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The answer depends on who you are and what you value.

For me, I drive a car until it is more than 10 years old (whether I have owned for 10 years or not). At that time, I go buy whatever I want. I feel no economic guilt in the purchase.

I have found that 10 years is pretty good car economics. Anything more than 10, I find technology improvements are very noticeably missing in my car. Also maintenance starts to get on the exponential curve.

Good luck!

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