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Old 01-21-2014, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought a car new, and drove it for fifteen years, (okay, twelve. It was in storage for three) before giving it away. ¬*(moving overseas again). ¬*The new owners drove it for three more years.
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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7 years, a 2002 Mercury Cougar.¬* I put over 100k miles on it and traded it in on a 13 Regal GS.¬*
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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20 years. ¬*1993 Ranger. ¬*Gave it to b-i-l last ¬*summer, who's still driving it. ¬*
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Between me and the wife our VW Passat was a DD for nearly 13 years.
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Old 01-21-2014, 02:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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had 1984 chevy celebrity 4dr .... 12 years 260k b4 I sold¬*it to a friend

Still miss the old tank
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Old 01-21-2014, 02:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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1997 Ford Escort station wagon, nice reddish-marron color with a grey interior. Purchased in Detroit, MI in 2001 with 21,000 miles on it (owned by a little old lady who was in a retirement home) and owned until July 2009 when my divorce severed me from it. Ex-wife drove it until July 2013 and her death (not in the car) when it still had only about 100,000 miles on it. Ex-father-in-law sold it to a local dealer when he came out to handle the estate. Still see it around town occasionally.
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Old 01-21-2014, 04:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I bought a '83 Volvo 245 in 1996. Paid $2500.00 for it. It had ~ 180,000 miles on it when I bought it.

I drove it 16 years and put another 200k or so on it. Odometer gear crumbled @ 196k so I'm guessing.

Spent a grand or so on things that broke, outside of the usual maintenance stuff... tires, etc.
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Old 01-21-2014, 04:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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In Oct 2000, Leased a 2001 Echo (eventually bought it) and drove it for 313,000 km before selling it to a friend's son¬*almost 12 years after I first got it.¬*

4-doors, green, colour-keyed bumpers, A/C, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD, 5-sp manual.¬* Shortly after I got it, I timed a 0-100 km run at 9.1 seconds.

I drove it pretty hard and it only let me down¬*4 times.¬* The first time, the water pump went (covered by warranty).¬* The second time, the battery kept dying because of a faulty alternator.¬* The third time, the starter wouldn't crank but did crank again once the tow-truck driver tapped it with a hammer.¬* The fourth time, around 310,000 km, the thin exhaust manifold wore out and had a pinhole leak that filled the interior with headache-inducing exhaust.



The engine and tranny were great - it's still running on the original clutch and original cat converter.¬* But the things hanging off the engine weren't as reliable.¬* The A/C compressor died; the mass-airflow sensor went.¬* The O2 sensor needed replacing.¬* The CV joints needed replacing. Several lights died on the dash and cost $140 for replacement (at the dealership).

I think there's a guy in Hurkett, Ontario with a very similar car (he has a 2002 model) that went over 1 million km.



I tracked every penny spent on it including gas, insurance, repairs and parking meters.¬* Over that time I averaged 6.52 L/100 km and spent a total of $73,748.16 (that's including the lease, cost of buyout, gas, oil changes, insurance, repairs, etc.).
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Longest owned would be more than three years, but with the car off the road for most of that time. The next best I can do was my second car... 18 months. $200 '92 Volvo 740 Turbo wagon. It was on the road for ~15 months of that, and supplemented by another car for its final few months. That car probably should have been scrapped before I bought it, but it managed not to throw a rod for over a year; it just needed front brakes (should've had the rears done, but eh, beater car), some fuel-system trickery, plugs and wires, and a rebuilt turbo. Had it hauled off for the same $200 I paid for it, with the cat and drivetrain in it but most of the trim and some smaller parts missing; the local fire department apparently used it for Jaws of Life training. No, it's not long at all, really - I'm 22 and just bought my sixth roadworthy car, and didn't get my license until I turned 18.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Six years, '02 Mazda Protege bought new. Put about 65k miles on it. I actually was bored after about four years. A few months before selling it I replaced the shocks and struts, and the improvement was so dramatic I almost kept it. My driving habits had changed to more highway miles though, and the Protege's NVH was unbearable at speed. Needed a highway car.
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