These days engines make more power than ever, while emitting cleaner exhaust and using less fuel. They idle rock steady, and never stall unless something is broken. You can't usually fix them in your driveway anymore, but fortunately you usually don't have to either. Over at TechNewsWorld there's an article about how automotive repair has changed over the last three decades thanks to silicon. When I was learning a good mechanic could listen, watch and feel and usually figure out what the problem was. These days you can barely even get started without an electronic diagnostic tool. Sometimes I miss the old days, but then I drive something like a Shelby GT500, that idles easily at 600 rpm, gives you a nasty punch in the back when you step on the gas, meets all emissions standards and get over 20 mpg on the highway. No sixties era car could do that and crank out 500 SAE net hp! The future will only get better with some of the cars you'll see coming soon starting at the Detroit Auto Show.