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    Quote Originally Posted by Neeley View Post
    Well, since you choose to hijack this thread...Yes, you are on Frugal Village. Yes, there are people here from every background. Some make below the poverty level. Some above and then some make well into the six figures. We are a diverse group of people with different lifestyles, viewpoints and beliefs. We all get along very well and many of us are friends outside of the forums. Typically, we do not judge others here. It would be one thing if I were asking for input on what car to buy my kid. Then it is fair game to give your opinion. But, I was simply responding to a thread about how long you keep your cars/how long they last.

    To respond to the comment about giving my kid a Charger is like giving him whiskey and a gun. I am offended. You do not know my family's situation. You know nothing about my son's level of maturity, responsibility or trustworthiness.

    I am normally not easily annoyed on this forum. I actually cannot remember in the five or six years I have been a member here when I have actually gotten upset with someone until now.
    Hi Neeley,
    I'm sorry you were upset by my post, it was not my intention. If you read it carefully, I make no judgment or opinion about you or your son. In fact, you'd see that I stated I WISHED my parents would be so generous. But I said MY DAD would've told ME it would be like giving ME a bottle of whiskey and a handgun (perhaps an indictment on my own level of maturity, responsibility, or trustworthiness?).
    I also never questioned your ability to afford the purchase. You made it clear in your message that it wouldn't be a problem.

    I am a father of two boys, 18 & 15. If you'd read my earlier post, I mentioned the recent purchase of a different vehicle for my older son, and the upcoming need for my younger son. We are also blessed in that we could purchase new vehicles for them (without the need of a car payment). But we choose not to (for a wide range of reasons). I would be happy to debate the wisdom of buying a new vehicle for a kid when they turn 16, if anyone starts a thread.

    Hopefully we can continue to be a diverse group of people with different lifestyles, viewpoints and beliefs?
    I'll now remove the hijack from the thread, and return to the original topic!!
    Friends?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frugal Sooner View Post
    Hi Neeley,
    Hopefully we can continue to be a diverse group of people with different lifestyles, viewpoints and beliefs?
    I'll now remove the hijack from the thread, and return to the original topic!!
    Friends?
    I agree.. Neely, I'm sorry if I came off judgmental. Definitely wasn't intentional! I just thought it was kind of ironic to see someone buying new sports cars for their kids on a frugal living forum. Your kids are blessed. And you're right, we all have different incomes and lifestyles, etc. No more hijack!

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    We have a 1998 Honda Civic that has 171K on it. I trust that car with my life and we have made many trips in it. We use it more than my car (Toyota Sequioa) because the gas is so much cheaper. We are in the process of selling it now because we can only ship one car back to the States, so we shipped my Sequioa since it fits our family more comfortably. I really hate to see it go. I filled up today for $35. (at 3.73/ga) and it will get about 265 miles for the tank.

    My car is an 05 Toyota Sequioa and has 90+K. I plan on keeping it for at least another 6 years (which is how long it will take to pay off the house we buy in two weeks). It is expensive to drive; $90. for a tank that gets about 300mi to it. We will replace the Civic when we get to Tn. and plan on driving that car and only using the Sequioa when we need to. They are both paid for.

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    We drove a Mercury Villager minivan for 260,000 miles before the trans finally gave out.
    My wife's current car, a Chevrolet Impala, has 181,000 miles on it and we will keep that as long as it keeps going without major repairs.
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    How do you know when it's better to repair rather than buy another car? Should we be keeping track of repairs and when it gets to a certain dollar amount get rid of it? Our van is a 2005 and has over 90,000 miles on it is why I'm wondering..

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    Quote Originally Posted by micah_mae_ View Post
    How do you know when it's better to repair rather than buy another car? Should we be keeping track of repairs and when it gets to a certain dollar amount get rid of it? Our van is a 2005 and has over 90,000 miles on it is why I'm wondering..
    For me its a "per hit" decision. One repair was $700 but that fixed everything for...*knock on wood* months now and I could not have found another comparable car for $700. Now, if it had broken down again within short amount of time and again and again then I'd be seriously reconsidering another car. I'm willing to shell out another 1k for this car because its a reliable make/model and also because I am adamant against getting a car loan. Been there, done that very recently and got myself into a pickle.

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    My first (and likely only) new car, a 2000 Toyota Echo decided not to start one day after 8 years and only 245,000 miles. We had three vehicles at the time, so I just switched to driving the other vehicle and never got around to figuring out what was wrong. I still feel a little sad that I didn't get to be able to make it into the quarter-million miles club.

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    my cousin has a 1985 toyota camry with 500,00+ miles on it. She doesn't drive it that much now cause she now has 6 kids and has a passenger van. She drives the camry to the store and around town when she is alone. She has had many offers to sell it but it was her first car in 1985......and it runs good. She doesn't have that much in maintenance....just oil changes.

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    I drive a 91 Geo Prizm that has 287K miles on it. Not the prettiest car in the world, but it does the job of getting me where I want to go. We bought it for $750 10 years ago. It's only had 2 major repairs done, and since DH can fix about anything, it only cost us parts (less than $200 each time). It is starting to have a few quirky issues, but since we have 3 vehicles (again, bargain cash deals that DH takes care of) I don't worry about losing my ride, and if the engine finally goes in this thing, I think we would probably just put another motor in it ($400 or so for a remanufactured engine) and drive it another 300K lol

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    '87 Thunderbird, bought used in 1995, kept until 2002. 160,000 miles on it.
    '00 Mustang, bought new in 2000, kept until 2010. 60,000 miles on it.
    '97 Tacoma, bought used in 2010, still have it. 130,000 miles on it.
    '03 Suzuki SV650s, bought used in 2005, still have it. 13,000 miles on it.

    I've had a few other vehicles, bought very used, with a lot of miles on each. I don't recall the starting or ending mileage.

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    dh's truck (gmc sierra) is a 2000 with 102K miles on it. It is in great condition and he says he will be able to drive it for years and years to come!
    I drive a 2004 tahoe with 78K miles on it and it is just now starting to have "age" issues. With a little tlc and upkeep we should be able to keep if for several more years.

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    I have a 2001 Honda Civic with 46,000 miles. Unless it gets smashed, it should last forever.

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    My kids decided I needed a safe reliable car in my old age so I drive a 2010 Ford flex. As my kids tell me it will last my lifetime since I drive like an old lady. lol. No car payments they paid cash.
    Before that I drove a 89 Ford Escort.
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    2010 G6 29,000 miles

    2001 Taurus 165,000 miles

    2020 Rio 159,000 miles

    1993 Blazer 135,000 miles

    We drive them until they die or cost too much.

    We bought the 2010 G6 last summer as the Taurus was costing us way to much in repairs. Since we knew exactly how it was taken care of and the trade in offer was ridiculous we kept it. We use it to tow our utility trailer and ds2 will start driving it soon. It cost under $100 for ins every 6 months.

    The 2002 RIO looks bad but what a gem! We had our first ever repair last summer at a bit over 110,000 miles. It was a belt. GOOD little car!

    The 1993 Blazer belongs to our oldest son. He just plunked down his $900 and $50 for the mechanics opinion for it a few weeks ago. He had been driving a 1996 Escort with 250,000 miles and the tranny croaked. He asked us to cosign a loan for a new car and I think they heard me laughing 3 counties away!

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    We have a 1997 Ford Expedition that has 215,000 we have put some money into it this year.

    I drive a 2004 Chrysler Town & Country it has 162,000.

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