me: 2003 Ford Taurus wagon; ~108,000 miles; bought used with 35,000 miles in Jan 2005.
wife: 1998 Ford Escort; ~102,000 miles; bought used with 25,000 miles in Mar 2000.
I've never bought a new car, and the most I've ever paid was $15,6000. And that wasn't for my most recent car - my Taurus wagon was $14,2000. We drive them until some major repair is looming, then buy another used car.
My wife works at home, and I now have a ridiculously short commute (3 miles to work), but in the past I had many years of 30,000+ miles/year commuting. I'm from Detroit, which actually may have inoculated me against automobile status envy. Or maybe it was starting out with low-paying jobs in the decade or so after college.