Slowbrew is right that "most" of the cars back then didn't have AC and power everything
, but do we really need all that
? I guess thats why cars went from a few thousand dollars to being similar to a home mortgage.
I'm happy with my 1994 Dodge Dakota 4x4, it gets anywhere between 17 and 21 mpg depending on how long since its been tuned up and yes thats whether its in 4wd or not. It "had" air conditioning... but I'm too cheap to repair or replace those parts... I don't "need" air conditioning and everything else is manual, even the transmission which I just had to replace... $238.00 for the tranny and my nephew changed it for $70.00. I think I'll keep it around. I am going to buy a used car though... maybe a Lincoln or Cadillac from the mid to late 80's or early 90's... they ride Soooo Well on long drives.
I'm a heating and cooling guy... I keep everything simple as possible, no fansy thermostats etc... just what I actually "need" and it works just fine and has far less technical problems than the systems having all the bells and whistles that people seem to think they need these days. If its hot and the box fan isn't getting it done, find a lake or river, go to the park, do something outside in the shade etc. Its better than being in a room with Hot air blowing around. In winter, you can always take clothes off if you need to.. so dial your thermostat back... I keep ours at 66*
Oh that reminds me, I did the Unthinkable (at least in my mind it is/was unthinkable) but for some reason (maybe because I had just got out of the hospital and was still "medicated"). I let myself get talked into buying an "EDENPURE"... what a huge pile of SHYT that thing is... my electric bill didn't go up a measley $30 or so... it went up over $3 per day!!!
What gets me is I KNEW that would be the case... I've told people in the past not to buy them... but what did I do... got Sucker'd In
. Listen to me people... a Watt is a Watt is a Watt... it don't matter how fancy the package is or what the heating element is... it is still electric and electricity costs so much per Watt! Do yourself a Favor... DON'T buy any of the so-called energy saving horse-shyt heaters that everybody and their brother is marketing these days, if you do, you'll reget it unless you live in a single room no larger than 300 square feet. Seriously... don't believe all the HYPE being sold on TV and the Internet. The old saying "there is no such thing as a Free Lunch"
still holds true... at least in this country