By on March 6, 2009

The auto industry spends millions each year studying what motivates people to buy a car. Much less studied, perhaps not even studied at all is what motivates people to get rid of a car. After all, people don’t just fall in love. They also fall out of it. We have a list of likely suspects: new car fever, the warranty running out, problems, maybe even the suspicion of future problems. So, what motivated you when you got rid of a car? A few critical bits of info: model, model year, month/year sold, odometer when sold (or junked). Extra credit: month/year purchased, odometer when purchased. Lessees need not respond: you’re boring—the lease simply ran out. I’ll go first. I traded my 1996 Ford Contour SE V6 (purchased October 1997 with 23k miles) when the engine lost some compression in three cylinders thanks to an engineering defect. Replacing the engine would have cost more than the resulting increase in the car’s value. That was in November 2003, with 69,000 miles. We sold my wife’s 1998 Olds Intrigue (purchased in January 1999 with 14k miles) in July 2004 with odometer in the high 70s because she was bored with it, and we thought it might start having problems at some point—though it had had none for the previous 2-3 years.

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89 Comments on “Ask the Best and Brightest: Why Did You Sell Your Car?...”

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    1969 Beetle – Junked 1991. Engine fell out. Around 230,000 miles or so on the clock
    1996 Golf – Traded 1999. Warranty about to expire. 30,000 km
    1999 Echo – Traded 2001. Wanted something with an engine. 18,000 km.
    2001 Turbo Beetle – Traded 22 months later. Beautiful chick magnet and utter lemon. 48,000 km.
    1970 VW Type 3. Sold for a bottle of (good) wine. No time to do restoration. About 130,000 miles
    2003 Honda Jazz – Sold to private buyer Nov 2006. Relocated to USA. 50,000 km
    2003 Citroen C3 – Sold to private buyer Nov 2006. Relocated to USA. 46,000 km
    2007 Rabbit. Sold to dealer Jan 2009. Relocated to Australia. 19,000 miles

    Feb 2009 – Bought a new 2009 loaded auto Honda Jazz VTI-s.

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    In November 2004, I traded in a 1995 GMC Sonoma (base model, had just rolled over to 100k, and I had hit a deer a few months before– it was a total POS that left me stranded more than once) for $300 on a 2005 Subaru Impreza (base model, balloon-payment-financed, since you can’t lease in NY as such – I had just gotten my first Real Job). The Subaru was a nice car and fantastic to drive, but I just never got that attached to it. I fretted about every rock chip in the hood, and every door ding it got. On top of that, lousy-for-a-small-car gase mileage (low 20s in town, barely touched 30mpg at 70mph), a tiny trunk, and cramped back seat meant that it just wasn’t a practical car for me. It was, however, absolutely reliable, save for the inside-release for the trunk failing, which was covered under warranty– the worst part was that at the same time, there was a hunt for a guy who escaped from prison, and had killed a state trooper, so I couldn’t just pop my trunk open at the roadblocks set up every mile or so.

    In February 2008, I traded the Subaru in, at about 44k, on a 2004 xB (with 66k – I’m now at about 77), which I am much happier with. I got a few hundred over what I owed on the Subaru, which also happened to be about the same price as the used xB. Not the greatest deal ever, but I don’t think I got screwed, either (and that’s not for lack of trying on the dealer’s part).

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    Last sale.
    05 New Style Jetta 77K miles 37 months old.

    Rolled into a Honda dealer and made a deal on an Element.
    8 months later and 26k miles. I am very happy. Yes, I miss the VW feel, but not the high cost of ownership.

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    Im even more boring than the aforementioned Lessees, i haven’t sold a car. Still driving my first car, 2003 focus 2.0 auto estate, bought new cash, ordered february -03 and delivered in june -03. Now has 110.000km on it and works just fine. Very boring car though, and very thirsty with the auto, i get about 10l/100km or 23MPG combined.. Not exactly fast either. Thought about buying a a new car for years, but i guess im just lazy and there´s not a single reasonably priced car i really want.

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    1985 Jetta diesel – Got rid of it in June of 2001 because I didn’t want to deal with federalizing it to US standards (had a metric only speedometer). Got rid of it with about 3500000 kms on it. Last I heard a couple years ago, it was still running with its new owner.

    2001 Hyundai Accent with 4 speed automatic – Bought new in May 2001, traded it 2 years later at about 40000 miles due to multiple transmission control module failures.

    1989 Jetta TD – Owned for 2 years, sold it on Ebay and only lost $25 over what I paid for it originally. Got rid of it because I bought a brand new Jetta. Had about 230000 miles on it.

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    I had a 2001 Grand Am GT coupe,bought new Nov 2000.Very nice, leather silver on silver,monsoon radio well kept 99000 klm[60000 miles].I figure easy to get to 2012 with a little TLC.

    I opted to take an early retirement from GM General Motors opted to make it even earlier.
    The package included a new car voucher.I retired on the same day that President Bush wrote the first check.I ask myself,how long will this voucher be worth more than the paper its written on?

    So I traded my beloved Grand Am on a new Impala.
    In fairness the used car manager did compliment me on my car and it was reflected on the trade in value.In Canada the employee price is fixed,so I knew they wern’t playing with the price on the Impala.

    Who ever scooped that Gran Am got a real good car.

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    82 Mercury LN7 – sold it because I was commuting to college and needed a reliable car
    89 Plymouth Colt – got out of college and wanted a new car, that red Integra GSR was very shiny
    94 Integra – I had occasion to carry home office types jammed into the Integra, decided I needed 4 doors
    98 Contour SVT – ran great, but the emissions controls that revved the engine to 3k at stoplights irritated the hell out of me, and that black RSX-s was very shiny
    02 RSX – quit my corporate job, decided to be a house flipper. Sheetrock doesn’t fit in the back of an RSX
    06 Honda Element – There is only so much shit you can take from your friends for driving an Element. Also, I was able to lower my payment and save gas money getting into my 08 Fusion SEL stick lease.
    08 Fusion – lease is up in 1 year, we’ll see……

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    I am only allowed (by my wife and parking space) to own one toy/project at a time, so I normally buy a car thats in need of some work, fix it, sell to some friend that needs a ride and then repeat.

    I have used the same money to do that for the last 5 or 6 years.

    Last cycle was a 1997 Citroen Xantia TurboCT I bought for US$4000, fixed up for 3 months while using it to get to work and back, and I am now selling for US$5000 to buy a newer one….

    I mostly sell cars when they stop leaving me stranded and I get bored :)

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    I would really like to get rid of my 2003 Forester because the wind noise on the highway is just brutally fatiguing. Not sure if it’s gotten worse over the years or what. Now it’s got a heat shield rattle I’m going to try to get rid of this weekend.

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    1986 – VW Jetta – got wrecked by someone who wanted to turn left in front of me
    1986 Ford Taurus – leaked every fluid and could never stop it.
    1991 Thunderbird – blew the motor and the steering rack
    1986 Ford Bronco II – sat too long and couldn’t get it to run right
    1994 Ford Crown Vic – Brother’s friend blew the motor when he borrowed it
    1998 Chevy S-10 – motor blew, cluch slave blew, driver’s door latch FELL OFF..biggest POS ever.
    2000 Mazda B-3000 – needed too much (shocks, brakes, transmission rebuild – my fault) and gas was getting high. Traded for a Fusion

    Car I have now 2006 Ford Fusion – still have it but want to sell it to buy something with 4wd because I learned my road is the last one in the city to get plowed during a snow storm and I can’t get home.

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    1996 S10, transmission blew up 2x, once stranding my wife in Iowa, once almost killing me on 95.

    2000 Ford Focus, airbag deploying crash in 2003. What my friend called the “Irish Lease”: total the car every three years.

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    I sold my Lincoln Mark VIII after it stranded me in strange places for the last time. Ever spent a weekend in erie PA? 140,000 miles, 11 years. I bought it used on Lincoln’s birthday in 1998, 30,000 miles.

    When I was young, I bought 1957 Chrysler New Yorkers (with hemis!) for $25, cause the right hand headlights had fallen out after 4 New York winters, and drove them a few months until the left hand headlights fell out. Sometimes I got $10 at the junkyard.

    My wife sold her 1977 Impala coupe in 1998 (21 years, not a typo!) after she won a convertor to play CDs in the tape player. Her car had an 8 track player in the radio, and I guess that made it too old for further consideration. She bought this car in 1987, 10 years old, with 30,000 miles, for $1200.

    Bob Elton

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    Ford TE Cortina 3.3 GL Bought new in ’77 sold in ’77 as the rear quarters were rusting and falling off.
    Rover Three Thousand Five bought in ’77 sold as wreck in ’81 too expensive for me to repair.
    Ford ZG Fairlane, Bought in ’81 sold in ’87 body rusting out
    Ford XC Falcon, bought in ’87 sold in ’93 rusting out
    Ford XE Falcon bought in ’93 sold in ’96, front end stuffed and LPG system catching fire!

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    2003 Cadillac CTS. Being sold now. Two reasons, first there’s newer car fever. Second, with over 100K miles, there will be the inevitable trips to the shop. Here in NYC, finding a trustworthy mechanic is no small feat. My last experience was a serious letdown. It’s as if they had borrowed the chimps from the Central Park Zoo. I got the car back (the second time) with a number of tools sitting on the floor.

    Plus, it’s time. I need to drive something different. In this case it’s a step up to a V8 engine. I need to have one more V8 car (Cadillac STS, certified pre-owned program) before the world changes. And we got a killer deal on it.

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    I don’t sell cars. I run them into the ground.
    My european Fiat Uno lost its transmission, so we bought another Uno and mashed them up together.

    My current 2002 Golf is still going well at 110,000 miles. If I wasn’t planning on moving back to Europe, I’d get another car now, but it’d be silly under the circumstances.

