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I've owned Saab, Chevy, Ford, BMC (British Motor Corp.), and Toyota. The Toyota wins hands down. We put 250,000 hard Northeastern winter miles on our 1990 Camry wagon and it's still going strong with no problems. Worst reliability issue was a bum A/C compressor, which was really a fluke. These cars are very easy to work on (my experience), parts are readily available anywhere and any shop can work on them. If the bodywork will take 9 heavily-salted winters, anything less should be a breeze. If you live in a warm climate, the paint will wear off before the bodywork fails.

Since you can probably afford something more upscale if you hold it forever, I'd recommend a Lexus (Toyota) 300 series with leather interior for durability.

We're just passing 35,000 miles on our third Camry. If you'd like to understand just why Toyota's quality is so high, a good read is, "The Machine That Changed The World".

Rick
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