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Old 01-11-2018, 10:31 AM   #1
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Cars people keep 15+ years

Hopefully, in 3 years my 12-year-old Highlander will be on this list.

New report: The top 15 cars that people keep for 15 years | Clark Howard

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Any US cars anywhere near that list?

I liked Clark's TV show. Does he do any podcasts or videos?
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My 1999 Camry.
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Some US made pickups should be on the list. My extended family has had great luck with them.

My in-laws have had great luck ~15 yrs with midsized Honda sedans.
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My 1999 Camry.
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Let's see... 21-year-old 4-door sedan, 20-year-old 2-door sports coupe, 15-year-old minivan, 10-year-old domestic sedan, 10-year-old domestic, large (truck-based) SUV...the SUV has been by far the biggest PITA to maintain but feels like it can hold a small apartment.
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:52 AM   #7
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We have 7 vehicles registered. 4 motorcycles & 3 cars. All are over 15 years old. Low property tax & lots of fun. What can I say, we're gearheads.

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I liked Clark's TV show. Does he do any podcasts or videos?
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2004 Camry still going strong. Very few problems with it so far.

Opps! that's only 14 years.
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Our 1997 Camry XLE (last year made in Japan) was just passed on out of our family. 20 plus years of driving pleasure. No major issues.

We have owned our 2006 Accord for 7 years. Still like new. Cannot see any reason why we will not keep it for another 10 years. We no longer put on the mileage like we did in the first ten years of owning the Camry.

Our 2006 Solara convertable, bought used, runs like a new car. Expect to drive it for at least another 10 years as well since it is a summer car only.

When we shopped in 2009, for a car we did not even bother going into the domestic showrooms. We were only interested in Toyata, Honda, Lexus, Acura.

It is not just about the product for us, it is also about the after sale dealer service.
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2005 Honda Civic with 130,000 km (80,600 miles)......no probs.
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It doesn't surprise me to see Toyotas at the top of the list. I have a 2007 Corolla with about 35k miles on it and I should be able to get it to 15 years (year 2022) when I will have unfettered access to my IRA in case I need to tap into that financial "reinforcement" to buy a new one.


My previous car, a 1991 Geo Prism (which is a Corolla) I bought used in early 1992 (10k rental miles) and it lasted me 15 years until I got rid of it in early 2007 in favor of the real-deal Corolla. Corollas are well-made, small cars, good for a single person.
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:35 AM   #13
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I'm surprised Volvo is not on the list. I thought that was the brunt of old cars jokes-held together by political bumper stickers and fueled by whirreld peas.
My V-40-not even a classic, (built when Ford owned the company) is about to turn 15 this summer. I bought it when it was 4 years old. I hope I don't have to keep it 4 more years to get my LBYM credit.
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Makes me hopeful about my purchase of a Highlander. Hope all the new high tech content doesn't change the trend.
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Makes me hopeful about my purchase of a Highlander. Hope all the new high tech content doesn't change the trend.


I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey (bought in Nov. of 04). Its a touring model, with all the electrical bells and whistles. I bought an extended warranty because I was concerned about the electronics going out, but weve had zero problems. I was talking to someone recently who said those things will either break quickly (while youre still under warranty) or last forever, and I think theres some truth to that.

Well keep this van another 5-10 years (probably handing it down to one of the kids during that period). Its been the best car weve ever owned.
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2004 Camry still going strong. Very few problems with it so far.

Opps! that's only 14 years.
same car. 140k miles. never had a problem, knock on wood.
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Old 01-11-2018, 12:19 PM   #18
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Our '01 Chevy, '04 Buick, and '07 Pontiac are all running fine. Got a few years to go before they all hit 15 years.
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I have been driving Toyota vehicles for about 20 years and always have both a Camry and a Corolla in the garage. Right now I have a 2005 Camry and a 2011 Corolla. Both have been solid vehicles. I will replace the Camry in about 2 years.
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The B7XA transmission in the Honda Odyssey through the 2002 model year is notoriously poor. It also went into the V6 Accord and some Acuras. A friend had one that he just got rid of after it left him stranded on the road. I know he replaced the transmission at least once before that.

DW and I inherited MiL's 2000 Accord, also with the B7XA. It takes some finesse to keep it from downshifting violently into second gear when accelerating out of a turn in an intersection. The car has 120K miles, and has been showing the early signs of transmission failure for about 10K miles.

If the Odyssey is an indication of the research this website did to assemble this list, I'm taking it with a grain of salt.

Also on the list: the 2002 Toyota Prius. The 2001-2003 Prius model was a homely little subcompact with all the substance of a tin can and was so stripped of options it didn't even have cruise control. DW had a 2001, so I know the car. It was reliable but unpleasant to drive anywhere but around town. Toyota sold very few of them; 2004 was Prius' breakout year with a much more passenger-friendly redesign.
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