What old car parts should be put back into production?
Watching automakers wake up to the demand for older parts and restart production of them, gives many of us hope that the cars and trucks we cherish will survive into the future. Or at least it gives hope to those with supported models; the rest of us are just sitting here with dollars that we would be happy to spend on replica parts for our own beloved vehicles.
So, to give voice to others in the same boat as us, we would like you to tell us: What old car part are you begging an automaker to put back into production?
As a Toyota MR2 Turbo owner, I desperately wish Toyota to bring back either the factory five-speed E153 manual transmission or just its timing rings. It is a common problem on MR2s that their syncs wear out, causing gear changes to be jagged and compromising the driving experience of an otherwise delicious mid-engined small car. However, replacements haven’t been available for years, and even whole used transmissions are becoming hard to find, if not expensive. I’d shell out for new syncs in the blink of an eye, but Toyota seems deaf to me and other MR2 owners.
Of course, I understand, it makes more business sense to respond to owners of 2000GT, Land Cruiser and Supra. These were more expensive vehicles initially, so their rarity combined with their newfound popularity has led some owners to view them as assets and factory replica parts as investments. MR2s, on the other hand, are more common and have only recently been treated as valuables, so there isn’t as much demand for examples from all factories.
But I think I’m not just speaking for MR2 owners when I say my car ticks boxes for me that nothing else can do, and I want to drive it at its best. And if that means paying a little more for genuine reproduction parts, so be it.
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