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Honda CR-V.
My last three cars, including the current one.
I don't keep them much past 150K miles, but I've been extremely happy with both the comfort and reliability of them. Zero maintenance beyond the standard oil changes, etc.
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:48 AM   #63
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Honda CR-V.
My last three cars, including the current one.
I don't keep them much past 150K miles, but I've been extremely happy with both the comfort and reliability of them. Zero maintenance beyond the standard oil changes, etc.
I've had 5 foresters...crvs are too hard to see out of, plus I don't see many of them on the ski hill
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Honda CR-V.
My last three cars, including the current one.
I don't keep them much past 150K miles, but I've been extremely happy with both the comfort and reliability of them. Zero maintenance beyond the standard oil changes, etc.
I'm a fan of Honda reliability - we had a 2008 Pilot that was a great car - except for road noise. I test drove a new Accord and CR-V and found the road noise improved, but still significantly elevated. Very irritating, especially on long drives.
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I've had no problems with the CR-V on the ski hill, but I agree the Forester is a good car.

Every time I've gone shopping, I wind up with two or three top choices, and the final decision comes down to one thing. How comfortable is the driver's seat for a long trip? Every time, it has been the CR-V. Your butt may vary.
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I've had no problems with the CR-V on the ski hill, but I agree the Forester is a good car.

Every time I've gone shopping, I wind up with two or three top choices, and the final decision comes down to one thing. How comfortable is the driver's seat for a long trip? Every time, it has been the CR-V. Your butt may vary.
ybmv? yeah I dig subaru seats
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:59 AM   #67
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vettes have such a high depreciation rate I'm not sure I'd ever buy a new one and I like new cars. You can get a NICE c5 nowadays for a little over 10K

check out this c6 https://boise.craigslist.org/cto/5782062852.html
As stated in my previous post, I consider a Corvette to be as much a toy as transportation. And if you put a lot of miles on them like we do, I'd never own one that wasn't under factory or GM extended warranty. Your situation may be different.

I wonder how a 12-20 year old Chevy sedan compares in price to a Honda or Toyota of the same age?

C5's are now between 12 and 20 years old, and at just 5k miles per year will have between 60k and 100k miles. They seem to get lots of TLC from the first owner and then it usually goes downhill after that.
I've seen several new members in our local Corvette club who bought a "nice" Corvette 10-20 years old and got eaten alive by the repair costs.
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I wonder how a 12-20 year old Chevy sedan compares in price to a Honda or Toyota of the same age?
good question. I have a 95 firehawk convertible. I think I could sell it easily for $8K. Not sure a 95 honda/toyota would sell for that.
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I've got a 2003 Lexus RX 300 AWD with 202,000 miles on it, so I'm definitely in favor of driving a car as long as it makes sense. In addition to all the other posts here about reliability (and we are a 4-for-4 Toyota family) I think one other thing to consider is the safety improvements in newer cars.

As long as the older car is running well and has the basics (airbags, anitlock brakes, etc.) then I think it is fine to keep driving, but when one gets close to the "tipping point" about whether it is worth upgrading to a newer car (not necessarily brand new, but newer) then I do think the new safety features available are well worth considering. These include backup cameras, side cameras, radar-controlled cruise control, etc. Yes, they would be more to break down presumably but there is considerable upside.

For me, my car is still running fine but the 20-mpg is a bit annoying. I've got an order in for one of those new Tesla 3's coming out end of next year (first new car purchase is 20+ years). They seem worth waiting for and I'm quite happy driving my older car for a while longer. There is question whether it will be worth just hanging on to it for drives to the snow after the new Tesla comes in, but I've got some time to think about it.
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Thanks, I am very interested in the Evolution you posted. I have looked at a few used ones on Craigslist, but they have a few problems

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I just went to the club car dealer that is fixing Blackie (my 08 RXV).

He said he's had nothing but problems with EVs and Star carts. Apparently once the batteries go out (usually within 2 years) they are very expensive to replace. He says they are made cheaply in China.

Of course he tried talking me into buying a brand new, fully loaded club car for $8600.... ...worst part is I'm seriously considering it
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Sweet spots for cars/trucks. Either very recent/current models (new) or 40 to 60 years old. Very little interest in anything in-between.

YMMV (and probably will for most on this board)
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^^ You mean like these two beauties?
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.... Any suggestions on an "over the road" SUV type car?
We have been really happy with our Subaru Outback. It is a great road-trip car... very comfortable... plus AWD and a higher ground clearance than most SUVs. IMO, it is somewhat between a wagon and an SUV.
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