Jeeps and the KISS principle!
by Larry H. Morton
Am I alone or does any other Jeep person out there have a problem with the new Jeeps (and just about every other vehicle produced) being more like the space shuttle, with computer guided digital controls and sensors to the point of having the vehicle almost drive itself?
Okay a gross exaggeration, but just look at the new Grand Cherokee.
Fly by wire in an F-16 fighter jet makes plenty of sense when in combat, and the pilot's life is on the line with all of the complexity that entails.
However, do we really need the kind of technology in a Jeep that requires a degree from MIT to diagnose and fix what used to be some simple mechanical part? I don't think so.
I believe that the more complex (read more expensive to own and operate) that cars and trucks become, the less fun they will be to drive.
Why do you think more and more people are turning to restoring older cars and trucks.
The classic Jeep market is booming, and most pre-2000 Wranglers, Cherokees and CJ's are in great demand.
I'm kind of tired of having Silicon Valley design our Jeeps, and would prefer getting back to the KISS principle which says, "KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID".
I would also like to be able to work on my Jeep, diagnose and fix a problem, without having to consult HAL the computer from "2001 a Space Odyssey" for directions.
Makes that early CJ3A, or a CJ7 look mighty tempting as the newer Jeeps just get more and more complicated...and cushy...ugh!
Any comments pro or con? Or, am I really alone on this one?