 3 times the fuel economy and 1/100th the emissions of the average car in 1970, a couple years before electronic spark control started to become normal.....and man the 70's and the 80's when they were trying to figure this out were a nightmare....

      ask any tech if they'd rather work on a early 80's Ford or a modern one...hell even a very old one that's completely mechanical is a breeze compared to those learning years.......

      Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
      I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
      Emiliano Zapata

      by buddabelly on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 12:24:06 PM PST

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    •  I used to spent many visits... (0+ / 0-)

      ...with my late father-in-law sitting in the back yard with a couple (or more) of beers marveling at how much better cars were "now" (which was about 15-20 yeas ago) than they were back a few decades before.  engines that go tens of thousands of miles without a tune-up, blow by 100K without breaking a sweat, start practically every morning without fail even in bitterly cold weather, tires that last 50K miles, batteries that are still going strong after five years, etc. etc.  And it seems to be getting better every year.  I've got a 16-year-old truck without a trace of visible rust.  I just put a 72-month battery in my wife's car, and put new tires on for the first time at 70,000 miles, and the old ones weren't anywhere near as bald I usually run them to.  ;-)

      We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

      by dsteffen on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 04:34:26 PM PST

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