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    1999 Subaru Outback: Traded it in at 120k because it was the worst POS I have ever had in repairs, depreciation, and the closest dealer sucked.
    1989 LeSabre: Gave it away running fine (and it was very low-cost to own) at 235k miles to someone who needed a car. This car beat that Subaru hands-down.
    1985 Jetta: Sold it because it was so damn noisy and rough on the highway, and I was doing a lot of highway driving at the time.

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    Assuming no major problems (fire, seized engine, severe accident damage, etc.) or life changes, we keep vehicles for about 7-8 years or about 120,000 miles. At this point desirable, well-maintained cars have some resale value to private parties, and the proceeds can be applied to the next purchase, usually new. This has worked pretty well for several decades and helps to restrain impulse buying.

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    1993 Honda Civic LX- bought new in July 1993, used to commute 100+ miles daily to/from college & work, sold in 9/96 with 188,000 miles on it! Sold it because I graduated college and thought I “deserved” a new Accord.

    That ’96 Accord turned out to be the worst car I’ve ever owned! To this day, I regret selling my ’93 Civic.

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    1970 VW Squareback: Original engine seized at 90K. Rebuilt engine installed on the street in front of my house. Never ran the same after. Bought Jan 81. Sold Oct 81.

    1973 Ford Econoline Van. My then-girlfriend’s (now wife) honest to goodness fuck truck. Bed in back, cabinets, a little fridge (more like a glorified cooler), the whole nine yards. Transmission blew on a roadtrip in 1983. Rebuilt tranny put in but everything else in the drivetrain, including the motor, never worked well. Don’t remember mileage but was well under 100K. Fond memories of the vehicle but what a piece of crap. Bought Feb 82. Sold Feb 83.

    1982 Subaru Hatchback (can’t remember if it was a DL or GL). 35K when bought, 70K when sold. Reason: always needed work. Never a great car. Bought Jan 84. Sold Oct 86.

    1980 Datsun King Cab 4×4 Pickup Truck. Bought May 88. Sold Aug 93. Was just getting too worn for everyday duty and was replaced with new 93 Ford Explorer (which I still have). 70K when bought. Maybe 115K when sold.

    1985 Honda Prelude. Purchase new in Nov 86. Gave away in Nov 99. Dealer demo with 2K miles. When given away, 185K. Why? A/C was shot (the A/C sucked to begin with). Heat almost gone. The whole body frame shaked and rattled when you drove it–the car was a death trap in waiting. And it was never a great car. Honda’s vaunted reliability wasn’t based on this thing. The clutch wore out every 50K (I don’t burn clutches), the power steering blew at 60K. The car never stayed aligned, it shimmied it’s entire life.

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    ’74 Fiat 128 bought new, sold it in Dec, ’79 when it was leaking a mixture of oil and antifreeze from the engine. Replaced it with an ’80 accord. The payments on the Honda were less than the average monthly repair bills on the 128. Our mechanic cried (I think he had kids in college).

    More recently, traded a Lexus ES330 less than 3 yrs old for a BMW 535i. The gussied up Camry was just too boring.

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    I bought my ’93 Passat VR6 with 115,000 miles on it in the spring of ’03. By the time it reached 165,000 in ’07 I was fed with everything breaking, and the high cost of parts. I saw an add for a lease on an Impreza and took it.

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    Steven Lang

    Wife’s cars were far more interesting… ten years and 175k miles worth of driving netted about $1350 in overall buying/selling costs.

    1983 Lincoln Mark VI: The car Spock was buried in. It was DOA on my then girlfriend’s driveway and the cats had deemed it their new home. Used heavy amounts of deodorizer, new fluids, new battery, inflated the tires, and prayed. It worked for 5 years and 34,000 miles. The day her mom gave her the title to the vehicle was the day that it died. A few years later I sold it for scrap with virtually the exact amount I had in it for repairs and maintenance.

    1986 Toyota Camry: Bought in 1996 for $500 from a noueveau riche doctor from Emory who failed to pay for a new tag, was rude to the cops, and got impounded. The fellow genuinely felt sorry for my wife’s Steenkin Lincoln and I drove him home after his car was towed during a test drive in downtown Atlanta. Lasted about 2 years and had all the options for it’s time. Even a sunroof. My wife was in love. We sold it for $800 after it had too many overheating issues.

    1983 Lincoln Mark VI Coupe: This car nearly killed me. After having it inspected at Pugmire Lincoln/Mercury the brakes virtually gave out on a busy Atlanta street due to rust. The dealership were axe-hoes and I successfully sued them for all the rust related repairs the vehicle needed. After that, the only time it broke down was five miles from our house with six people on their way to a pre-wedding dinner at my in-laws. We used it as our getaway limo when we were married, and the other Lincoln was very good for parts. Bought and sold it for $1500 after about 20k miles.

    1997 Ford Escort LX: Two year old burgundy model with automatic, air, 35k miles and power nothing. Bought it for $5000 at a dealer auction after we got married and my wife wanted a vehicle that was at least built in the same decade. Drove it for four years and 60k miles with nary a problem. Sold it for $3000.

    1996 Dodge Grand Caravan: Six year old model. Bought for $2950. Very nice driver but had the weird combination of power locks, no power windows, and the Mitsubishi 3.0L V6. I still remember our first child climbing up and down on the seats when we first got it. I replaced one tranny for $1100, netted $1800 after the car got side swiped and the insurance company tried to screw around with her not knowing that I was knee deep in automotive remarketing at this point (I knew what it was worth and had the resources to prove it.) I sold it for $2600 after 45k miles.

    Before I got fully into the car business, I had the following cars.

    1991 Toyota Celica GT-S: Fantastic vehicle. Sure it was noisy, underpowered, and cramped if you had more than yourself and a dwarf in it. But it looked brilliant and had an amazing System 10 stereo speaker that was light years ahead of it’s time. A bread truck smashed into it in 1994. I was fine. I then added an extra $4000 to my insurance check and bought…

    1994 Toyota Camry Coupe: Red, Sunroof, I bought it up north since Southern Camrys at that time were not available with ABS. I drove it for 12 years and 239k miles. Always got 30 mpg highway and 27 mpg in mixed driving. It was a lot like an undepowered Mercedes with far fewer gadgets and creature comforts. Finally, after not driving it for a month, I sold it with a 3 foot gash on the passenger side for $2500.

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    1995 Thunderbird LX V8 – The odometer stopped at 124,860, although the car had closer to 200,000 based on yearly averages. Bought the car in May, ’95 new with no miles for $15,600. Sold it in Dec. 07 for $1,500. I maintained it pretty well over the years and it was a great car, overall, but it was time to move on. Picked up a used 540i to replace the ol’ ‘Bird.

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    1976 Pontiac Grand Prix. Bought new by parents, handed to me during university, junked in 1995 at 160,000km.

    Cons: rust everywhere, always tried stalling after 3 km if not warmed up, noisy, 10-15 mpg gas mileage for a 350 V8 2-barrel with a whopping 155hp, gas got past 40 cents a litre in Canada (*sigh*).

    Pro’s: Amazing ride comfort than beats my LS430 or a new S-Class, non-adjustable bench seat more comfortable than any Volvo’s, beautiful fake wood interior, superb driving position with offset steering wheel.

    1989 Dodge 2000GTX/Galant. Bought 1995 at 181,000km, sold 2002 at 321,000km.

    Con’s: Failed A/C replaced by a failed A/C compressor, gutless, zero luxury, zero aftermarket performance parts, babied with synthetic oil and still required valve seal replacement twice, due for a major engine overhaul, got sick of burning rice.

    Pro’s: telepathic steering and handling; man-machine interface when driving hard, looked great with aftermarket rims and performance tires.

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    John B

    1982 Scirocco: Gave to my son in 1992, about 200,000 km., car was starting to break down (rust, mechanicals). Bought new.

    1992 VW Jetta: Traded in Dec. 1999, 155,000 km., AC starting to go and badly faded red paint looked ugly, otherwise car ran quite well. Bought used (11,000 km.) ex VW company car.

    Currently driving ’98 Mystique, 156,000 km., bought used – ex leased car. Drives fine except for that damn “Check Engine” light that’s been on for over three years. No current plans to trade in.

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    Hm, I started buying vehicled in 2005 at the age of 30. I still have all 3 :)

    May dump the neon if the wife moans about it too much, mostly due to her wanting something newer, not that anything is really wrong with it.

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    1988 Celica was sold in 2001( no idea exactly how many miles but it had to be near 200,000) mostly because it needed a new exhaust system (rusted through in several places) but the previous owner (my Aunt) had gone cheep with the previous repairs and welded the exhaust to the manifold so the whole thing had to be replaced. The best estimate I could find was $1200 for a car I paid $1500 for 4 years before. I sold it for $2500 as is to buy the Jetta.

    I sold my 2001 Jetta in 2007 with 160,000 miles after a $600+ CEL related emissions repair to meet MD licensing requirements followed less than 2 months later by a pair of coilpacks failing, and then a failed alternator that stranded us on the side of a major highway at 2 am with no lights (and the cops looking of an escaped suspect of some sort). My wife saw it as a money sink, and wanted something more reliable.

