This is why I have never bought (and will never buy) a car which required plugging into a computer. Lumps of metal I can deal with, ECUs and multiple sensors I cannot abide. Give me a basic engine over street cred any day.
the only non sensored/ECU controlled car id ever have is a classic beetle. i think sitting down with a diagnostics machine for 15 mins to find a fault is 9 times out of 10 easier than sitting there stripping things trying to find the fault.
I won't try and argue my case, I totally understand why people prefer the easier option, and I wasn't trying to sound like a smartarse
The problem is, with newer cars you're forced to go to a garage who'll charge you ££ just to plug it in and tell you the fault, then you'll have OEM parts prices and ££/hr labour costs on top.... whereas despite having no mechanic training at all, I'm confident that I could fix almost any fault on my engine simply because it's so basic and easy to locate problems. I certainly wouldn't need to strip it down if it started misbehaving.
I also appreciate that most people don't want to get their hands dirty, or spend a couple of hours under the bonnet - that's fine, but they probably have a lot more disposable income than me
Have you ever owned a classic Beetle? One of the most flawed designs ever put into production, although the engines are bombproof to be fair.
...pretend here is reality, and not some expectant itch of july...