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Old 06-21-2016, 04:25 PM   #81
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I wonder how many FIRE's like me, have never bought a brand new car, never will and have never had a car payment. It is one of my golden rules......
I have never bought a new car, but I will next year. Just once before I die.

I have made payments before, but I'll just write a check for the new one.
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:12 PM   #83
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But the OP's question was about normal daily drivers, between myself and wife we have the following:
1997 Ford Expedition 4x4, my usual DD: 183K
2008 Ford Edge awd, wife's DD: 135K
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All your daily drivers are Fords, but your forum name is 38Chevy454. Everyone should have a dream car and a 454 Chevy in a 38 Chevy is a good one to have. I'm partial to 57 Chevy's myself. (with a mid 60's 327 but I've thought about getting a 454.)

That should startup a Chevy vs Ford feud.
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:37 PM   #84
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2011 Honda Civic EX, approx. 44K. I love this car. It's simple, fun to drive, and I get 40 + mpg on the highway and about 30 in town. Plan to keep it to 150K. I maintain it well so I'm confident it will go the distance.

DW - 2013 Honda Accord. Another great car, high 30's - low 40's mpg on the highway.
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I'm partial to 57 Chevy's myself. (with a mid 60's 327 but I've thought about getting a 454.)
57s are heavy, go with a 602ci.
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57s are heavy, go with a 602ci.
I know where I can get a 454 for next to nothing and have it sitting in the shop in a few hours. Needs a rebuild but that's part of the fun.
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I wonder how many FIRE's like me, have never bought a brand new car, never will and have never had a car payment. It is one of my golden rules......
I didn't think we'd ever buy a new car as it's obviously an expensive depreciating asset. But we did so a few years ago. At this point, I can't say that we regret it but it is kind of a "luxury", buying new.
Never had a car payment though.
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All your daily drivers are Fords, but your forum name is 38Chevy454. Everyone should have a dream car and a 454 Chevy in a 38 Chevy is a good one to have. I'm partial to 57 Chevy's myself. (with a mid 60's 327 but I've thought about getting a 454.)

That should startup a Chevy vs Ford feud.
That's a funny observation, but it is not really due to any real significant favoring of Ford over Chevy. Just the way it worked out. My old cars are 37 Chevy, 37 Ford, 38 Chevy, 49 Ford, 52 GMC, 55 Studebaker, 63 Dodge, 68 Pontiac. So sort of a mix with them.

327 are great engines. Although I do tend to prescribe to the more cubic inches is better, or as commonly stated "no replacement for displacement". My viewpoint on horsepower: some is good, more is better, and too much is just right! I can appreciate the newer engines and their electronic controls, but I tend to be more traditional with carbs and distributors. There is nothing like the torque of a healthy big block engine.
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That's a funny observation, but it is not really due to any real significant favoring of Ford over Chevy. Just the way it worked out. My old cars are 37 Chevy, 37 Ford, 38 Chevy, 49 Ford, 52 GMC, 55 Studebaker, 63 Dodge, 68 Pontiac. So sort of a mix with them.

327 are great engines. Although I do tend to prescribe to the more cubic inches is better, or as commonly stated "no replacement for displacement". My viewpoint on horsepower: some is good, more is better, and too much is just right! I can appreciate the newer engines and their electronic controls, but I tend to be more traditional with carbs and distributors. There is nothing like the torque of a healthy big block engine.
If you like engines that have torque, you should play around with a turbocharged diesel for a while. Max torque is generally more than HP and occurs at 2,000 - 4,000 RPM. Lots of fun... my 1.9 L diesel VW 5 speed with 20 PSI Boost, large nozzles, VNT turbo, 3 BAR MAP, and a few other goodies. Scary quick and stealth.

I've had some "decent" oldies: 65 Vette roadster, 327 300 HP; Older SS Malibu, some British iron (ugh), GTO, and some long forgotten Fords.
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Although I do tend to prescribe to the more cubic inches is better, or as commonly stated "no replacement for displacement". My viewpoint on horsepower: some is good, more is better, and too much is just right! I can appreciate the newer engines and their electronic controls, but I tend to be more traditional with carbs and distributors. There is nothing like the torque of a healthy big block engine.
I can't add much to that. And again, size matters.
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2011 Honda Civic EX, approx. 44K. I love this car. It's simple, fun to drive, and I get 40 + mpg on the highway and about 30 in town. Plan to keep it to 150K. I maintain it well so I'm confident it will go the distance.

DW - 2013 Honda Accord. Another great car, high 30's - low 40's mpg on the highway.

I think you're safe. Got my first Honda (Civic hatchback) in '83 and have not been without one since. Current 2003 Accord EX just turned 200k but DW is bent on milking it out until the Tesla 3s are available in our area. (That last one is a big maybe. And I fear withdrawal symptoms if we end up Honda-less for the first time in our married life.)
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Never bought new either. For a while, I was buying hoopdies at auction and seeing how long i could keep those on the road. I drove a 500 dollar car for 3 years- just a battery and new set of Walmart tires.

My SIL complains of her 500/month car lease payment -- I figure after a month or two I'm way way ahead financially. Not to mention, the cheaper insurance.

I'm surprised at what can be had for low bucks that is perfectly safe and acceptable transportation.

Plus, My boys are getting pretty good with bondo and sanding. I love cars. To me there is a challenge in extracting value from them.
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327 are great engines. Although I do tend to prescribe to the more cubic inches is better, or as commonly stated "no replacement for displacement". My viewpoint on horsepower: some is good, more is better, and too much is just right! I can appreciate the newer engines and their electronic controls, but I tend to be more traditional with carbs and distributors. There is nothing like the torque of a healthy big block engine.
Agree on big torque and big HP. I've always said, torque makes the car feel fast, but HP wins races. Totally agree with distributors, carbs and valve lashing, I think my dwell meter and timing light are still in the garage some place, but haven't used them since the 70s.
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3. 98/ T5 with manual trans and only 100k. This is the toy car which I really enjoy to drive
4. 93/850 sedan with 190K and my son drives it to school.

I really enjoy having these cars because ~ 80% of the parts are inter changeable among them and my spare parts inventory can be small.
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