    I loved driving the Jetta, but I learned far more about repairing one than I ever wanted to. The nagging little repairs, and seemingly random CEL’s were the death of VW/Audi products as far as my wife was concerned. That killed my dream of the A4 Avant for the next car. Got a TSX instead. 30,000 + miles with no issues other than oil changes and a punctured tire (that I never would have found without the TPS sensors)

    We will probably sell her 2000 Accord LX in the next 6-9 months. 107,000 on the clock, no mechanical problems, some cosmetic issues though. She just doesn’t like the stick any more. About half the time I’m not driving the carpool, she’s driving my TSX. If you are interested in the Accord let me know…

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    1986 Pontiac Fiero GT – Paid $2,200 Used – Owned 56,000 to 90,000 miles –
    All kinds of lifter trouble, problems starting, overheating, replaced headlight motors regularly (they made an attachment for an electric drill to manually crank them up with), never held alignment, then it blew an oil line on the way to trade it in. Trade in Value = $500

    1988 Subaru Justy Awd Turbo – Paid $6,800 New – Owned 150 to 215,000 miles –
    The most reliable and most frightening car I have ever owned. Trying to get on a short highway on-ramp will scare the most battle tested of soldiers. And this was the turbo, I can’t imagine how pathetic the non-turbo was, but with only 3 cylinders it’s no wonder. Never changed a thing except oil and timing belt at 180,000 miles.
    Clutch was shot, shocks were non-existent, but the AC was still cold and the radio worked. The LCD display on the clock started to fade, that was the only problem I ever had with the car. Sold it because I decided I didn’t want to do the maintenance I had neglected for so long. Trade in Value = $500

    1991 Ford T-Bird LX – Used Hand-me-down from parents – Owned 68,000 to 150,000 miles –
    Not a terrible car, but not a good one either. Tranny was slow as molasses, battery cables had a strange habit of corroding apart (to the tune of 3 in the time I owned it), AC was always a problem. Comfortable ride and drive and the motor could move. Sold it after started having a lot of knocking in the engine.
    Trade in Value = $1500

    1998 Ford Ranger XLT – New $10,500 Hail Damage Special – 170 to 180,000 miles –
    The most fun car (or truck in this case) I have ever owned. They used a 2.5L this year and then eventually switched back to the 2.3L for some reason I have no idea. A friend had a Mazda B2300 with the smaller motor and it was gutless, the 2.5L was quick and the clutch feel in the Ranger is hands down one of the best I have felt EVER. My brother’s 2008 Civic isn’t even as good. The thing really handled well too. You could hit a turn on a gravel road or a wet road and know just how much you had to give it to break it loose and slide through the turn (not that I would do anything that irresponsible). Yes the chassis and interior is atrocious and the seats give you butt cramps on long trips, but the placement of the arm rests were perfect and to me that is one of the most important aspects of interior vehicle design. Sold it to my Aunt for $1500 when she needed a reliable car for work in 2005. Another 100,000 miles later and her son is now driving it.

    2001 Ford Taurus SES – Owned 200 to 98,000 – $15,500 New –
    Other than a decent stereo and a big trunk I always hated this car. It was my wife’s car that her dad had bought her brand new for going to college. The seats were terribly uncomfortable, roughest shifting automatic in the history of automobiles, went through brakes like crazy, rotors warped at the thought of wet roads, oil leaks from blown seals left and right, EGR valves that stopped up every 15k to 20k miles, rough riding, and the coolant tank craked and leaked everywhere. Have you ever tried changing the tranny fluid in one? Don’t get me started there either. The solid gold alterantor (I am guessing it was made of solid gold since it cost over $300 REFURBISHED!!! New was over $350, are you kidding me!) didn’t last and I think caused some electrical problems. On the plus side it did have a big trunk, oh I already said that. Got rid of it after the fuel pump started to go resulting in random bucking bronco manuvers when trying to start the car. Trade in Value = $2500 and this is the only time I have felt like I ripped off the dealer.

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    1980 280ZX – this was a forced trade after my father did the math on how long it took me to get home from college one weekend versus what it should have taken me. I still miss that car

    1987 – GMC1500 – hand crank windows, rubber mats, AM and FM radio! Bought when still living on Dad’s dime as hoonery prevention, I graduated took over payments, and drove this truck through my first two years as a travelling auditor. Thanks to a couple of ice storms, if viewed from above this truck looked like the elevator symbol for “close doors” – traded when I started making a little money

    1987 Acura Legend – Had 40,000 miles on it when I bought it, I put 80,000 more on it the next two years, changed the oil and filters and had to replace the driver window motor since I lived off of drive-throughs. It came with a nice sunflower seed compartment right in the middle of the dash. Traded it when I got a non-travel job.

    1993 GMC 1500 – beautiful truck, traded it as a low mile truck, because I had a youthful moment of complete dumb-assery.

    1993 Nissan 300ZX – beautiful car, didn’t do my homework when I bought it, turned out to have been wrecked, expensive lesson learned

    1997 Ford F150 – changed from a Chevy man to a Ford man, because largest customer was a Ford dealer. He helped me get out of the Nissan. I drove that truck for 100,000 miles and sold it to a friend of a friend, still see it about once a week. First year with third door, they put it on the wrong side.

    2001 Audi A4 – didn’t look right after the Lincoln Town Car ran a red light and hit me broadside.

    This was an interesting exercise for me, because I see that I have gone car/truck/car/truck – I now drive a truck and am shopping for a car.

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    interesting study, this one. let’s see…

    1971 VW Type 3 Squareback – bought it as a fix ‘er upper and it just never really worked out. if you’ve ever messed with that early VW fuel injection, you know what i mean. i have no idea how many miles were on it, i’m sure it was several times what the odo said.

    1985 Subaru GL-10 wagon – purchased with 158,000 something miles for $500 in GREAT shape. put a clutch in it, drove it for 7 months, and totalled it at around 173,000 miles when some stupid woman in a Corolla could no longer wait to turn left. got a check for $1,500 for that car. i really just wanted the car back.

    1979 Chevy C10 Silverado – bought with $800 from the proceeds of the loss of the Subie. the odometer said something in the ballpark of 69,000 miles, but we all know that was a crock. drove it for 8 months (part of that with the heater core bypassed) before the trasmission took a gigantic dump. i parked it on the service road to I-35 in Dallas and walked away.

    1988 Pontiac Grand Am – the question isn’t why i got rid of it, the question should be why did i buy it? i think it was desperation, but i dropped it about 5 months later when i traded it in for…

    1996 Ford Ranger – great truck, never was a problem. my first new car bought with 7 miles on it in August 1996. paid $9,929 + TTL. traded it in with 93,7XX miles in 2000 for another one.

    2000 Ford Ranger – pretty much the same truck as before, but less mileage and in red. this truck was a little more troublesome than the ’96, but still good. got new car fever.

    2002 Chevy Trailblazer – really good truck. excellent truck, actually. Fisher Price interior aside, it was a very enjoyable vehicle. the only thing i would have changed (other than the aforementioned interior) is the pitiful fuel mileage. but then again, with 275hp, i didn’t expect a fuel miser. traded it with 94,XXX miles on another one.

    2008 Chevy Trailblazer – my current ride. since GM has ignored it for 7 years and will be consequently axing it in the next year or two, i’ll probably have to keep it until it pukes the engine or something. i love this thing and can’t think of what would be a reasonable replacement. unless gas goes back up to $4 a gallon, in which case a Mini Cooper will probably have to suffice.

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    Got t-boned by a moron in our Golf Mk. IV. Pregnant wife and 3 year old on board. No injuries– much respect to the side impact engineering VW. When the car was fixed, we decided to get something a little bigger with more airbags. Sold the Golf to a neighbor and bought a Volvo V50. Happy.

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    I’m the kind of buyer car companies don’t like. I by a new car and then drive it for at least 10 years if possible.

    1979 Mercury Cougar XR7 – Gave it to my brother when I graduated college with 215,000 miles on it. I had it for the previous 6 years and put 115,000 miles on it.

    1994 Ford Ranger STX 4×4 – Sold it to my brother for $2,400 when it was 9 years old with 146,000 miles on it, need a 4 door for the family.

    1996 Mercury Cougar XR7 – Gave it to a friend when it was almost 12 years old with 186,000 miles on it.

    Still have out 2003 Ford F-150 4×4 and 2007 Dodge Charger R/T. I probably won’t buy a new vehicle for at least 4 years, maybe longer.

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    1993 Honda Civic Sedan, purchased for $6K with 80K miles. Sold for $1k with 220K miles. Reason: The A/C quit and it would have cost more to fix than the car was worth. Two years later I still see that that little car buzzing around the island. Great car. Replaced with ’03 Accord. Also a great car, but that little Civic with a stick was way more fun to drive.

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    1977 Toyota Corolla, bought in ’85 with 91k for $450 (from one of the Iraq weapons inspectors), sold in ’93 with 161k for $200.
    Primary reason for sale: bought new, fun car, keeping the old one would have cost insurance money, etc. Secondary reason (which would have become primary even if Ihad not lusted after a new car: the Toyota was rusting so badly it had become hard to jack the thing (the metal would start to buckle if I wasn’t careful) because of all the rust. I had not expected the car to last me so long, or I would have fixed the rust soon after I bought the car.

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    1987 Cavalier Z24 – beat the snot out of it in high-school and college, got rid of it with 140,000 miles because I got tired of fixing the digital dash, and constantly putting water pumps in it.

    2000 Jetta 2.0L – a huge list of problems – the worst, high oil consumption, caused me to trade it at 70,000 miles.

    2000 Golf 1.8T – “Lifetime” transmission fluid means the lifetime of the transmission. Started slipping at 85,000 miles, dealer said – no problem they all do that – traded at 130,000 miles needed transmission replacement.

    2007 G35X – Ran rough at low speeds, after software upgrades and $3,000 worth of camshaft springs and sprockets, it still had the problem. Nissan and the dealer blew me off – so I traded it at 12,000 miles.

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    WE tend to keep the cars until they die in the family. i mean really milk the suckers.

    currently own a 1983 Chevrolet Celebrity still looks decent, but a wheelbarrow handles better. 300,000 + on the counter

    bought a 200 Chrysler Neon, almost flawless for almost 9 years now. 160,000 Km on the counter.

    recently my wife bought a Mazda 2 has 6500 and a peach to drive…

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    I tend to drive them into the dirt:

    85 Subaru GL-10 wagon–5 speed 80hp 4 cyl, slow. Bought at 120k and drove to about 190k (estimate–odo never worked). had problems from time to time but altogether was a good car. Gave away to charity when the timing belt snapped for the 2nd time.

