Making your car last can be a road to savings

There are 20 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Oct 28, 2007, titled Making your car last can be a road to savings. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

My first car, a 9-year-old Ford I bought before my junior year in college, lasted me the two years I needed it to hold a part-time job until graduation.

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Markey

United States

#1 Oct 28, 2007
Paying cash for stuff, taking care of it, so it lasts, not replacing it with something newer just to impress people. If more folks did that, our economy would be doomed.
Franco

AOL

#2 Oct 28, 2007
Longer ownership is better and wiser.

This country is in a " Lets buy, try and throw away " vicious circle.

We waste more than we save.

Shame on us !
Al from NY

United States

#3 Oct 29, 2007
I've always kept my cars for at least 100,000 miles except for my last 2000 S80 Volvo, which needed constant repairs beyond the warranty. I traded it in at 70,000 and bought a low mileage 2003 E320 M-B with an extended warranty.
Most cars will run to 125,000 miles before you need to pump serious money into them for problems such as transmissions. Then it's time to say goodbye to it and not worry about the next thing that will go wrong.
One final note, I never buy American built cars - I have never met someone who didn't have early on problems with them. What a shame.
Hoosier Daddy

Louisville, KY

#4 Oct 29, 2007
We bought our 1990 Toyota Corolla in 1994 for $7,000. Paid cash, so no interest charges. At the time, it had 39K miles on it. As of a year ago, when we finally donated it to charity, it had 189K miles on it and the only thing really wrong with it was the A/C had conked out (and wouldn't keep a replacement long...there was something fundamentally wrong there).

Over the 12 years we owned that car, we must've saved tens of thousands of dollars that we would've otherwise spent on leasing or paying interest to a bank. It really is worthwhile to swim against the societal current in fiscal matters.
FUBAR

Jefferson, MA

#5 Oct 29, 2007
This is good solid advice, but nobody's listening. Kids today expect the Ps to buy them a newer car as soon as they get their driver's license. Here's another story idea for you Humberto! Show parents how, for the price of that car for their kid (price, maintenance and, most of all, insurance) they could afford to hire a driver for them!
James

United States

#6 Oct 29, 2007
Markey wrote:
Paying cash for stuff, taking care of it, so it lasts, not replacing it with something newer just to impress people. If more folks did that, our economy would be doomed.
Here in South Florida it is important to impress people. It's all about whether your Mercedes can outdo the next person's Mercedes. If not then a Range Rover will have to do, because I cannot be seen dead in anything less at the grocery stores.
Girn Blanstin

Mocksville, NC

#7 Oct 29, 2007
I'll keep motoring around in my 76 Ford Thunderbird
Debbie

Butler, PA

#8 Oct 29, 2007
I love Humberto's columns. I would rather actually HAVE money than LOOK like I have money. I think I look smart driving my Toyota Camry and knowing I can retire very early makes me very cool. I only buy foreign cars, usually Toyota's or Honda's for the same reason above. My new Camry cost me $16,000 and I have 70,000 miles on it and counting with nothing but new tires and oil changes. :D
Debbie

Butler, PA

#9 Oct 29, 2007
And for the record, I lived in Fort Lauderdale and then Orlando for 22 years so I understand peer pressure.
Patty

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#10 Oct 29, 2007
We've always tried to keep our cars for a long time. We thought that buying a brand new 2001 Volvo S60 was wise. Regretabbly, as soon as the warranty expired I have had to replace the front end ($1000+) and fuel pump ($300), at an independent shop. Then the alternator ($800) at Volvo. Now, at 87,000 miles, it is in the shop (not at the Volvo dealer) for a new transmission, torque converter and valve body -$3000!!! Ugh! I don't know if I should trade it in now or drive it to the ground after all the money I've put in. My next car will be a Honda!
mark1967

Chesterfield, VA

#11 Oct 29, 2007
i have a 10 year old honda, the problem is the money i save on the car, my wife spends on other crap, so i have an old car, no money, and my wife has our home full of crap...now write an article on how to stop that problem.
itiswhatitis

Miami, FL

#12 Oct 29, 2007
mark1967 wrote:
i have a 10 year old honda, the problem is the money i save on the car, my wife spends on other crap, so i have an old car, no money, and my wife has our home full of crap...now write an article on how to stop that problem.
Good one Mark. Can you find a way to trade the wife in for a new car?

I've always driven used Hondas and before I've donated it or sold it all have over 130K miles on them. I definitely believing in owning a car until it's ready to fall apart. The only thing that would make my purchase a new car and trade in one of mine right now is the need for more room with a 2nd child coming. Sigh.......
Boca Raton 07

Boca Raton, FL

#13 Oct 29, 2007
I own a 1997 Boxster, after 10 years and investing 10K plus to make it look "nicer" I am tired of this pice of crap...yes, it looks very nice but it cost just too much to keep it running...It has only 60K miles and it needs repairs all the time...for that reason I don't drive it anymore...because when I do, there is something wrong almost right away...so, far I have spent about 5K in the last 18 months and I have put only 3500 miles on it...I have a Scion TC 2005 and it is a solid car, great miles(gas) and decent looks...I will NEVER buy a car that is consider a "luxury" brand...they are nice to look at but they cost too much to get and to maintain...it is sad that American cars are crap. I would rather spent my money in an american company. I don't like to give my money to the ungrateful, smelly Europeans...I am ok with the Japanese though....

