A mechanic with 20 years of experience advised motorists on what features to look for when buying a new car.
The content creator warned about the risks of the technology in modern vehicles.
In a YouTube clip, David Long, known as the “Car Wizard,” advised motorists to avoid buying Subaru cars with built-in EyeSight driver assistance technology.
He said there is a camera mounted on the windshield above the rear-view mirror that helps drivers deviate from their lanes.
However, David described the technology as “problematic” and warned that if it ever went down, a trader would have to reprogram it.
He warned that it could be tough for drivers as replacing this feature is very expensive.
David urged motorists to reconsider buying a General Motors car that has a feature called Active Fuel Management.
It is a feature in V6 and V8 engines that can deactivate cylinders to increase fuel efficiency.
David warned of potentially “catastrophic” effects should the system fail, saying the replacement could cost anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000.
He suggested motorists should try to find cars and trucks that don’t have the AFM feature.
The electric car market in the US is expected to boom in the coming years as more and more motorists become interested in this type of vehicle.
ELECTROAUTA BATTERY HEALTH
However, David warned that drivers should refrain from buying an electric vehicle if the car’s battery level is below 50 percent.
Similar to mobile phones, the batteries in electric cars can become weaker as the charging time increases.
Driving experts at the RAC have warned that fully charging or discharging a battery can lead to faster deterioration.
David has warned that replacing the battery can cost upwards of $10,000.
He also warned that hot temperatures and cold snaps can affect the health of an electric car battery.
He said: “If they start to crash, it can happen pretty quickly that the vehicle will soon become unusable.”
The car superfan said he “really likes” electric vehicles, but said “they still have a lot of bugs to fix to make them viable, trustworthy and reliable.”
David also urged motorists to avoid cars with rotary engines.
Rotary engines were popular in the 1960s and 1970s, but one of their biggest drawbacks is their reliability, according to automotive experts at Capital One.
The popular mechanic has warned the technology could cause problems for motorists.
Cars from brands like Tesla have an all-inclusive in-dash screen that includes:from the speedometer to the map to the air conditioning.
But David said, “What happens if the screen goes out? It will fail. You don’t know how fast you’re driving, you don’t know the directions on the map. If it goes black, you lose everything.”
He also warned about the problems related to app-based controls.
David said: “We all know that technology works quickly and ruthlessly. It won’t let you down with unsupported technology.”
The YouTuber is known for providing tips for drivers on his channel and has more than 900,000 subscribers.
In another video, he revealed what drivers shouldn’t tell their mechanics and the four areas of a vehicle to check before buying.