    85 Renault Encore–bought it with friends for $250 just to go tear through fields and jump it off of ramps, etc. It was a lot of fun but the police caught us hooning one night (on somebody else’s property, of course) and we ditched the car and ran away. Police took the car away. We hadn’t registered it yet, so nobody got in trouble.

    83 Chevette–another “joint ownership” vehicle amongst friends at college. died when friend drove it 300 miles back to school with oil leaking out of the bottom like a sieve. He kept checking the tranny fluid, thinking that was the oil level. it made it all the way back and literally seized up after he cut it off in our driveway. Wrecker gave us $35 to tow it away.

    89 Chevy Astro Van–brother drove this one down a cliff off an interstate during a rainstorm. Snapped the axles and totaled the van, but he walked away.

    90 Subaru Legacy–gave to brother, tranny eventually gave up at 120k. This one got donated, too.

    93 Chevy Blazer–drove across country, down into Mexico & back. Sold it at 155k; tranny was slipping bad and it needed new fuel injectors. Buyer was an uber redneck who loved Chevy’s, saw that mine still looked good, and said he could do the engine/tranny himself.

    Currently driving the 98 Blazer I bought over 5 years ago at 71k, now with 144k. Like my original Subaru, it has problems from time to time, but keeps going and has actually never stranded me. Powertrain is really good. Everything else is shite. Will be driven into the ground, as it’s already damn near worthless on the resale market.

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    vw NEW Jetta (2005)
    Value Edition, 5 speed, ESP

    Bought: May 2008 ~37336 miles (on the title)

    Sold: July 2009 ~ 38500 miles

    of course, i first leased the car in may 2005 for 3 years…

    sold the car because was moving overseas…

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    LAST car sold was a 1999 Mazda Miata – BRG and tan, roll bar – nice. Bought for $30k CDN in April of 98. Drove it through all the Canadian winters (nothing more fun than RWD, snow tires and snow on a light sports car) – salt and all – for 235,876 kms. At that point the salt had taken over, and it would have cost 2-3 for body work, so sold it for $4,700 CDN to a guy that was going to bodywork and boost it. You don’t want to know what I’m driving now.

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    All cars except the Hondas were new cars ordered from the dealer.

    2008 Honda CRV, 59 miles at purchase, bought off dealer lot after PT Cruiser totaled. Currently has 10,000+ miles.

    2001 PT Cruiser limited edition, 100,000+ miles – got t-boned which totaled the car. Otherwise I would have kept it for several more years.

    1988 Mercury Tracer (the Mazda version), 150,000+ miles – after 12 years, hoped it would hold together until the PT Cruiser came in. Gave it to the county fire and rescue squad to use for training.

    1979 Honda Accord hatchback, 79,000 miles. Only car I bought used, guy I bought it from had it 4 months – he wanted a bigger car. I took it in for service and mechanic called and asked if I could trade the car in right away – the engine was shot. Kept driving it till my Tracer came in.

    1974 Buick Century Regal – got 15 miles a gallon on the highway, sold it to buy the Accord to get better mileage.

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    1992 Jetta Turbo Diesel 230,000km: Was bored after 10 years of ownership and wanted to move upscale, so I bought a…

    2002 Audi A4 1.8T 100,000km: Total piece of shite. Someone else’s problem now. Traded it in on a 2006 Volvo XC70.

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    I always sell my cars out of boredom and/or the siren song of another whip. With the following exceptions:

    1998 Saab 9000CSE – purchased Dec 07 with 120K, sold 2 months later with 122K. This car had a mind-bending number of mechanical failures in a short time span – fuel pump (left me stranded), water pump, heater core, imploded power steering fluid reservoir, busted CV boot. Sold out of frustration and fear. Ironically, will likely run forever after all those repairs.

    1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – purchased Sep 2005, sold Sep 2006. Miles when purchased – 103K?This one still brings a tear to my eye. I had finally fulfilled the childhood dream, the car I had doodled over and over again as a kid now sitting in my garage. Sold after the double whammy of the birth of my daughter and my wife leaving her job to be a stay-at-home mom, plus the subsequent purchase of a Honda Pilot (I guess that’s a triple whammy). Becoming a father has trumped all, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I think of the Porker with that gauzy, blurred imagery like a dream sequence from one of those Lifetime movies my wife makes me watch.

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    First new car, 1986 Chrysler Laser XE, non-turbo. Easyist car in the universe to change the oil yourself. Put over 50k miles on it and only had a problem with the throttle body injector that the dealer fixed with no problems. Sold it to a guy who was recovering from cancer because I took a job as a consultant (yes, I was one of those) and they gave me a company car – a 1991 Mercury Topaz. Well, at least it was new.

    After the consulting gig I scored a 1985 Daytona Turbo Z for a song because the head gasket was blown. Fixed it and enjoyed life in the fast lane for a while. The AC quit on me, the 5 speed was not precise, the leather was worn, but the motor was sweet. Traded it in on a brand new 94 Grand Caravan SE Sportwagon (say it 5 times real fast). Good van, no problems, and it had the infamous A604 transmission. Was a faithful family trukster. This was the wife’s car. I got the hand me down white 4 dr Corolla.
    :-( Good car but no ‘fun’ driving.

    Finally traded the Toyota (after fixing a broken fuel pump) in on a bright red 97 Dodge Stratus ES with the 2.5 Mitsu V6. No 5 speed but it had Auto Stick which worked well. Car had all the options except sunroof and leather. Only went back to the dealer for loose weatherstripping.

    At this time I bought a used 1990 LeBaron convertible (mid life crisis?). The Mitsubishi V6 smoked at idle (common problem with them) but I got it fixed.

    Got divorced, Got a new job, relocated to Florida in middle of 2000, and had to sell one of my two cars. Well, since I was going to Florida I kept the old convertible. I hated selling the Dodge it was such a nice car. After arriving in Florida the cooling system of the LeBaron became demon possessed. First the upper rad hose went. Then the radiator. Then the water pump, all within a year. Had the car repainted and got new wheels, tires, and shocks at @ 150k miles. Good times with the top down.

    Remarried and bought a second car again, a 92 Chevy S-10, 5 speed V6, no muffler. We were considering building a house so I thought a pickup would be a good thing to have and at $1500 I couldn’t go wrong. The S-10 had 143,000 on the odo. It ate O2 sensors for breakfast, but they were easy to change and cheap to buy. It wouldn’t die.

    2006 – New house, new baby. Got to sell the S-10 (Mrs. doesn’t want it leaking oil in the driveway). Sold it with 229k for $500 (it now has a muffler thanks to the new owner). Sold the LeBaron too a year and half later with 198k for $2k. Bought a 2000 Ford ZX2 with 48k on the Odo before the gas spike. 5 spd, cold air, XM capable receiver and 34 MPG all around (mostly highway driving 70 miles round trip to work). The S-10 was very good on gas for a truck – I got 24-25 on the highway, but the ZX2 saved me a whole lotta money. It now has 112k on it and other than a timing belt it’s had no major repairs.

    Traded the wifes RAV4 for something bigger (it had 70k on it and was coming up on a scheduled timing belt change that was going to cost $500). Got a 03 Durango leftover in Feb 04 (better looking 1st generation). 4.7 V8 2wd, gets 20-22 on the highway if you go the speed limit or a little under. It now has 67k and has been back to the dealer once for leaking differntial seal. Tires lasted 60k. A few weeks ago she called me at work. Car wouldn’t start. She told me when she turned the key it would make a clicking noise. Doh! I forgot about the battery! It had lasted almost 6 years.

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    I’ve only had one previous car, a ’96 Ford Explorer bought in October ’04 (with 96,000 miles on it) when I first moved to the states. I loved it, despite numerous problems and a comical manual shifter. I finally donated it in early ’08 (at 130,000 miles) after it spent over a year sitting broken, the last time I tried to start it there was a throng of sounds indicating the electrics going haywire. I walked away with it still making a loud “fzzzt” noise.

    The car I replaced it with, an ’03 Miata bought in January 2007 with 18,000 miles (now with 77,000 miles) will most likely get sold within a year due to my other half who can’t drive stick and thinks it’s not practical enough. Apparently having two cars is ‘overkill’ when you live in DC (any advice on sweet talking non-car partners would be appreciated).

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    You’ll get that car back someday. It’s funny that this thread attracts mostly the TTAC contingent like me. What I want to know is, why does someone get rid of their M3? A newer M3?

    I’ve never sold a car to anyone but the scrapyard. The last 20 year old Volvo 740 broke my heart, to be able to start the damn thing on less than 2 cranks, but know I was looking into $2k just to get through the next year and inspection. I yanked out everything I could in one night after work in my girlfriend’s driveway: enough glass, relays and alternators to save near $700 so far on the…wait for it…20 year old Volvo 740 that replaced it.

    That being said, if anyone’s looking for a good turbo project car/teen driver roll cage on wheels, make me an offer.

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    Thanks, guys. There seems to a be large contingent that likes them old and keeps them till the wheels fall off.

    Most of the semi-recent cars traded because of problems seem to be circa-2000 VWs.

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    I traded in my off-warranty 2002 Benz C230 coupe (which was a great car) because it was going to need $5000 in suspension & front end work.

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    Most all of my car sales have come because I did not want to invest the time or money into four-figure repairs.

    One exception was my very nice 87 Merkur XR4Ti, which I sold to get down payment money for my first condo.

    Still had an 88 XR4Ti daily driver that I drove into the gound doing TSD rally, rallycross, and rubber to ice enduros for its last days. Finally the clutch went, and the bellhousing split when I was doing the change. Still miss that car.

    Had a hand-me-down Audi 80 quattro that I sold to a friend for $1200 because his 85 5000 needed a new everything for an inspection. Got it back later with thoughts of rallycrossing it, then my free storage provider (parents) got a little tired of me hauling heaps to their place (it’s their own fault for having 11 acres), so off it went to the Audi dismantler.