Cheers

Is the Nissan brand worth pursuing?
slap happy

Miami, FL

#14 Oct 29, 2007
Al from NY wrote:
I've always kept my cars for at least 100,000 miles except for my last 2000 S80 Volvo, which needed constant repairs beyond the warranty. I traded it in at 70,000 and bought a low mileage 2003 E320 M-B with an extended warranty.
Most cars will run to 125,000 miles before you need to pump serious money into them for problems such as transmissions. Then it's time to say goodbye to it and not worry about the next thing that will go wrong.
One final note, I never buy American built cars - I have never met someone who didn't have early on problems with them. What a shame.
Well, I only drive Vettes and I have never had a problem moron
Patty

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#15 Oct 29, 2007
Boca Raton 07 wrote:
I own a 1997 Boxster, after 10 years and investing 10K plus to make it look "nicer" I am tired of this pice of crap...yes, it looks very nice but it cost just too much to keep it running...It has only 60K miles and it needs repairs all the time...for that reason I don't drive it anymore...because when I do, there is something wrong almost right away...so, far I have spent about 5K in the last 18 months and I have put only 3500 miles on it...I have a Scion TC 2005 and it is a solid car, great miles(gas) and decent looks...I will NEVER buy a car that is consider a "luxury" brand...they are nice to look at but they cost too much to get and to maintain...it is sad that American cars are crap. I would rather spent my money in an american company. I don't like to give my money to the ungrateful, smelly Europeans...I am ok with the Japanese though....
Cheers
Is the Nissan brand worth pursuing?
My brother used to work for Nissan and he advised me not to buy their van - it doesn't hold its value well. He truly felt the Hondas were a better buy.
Cashed out and Left

Hamilton, OH

#16 Oct 29, 2007
Al from NY wrote:
I've always kept my cars for at least 100,000 miles except for my last 2000 S80 Volvo, which needed constant repairs beyond the warranty. I traded it in at 70,000 and bought a low mileage 2003 E320 M-B with an extended warranty.
Most cars will run to 125,000 miles before you need to pump serious money into them for problems such as transmissions. Then it's time to say goodbye to it and not worry about the next thing that will go wrong.
One final note, I never buy American built cars - I have never met someone who didn't have early on problems with them. What a shame.
2001 Mustang GT, 80,000 miles...not one problem at all. Runs like the day I bought it new.
2002 Dodge 1500, 50,000 miles....not one problem at all, runs like the day I bought it.
Mustang was built in Michigan, Dodge was built in Missouri.
DUH

Boynton Beach, FL

#18 Oct 29, 2007
To all those American car haters (who really are just trying to forward their own agenda) I own three American made cars all bought new with CASH ....2001 Chevrolet Suburban with 159K miles (wife car).....1992 Chevrolet Corvette 167K miles (dads car)......1999 Chevrolet Malibu 188K miles (daughter car)...the key is auto longevity is simple just do the regularly scheduled maintainence! You all just don't want to admit that your all too dam.d lazy and stupid to do even the basics!
Stupidity

United States

#19 Oct 29, 2007
I've driven a '97 Jeep wrangler with minimum repairs since I ordered it new in late 1996. Wise words Humberto. You in the Bronx - won't buy American built cars ? Even the foreign cars are built in America now. Wife just bought a Toyota, it was built in Indiapolis.

Since: Aug 07

Boca Raton, FL

#20 Oct 29, 2007
Cashed out and Left wrote:
<quoted text>
2001 Mustang GT, 80,000 miles...not one problem at all. Runs like the day I bought it new.
2002 Dodge 1500, 50,000 miles....not one problem at all, runs like the day I bought it.
Mustang was built in Michigan, Dodge was built in Missouri.
1997 Mustang GT Convertible. Except the tires, and oil changes...looks like the top might need replacing next year from the florida son. It has 89k on it, still drives great!!! American cars aren't bad at all.!!! Go Mustangs!!!!!!!!!! Steeda Stampede coming up guy!!!

Since: Aug 07

Boca Raton, FL

#21 Oct 29, 2007
DUH wrote:
To all those American car haters (who really are just trying to forward their own agenda) I own three American made cars all bought new with CASH ....2001 Chevrolet Suburban with 159K miles (wife car).....1992 Chevrolet Corvette 167K miles (dads car)......1999 Chevrolet Malibu 188K miles (daughter car)...the key is auto longevity is simple just do the regularly scheduled maintainence! You all just don't want to admit that your all too dam.d lazy and stupid to do even the basics!
right on my brotha from a different motha,,,no?

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