Newer cars are too complicated. What have I gotten myself into?

Posted By on April 16, 2016

20160415_ECUBMWX535dWhat a mess of "tiny snakes" as my daughter call the the organized harnesses of wires connected to my cars ECU.

I have to admit, I was taken back at the perception of a rats nest of connectors and wiring all tying into the BMW X5 35D’s computer. The air and water tight box under the hood housed the cars brain … something that every modern car has and will need for years to come. Mechanically, the drivetrain hasn’t changed that much in my lifetime, but all functions of modern vehicles have definitely changed. I consider myself relatively computer literate compared to my parents or even others in my generation, but the sophistication under the hood is making me feel pretty old.

Hopefully I won’t mess things up too much as correcting it won’t be a simple matter. Wish me luck, because I’m going to need it.


Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.