    My hand-me-down 96 Exploder (4wd, 5 speed), had finished its 3rd set of ball joints in 90k miles, the exhaust was leaky, the transmission didn’t seem to have any synchros left, and the clutch was also messed up (maybe just hyrdaulics).

    Faced with more than $1,000 in repairs for an inspection sticker, we test drove several new and used cars (Audi A4, Mazda Protege5, something else not memorable) and settled on a brand new 2003 Subaru Legacy wagon (mostly because the sales guy didn’t insult me and made a fair deal instead of trying to steal from me). The car hasn’t been perfect, but basically all of its faults were repaired under warranty and now I have nearly 120k miles on it.

    My wife’s 1994 Saturn wore out in 2005 (after about 165k miles I had to fix rocker rust, front subframe rust, and the ABS computer was fried), so my local NPR station got a not-too-generous donation. The Saturn had become my daily driver by that point, so I bought a 80k mile 1988 Toyota 4Runner that had new fenders and was remarkably presenatble. Drove that until 99,500, when it started overheating a lot, the clutch was slipping and basically the bulletproof 22RE was melting down (probably because it didn’t get used enough in its early days). That got sold to some 4×4 guys who probably jacked it up 8″ and dropped a 350/350 combo in it. They were happy to pay $900 for it, I was happy to not have to call the NPR donation number again. I inherited the 2003 Subaru, and my wife got a lightly used 2004 Outback limited (which a different Subaru dealer did rip me off for about $1,000, but I needed a car, it was the car I wanted, so he got a sale but lost any future business from me).

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    We just traded in both our Saabs:

    2003 9-3 Arc, bought Sept 06 w/ 42k, sold with 80k
    2004 9-3 Arc, bought June 07 w/ 40k, sold with 53k

    We dumped them for a lot of reasons. For one, we only needed one car, but the ’03 was worthless and therefore we were upside-down, and we weren’t going to sell the ’04 and keep the rapidly-aging ’03. The ’04 didn’t have any trouble, but the ’03 was in the shop monthly in 2007 for a myriad of issues (it was still under its CPO warranty, though, so it didn’t cost me anything but time and frustration).

    Beyond that, I was sick of the peeling, cheapo interior and the constant rattles and noisy suspension, which worried me greatly. They didn’t feel terribly stable at speed. Since the ’03 was out of warranty and the ’04 was getting close, we thought it was a good time, especially with Saab’s future hanging in the balance.

    We drove an ’05 Volvo S40 T5 AWD, 2005 Acura TSX, and ’06 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro. We went with the Audi, which still has 15k or 6 months left on the factory warranty. We’re in love with it. It’s solid, stable, and the interior is ten times better than the Saab’s. I just hope that ’06 was truly a better year for the A4, as I’ve seen reflected in reliability surveys.

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    2004 Honda Accord, purchased new 2003, sold 2/07 with 45,000 miles, tired of the uncomfortable seats.
    2005 Town Car, still driving it with 60,000miles and it has very comfortable seats.

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    When I was younger I was of the opinion that there were too many kinds of cars I hadn’t owned yet. Nowadays they tend to stay around for a while. I’ll mention a few: 58 Plymouth convertible, bought in 1967, sold in 1998. These pics

    were taken a couple of years before I sold it. That’s the original paint. We drove it about 70,000 miles and had lots of fun. Main reason for selling, I couldn’t keep brakes in it. Tried everything, finally went through and replaced all the wheel cylinders, master cylinder, and silicone brake fluid. The next spring, no brakes again.

    We’ve had a series of Honda Accords, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1992, each one sold because they had so many miles on them that we worried we might have a problem on a long trip. Our current 1999 now has 177.000 miles, about ready for the second timing belt. I kind of wish we hadn’t sold the 92; I loved the styling, the maroon interior (which came with Seattle silver exterior), and the 5-speed.

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    1989 Ford Taurus – traded in at 105K for a Camry because the front end was requiring a $500 repair every 3-4 months. Looking back, I probably could have fixed it spending $2K at once and drove it for another year or two.

    1991 Toyota Corolla wagon – donated to a charity at 145K. The dealer refused to take it as a trade-in. That’s when I switched back to GM and Ford cars. It left me stranded more times than POS Taurus. It required an annual new muffler – that might have been more of a factor of a cheap Midas “life-time warranty” mufler. At least after the factory one was gone. AC lasted less than the one on the Taurus, that was famous for not lasting.

    1996 Toyota Camry – was totaled at 90K.

    1997 Mercury Tracer – traded in at 90K with leaking radiator and power steering.

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    Without going back too far, here’re a few:

    1968 Porsche 912: bought ~1996, sold 04/06; total mileage I think ended up being 255,000. Ran like a champ. Still does. I keep in periodic touch with the owner. A factory correct car in excellent condition; I wasn’t driving it much anymore and decided to put the money from the sale towards a race car.

    2004 VW R32 (Mk IV): bought 10/04 new, zero miles; sold 03/08; odo = 29,xxx. Sensibly modified but visually still factory in near-mint condition. Frankly, got bored with it, and had two other sports cars that were more exciting to drive, and since I had gotten married, and was expecting kids, and had bought a truck, there was no need for a DD that also could haul a little cargo, and having some cash back was good. Don’t miss it really.

    2007 Honda S2000: bought 11/06, zero miles; sold 06/08, 9,900 miles. Unmolested, factory stock condition, excellent overall, with a front bumper re-spray after my wife dinged it in the garage. Sold because with two 911s, a truck, a Jeep, and a baby on the way, there was no justifying this car anymore. I miss it terribly. Single greatest bargain in cars, IMHO.

    1968 Porsche 912/911 conversion: bought 11/07, sold 02/09; odo = irrelevant; chassis mileage unknown; drivetrain 55k. This was an over-ambitious project car; I was going to build a short wheel base 911R replica, but this idea proved folly with a growing family. It was just parked at work and only occasionally driven at lunch during the week. I let go of that dream…for now.

    Soon to disappear: the 1990 Ranger with 145k on it. I need a truck which can seat more than two people in comfort.

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    1976 Plymouth Volare Wagon, given to me by my father after he “bought” it from his employer for $1. 100K when I got it, 145K when I traded it for

    1973 Olds Cutlass coupe red over black with swiveling bucket seats (srsly). No idea on mileage, but sold it and got a 1981 Suzuki GS750 with a windjammer fairing. Traded that for

    1983 Dodge LAHN-cer turbo, 5sp. 40K miles. Fun until the turbo died @ ~75K miles, sold it and bought a

    1990 Acura Integra GS 4dr 5 sp, new. (Leased, actually). Then got a

    1989 Acura Legend Coupe LS sweet, sweet car, bought with 40K, sold with 115K and bought a

    1994 Acura Legend Sedan L. 50K miles, sold with 165K miles, still drove like new. Brakes, tires, timing belt, that’s it. Used the proceeds to partially finance a

    2000 Audi A6 2.7T. 40K miles, sold it with 99K. Problem child, but I loved it anyway. Traded on a

    2004 Audi A6 2.7T S-line. By ’04, Audi had the problems figured out, and it has an extra 15 hp and 22 lb. ft, so what’s not to like? Still have it, bought it with 10K miles, currently at 95K. (85K miles in 42 months FTL!)

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    1974 Chevy Malibu — traded at 12 years old and 88,000 miles for a Plymouth Reliant wagon. We needed something with four doors, decent fuel economy and enough cargo space to hold both a stroller and the week’s groceries.

    1978 Mercury Zephyr — this was a used Hertz rental (BIG mistake) that delivered every imaginable breakdown in the 25,000 miles that I owned it. Traded at 55,000 miles for a Chevy Citation hatchback.

    1981 Chevy Citation — sold at eight years and 145,000 miles because I’d started working for an automaker other than GM and thought it would be politically prudent to drive one of my new employer’s products. I bailed too early; the next two owners took the little X-car past 300,000 miles without paying a dime for major engine or transmission work.

    1986 Plymouth Reliant — sold at 7 years and 77,000 miles because the kids were getting too big and too numerous to fit in the back seat.

    1989 Ford Taurus — sold at nine years and 127,000 miles to make room in the garage for a leased car that was too good a deal to pass up. It was a solid, reliable car for the entire time I owned it.

    1993 Ford Aerostar — donated to charity at ten years and 100,000 miles when the transmission developed a major fluid leak. This came after the head gasket and A/C condenser failures at 72,000 miles and the steering rack failure at 92,000 miles. Not Dearborn’s finest hour.

    We’ve leased a few vehicles since then. We bought one of the leased cars, a 1999 Mercury Sable, that’s still in the family fleet. The rest of the leased cars got returned at lease-end. We also have two used vehicles, a 2000 Mercury Sable and a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country, in the fleet.

    We also bought two used cars for the kids to drive. In 2004, we picked up a low-mileage 1992 Olds Cutlass Ciera with some cosmetic issues. That car was rear-ended on the freeway and totaled in late 2005. Its replacement, a 1993 Olds 88 Royale with 145k on the clock, lasted for 18 months and 20,000 miles before the transmission blew.

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    Didn’t have the heart (or testicular fortitude) to ask pregnant wife to learn to drive stick.

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    2003 Subaru Impreza WRX sedan (Jan ’03 – Sept ’04 w/45K miles) – Although I wanted a sunroof that the WRX did not have, Subaru did a “guaranteed trade-in” program that gave me a lot more for my trade than it was worth (about $3,000 over book). Combine that with 2.9% financing on a new body style Subaru Legacy GT Limited, which was also purchased for $1500 under invoice, I was sold. I had no plans to get rid of the WRX until I did the numbers on that offer.

    2005 Subaru Legacy GT (Sept ’04 – March ’06 w/21K miles) – my roommate moved out, and money got really tight. I already had a beater car, so the Legacy was the first luxury to go. Also, insurance had doubled on the Legacy after only 1 year of ownership (no tickets here)

    2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata (April ’06 – August ’06 w/6K miles) – sold after only 4 months of ownership due to back aches, and the cupholder rubbing my leg too much. I purchased it used with 2,000 miles, and sold it with 6,000 miles to CarMax for about $1,000 more than I originally paid another dealer for it.

