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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 01:43 PM

This is good news. They do not deserve to have our money

High-Mileage Cars: Is 200,000 the new normal?

In the 1960s and 1970s, many automobile odometers did not even read beyond 99,999 miles. Hit 100,000, and the odometer turned back to zero. But now, thanks to tougher quality standards and post-recession financial concerns, Americans are driving their cars longer than ever before and high-mileage cars are the rule, not the exception. Is 200,000 miles the new 100,000 miles?

Consider Porsche salesman Mark Webber. While selling new sports cars every day for a living, Webber still drives his 1990 Volvo to work, despite having more than 300,000 miles on the car. I just cant see the point of spending a lot of money driving a newer, racier car every day in city traffic when my old Volvo just wants to keep on going, Webber told the New York Times.

Webber has plenty of company. While Americans once prided themselves on driving the latest and greatest car, a shift in spending habits following the recession has more Americans than ever before working to extend the life of their cars. A recent survey by the automotive research firm R.L. Polk & Co found that the typical car buyer keeps a new vehicle for 71.4 months, an increase of nearly 18 months since 2006.


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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 01:48 PM

1. I've never owned a car for less than 10 years

and have only owned one that was "new". The rest were at least six or seven years old when I got them.

They're transportation and that is all. My pleasure in them is in their usefulness and as long as they operate properly and don't cost me a bunch of money they are useful.

I've never understood the need to buy a new one every few years.

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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 03:03 PM

2. i had a 72' olds delta 88 in the 90's and i took her over 100k, i loved that car.

but the tranny got fried. it had a bad piston. when i got her, but she drove for 4 yrs and passed the emissions. then i got my sweet pea green 73 delta 88. i think she was in the 80k range(got it w/ 56k). i COULD have taken it to 100 + more, but i wads pressured to sell. didn't want to pay for the front wheel alignment, tho i had a place to do it. i think my mom's 73 chrysler new yorker was way over 100k.
i drove that barge in the 90's as well.

oh, so, i started fresh w/ the odometer at 1. like the mayans.

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