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Subject: Re: Car Age vs Mileage Date: 5/8/2001 11:03 AM
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Would you mind naming the cars you had for 12 yrs?

I drive an '87 Toyota Camry wagon with 182,000 miles on it. The next major repair it needs will probably send it to the junkyard. I doubt I could get $600 for it. It dead centered a tree at about 35 mph before I got it in '95 at 122,000 miles (it was a gift from my FIL who couldn't drive anymore). I drove it from Virginia to Michigan last year with about 800 lbs. of load including my own butt. I haven't changed the oil in over 20,000 miles.

I have a fairly high tolerance for inconvenience and unreliability, but I try to make sure the tires, brakes and wheel alignment (this covers the steering linkage and drive train) stay safe. I wouldn't recommend treating a car like this if you live in a densely populated area or until it's value drops below $1K, but once a car is nearing the end of it's life, it can become a backup car. If you keep one fairly reliable car per couple and can tolerate uncertainty, you can stretch the life of your backup car by a couple of extra years.

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