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A few additions to the comments

DIESEL engines are reputed to be the longest lasting, cleanest environmentally, and easiest to repair. I have known MANY people to drive 15-20 year old Mercedes and Volvos, and not many other vehicles, so I will agree with the majority on that. We had a Volvo diesel, and it drove like a truck, but it was very comfortable, safe-feeling and dependable, not to mention the seats warm your butt on a cold morning! (We crossed oceans and had to leave the car behind)There's an expression I've heard many times:
"A Volvo will keep you safe in an accident, a Mercedes will help you prevent one."

On a different note, a driver in Atlanta was recently featured for driving his Toyota Corolla 1 million miles (it died very soon after) so there is something to be said for that old Toyota ad about all the people with 200K, 300K miles on their Toyotas.
On the note about Toyota Camry's, mine is a 1992, I bought three years ago with 80K miles on it. I found out after the fact that it had been wrecked pretty bad, thus door keys don't match trunk key. BUT, I just rolled 120K, put about $1000 into a major service and a few repairs (bringing the total spent on this car to about $2500 in three years), and the mechanic told me to expect many more years of trouble-free driving
FINALLY, even if this is a purchase "for life" I am a firm beleiver in buying a slightly used car, i.e. ~2 years old -- if you can find a seller or dealer with warrantee that you trust. Then you can be sure that you are buying a car that isn't a lemon -- even the best car makers put out a few, and the problems take a while to show up.
Good luck!!

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