Last Of The Good Stuff


Last year for many OBD-I models, 1995 marked the last of an age of a perfect mixture of unrestricted programming and technological advantage.  One could have the benefits of EFI in a simple, easy to modify layout that was predictable and well-accepting of changes and modifications.

1996 marked the EPA-mandated launch of OBD-II, a complex conundrum of ultra-sensitive algorithms that were much less forgiving than their OBD-I parents.  Less accepting of modifications while being much harder to reverse engineer, those on the fence of technological know-how would either step up their level of knowledge or be left behind.  The worst of this EPA-mandated change - decreases in real world mileage for many vehicles.

Would these changes, which reduced emissions while decreasing fuel efficiency, net an increase or decrease in the 'carbon footprint' of the automobile?  Somebody probably knows, but no one I'm aware of.

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Feb 12, 2010