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  • Neuro Neuro 
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    Follow up from a conversation with my car mechanic the other day. According to him – one should change cars at 10 years or 150K whichever comes earlier. My answer with the newer cars is that they should be fine for 200K if not more.

    My commute is minimal. I drive 10-15K every year and am currently at 60K in 5 years. I can easily use the same car for 15 years and still not reach 150K.

     

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    Avatar Kamban 
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    I have a Year 2000 and 2007 cars that run well. I will replace it when the cost of repairs make it not worth it for me. Till then I will keep them running.

    MPMD MPMD 
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    That sounds pretty reasonable to me.

    I would brace yourself for 3 pages of posts about how my [199x] [make] [model] with 200,000 + [X] miles is still running great but I personally don’t fetishize driving something crappy when you can afford not to.

    DK Unger DK Unger 
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    I would say it’s time to buy a new/used car when the cost to run the current car exceeds the cost of buying a new/used car. I recently had to replace an alternator on my Acura with ~140K miles but that is much more cost-effective than buying another car.

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    I’ve got a 2007 4Runner with 156k miles. It drives just fine.

    VP of Shoreside Operations for an inland marine company. Husband to an A/I Physician.

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    Lordosis Lordosis 
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    My wife had a 15 year old camry just shy of 200k that we replaced when I finished training.  I had a crappy ford focus that had about 80K and the plan was to keep it as long as possible.  Well… a month after replacing my wife’s car we find out it was a twin pregnancy.  So now I have 2 new cars and I hope to keep them for a long while.

    But I agree when you have a car that constantly needs work it makes sense to just get a new one.  It may be cheaper to put band aids on the car but your time is valuable too.  There are a lot worse things then changing cars every 10 years.

    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”

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    That sounds pretty reasonable to me.

    I would brace yourself for 3 pages of posts about how my [199x] [make] [model] with 200,000 + [X] miles is still running great but I personally don’t fetishize driving something crappy when you can afford not to.

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    🙂

    2006 with 205,000 mi

    plan to get 250,000 which will be 3 more years, then my daughter will get it and i will use it only for winter driving, skiing, etc (has snow tires and AWD).

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    MPMD MPMD 
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    That sounds pretty reasonable to me.

    I would brace yourself for 3 pages of posts about how my [199x] [make] [model] with 200,000 + [X] miles is still running great but I personally don’t fetishize driving something crappy when you can afford not to.

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    🙂

    2006 with 205,000 mi

    plan to get 250,000 which will be 3 more years, then my daughter will get it and i will use it only for winter driving, skiing, etc (has snow tires and AWD).

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    yeah yeah yeah 😀

    let me guess the ski resort is uphill both ways?

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    Avatar fatlittlepig 
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    My wife had a 15 year old camry just shy of 200k that we replaced when I finished training.  I had a crappy ford focus that had about 80K and the plan was to keep it as long as possible.  Well… a month after replacing my wife’s car we find out it was a twin pregnancy.  So now I have 2 new cars and I hope to keep them for a long while.

    But I agree when you have a car that constantly needs work it makes sense to just get a new one.  It may be cheaper to put band aids on the car but your time is valuable too.  There are a lot worse things then changing cars every 10 years.

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    I drove a camry for 13 years, a little less than 200K miles, the only issue I had was later in its life the AC didn’t work well, the car literally drove like new the entire time that i owned it. The thing is, a car at that point starts to feel old, and Fatlittlepig started to wonder why am I driving this old car, money at some point is to be spent, Fatlittlepig went to dealer and wrote a check for a car (price<30K) in and out in about a couple of hours. the camry sold on craigslist in 2 days.

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    q-school q-school 
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    i wonder if we show the other docs in the physician lounge this thread how many will vote that posters here are nutso.

    you guys are awesome.

    replace somewhere in the ten year range.  mileage less important than phone integration and traffic updates on nav system and stuff like that.

    says the guy with newer car but no trunk release and no heated seats.

    🙂

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    Zaphod Zaphod 
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    That sounds pretty reasonable to me.

    I would brace yourself for 3 pages of posts about how my [199x] [make] [model] with 200,000 + [X] miles is still running great but I personally don’t fetishize driving something crappy when you can afford not to.

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    Ha, very true. @jz said it I believe, you’re either paying maintenance or depreciation.

    Have a 2009 I think with 110k, its a hunk a junk and not long for this world, but is really just our second backup car for in town errands and such now.

    A 2013 with 70k, will keep this car a while since it runs great, and we dont drive it too much over the next couple years I’d guess.

    I think I am going to replace that 2009 with a truck if/when it becomes more costly to operate than just replace. For some reason, trucks finally seem reasonably priced.

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    Neuro Neuro 
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    Agree with q-school. Apple play and updated navigation software and electronics are the only things I miss.

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    Avatar pierre 
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    Do you actually use navigation software from the car manufacturer? With Google maps I thought that built in navigation was pretty pointless.

    Just got rid of 2002 with 120k when it would no longer go over 30 mph.

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    Avatar Anne 
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    16 years, 190k miles

    Looking at my nerdy spreadsheet total operating costs (insurance + maintenance + gas) in 2017 was $2256 and in 2018 was $2018 (what are the chances?)

    I’m not a car person and car shopping is not my idea of a good time.

    My car doesn’t feel old to me.  She’s as comfortable as she always has been, and has been reliable since day 1.  That’s really all I care about.

    Besides, when I finally do get a new car, how will I listen to all my CDs?

     

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    Neuro Neuro 
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    Not really. However – I have seen the possibilities of apple carplay. Would be a nice addition.

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