Originally Posted by dhk
...Unfortunately, vehicles are made the way they are because they are *intended* to last a certain amount of time before they turn to junk (planned obsolescence)...
I would only quibble with assertion that it's *intended* to last a certain amount of time. I'd say *allowed* to last a certain time.
Why? because the rest of the vehicle deteriorates at a certain rate too... and preventing THAT is far to costly. Electrical components, upholstery, accessories, etc., etc. Way to expensive to design robust enough to last 'forever'.
By far the largest number of new-vehicle buyers trade in far to soon to experience those things failing. But even those who keep vehicles until those things start to fail (like me!) far outnumber the unbelieveably rare few who really do manage to "run her 'til the wheels fall off".
Point is: that die-hard market segment doesn't get the attention of Toyota, they get the attention of RockAuto
and other after-market auto parts dealers who stock parts for out-of-production vehicles.
We couldn't afford vehicles that weren't designed with 'planned obsolescence' in mind. Not just because the as-designed cost to manufacture would be too high, but because there would be no economies of scale. In my opinion, taking a much larger view, it's actually is good since it generates jobs. But that's another topic entirely.