The engine/drivetrain in my "old" 91 164S has run completely trouble free for tens of thousands of Kilometres (307,000 to be specific at this point). Heads never off, same "as new" oil pressure, no injector or ignition problems, no transmission issues (finally had to replace the clutch), no axle or hub problems. Yes, it sucks oil due to bad OE oil rings from new. Electric sensor (found on all cars) failures were sometimes issues, and inadequately sized OE steering rack, seals evidently overloaded, as well.
There is nothing special about an electronic dip stick, as the accuracy is not needed, ie, valueless in the real world, and the metal stick version cannot fail, so it is 100% reliable, and it's accuracy is clearly good enough.
Yes, some newer electronic drivetrain control systems do improve the performance and lower pollution, but much of the rest, as in the infotainment systems, are just changes because "it's new and different", nothing more. And, some of the new electronic systems for steering and braking, as examples, are hardly necessary, and actually distance the driver from much of the sensual input desired for better vehicle control. The technical word for that might be "numb". Will give you that with self driving cars, who the heck will care. Just get in and go to sleep, lol.
Friend of ours back east bought a new Camry to replace her old one. Spent well over an hour being lectured by the salesman about how wonderful the new infotainment and car control systems were compared to her old 2000 version, what all neat things they could do, most of which she decided she would never ever bother to use, too much to remember or figure out for functions meaningless to her and almost all other drivers. Just had to laugh at that.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 06-10-2019 at 07:32 PM.