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Reply to "My first breakdown. Advice please"

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Mike, there are lessons for all of us throughout this little incident.

That modern Subaru engine is a thousand times more complex than the Briggs & Stratton units sputtering away in the back of most of our cars. Sensors, microprocessors, wiring, relays, thousands of lines of code - and yet, what broke?

A simple, mechanical, probably under-engineered widget designed to physically connect that modern engine with the 1950s technology in the rest of the car.

When things break on these cars, they are usually pretty simple to fix, because you can hold them in your hand and see what broke. Often, finding exactly what broke or got gummed up is the hardest part. No scan tool is going to help you.

Another lesson is what your wife told you. Yes, we are all just a little nuts for wanting to drive these things in the first place.

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