New cars are getting too expensive to fix! I've been saying this for years. After owning several Beetles growing up, I remember fondly getting my first Fox, then Golf, then finally our current Golf 1.8t. There is absolutely nothing on our current car I can fix besides the tailights, headlights, and wipers. You can't even really change the oil. I used to be able to do almost all of the repairs on my older VWs including belts and stuff.
The thing that scares me the most is the amount of computer parts inside the cars. When that little micro-processor goes that makes the engine idle properly - you are toast.
Good article - should be more on these problems coming down the pike.
Thanks to MonitorTan for pointing this out.