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Old 09-14-2015, 09:53 AM   #41
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Here in the snow belt we have rusted out all of our cars well before the motor has worn out. All were in the 13-15 year old range but we don't drive much, so mileage was usually under 150,000. But they ended up with expensive structural damage due to road salt, so off they went.

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Old 09-14-2015, 09:59 AM   #42
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We have a 93 Explorer purchased new in 92. It has about 88,000 original miles on it. Did I mention that we don't drive much?

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Old 09-14-2015, 10:03 AM   #43
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DW still drives her 2004 Acura RSX at 151,000. I'm still in my 2007 Infiniti G35 at 89,000. We'll replace hers in a year or so. Mine in maybe five (before ER) and ride those suckers out as long as they'll last too.
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:10 AM   #44
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I keep vehicles for a long time, time-wise, but not so much mileage-wise. Once put over 200k on a VW bug, but living in a "big city", I do not want to break down on a freeway with cars whizzing by at 80mph. Plus, I don't really trust mechanics much.

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Old 09-14-2015, 12:47 PM   #45
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Car with the most mileage: 1980 Chevette: 42,000 miles, owned it 11 months

Car I owned the longest: 1993 Shadow: 20 years, 29,000 miles (That's twenty-nine thousand)
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Old 09-14-2015, 03:21 PM   #46
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I have 13 year old diesel pickup with 125K miles. By the time I wear out the engine, I expect to be about 97 years old.

We have a 2008 Lexus with 100K miles and a year old Explorer with 25K miles. We could easily go another 10 years without having to buy a vehicle. We rarely leave town now that we've retired.
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Old 09-14-2015, 04:25 PM   #47
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Lexus LS 400 had it for 16 years now. Bought used had 60,000 miles on it. 299,095 as of today. Have no problem driving it to Florida in a couple of months
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Old 09-14-2015, 04:42 PM   #48
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Another vote for a Sienna minivan. I purchased one new in 2001 and drove it 190k miles over a 13 year period, and it was still going strong, all the bells and whistles still worked.

I loved that van, only got rid of it because it had rusted out from our brutal Wisconsin winters.

Sold it in Jacksonville, Florida for $1800 to a woman who exported it to Africa!
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Old 09-14-2015, 05:24 PM   #49
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Longest I've had was a 1985 Toyota Pickup that was my daily driver for 20 years and 295,000 miles - finally retired it when replacing the clutch would have cost double the value of the car. Prior to that we ran a 1982 Honda Civic that got rear-ended and totaled in 1998, and a 1976 Chevy Chevette that got too unreliable (using it as a camper and towing a UHaul trailer across the country with it probably wasn't wise in retrospect).

My wife currently drives a 1996 Saturn SL2 with 160,000 miles on it, and I have the 'new' 2008 Toyota Tacoma with 65,000 miles. Just about to take the Tacoma on a 10,000 mile trip around the US. When the Saturn finally dies we might look at becoming a one vehicle (and four bicycle) household, since our mileage is a lot lower now.
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Old 09-14-2015, 05:59 PM   #50
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'91 Mazda 626 4cly 4spd. 21 years/150K. Never really took care of it - just oil/filter about every 7000 miles. Let it sit all winter and 9 months later start it up - sounded like a diesel for a while. I think I washed it 4 or 5 times - total. "Stuff" quit working like AC, doors, fan motors, etc. But engine was good when I sold it.

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Old 09-14-2015, 06:10 PM   #51
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Shortstop, that Saturn may well last forever! One of ours was a 96 and it had around 300k when we decided to take it to the junkyard. Those are great, great little cars and so easy to work on.

I think maybe we need a classified section for me to pick up used cars from some of you! Y'all have some seriously low mileage vehicles! And must be some super short commutes.
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Old 09-14-2015, 07:04 PM   #52
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I'm still driving a '93 Ford F-150 pickup with 160,000 miles.

DW- drives a '06 Lexus with 90,000 miles
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:01 PM   #53
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June 2015 we “traded in” (dumped) the wife’s 1998 Tracker, around 175,000 miles… It seemed to be spending more time in the shop than on the road… I’ve still got my 1988 Suzuki Samurai, around 250,000 miles… It starts, it gets me around, and handles our “messy” jobs.
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:50 PM   #54
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We buy new and plan on keeping the cars for 8-10 years. Our oldest car is a 2001 Toyota Sienna with ~140k miles. We bought it November of 2000, so it's been almost 15 years. I'm hoping that it'll last until our youngest goes off to college in four years, but there's been some pressure to replace it with car more suitable our older child, who's about to start driving. We'll see how that goes. The car doesn't get very many miles per year at this point, probably around 6-8k.
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Old 09-15-2015, 01:25 AM   #55
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In my youth I bought "disposable cars". Never paid more than a few hundred $ and kept them from 2 months to ~3 years. Usually sold hem because I could make a few $. My last 2 cars were an 88 Tempo (that I kept 14 years and 180K miles) and a 2005 Mustang GT (nearing 11 years and 70K miles). I Also have an 07 Ranger as a winter vehicle (~70K miles). I'm 66 and unless I'm bored with the current fleet, I'll own'em until they pry my driver's license out of my cold dead hands.

One of the longest owned and driven cars I know about belongs to a friend. It's a 59 MGA that he bought new. It's been winter stored for at least 30 years but he thinks it has about 350K miles on it. Before you go looking for one, it has had 2 restorations and is getting ready for another one. The next one will cost about 3 x what he paid for it even with a lot of free labour supplied by friends.
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Old 09-15-2015, 05:32 AM   #56
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My longest owned car was a 95 accord that my parents bought new in 95 for me as a graduation gift. I kept it until 2014 and it had at least 208k km (odo stopped working).

I would have kept it longer but we fired and decided to make do with one vehicle.

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Old 09-15-2015, 07:28 AM   #57
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Owned the longest........1986 Dodge D-50 (read Mitsubishi) pickup bought in 1992, junked in 2004. Had 24K miles when purchased, 88K when junked. Engine ran great but plastic and rubber parts disintegrated in the southern sun. Needed new ball joints, light switch died (could have jury rigged a replacenet switch/solenoid), new exhaust, getting near new clutch and brakes and timing belt.....just gave up but only cost $3400.
Most miles.......89 Grand Prix bought new (last new car ever bought) sold in 2000 with 115K, also 95 Windstar, passed on to niece in 2005 with 115K.
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:12 AM   #58
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:21 AM   #59
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For The past 10 years, I have had 3 cars for 2 houses. 1 car at each home and 1 that travels between the homes.

I just sold my 2000 corvette convertible with 70,000 miles. It was well maintained and would have kept it another 10 years if not for life style changes.

I also just sold my 1999 dodge Durango with 68,000 miles. It was also working just fine and maintenance costs were low. Again, I would have kept it for another 5 years if not for life style changes.

So now I have 2 new cars and expect to keep them 15+ years.
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Old 09-15-2015, 09:06 AM   #60
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What is it they say about those old gm cars...they run badly longer than most other cars run..or something like that.

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