You are so wrong. Power windows, radio, A/C, power steering, power brakes, automatic transmissions have all been standard on the higher end Cadillacs, Lincolns, and Chryslers since the mid-1950s.
Also, the older cars are still on the road, running like the day they were first bought.
The reason why you don't see a lot of older vehicles with past 100,000 miles, is because people were obsessed with upgrading to a newer car every 2-3 years.
The "automotive press" consists of more than just sports car enthusiasts. It also consists of media, either in print or online, which conducts reviews of new cars.
One of my biggest issues with them is certain comparisons they make when reviewing an unpopular model, if the car in question happens to be a domestic vehicle. For instance the Grand Marquis, which is at the center of this discussion.
It seems as though when a comment is made regarding the Mercury's interior volume as compared to its exterior dimensions, or its usefulness as a family hauler, comparisons are immediately made to Japanese sedans a la Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. Yes, one would expect the Grand Marquis to have a little more interior room than it does when you consider how big the car is on the outside. But in that case, why not mention the interior volume of the Taurus? The Buick LaCrosse? The Chevy Impala, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger could also be mentioned in a comparison scenario.
However, almost any automotive article on this car or its siblings makes some sort of comparison to a Toyota or Honda, thus further drilling into everybody's mind that EVERY American car was designed during the Carter administration, and that buying foreign will ALWAYS be a better choice. It gets somewhat irritating after a while.
I'm not sure why anyone would compare a solid, luxurious Mercury Marquis to a tinny Accord or Camry. They are in a whole different category. Some people, myself included, just prefer smaller cars. Of course I'd opt for a better built domestic such as the Ford Focus or Chevy Cruze.
That's correct. Most all of the items mentioned were strictly optional only on even luxury models in the 50's. Our classic 1955 Pontiac does not have power brakes, power steering, power windows or air conditioning.
The commentor stated luxury models such as Cadillac and Lincoln. Pontiac is not a luxury make. I do believe that most if not all the items mentioned were standard equipment on the flagship Cadillac and Lincoln models from the mid-50s up.
12:00 -- AMEN. I have two close friends who like small cars. One bought a new Focus (in 2006), the other bought a used Chevy Cobalt last year (also a 2006 model). Neither person has had any issues with their cars, other than normal maintenance ex. brakes, etc.
People have to get out of the 1982 mentality that American cars = bad. I spend it where I earn it, thank you.