A question that has been plagueing my mind for a while is how to properly compare, or define, luxury between an old car and a new(er) car.
When i look at reviews, i mostly come to comparisons that i think are not actually hitting the point; they're comparing that for the 80's an 80's luxury car was luxury, and that that is obsolete for today's luxury standards, and in general i can only pinpoint it to just a few things that i dont neccesary concider a luxury, more a 'feature' that, well, to be honest, you can add or buy just as easy - mostly telephone integration and navigation. Now that is not neccesarily new, but we're offcourse talking smartphone integration, and well, modern navigation but usually it's more about the entertainment system which used to be called 'radio'.
Offcourse 80s luxury cars [or 90's] dont have that, so yeah, cheap shot, they're not luxury to todays standards.
but there's a real problem there for me, as i don't get the actual answer.
I'm not talking about comparing a brand new economy car to a 80's car with the weight of a tank and how the economy car would be better off looking at your fuel consumption and - probably - maintainance, though i think there's some big catches there.
I don't personally think things like a computer that tells you how many miles you have left before you need to get to the gas station is a luxury thing - it's a tech feat. that also goes imho for reading your consumption 'live' on your [board] computer. also whether i need to shift up or down. engine start/stop also.
offcourse it starts getting a bit more tricky/decisive when thinking about safety. ABS, T/C, ESP, Airbags. have a really big thing to it. when needing to hit the brakes full on in the rain, ABS helps a lot. and should you have a hefty accident, an airbag - should- be a benefit. I could make a side note here though - for example, a 2005 or 2010 Citroen C1 might get some really good crash test results , perhaps even 4 or 5 ncap stars. But is that really better than a 1995 BMW 7-series? or a 1986 bentley? Perhaps the bentley is too tricky, but where lies the 'equilibrium' ? where does a modern compact base model become better than a 10, 20 or 30 year old 'super' luxury machine - one that was the safest of ITS time? but i'm drifting off as i'm not really interested in that answer.
far more, i'd be interested in the driving experience, the daily drive, the enjoyment, of the ride itself.
when is an old luxury car obsolete compared to a modern - well - non luxury car ?
i don't want to implement phones, or satnav. not parking sensors or stuff like that.
purely the drive. the comfort, the control.
for example; a '86 bentley drives a lot better than a '86 honda civic. and obviously is much more luxurious.
and a 2010 honda civic obviously drives much better than a 86 honda civic, and, is more luxurious.
but does a 2010 honda civic [sedan] drives better than a 1986 bentley?
or how about a 1995 BMW 5-series?
that's where i'm aiming at.
and let's say you have eyes on the following cars;
1986 Bentley Eight/Mulsanne
1991 Mercedes S-Class
1995 BMW 5-Series
1998 Lexus LS-400
2001 Skoda Fabia
2008 Honda Civic
2012 Citroen C4
would the Bentley Beat the C4? Would it beat the Civic? Would it Beat the Lexus? The Mercedes?
Or would the BMW beat the lexus? Or the Skoda?
Would the Honda beat the Mercedes ?
i mean, lets say one has a good couple of grand to burn into a daily driver, and we WOULDNT look into fuel economy, NOR that your computer tells you you can go 150 miles on this tank [ i know that myself anyway ] and that you can connect your own radio that has bluetooth and navigation that can work with your phone.
would you buy a fully-loaded, leather, all on it, BMW 5-series made in 1995, in mint condition, original owner, dealer serviced, over a 2008 Honda Civic ?
Or how about a 2001 Honda Civic with all the options, over a 1995 BMW?
please don't try to look too much in status with these cars. just real, driving comfort and ride.
let's say you use your car to go to work 30 miles commute and 30 miles back, through traffic and city centre,
that you'll travel twice a year to a vacation destination, like france, or spain or italy and you travel atleast 1000 miles on that - each trip.