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.1HappyFool
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