Wednesday, December 14, 2011

They just don't make things how they used to....

Yeah...I sound completely ancient. That sounds like something someone way older than me should say. But I guess the older I get, the more those sayings make sense. I've even found myself shaking my head and thinking "Kids these days..." But I didn't actually say that one out loud!

Anyway, today I'm complaining about cars and anything in general. I remember when we bought our first house 13 years ago. The previous owners, the only ones who had ever lived in the house, left the appliances. It was great for us...we didn't have to buy anything. The things were old, but still worked perfectly. The fridge was already like 10-12 years old, same with the stove. The washer and dryer were seriously older than I was...which was 21 at the time. When we moved 9 years later, the stove and fridge were still working fine. The washer and dryer we did replace a few years before that...but I think the washer still worked...we just decided to replace the pair.

And 1996 my Hubby (fiance at the time) bought a 1987 Nissan Maxima with 120,000 miles on it We drove that baby another 70,000 miles before trading it in. Yes...we got 190,000 miles out of it.

We bought a new fridge when we moved and only four years later, it already doesn't work right. And our car....not even 10 years old and it's done....less miles than the Maxima when we bought it!

I can't be the only one who is so so sick of buying things that just don't last!


  1. I couldn't agree more. We live in such a throw-away economy! :-)

  2. I am with you! The question: American made or Imported?
    Our Nissan is at 130,000 miles, running great. Previous American cars started dropping parts at 70,000 miles.
    GE refrig & washer? Four years.
    I remember when the predictions for clothing (back in the 60s) was that we'd have paper clothing by the year 2000.

  3. Oh, I am so with you on this one! I can't count how many times I've said the same things. I guess somewhere along the way manufacturers realized if they made things that lasted, they wouldn't sell enough.

    My husband says computer circuits (not just in computers but in everything that has programming, like cell phones, cars, electronics, etc) are made to burn out after only a few years. They have a certain amount of hours in them and that's it.

    Seems like a rip-off to me. I'd like something to work the way it should, and for more than a day or two out of the box!

  4. @Susan - the problem with "American made" is that they often aren't. Most foreign cars are now made in America, and most American cars now are made in Mexico or Canada. And the parts that go in those things come from all over the world, including China.

    Makes my head hurt. :)