3rd Sep 2018, 14:38

Once again, (thanks to 5:16 comment) another thread goes off the rails, from manual vs. automatic transmissions, to just how much Big Macs cost 30+ years ago!

3rd Sep 2018, 20:33

Since you could buy a Monte Carlo (the topic of the review) with a manual 4 speed transmission in the first generation Monte Carlo, it’s directly on topic. One thing I never allowed in my new Monte Carlo or any other cars I ever owned is eating burgers, foods, fries, snacks and drinks in my pristine cars.

I know however it’s more of a cost of living conversation. The topic was being able to buy and own something nice. I feel you can make it happen no matter what the decade if you really put your mind to it. Also if you also don’t slop up a vehicle or your residence you just bought, it will definitely be more of a possibility. No one smokes in my cars. I have seen some vehicles that have stained seats, center consoles, carpeting and full of trash. I get more for my cars when I sell. Enjoy that burger!

4th Sep 2018, 04:00

Well also, the manual vs. automatic debate really doesn't relate to the 95 Monte Carlo on topic review either. The last manual Monte Carlo was in 1979.

4th Sep 2018, 13:46

With that logic only owners of Monte Carlo of that one year only can provide any insight of actual ownerships. Not any other Monte Carlo owners. That does however leaves hamburgers out at least.

4th Sep 2018, 20:21

I think the point of that comment was that millennials aren't uninterested in cars. Rather, millennials aren't in the place to afford them. One hour of minimum wage used to get you a few copies of those McDonald's meals. Now, you need more than one hour's worth of minimum wage to get that exact same meal. It would be like if the price of goods/services remained the same and the minimum wage went up to $35/hour; most people would be living a posh life, even the millennials.

5th Sep 2018, 10:59

Yet many if not most teens will not hesitate to lay hundreds on the newest phone, tablets, electronic games, expensive fashions, monthly bills like a new skateboard deck a month like my son. Starbucks, online shopping like my daughter. Our phone in the 60-70s meant a drive home. Our games were board games on a rainy day. We had less bombardment everywhere for our wages of that era. Even I am amazed at how much I buy off the Internet. It adds up. You could buy a really nice mid size car all through the 70s from 4 grand to 6 grand. Car loans were 3 years. I rented a 2 bedroom apartment 1 1/2 bath for $190 month as late as 1977. Now it’s 1400 month. I bought a $36,000 ranch home the following year paying double my former rent and thought it was the end of the world. The same house today went up 10 times. Even with low interest rates it would likely be a bit much as a starter home today for some. In other areas of the country it could be far higher today. One thing nice as you age is you don’t fret over bills, just utilities, and more over medical.