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Andy Rooney is older than dirt, but he does have a point.

Posted in Celebrity Cars, New Cars, Newsworthy, Television by MrAngry | October 10th, 2010 | 6 Responses |

60 Minutes commentator and resident TV old guy Andy Rooney has been with us for almost 100 years (I’m serious). His pointed commentary on all things pertaining to society, pop culture and news have been a welcome addition and are for the most part dead on. Take this little snippet from 60 Minutes for example where Rooney talks about his distaste for automotive gadgets. From the LCD screens to navigation units to being able to access the internet from your automobile, today’s new cars are packed so full of technology that it almost takes a college degree to figure out how to use everything. Rooney’s point of simply using a car to get from point A to point B is something that hits home for me and I agree with everything he says. I have two cars that are more than 40 years old and the beauty of both of them is their simplicity. By today’s standards they are archaic, but what they lack in technology they more than make up for in keeping me grounded. Rooney might be old but his views on some of our technological advancements is dead on.

Source: CBSNews.com

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  1. BigRuss says:

    He is right… theres too much shit in cars now… im glad my 2010 ram has just the basic cd player with the satellite radio… thats the extent of the gadgets… besides the industry standard TPMS…

  2. Set says:

    If you agree with him, you’re too old. Haha.

    But on a serious note, I understand where he’s coming from, but I disagree. I enjoy the technology, and even want more (I’m installing a carputer as soon as I can afford it). There are certain times where I want nothing but me and the road (or, in my Jeep’s case, no road at all). The only music I need is the four, five, six, or eight cylinders propelling me forward (Maybe one day, twelve). The only entrainment is the adrenaline rush of coming close to flying off the edge of the canyon. The only AC is the wind rushing around me. Those moments are great.

    But they’re not everyday. I sure as hell don’t want to be stuck in traffic like that. I don’t want to be lost late for a meeting like that. I don’t want to be hauling the kids around like that (normally).

    And, I’m always down for my car smelling like bacon. I don’t know what he’s smokin’ if you don’t want to smell bacon.

  3. Jim says:

    @Set I’m with you. Some days I want to drive a technology packed BMW, some days a model T, some days a motorcycle. I’m not rich enough to own all that though. I don’t know if I would want to drive a model T around all the time (can’t really get simplier than those right, except maybe a motorcycle around that time period). I can understand where he is coming from though. He probably seen a lot of people (like me) that can’t handle having that much in there car. They get distracted. But don’t push your philosophy on everyone (that’s the way it comes off). But sounds like a niche can be filled though, a simple car that can run off ethanol (meet emissions reqs and be socially responsible). Really though you want to breath in polluted ass air and not bacon smell? The guy has never ridden a motorcycle apparently. Hard to enjoy your bike when some asshole without a catalytic converter on his diesel truck is spewing exhaust your way.

  4. Mark Smith says:

    Gotta love Andy Rooney.

  5. eddie_357 says:

    i think with all electronics stuff is people like to tinker with this that and the other and be informed so they feel in control and on top of things.these things that are made to to make your life easier often for me become a pain in the ass.seat of the pants drivers like to tinker with mecanical things,its the nuts and bolts that keep’em interested,i have no air, no power steering ,no traction control, no abs,cable throttle etc and i love it; less things to go wrong!.and now i dont have a radio because somebody stole it.which i miss sittin at lights a radio is good to have.

  6. Taylor says:

    Technology is great…….to a point. As with my ’09 Wrangler Rubicon, it has electric lockers, sway bar disconnect, traction control and a couple of other convienience gadgets. Problem is when one sensor in the system is acting goofy it shuts down everything but the essentials to drive. Case in point, went wheeling and took a pretty good knock on the front right tire (hard enough to knock the steering wheel off center about 90 degrees). Magical thing traction control, there’s at least one sensor reporting the position of the front wheels and one reporting the angle of the steering wheel. Well, with the steering wheel 90 degrees off and the front wheels tracking true the computer didn’t know what to do so it shut off all the gadgets not essential for driving, e.g. traction, sway bars, lockers, cruise control and abs. Thing is none of this is too important most of the time but (for this vehicle) if out on the trail and take a knock like that and disable important systems (sway bar and lockers) it is very much a pain in the ass. As soon as I can at least the lockers and sway bar disconnects are being replaced by good old fashioned mechanical and/or air actuated systems. Then I can control it when I want to.