Making your car last can be a road to...

Making your car last can be a road to savings

There are 39 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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Helio

Spartanburg, SC

#22 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!
Plus I think all those cars have V-8s.
Over the course of 167k miles a V-8 will turn less rpm's then a 6 or a 4.
Less RPM's, Less wear.
Love those V-8's.
gospa de po meelo

Boca Raton, FL

#23 Oct 29, 2007
Some people take better care of their cars than they do of themselves.

“MANGLER”

Since: Dec 06

Atlanta, GA / Seattle, WA

#24 Oct 29, 2007
Separate checking accounts.
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.
Michael

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#25 Oct 29, 2007
Right on Humberto. With two children, my wife and I wanted at least one new car (a minivan). Our other minivan is ten years old and still going strong. We'd like to buy another new car, but we're planning on relocating to NC and don't want a car loan to affect the home loan. Besides, a house is more important than a car any day. Take care.

Since: Aug 07

Boca Raton, FL

#26 Oct 29, 2007
Helio wrote:
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Plus I think all those cars have V-8s.
Over the course of 167k miles a V-8 will turn less rpm's then a 6 or a 4.
Less RPM's, Less wear.
Love those V-8's.
and no stupid timing belt to replace...!
Ford Man

Miami, FL

#27 Oct 29, 2007
My little 1998 Ford Escort, has 130K miles and runs great. I use synthetic oil and keep it good running condition. I regularily get 34 to 36 MPG at highway speeds. So don't tell me I need a [email protected]#$% foreign car to get good performance.
Boca CPA

Hialeah, FL

#28 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.
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You need to show her that based upon your current "savings" plan, that retirement is not possible. Have money taken directly from your paycheck and put it into your company's retirement plan, or open a Roth IRA. Try to get the money out of her hands. Cut off her credit cards if you have to. The stuff she buys will bankrupt you.
Carlito

Port Richey, FL

#29 Oct 29, 2007
I just took a moment to ponder where oil comes from.

Do we fill the space with anything after we take the oil?

Have you ever removed piece of a foam ball and thrown or rolled it?

What is going to happen is that the earth is going to wobble and we are all going to fall off into space and die.

Wow, my existence just became so simple....as soon as I am done typing this I am going to quite my job and take my kids off to hunt and fish until the fall off the side of the globe, together.....
joseph

Macedonia, OH

#30 Oct 29, 2007
Patty wrote:
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!
YOU SAID IT..YOU CANT BEAT A HONDA...
Big D

Boca Raton, FL

#31 Oct 29, 2007
Funny- I remember when the cheapskate Humberto was driving around in a crappy Metro at great risk to life and limb but loving the few pennies in gas he was saving each day as he commuted to the paper to write his column. Meanwhile his wife was out walking each night but was not allowed back in the house until she found enough pennies which had been dropped on the street carelessly by someone else. Probably the funniest editoial comment I ever read was from the guy who commented that Humberto's column was in the wrong section as it didn't belong in the financial section but rather in the comedy section. Keep us laughing, Humberto!
Milton Bradley

Caracas, Venezuela

#32 Oct 29, 2007
I agree that japanese cars like Toyota and Honda are valuable cars, reliable and long lasting cars. However, I say you that I owned a buick century limited 1994 for more than 10 years (+ 150K Mil)with original engine and once a transmission shift as a major repairment..the key always was scheduled maintenance (and the best was I sold it for almost 4500 $!!)
Paul

United States

#33 Oct 29, 2007
Ford sucks.
TheIRS

New Orleans, LA

#34 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!
Cash huh? We'll call you asap after we trace your address.
Nat

West Palm Beach, FL

#35 Oct 29, 2007
1998 Chevy Malibu. 173,000 miles. Regular maintenance is definitely the key. No posing here - four wheels to get me from A to B is all I need!
Mike The Brace Man

Jonas Ridge, NC

#36 Oct 29, 2007
When I bought my 2001 Buick Century, I saw from the VIN that it was manufactured in Canada. Ford owns Jaguar. GM owns Saab. Toyota , Mercedes and BMW have plants in the U.S.A. GM makes some cars in Mexico. What is an American car. nowadays?
Still Running

Hollywood, FL

#37 Oct 29, 2007
Good article. I have a 1992 Nissan Pathfinder, 350,000 miles. I got it new when I graduated from college, got the corporate job and paid for it in a few years. It survived the corporate moves, the plant closings and was one less bill I had to worry about when starting my own business. I had to replace the transmission (there was an issue with overheating on those old nissans) but beyond that, as with any car, just keep it regularly maintained and it will treat you right. It looks 15 years old, but it gets the job done...
Ted Ginp Sr

Hialeah, FL

#38 Oct 29, 2007
I have my first car, a 1970 Chevy Nova. It has 766,000 miles. I change the oil every 2500 miles and it runs fine. I have only changed the brakes twice and the belts once. I filled the radiator with freon about ten years ago.

“MANGLER”

Since: Dec 06

Atlanta, GA / Seattle, WA

#39 Oct 29, 2007
So lets talk about those brake pads eh?
Ted Ginp Sr wrote:
I have my first car, a 1970 Chevy Nova. It has 766,000 miles. I change the oil every 2500 miles and it runs fine. I have only changed the brakes twice and the belts once. I filled the radiator with freon about ten years ago.
Bah Hum

AOL

#40 Nov 4, 2007
Ask Huberto how often he or the missus bummed rides when they were sharing one car.

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