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    Like you, Michael, I had an Olds Intrigue (1999). It had one major problem, that, when found out was fixed quickly (bad fuel temp regulator, keeping it from starting up while hot). The problem never returned. Other than that, there were no other problems.

    It was the only car I sold (it was my first car!) and it went to my sister with about 95K miles, only because my GF didn’t like driving it as it was too big for her, she’s 4′ 11″ and sat dangerously close to the wheel. Besides, we made enough money from selling her condo to buy her a new Mazda3 5-door. The Intrigue is still going strong w/ over 130K miles on it, and that’s with what was the new Shortstar engine. Your 98 would have had the venerable 3.8 pushrod, which has been around forever, and is pretty much solid as a rock. No other issues on the Intrigue other than some loosened trim and a couple knobs fell off.

    My next car I gave back to MINI under the lemon law. Long story, and I’ve told it before.

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    I lost the reverse gear on my 96 Cutlass Supreme so I bought a 94 Buick LeSaber limited. It is kind of funny to see a college kid driving a land yacht but it is a great car.

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    1998 Honda Accord EX (manual) – Purchased 11/04, 107k miles. Sold 10/06, 127k miles. I had grand aspirations for buying a new car out of college. Unfortunately I totaled my first car so I needed something quick. I compromised when I found an accord with a stick. That got me around while I saved up to buy my e46 M3. Best car ever. Hopefully I won’t have to get rid of that for anything less than a GT3 or Z06 (unless something crazy happens again…like a wife).

    1992 Volvo 740 turbo wagon – Purchased 6/07, 205k miles. Sold 12/07, 213k miles. Picked that up for $990 as a beater to commute to work so I wouldn’t put the miles on the M3. Easily the second best car I’ve ever bought. Built like a tank and I could fit half my apartment in the back when I moved. I sold it when I moved to CA. No space for a beater out here.

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    In order of most recent cars my wife and I have had.

    2001 Volvo S60 traded in @97K for $3200 towards a 2009 Honda Fit because of suspicious transmission behavior. This was 6 months after my wife gave me the S60 so she could get a Mini Cooper.

    1994 Volvo 940 sold for $2800 @134K because my wife got the S60.

    2002 Volkswagen Jetta sold for $13K to my in-laws for my sister-in-law @18K cause it did not fit 2 kids, one in a baby seat. Got a 2003 Honda Odyssey.

    1987 Chevy S10 Blazer for $1000 @87K, becuase it had three transmission put in it and was rusting in the roof rack area. Got the Volvo 940.

    1987 Chevy Nova sold for $1200 as it leaked and developed puddles in the floor and we got tired of it getting broken into.

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    1988 Festiva – 300,000 miles, still looked fantastic and drove fabulously – but, got married.

    2000 Ranger – 71,000, still looked fantastic and drove fabulously – but, kids started happening.

    2005 Relay – 40,500, piece of junk!

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    I never have, except to a junkyard. Owning a car is like a marriage to me: you make your decision, you live with the ups and the downs until the relationship gets downright abusive.

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    I had a Saturn SL with 186K miles on the clock, gas was $4/gal, and our household income had just gone up 12%.

    I prudently offloaded the car before a) something went wrong with it, or b) gas prices went back down.

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    1986 Honda Accord Lx-i
    – T-Boned a Buick Roadmaster that forgot to stop at an intersection. Totaled.
    1992 Saturn LS1
    – Sold before leaving for college.
    1999 Daewoo Leganza CDX
    – Was part of the 3 month college student marketing extravaganza! (Got a free 7 day trip to S.Korea out of if as well. Regrettably the executives didn’t want to listen to a American college kid tell them how to market to Americans – and it wasn’t through college kids.)
    1996 Honda Civic DX Coupe
    – Sold in CA for almost what I paid for it 2 years prior in MA. Got sick of the manual steering, manual everything nature of this car.)
    2001 Mazda Protege ES2.0
    – Sold when I got a company car.
    2005 Ford Escape XLT V-6
    – Gave company car back when I told them (the company) they could keep their job as well.
    2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5L
    – Leased, gave back at the conclusion of the 2 year/ 30k stint. Great car.
    2007 Subaru Legacy Limited Sedan
    – Leased, gave back at the conclusion of the 2 year/ 30k stint. Also a great car.
    2009 Toyota RAV4 4×4 2.5L
    – Purchased. 1500 miles to date… plan on keeping for a long time.

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    1993 Honda Civic Del Sol: Got it new as my first car (thanks Dad) and drove it for 7 virtually trouble free years and ~120K miles. It got beat to hell while parked at my frat house in college and I never did any maintenance. I sold it to my friend for $500 when I got a new car. Stupidest thing I’ve ever done.

    2002 Jaguar X-type: Leased it certified pre-owned. Yeah, I know what you said about leasees, but I sold the lease after 11 of the 24 months due to it being an unreliable old man’s car that stranded me in Detroit and due to the service department that treated me like crap.

    Now I have an E36 M3 that is the beginning of my car collection. Never again will I sell a car.

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    2002 Civic Si (the 3 door hatchback that looked like a mini minivan, bought it new in Jan. 2003 for $14,995; sold it in June 2007 with 42,000 miles for $10,000 to my dad (probably could have gotten more on the open market). Replaced it with a 2007 Si sedan.

    I had two kids shortly after I bought it, and I told my wife it was too hard to get the kids in their car seats in the back.

    If the new Si didn’t have an extra 37 horses or an 1200 rpm before redline, I could have lived with the tree door.

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    Wait. Hang on. Why would you sell a car?

    Bought my ’84 Volvo 245 Diesel in, well… 1984.

    I haven’t sold it yet. Was I supposed to?

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    1993 Honda Civic EX – Sold because after taking me from 16 to college, it had taken way too much abuse. I’ve seen it in the last 6 months around town, so I know it’s still running! :) If I find it for sale, I will buy it, no questions asked. Just because :)

    1996 Acura Integra LS – Pushed rod #3 clean through the front of the block. Likely due to an oil leak which wasn’t found until after the “tick of death” began. Also, a very severe North Texas hail storm prompted my insurance company to declare it totalled.

    1992 Eagle Talon TSi AWD – TBoned and due to its low value at this point (2002), declared totaled. Had I had the money, I would have repaired it, as this may have been my favorite car I’ve owned. It had 56k on it in 2002 when it was totaled (owner was overseas for most of its existence). The owner actually saw the car at a movie theater, and enlightened me on the story. Talk about destiny :) Of course, that was after it had been hit and he nearly cried at its condition at the time.
    1996 Infiniti G20 – I loved this car as well, but bought it cheap with plans to run it into the ground…and did. Needed $2.5k in repairs, was offered $2k at Carmax, and it wouldn’t have been worth $4.5k after the repairs so I took the money for my 2006 Civic, which I still own (and love, including the parts that are criticized!)

    1999 Mazda Miata – Going away in the near future due to a plethora of reasons, and while this was a car I dreamed about, I don’t know what it is (I think my Toyo T1Rs are mostly to blame), but I have never completely fallen in love with the car itself. Probably converting it into a Mazda5, or possibly a Mazdaspeed3 :P Extremely durable mechanically (belts and a radiator, but that’s it at 100k), and needs a clutch, but hey…I still drive it to the office.

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    1988 toyota mr2 – owned it almost two years, sold it after some twit backed over its nose & the body shop my insurance swine insisted on (even though the twit’s insurance swine were picking up the tab) did an incompetent job on the respray, which just broke the spell. didn’t help that an impractical car in the canook winter was slowly being devoured by the tin worm. it had about 20,000km on the clock. the dealer killed me on the trade-in. fobbed me off with a turdcel, the worst econobox made …

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    ’84 VW GTI Sold after 100,000 miles. Was only designed to last that long before major overhaul.

    ’93 Civic Si Was the perfect hatchback. Sold after 250,000 miles. Was only designed to last that long before major overhaul.

    ’93 Toyota Pickup Absolutly bulletproof. Someone offered me $2800. I bought it for $1000. Sold

    ’96 Civic LX Still going strong after 160,000 miles. Will go when baby comes as it is a 15 year old car with 15 year old crash standards. Wife drives it and will be distracted more with baby.

    ’96 Miata Still going strong. No need to sell until worn out…perfect runabout

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    gator marco

    1968 Rambler Rebel – hand me down from older brother when he went in the Navy. 2 years of high school driving and 2 accidents couldn’t kill the car. Had about 140K on it when I drove it to the junk yard after it was flooded out during a tropical storm.
    1970 Pontiac Lemans 2dr, 350 motor, great styling – paid $500 w/88K miles, sold to a friend for $250 after 5 years w/160K miles. It wasn’t a practical car when I was getting married. Other than maintenance, only had to put a water pump in it. I’d still love to have that car back.
    1973 Olds Cutlass 4dr – paid $1400 w/35K, no problems. To save on gas, traded in (for $400)after 2 years on an economy car:
    1980 Chevy Citation 4dr – paid $2100 w/36K miles. Final tow was to junkyard w/major engine failure after I drove it only about 50K miles. POS. Would have saved everyone a lot of trouble if GM would have arranged for tow trucks straight from the factory to the junkyard.
    1985 Dodge Caravan for the expanding family. 4cyl, slow, easy on gas. Never left us stranded, but it was starting to show some age after 6 years 100K miles. Traded in on another economy car:
    1990 Ford Escort w/40K miles. Never a serious problem, but it was worn out (about 160K miles) when I traded it for another Ford:
    1996 Ford Contour w/40K miles. Taught 2 teenagers how to drive in it. Had to put timing chain, water pump etc at 90K miles, no real issues until power steering completely failed at 176K miles. Traded for (they gave me $600 for the Contour) a 2007 Pontiac Torrent (new) for wife, so I got her car:
    2000 Ford Windstar as daily driver. I had gotten the Windstar new for the wife. That van was indestructible; in 3 significant accidents and no one ever got a scratch. Entire A/C system failed at 50K and fixed under extended warranty, but no other major mechanical issues until the transmission gave out at 160K miles. Traded in for:
    2005 Ford Taurus w/29K. Have had it about 1 year, and no problems so far, but now I have to teach another teenager how to drive.

