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Automotive technology headaches

Microsoft IES Logo By Mark Toljagic for MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 21

Today’s new cars are more advanced than ever. But which technologies are most likely to break down and cost a lot of money to fix?

There was a time when high-tech, power-assisted features graced top-of-the-line luxury automobiles almost exclusively. Heated leather, power windows and multi-speaker entertainment systems were limited to models intended for the moneyed set. The rest of us made do with cold vinyl benches, roll-your-own windows and AM radios (okay, this is going back a ways). With few frills, however, base models were less prone to inoperative accessories that necessitated visits to a service bay.These days even the most basic economy cars come packed with features that were once the purview of the luxury segment. Add to that the new technologies on offer today: complex drivetrains, complicated electronics and exotic materials that are supposed to make our vehicles better. But what happens when they break? Do they reduce our ownership experience to one of avowed poverty to keep up with the repair costs post-warranty? Let’s take a look at some of the roadgoing technology that owners tell us are proving to be troublesome.
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