How long until we see cars where the driver/customer cannot access the engine at all? If Apple made cars, the hood would be secured with pentalobe screws (
Please visit an authorized garage to have your wiper fluid refilled). I’m not sure if this would be a good thing for cars but in computers, I’ll gladly take better design and usability in a smaller and lighter package over upgradeability and serviceability.
Thanks to my colleague Jörg Jacobsen for pointing out the striking visual similarity between the innards of the new Macbook Pro and a modern car engine.
Update June 20, 2012: Several readers have told me that the short-lived Audi A2 came with a hood that was not meant to be opened by the driver although it could be. In its place, the A2 had a small service hatch where oil and wiper fluid could be checked and refilled.