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    1971 Pinto: Owned 1981-1982. Rusted out. Great car.
    1974 Fiat 128SL: Owned 1982-1983. Rusted out. Fun car.
    1976 Pinto: Owned 1983-1988. Rusted out. Great car.
    1980 Bobcat: Owned 1988-1991. Hateful car, 14 MPG.
    1985 LeBaron GTS: Owned 1988-2000. Rusted out. Really great car.
    1982 LTD full-size (2-door): Owned 1991-1996. Growing family.
    1995 Stratus: Owned 2000-2002. Ran great, but suspected transmission problem.
    1996 Grand Voyager: Owned 1996-2005. Wiring harness failure, parts would have exceeded car’s value; broke my heart to see it go.
    2002 Passat V6: Owned 2002-2005. Numerous electrical bugs. Started eating oil @ 30k miles.
    2005 Odyssey: Owned 2005-2007. Lemon from Day 1. Traded when the lawsuit was complete.

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    George B

    Sold my last 2 cars because the fixed costs of insurance, registration, and inspection were higher than the value I placed on having a beater in the driveway. The cars ran ok, but I couldn’t justify the ongoing cost for vehicles only driven a couple thousand miles a year. Lower the fixed costs of owning cars and total demand for cars would go up.

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    Traded my 2005 Mazda 6 Sportwagon purchased new @ 30k for a 2007 Volvo XC90 Sport. I wanted something more luxurious and the Mazda felt a little flimsy. It was a really good car, though. I did have some clutch issues that the dealer could never fix to my satisfaction so that probably factored into my desire to get rid of it. I may keep the Volvo when the lease is up. We’ll see what the bank says. I may just go back to a wagon at that point.

    Our 2004 G35x (purchased new) is still going strong @42k. We’ll be keeping that one for the duration.

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    Ones that I sold –

    1990 Taurus – my old trusty but rusty. With well over 200k miles on the ticker I was ready for something new. Was now making “real money” and wanted something new. Strongly contemplated saving money and doing a much needed brake job on the Ford and running it for a few more years. Put foot down and sold it for $500 to a friends brother-in-law. Said brother-in-law is now ex-in-law and word is the Taurus was stolen from his drive way a few years back.

    2003 Mazda 6 – bought used at around 36k miles sold before 50k miles. Gave me a feeling the thing wasn’t built for the long haul. Cheap compared to my Honda and had a very thirsty V6.

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    I don’t have as long of a history of some of the others here (only owned cars half of my life), and my current daily driver is over 11 years old and 125k miles (‘98.5 Ford Contour SVT bought brand spanking new, special order, slightly modified but quite reliable even with open track days sprinkled in every so often), but I’ve had a decent variety.

    Sold my grandmother’s 1989 Mercury Sable (I inherited in 1995 with 18k) in 3/94 to generate cash for the SVT. Included chunks of wood embedded in the cheap plastic lower body cladding due to being dragged down the side of my grandparents garage as she backed the car out one day. Put up with 3 1/2 years of college in New Orleans. Cheap gas at Wagner’s (“You can’t beat Wagner’s Meats!”) ate the injectors, kegs rolling around the trunk knocked out various electrical components, and the potholes meant bi-monthly alignments. But it would average 95 MPH in the backwaters of Louisiana and was smooth and comfortable on long drives. I especially miss the light bar on the front.

    Purchased new: 1994 Nissan Sentra in 9/93. My grandfather was mad at my father for making me buy his old car, which he called “a GM piece of crap” (see below), and insisted on a new car – nothing used. Stick (my insistence), manual everything (my sister didn’t know what crank windows were), and virtually indestructible. Sister got it when I went to school next year, so technically my ownership ended there as I got the Sable. Car was sold in 1999 with 75k for blue book – which is amazing, considering it survived 2 teenagers rough on it, learning to drive clutch, then 3 years in New Orleans (mechanic at Nissan dealer said “I ain’t never seen a suspension this bent up”), including 3 floods, 4 wrecks – including a graft of a ’93 after being rear ended by a Pathfinder going about 35 MPH while at a complete stop. Called it a ’93 1/2 after that.

    First car: Bought Dad’s 1985 Olds 98 Regency Brougham day I turned 16, 5/92, for $3800, blue book. Dad had bought new in 11/84. No bodywork ever done to it, had 65k and incidentally, got more reliable as it got older until I got my hands on it, but was a lemon for first 2 years of life. Sunroof, the plushest sofa-like cloth bench seats, and booming bass. 3 transmission rebuilds, lots of electrical issues, and some gasket per quarter kept my lawn mowing money getting sucked out until the tranny decided to give out one more time, then it was parked until got the Sentra. Nursed to the Nissan dealer, who gave us $2k trade in (a gift, really).

    I come from a family who keeps cars a long time. Mom’s ’96 I30 (bought 6/95) still going but needs new rack and bearings; that replaced her ’86 Town Car bought new. Dad’s ’03 G35 (one of the first ones off the assembly line, imported to the states) replaced his ’93 J30 (bought 4/02, one of the first J30’s imported – and only reason it was replaced in ’02 with about 95k was it got totaled by a Suburban t-boned by a Jag running a red light and both careened into him, stopped at the light). The J30 replaced his Olds that I purchased and he had for 8 years.

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    I sold my 86 Chev Silverado 1/2 ton back in March ’06 with about 190,000 kms on it. It was a hand me down from my dad that I had driven for several years.

    I sold it for a number of reasons, namely because I was tired of pissing around with the carb, and the thing wasn’t getting any less rusty, plus the mileage was still favourable enough to elicit interest in these wonderfully overbuilt trucks (HD suspension and 3504bbl/TH400 – need I say more?).

    I got a bidding war going for the truck between two buyers. I got them going in 100-dollar increments, calling them back one after the other to keep it rolling.

    After the one guy balked on going higher than $2000, the other won the “bid” at 21. That was a fun night.

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    1987 Grand Am, 200k miles, died in collision.

    1998 Nissan Pathfinder, 110k miles, didn’t need 4X4 capable work vehicle anymore or a second vehicle so I kept the less thirsty Mazda3 instead.

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    1969 Chevrolet Townsman – inherited the family truckster and owned it from 1977-78, with 240,000 miles when I got it and 256,000 when I got rid of it. The timing chain was loose and on its last legs. I wasn’t driving it, and someone came along and wanted to buy it so I sold it for $300 in 1979.

    1975 Mercury Comet GT – bought used and drove it from 1979-1985. It had 50,000 miles on it when I bought it and 145,000 on it when I got rid of it. It threw a rod and died in front of a junk yard. I got it started again and did drive it home and it sat in my yard until someone came along and wanted to buy it. I sold it for $300. The guys who bought it replaced the original 302 V-8 with a 289 4-barrel V-8 from an old Mustang (no emission tests in Montana at the time) and repainted it and I saw it driving around for years afterward.

    1986 Honda Civic CRX – my first new car I drove it from 1985 to 2004. It had 205,000 miles when I traded it in. (It started to use a little oil, maybe a quart or so every 3,000 miles and I was getting a little concerned about its reliability given its age and I also wanted a somewhat larger car.)

    2004 Honda Civic – still driving it and it has 50,000 miles on it. (Actually I wanted an Accord or Camry V-6, then I started pricing them out and it turned into an Accord 4 or Camry 4, then it turned into a Civic or Corolla.) It’s kind of slow, but gets good gas mileage and hasn’t broken down yet. Would still like an Accord V-6, but can’t afford one at the moment.

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    1980 Ford Mustang. POS. Sold it when Mom gave me her 1986 Mazda 323. GLC. Which was given to Grandma, who let it rot away (truly a crime), when I got a 1989 Mazda 626, which I sold to the dad of a co-worker, after I bought a 1996 Ford Probe GT. Miss this car terribly; it died of benign neglect (a minor oil leak turned into major problems). Gave it to the Kidney Foundation and got a nice little tax deduction. Now have a 2007 Mazda 6. Hope it lasts forever. I also jointly owned a 1989 Toyota Celica with my sister, though I can’t remember what happened to it.

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    Haven’t sold many.

    1980 Accord sedan: First car- Got sideswiped by a semi and spun into a Cherokee.

    1972 Honda Z600 Coupe: Rear ended by an inattentive Volvo 240 pilot. Sold to a guy who wanted to tow it behind his RV for $300.

    1981 Olds Custom Cruiser Wagon with lovely 350 Diesel Power: Paid $600, lots of work cleaning and fixing diesel powertrain, sold for $700 because I just couldn’t stand to work on it any more.

    1967 Mercury Comet Caliente: Got at a junkyard for $500, swapped in a 289 that didn’t have a melted camshaft. Hooned around for a year, then sold to a friend who wanted it more than me for $800.

    1985 Honda Civic Wagon: Finally wouldn’t smog at 250k, body was really trashed from my little brother spinning it off road and wiping out a row of mailboxes. $200 from the scrapyard.

    1993 Miata: Got for $1400 from a sorority girl who just couldn’t deal with the $1200 potential bill because the car wouldn’t move when it was cold outside (sticky e-brake caliper cam) and had a leaky water pump. Fixed, enjoyed for a summer, sold for $2500.

    It’s time to retire the LeMons car after three seasons, but we’ll probably just reshell the old one, since the powertrain is still good.

    1986 Toyota pickup. Still got it. 260k and running fine. ’90s Accord seats bolt right in.

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    Let’s see. My first car was a 1982 (?) AMC Concorde DL. I sold it because it had become ever harder to start and I no longer could stand the sight of it.

