What kind of car are you driving?

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What kind of car are you driving?

Postby thebogledude » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:09 pm

What kind of car do you drive for daily commuting?
I drive a 09 Murano, aka. 'Mo. It is actually an 08 but they labeled it an 09.
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby Woodshark » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:13 pm

1998 Plymouth Voyager van purchased new 14 years ago. Five years ago I had nice new 350Z sports car. Soon afterwards we started building and working on a new vacation home. Now I needed a truck so I sold the Z and purchased a used Ford F150. The idea was to own the truck for only as long as we needed it; then sell it and buy another car for me.

Fast Forward....sold the truck two years later for more than I paid for it. We had the van already so the plan was to drive it until I decided on what car I wanted. About that time the economy started to tank so I decided to hold off purchasing a new vehicle. Now I'm more Bogle-ish. The van has almost no resale value but it is still running fine. I'd rather keep the van and have the cash in the bank then own yet another depreciating asset. Well.....for now anyway.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby RenoJay » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:27 pm

2005 Acura MDX that I bought new. Just hit 100k miles over Thanksgiving. I'll give it about two more years then swap for a newer model.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby etarini » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:36 pm

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. :happy

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby serbeer » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:37 pm

Lexus ES300 2003

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Postby Confused » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:41 pm

My 1996 Dodge Intrepid gave up the ghost earlier this year. Nearly every part was broken, but when the transmission went out on me and I couldn't get it out of "Park" anymore, I had to take it off to the junkyard.

Now I drive a 2001 Dodge Stratus.

EDIT: I guess everyone is listing their mileage as well, so my Intrepid conked out on me at 220,000 miles (purchased at 174,000), and my Stratus is at 119,000 (purchased at 112,000).

My spouse drives a 2000 Toyota Corolla with 140,000 miles.
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby matjen » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:42 pm

I have two cars. Hope that doesn't bar me from the Bogleheads! :D

1998 Lexus GS400 with 198,000 miles on it. In 2007 I bought a 2003 Porsche Boxster S. Currently has 55,000 miles on it. I told myself then that if I got the Porsche, I would drive the Lexus into the ground. Will probably start looking for a new daily driver next summer.

Wife has a 2005 BMW 325xi with about 50,000 miles on it.
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby camper » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:45 pm

Me: 2006 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab 65,000 miles
Wife: 1997 Pontiac Grand Am 50,000 miles
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby FRANK2009 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:56 pm

'08 Mazda 3 with 86k. So far so good. No plans to replace.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby dbltrbl » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:07 pm

2000 Honda Accord, 170000 miles.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby midareff » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:15 pm

LOL.. perfect time to ask me that one. When I started to smell the finish line in the summer of 2003 I bought a 2004 Jeep Liberty, one of the first 5, 2004 models in town through a fleet contact. Tomorrow morning is the last time I will drive it since tomorrow afternoon I pick up a new Mercedes C350 Sports Sedan to make my retirement and 65th b-day in 31 days all the more enjoyable..

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby Jim127 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:19 pm

I drive a 2006 Mercedes C230 and bought it used about 3 years ago. It currently has 64,000 and I plan to drive it for another 8 to 10 years. My wife drives a 2011 Sienna Minivan.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby VictoriaF » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:19 pm

1997 Honda Civic

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby stoptothink » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:38 pm

In the event that I do actually drive, '97 Nissan pickup. Purchased for $2500 in '03, previous owner was pretty much trying to just unload it. 95% of my commuting is done by bike, believe I have put 5k miles on my truck in the last 3yrs and 1500 of those were moving from Texas to Utah in June. Somewhere around 145k total miles on the odometer.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby jeff1949 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:46 pm

1998 Toyota RAV-4 (2 door and 2 wheel drive)

2012 Toyota Camry hybrid

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby cmanion » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:52 pm

2008 Ford Explorer ~ 65,000 miles
2003 Honda Civic ~ 50,000 miles

Baby #2 is on the way though, so I might be needing a bigger second car. We'll see though. I'd rather drive it until the wheels fall off.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby interplanetjanet » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:54 pm

A 2000 Corolla and a 2000 Windstar. I drive less than 3000 miles per year and haven't felt much of a need to replace either. My next car will be another convertible, though, they're marvelous for letting stress melt away.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby mike143 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:00 pm

Me: 2004 Honda Accord LX Sedan I4 Manual with 165k
Wife: 2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan Auto with 30k

