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QotD: Car

Question: How long do you keep a car?

My Answer: At least five to six, typically more like eight. Of course, the first car I ever owned, I kept for about a year. It was black, and that didn't go over too well in south Florida.

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7 Responses to "QotD: Car"

  1. I'm only on my second car. My first, used with 200,000 km when I bought it, only lasted a couple of years before a coolant hose dropped off when my wife (wife to be at the time) was driving it on the highway. By the time she pulled over the engine had cooked and warped.

    We bought another shortly after that had 80,000 km on it and have been running it ever since, about five years. We plan on moving on when the maintenance costs of the current car exceed the cost of getting another. We drive very little so that may be a few years yet.

    Car 1: 1988: Taurus Wagon

    Car 2: 1987: Taurus Wagon

  2. If I had my way, I'd keep the car until it runs itself into the ground. Heck, I'd love to be one of those car owners who keeps a car for 20-30 years.

    My second car, a Ford Probe, was my favorite car ever. I loved that car, maintained the hell out of it-- but it was flattened. Otherwise, I would still be driving that car today. Until I have another car I want to keep forever I'll replace them when the price of keeping the car is half of what it would cost to pay for a new car's loan every month.

  3. Well at 5+ years now this is the longest. Worse yet, I bought every single car - 5 of them now - brand new. Seems I have this habit of totalling them one way or another.

    But the REAL odd thing is this: I'm a "preferred" driver with my insurance company. With 15+ years in, the now will not surcharge me for anything as long as they keep me....

    Go figure.

  4. It depends on the car, but I typically like to keep them for a long time.

    My first car (a 1979 Ford LTD) was in my possession for about 6 years when I had it.

    I owned my second car (a 1994 Satury SL2) for 8-1/2 years.

    I have owned my 3rd car (a 2003 VW Jetta) for 2-1/4 years so far.

    I owned a 1988 Jeep Wrangler (second vehicle) for 2-3 years in the late 1990s.

    I owned a Ninja for about a year in the early 1990s.

    We owned Mrs. Eagle's 1989 Jeep Cherokee (bought used in 1999) for about 3 years, until it died.

    We owned Mrs. Eagle's 2001 Honda Civic for 2 years.

    We have owned Mrs. Eagle's 1999 Ford Taurus for 2-1/4 years.

    We'll probably replace the Taurus soon, because it is proving to be a junker. Not sure with what we'll replace it.

  5. about 12 feet 😉

    seriously though, i'm still on my first car - a mini van - that i got in 2000.

  6. Black car in FL? Ouch.

    I own a white car (which sucks as it constantly looks dirty) because anything else in this part of CA gets too hot way too fast.

    I've had my 2001 Ford Focus since November 2000. About 70,000 miles. I'll probably have it another 4 years or so, assuming nothing bad happens.

    In my family we usually keep cars until they get old enough to need major repairs .. usually somewhere around 150,000 miles. I think my parents' 1985 Dodge van did 200,000 before it died. (In 2001 I think.) Our 1968 Porsche 912 (first my grandpa's, then my dad's) is still going strong (my uncle owns it now) but it has had lots and lots of repairs over the years, and doesn't have serious mileage on it. But hey, it's a 1968 Porsche.

  7. My 1985 Dodge Van has a verified 420,000 miles on it & still running strong. No rebuilds, no major repairs. -Chris