    My second car, a 1981 Celica GTA 10th Anniversary, I had to part with because as a college student I could not afford to rebuild the front end after a momentary acquaintance with a semi trailer.

    My third car, much, much later, a 1996 V6 Camaro, I sold after the transmission started smoking through the shift console. It was already running on only four cylinders due to a bad plug wire. I had to replace plug wires every six weeks or so on it at that point. I was just tired of the maintenance that it required.

    My fourth car, a Mercury Mystique rebadged Mazda, I sold because it would not pass inspection and I had already bought a Suburban.

    My fifth car, a 1980s Suburban, burned up a transmission in Tennessee but got us back to Texas in third gear doing 60mph the whole way, so I was not too upset. It broke a spring at some point as well. I would have kept it but the wife told me she wouldn’t be seen in it anymore as its paint was kind of bad. I still had the idea of fixing it up, but finally had to sell it when it was obvious that wasn’t going to happen.

    My current car, a 2002 Suburban z71, I plan to keep for some time. I will probably buy a sports car for me at some point, but the Suburban is nearly the ideal family vehicle. I periodically think of ‘downsizing’ to a Pontiac Trans Sport or Montana, but that’s not really likely, as the wife prefers SUVs to minivans and, even though it is my car, it is also the family car.

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    My present ride is a 2001 Ford Windstar with 76,000 miles. I’m probably selling it in a couple of months. Bought in ’06 with 40,000 miles. It runs well, the only issues have been the usual Ford electrical gremlins and repeated failure of the heater (fixed for good via shade tree engineering). I’m divorced and no longer need a minivan. I’m finding that actually trying to get rid of one right now is challenging and will cause my wallet pain.

    1996 Crown Vic Police Interceptor. Sold when the engine needed to be replaced.

    1994 Ford Aerostar, 215,000 miles on the origional engine and transmission. Traded for the above Crown Vic.

    1992 Buick Regal Gran Sport, 131,000 miles. Traded in ’06 for the Windstar (for the ex).

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    Great question Mr. Karesh!

    I’ll try to be succint.

    1989 Fiat Uno CS Top 1.5 alcohol Hand-me-down from Dad, don’t remeber how many miles it had when I got it (weren’t very many at all), but I sold it to ex-father-in-law at 43 000 miles in 1995. Sold it ’cause it was alcohol and at the time I sold it, it was more advantageous to have a gasoline car. Plus the engine was burning a little oil and I was worried of having to fix that. Plus my father-in-law paid full market price (God rest his soul!)!

    1995 Fiat Uno ELX 1.0 gasoline Bought it brand-new, sold it in 1997 at around 22 000 miles because I wanted a car with more comforts (this one was manual everything).

    1989 Ford Escort XR3 1.6 alcohol Bought in 1997 (don’t remeber how many miles at least 40 000 miles and sold in 1998 with about 54 000 miles, ’cause the wife deemed it unsafe after a trip when I had to brake strongly and her seat came off the moorings and she slid up and (almost, thank God) hit the window (she didn’t though ’cause seat belt). The car was 10 years old, bought it for comfort, low price, it had been in the family for all its life, but sold for seat problem, cooling system acted up during said trip. So wife said it wasn’t a good idea anymore, plus gasoline was more advantageous at that time. Sold for another Uno SX Young 1.0 gasoline, bought brand-new,which she kept after divorce.

    1997 Fiat Siena ELX 1.6 gasoline Bought brand-new, sold in 2000 with about 29 000 miles only because I got divorced and didn’t feel the need for a “family car” anymore (this car is a small sedan with a huge trunk).

    1999 Ford Ranger 2.5 gasoline Bought with one year of use as my “single man’s car”. It had around 9 500 miles on it when bought in 2000. Sold it in 2002 with 25 000 miles on it due to skyrocketing gas prices, insurances prices, and a few scares due to “sporty” driving.

    2001 Renault Clio RT 1.6 16v gasoline Bought used in 2002 with 11 000 miles on it and sold to my brother with 29 000 miles on it in 2005. Though it was the only car that left me stranded (once) it acted up badly with my brother later on (though he kept it until (65 000 miles). SOld it ’cause I got married again, needed an apartment and needed some extra cash for the payment. So I bought my brother’s at-the-time-girlfriend’s older car (the next one) and pocketed the difference (about 7000 dollars).

    1997 Fiat Palio 1.6 16v gasoline Bought in 2005 (for reasons explained above) with 24 000 miles and sold in 2007 with 38 000 miles. Reasons: looking for a more economical car on gasoline, plus the car gave me some trouble with cooling and starting issues.

    2006 Fiat Palio Fire Flex 1.0 flex-fuel Bought in 2007 with 7 000 miles. Have it until this day with 23 000 miles. My daily ride.

    2007 Ford Ka GL 1.0 gasoline Bought brand-new as cheapest car with air con and power some stuff in market for second wife. Sold in 2008. One month after warranty expired as this car was total POS! Back to dealer at least 8 times in one year (never fixed to my satisfaction), left wife stranded 2x. Took the financial hit and sold it ’cause this car was bad news!

    2008 Renault Logan Expression 1.0 flex-fuel Bought for wife after disappointment with Ka.

    So now I run a Fiat Palio and a Renault Logan. Do intend though to keep these cars the long run. The truth is in past the new car siren song was stronger. Nowadays, plus cars being more resistant, there is absolutely no car on the market that makes me go crazy (at least in my buying range). In past the Escort XR3 or Fiat Tipo (which I never got, damn!) made me dream. Nowadays, not one. Though I do get the itch (as I love cars) I’ll try to be more rational and try the 10 year thing and see if it really works out. The Fiat will make it easy. The Renault I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    Or maybe they come up with something irresistible!

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    Andy D

    In over 40 yrs of car ownership, I have only sold 1 car, a 73 Gran Torino Squire wagon. The rest I have scrapped .

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    I definately need to post here more often…

    I started out driving my mom’s 88 Civic at about 95 or so.. when I started feeling that the car is a bit too small for even average vehicles on the road.

    But then she started getting older, and I needed a car with a bit more room and more than 1″ of space under the floorboards and the ground under me.

    Picked up a ’92 Accord Lx 2.2ltr 4 at about 03 with 159,000k and drove the car approx 100-120mi a day for about 3yrs time. I had to let her go at 231k because of a electrical sensor in the trans that wouldnt let her shift back down to first, and shift back up again. It was a real heartbreak.
    First real car and all.

    I traded her for about $1000 on a 00′ Accord with 106k. almost 3yrs later the odo has 181k on it and I now drive 136mi daily. Putting a tank of gas in every 3 days and running between 450-500 mi per tank, with 1200mi a week.

    Ive been contemplating… my next car for some time. I have a 6th gen Accord weighting about 3200lbs. my last Accord a 4th gen car, weighed 2800lbs.. soaking wet. Ive thought about buying a current gen.. but the car is just too damn big and the button monster scares me. I dont need a car as big as that.

    Im what is called.. A D R I V E R. I take hard corners, speed, push the limits of fundamental design and engineering on my Accord.

    I’ve ruled the current Accord out, but I havent ruled out the last gen Accord SE 4dr with decent miles (hopefully under 80-100k).

    Ive mostly ruled the current Civic out also. The interior just doesnt do it for me. They blew their load over the main pod and left the rest to plastic heaven. Honda also wont bring the Civic hatch into the US.. for fear that its CRV / Pilot will steal sales from this hot hatch, and that it will die like every other hatch / wagon that has been faced with internal competition. Although the Interior of the Civic hatch.. and the body spanks the Mazda3… Id love the Civic.

    Ive placed most of my up and coming fun.. on a current or next gen Mazda 3 hatch.
    Big 3 options…
    front and rear sway bars
    AND TINT over the rear 3qtr of the vehicle.

    Not to mention the packages of the Mazda a bit better than the Civic…

    But Id be giving up the love for my Accord / Honda, not to mention my resale.

    As far as problems Ive had…
    Only the dealership that I purchased my car from.. is a huge pain in the ass.

    I definately wont be going back there.

    But the car’s only niggling problems.. have been inadequate pressure from the windshield nozzels, and an issue with warping of the brakes. Stopping distance sucks. Both Accords have had the same issue. Its a relatively small issue almost not important.. but I cant find a way to fix it.

    As for why Id be changing cars…
    Its lighter, Its faster
    Its got a hatch, sway bars, and rear tint. Not to mention the interior is up-to-date and it will be my first new car. Rest have been purchased used.

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    I hate to admit it, but except for one exception, I’ve gotten rid of all of my cars simply due to boredom after 3-4 years.

    The exception was my ’01 V6 AWD Passat wagon. I bought it new, but by the time it had hit 100K miles I had put about $10K of repairs into it, so I decided to unload it and cut my losses.

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    First real car out of college was a brand new 1999 Toyota 4-runner,SR-5 4WD for $27K. Drove for one year, sold it at 40K miles at $24.5K. Figured it was good time to sell before it really dropped in depreciation. Bought a

    1996 Honda Civic for 44K miles for $11K. Very reliable car but absolutely scary on winter roads cuz the vehicle is so light. Got into accident with airbag deployed. Sold to a neighbor for $4500 at 88K miles. Bought a

    2000 Porsche Boxster S at $32K at 17K miles. Lived the dream and then burned the clutch and flywheel. $1500 fix and then sold at $20K at 50K miles. Vowed never again to pay for Porsches. Bought a

    1998 Nissan Maxima at 98K miles for $3K. Drove well and problem free for well over 3 years. Replaced ball joints and usual maintenance costs. Sold to family member at 165K miles for $1500. Most reliable car I’ve owned. Bought a

    2002 Mercedes C32 AMG for $16.5K at 67K miles (currently). Occasional electrical problems.thinking that this is a good car for now, but could probably sell it given the economic recession…

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