How long do you keep your car for before you get a new one?

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  1. jinduy

    jinduy Diamond Member

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    most people i know plan to keep their cars for about 4 years (when the car's paid off) and then finance a new one.

    for me i always told myself that I'd like to keep my car until it starts feeling shaky or things constantly break down.

    however, my 02 civic still seems to hold up real well although i occasionally get paranoid that my car might break down in the middle of the freeway just because it's 6+ years old.
     
  2. ConstipatedVigilante

    ConstipatedVigilante Diamond Member

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    My family has run all of our cars (or almost) into the ground. They typically last 5-8 years before giving it up. When the Ford Explorer died it was actually pretty spectacular - the transmission wouldn't go into 1st gear when my brother was driving us home from school, and all the revving to get it into 2nd gear quickly made it overheat. And then when we finally got it home, we saw that it had been leaking coolant, or water from the radiator. And a fan belt had come loose. The thing was fucked. The other cars basically just wouldn't start one day.
     
  3. Jeff7

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    I keep it until it can't do the job it was built for.

    My car: '97 Hyundai Elantra GLS, rebuilt.
    It was bought in 2000 for $5k with 35k miles on it. It's still running reasonably well, and approaching 100k miles. About once every two weeks it has a little trouble starting, but it always does get going eventually.

    My sister's still got her first car as well.

    My mom's car is....I don't know how old. 15 years, possibly more.

    My dad tends to keep his cars until a deer wrecks them; he seems to have a knack for hitting them after dark, though once during daylight one smacked into his back passenger door. My car, my sister's car, and my dad's various cars have been bought from a guy, Randy Knecht, who rebuilds them as a business. He generally buys insurance wrecks and then does a damn good job rebuilding and refurbishing them. Some of these things are pretty messed up, too - a few even come in with head imprints on the windshields. :Q (Wear your seatbelts, dammit!)

    I have had some things fail on the car over the years. Notable ones:
    - One radiator fan died. A replacement was only $30, pulled off another car in his lot.
    - At least two of the power window motor assemblies have died, though I don't know the failure mode. But the result is the same:
    A nylon pulley is broken in half, and the braided steel wire used to move the window carriage is all screwed up and unusable. So I don't know if the steel wire gets frayed, tangles, and the tension snaps the pulley, or else if the manufacturer cheaped out and used plastic pulleys where metal should really be used. In my experience, it's probably the latter.
    One of the motor units got replaced; the other, I just don't have the money for it right now. I made a few modifications such that the leftover steel wire is bolted in place to the door, holding the window closed semi-permanently.

     
  4. DVad3r

    DVad3r Diamond Member

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    Till it dies where repairing it actually costs more than the car is worth. I'm confident that even after my engine blows I can get a used Jap one for around $ 2500 installed.
     
  5. Blayze

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    Probably going to drive my current car until it dies, but I may buy a new one as well. Anyway the car is almost 14 years old now, and still going strong. Excellent engine, body, etc... for a car its age.
     
  6. TallBill

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    Till it's more economically viable to buy a new one.
     
  7. irishScott

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    I don't own my own car yet, but my Dad drove his ancient Tercel for 20 some-odd years until it died. He's had his Avalon since 2000. We also have one of the original 98 Siennas.

    I'll probably keep whatever I buy until it dies or is ridiculously outclassed (Analogy ie: If the upgrade was from a P3 to a Core Duo)
     
  8. mztykal

    mztykal Diamond Member

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    I usually keep cars for a year. But I buy older cars, mod them till I run out of things to buy for them, then sell them and repeat. Though this summer I'm picking up a s2k as a new daily driver. :)
     
  9. Slapstick

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    I'm still driving a 97 Civic, runs as just good today as when I bought it. Only regular maintenance done, no repairs, (knock on wood). The only thing about a Honda is keeping up the maintenance schedule, especially the timing belt/water pump replacement and of course oil changes and they run 10-15 years without a problem maybe longer.
     
  10. mugs

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    I'll drive my car until it becomes too expensive to maintain, or until someone hits me and totals it.
     
  11. Koing

    Koing Elite Member <br> Super Moderator<br> Health and F

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    no new cars for me, only second hand ones.

    First car was a 97 vauxhall astra bought in 2005 for £600, only normal maintenance done, no real extra work apart from £100 a year on stuff. Sold summer 08 for scraps, due to some punk smashing the passenger mirror and side mirror about 2 times!!!

    Summer 08 bought ad s2k :) and I'll keep it for two years and get an e46 me or something.

    Koing
     
  12. BrownTown

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    To the point that the cost of the next repair would exceed the cost of the car (although that can't always be determined so a better metric might be that the maintenance costs exceed, or at least approach the monthly payment on a new car).

    EDIT: obviously lost time is part of the equation, if you miss a day of work because your car brakes down then that lost income is counted against the car.
     
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    I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan that is nearly 10 years old. I bought it used in 1979. It has nearly 2500 miles on it and its still going strong.
     
  14. BrownTown

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    that makes no sense on several fronts...
     
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    Are you a time traveler? What happens when the 'Van hits 88 mph?
     
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    lol wut


    As for me, I tend to keep them for a long time. I usually get rid of them when there is too much work that needs to be done to keep it running (Conquest), or I deem it too rusty / damaged to put money into (Mustang, Cadillac) or when I just find it necessary to upgrade to something better suited for the type of driving I'd need to do with it than the car it's replacing. These factors are all weighed against how much I happen to like the particular car too, of course.
     
  17. Pocatello

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    And they say time travel is impossible.
     
  18. SmoochyTX

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    Generally until it's has enough problems that I'm tired of dealing with it.

    I had a 1998 Ford Explorer XLS, bought used in 2003 with 58k, that I only drove a year and a half before it was worthless. Needed a new transmission, had already replaced the radiator, and had more things wrong with it than that (but that I can't remember). I traded it in for a 1999 Buick Regal GS in early 2005, which had... 60,000 miles on it, maybe. Drove it for about two years. Also needed a new transmission, and had issues with the wheel speed sensors IIRC... and maybe the fuel pump. Traded it in for a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP CompG in early 2007. I'm still driving it, I've never had any problem with it, and hope to keep driving it for another 2-3 years.
     
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    OMG! This is the best post I've EVER seen in my whole life! LOL

    For real,... I'm at work right now and I can't stop laughing,...
     
  21. ISAslot

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    1968 Ford XL - Owned for 12 yrs
    1987 Toyota Tercel - Owned for 3 yrs

    Cost to purchase: $0

    I work on em myself though.
     
  22. skyking

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    Nice one caspur:)
    98 camry with 170,000 miles.
    car before that one was an 86 mazda with 350,000 miles, the neighbor drove it 20,000 more.
     
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    1995 Chevy Geo Prizm with about 160,000 miles
    2000 Caravan with 135,000 miles

    Bought the Caravan nearly-new, dealer car with a few hundred miles on it
    Picked up the Prizm a few years ago for my kid to drive to school, for $1500. I LOVE this car.
     
  24. Jumpem

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    03 Miata Sport: 16 months
    04 Forester XT: 14 months
    05 STi: 3 months
    05 Frontier NISMO: 13 months
    07 Fit: 28 months (We're looking to replace this one now)
     
  25. Kaieye

    Kaieye Platinum Member

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    I got rid of my then new 1985 mini truck after 15 years and 168k. Both oil light and brake lights were on and it was running on three cylinders. Then I bought a new van.