I was with you until the carb comment. Trading one problem for another 😂
Especially for me, where it was 1 deg this morning. Messing with the choke every morning, crap mileage, no power. I could probably handle it on a trail-only rig but not for a daily.
But 100% agreed on the over abundance of electronics in today’s vehicles.
I bought an '87 Wrangler specifically to get a carb for winter. Living in Yellowknife where 40 below zero is the norm no EFI understands that cold. All EFIs will flood unless the bloick heater is working and when you flood an EFI with fuel pressure at 80psi or higher it flows so much fuel you will need an oil change. No fun in a driveway at 40 below....
So I bought an engine with a carb and a fuel pump that delivers about 7psi. Even if it floods you just wait 10 minutes. My start routine every morning, lift the air cleaner, dump some raw gas from a pickle jar I kept behind the brake booster into the carb, pump the gas pedal like a madman and turn the key.... every time it fires up. clamp down the air cleaner listening to the lifters clatter waiting for oil.... and idle away on square tires. I did that for 8 years... all winter.
Back then a few guys bought the new EFI 4 Stroke sleds and after a night at the cabin, next morning they were pulling out a genset to plug in the block heaters, everyone with a 2 stroke and a carb was home before they got started.
No power ?? wrong, I now drive a Rubicon and I miss the torque of that 1987 258 inch YJ engine with a carb on the trail.... PS that YJ with the dreaded 3.07 ratios on 33s got better gas mileage than any of my TJs... And on forestry roads in 4LO it would do 60mph.... it ran like a Mustang on steroids. I've had 3 EFI Wranglers, an LJ and 2 TJRs.... I really miss the YJ with a carb.
It also had the dreaded Peugeot 5 speed.... which had 300K miles on it when I sold it... We follow and worship the internet trolls way too much. An idiot can break anything.