I stopped to think and remembered that the lowly Jeep helped win WW2 and the Jeep is still with us. However, it's not a four-banger hunk of steel, anymore. It has been modernized to such a point that it's hardly recognized as the descendant of a tank without the armament and extra gas can on the back. Still, though, it's nice to have a car that is so unburdened with modern technology that when you open the hood and drop a wrench inside the engine compartment, you can hear the wrench hit the ground. Nice but it's another trade-off since cars today tend to last longer before engine overhaul and/or replacement. More of the old Pros and Cons. Some bells and whistles on all we buy are designed to get our attention and cause us to want them. It's a mix of salesmanship and economic coercion, in many cases, but it can also be a big factor for those who know what they want and are willing to pay for it. One big consumer question that seems to be less asked of ourselves when we see a lot of flash and glitter is: "Do I really, really need this?" Sure, we can all live with less but then comes the follow-up question, "Are we really living when we prefer the bare essentials and deny ourselves the little extras of life?" Most people don't stop to ask themselves such questions, they automatically find themselves reaching for their wallets.