Figured I will keep the Accord until we need a larger vehicle for my wife and future kids then I will get the Civic and retire the Accord. Accord needs a transmission (syncros) and could use a clutch (light) but I think I can baby it until it's retirement (200k?). I drove it hard and I wouldn't change that if I had to do it again.
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby mr.ajandkj » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:04 pm

me: 1995 Lexus LS400, ~180k miles, daily driver/commuter
wife: 2003 Suburban Z71 4WD, 100k miles

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby gkaplan » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:04 pm

2008 Honda Fit after driving a 1981 Toyota Tercel for over twenty-five years.
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby wilpat » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:05 pm

2000 PT Cruiser -- 49,000 miles, 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe --- 26,000 miles
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby Ice-9 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:05 pm

2009 Honda Fit. Prior to that, a 2001 Honda Accord that I would gladly have kept driving if someone didn't run into me from behind and total it. :(

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby cheese_breath » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:10 pm

I don't commute since I'm retired, but I do still drive. Either a 2009 Impala or 2000 Silverado, whichever gives me the urge on any given day.
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby reggiesimpson » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:15 pm

1997 Lincoln Town car. 200,000 and still going strong.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby 6miths » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:20 pm

2007 Honda Civic 101k miles for me
2010 Honda Odyssey 90k miles for my wife

Both were demos from the dealership.
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby Fallible » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:22 pm

2003 Mazda Protege bought in '04. :happy

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby pennstater2005 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:32 pm

2007 Honda Accord LX with 90,000 miles. I hope it lasts me a long time. Wife has a 2008 Toyota Camry with about 60,000 miles.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby Taylor Larimore » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:34 pm

Toyota Corolla

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby SamB » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:38 pm

1995 Subaru Legacy station wagon, 140K miles. Drive about 4-5K miles per year now.
2009 Honda Civic, 30K miles. Drive about 9-10K miles per year.

I don't commute because I am retired. My wife is not retired and takes the bus plus subway to work.

The Subaru is great for hauling bicycles, yard stuff, whatever, which is why I own it, and will probably keep fixing it as long as I can find spare parts. The Civic gets between 42-45 mpg when we drive it on long trips, so if I had to replace it I would stick with a similar size car. I have absolutely no reason to own a more expensive car either in the hybrid category or just because I needed the supposed luxury.

If you are puzzled by the mileage quote I give for the Honda it is because I can always beat the advertised mileage estimates.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby bluelight » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:38 pm

2002 Nissan Pathfinder with almost 90K miles. It has poor gas mileage, but was purchased new when I had a commute of 3 miles each way. Now I work at home and have a commute from the 2nd floor to the 1st floor. I plan to keep this vehicle for a few more years.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby Sheepdog » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:54 pm

2010 Ford Edge
My wife drives a 2007 Mercury Montego
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby johnep » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:57 pm

2004 Camry, 140k miles, wife 2007 Avalon, 80k miles. Toyota is hard to beat for quality and reliability

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby randomwalk » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:58 pm

2000 Toyota Corolla - 68,000 miles.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby stan1 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:05 pm

A 2010 BMW 335d. It is a joy to drive, and purchase, operational, and maintenance costs are on par with many RVs, boats, horses, swimming pools, travel, or other expensive hobbys that bring many of us pleasure. In the past I drove a Toyota Corolla and a Ford Ranger until the point I was well on track financially. You can't take it with you to the grave.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby Igglesman » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:05 pm

2001 Mazda Miata. 28,000 miles. :D

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby harrychan » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:05 pm

2012 Subaru Legacy - 6000 miles (lease - .0016 money factor)
The wife - 2006 Subaru Impreza 33000 miles (purchase with 0% interest)
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby edge » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:07 pm

Cayman S - Me
Audi Q7 - Wife

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby TheGreyingDuke » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:08 pm

We went down to one vehicle years ago, I bicycled to work for five years and now we are both retired, spend months each year in China so don't drive much. What we do drive is longer distances to visit family. I have always been a bit of a gear head, what I drive matters to me. We are now in a 2009 VW Jetta Sportswagen, tis is a rare bird with the 6 speed transmission and the very nice 2 litre TSI turbo engine. It wants premium fuel but on the road trips it returns a real 31 MPG. The higher fuel costs are balanced by the smile I get on my face when I get on it as I merge into high speed interstate traffic.

Bought it certified used a year ago, 72K miles.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby goalie » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:12 pm

Just picked up a leftover 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan last year, 0% financing for 36 months, for the boss + 4 kids.
And my 2007 Toyota Yaris 4 door 58K miles. 33-38 mpg gas engine, very Boglehead... Thanks, Chip

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby thomasbayarea » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:13 pm

Our family --

1997 Nissan Maxima (210,000 miles)
2000 Porsche Carrera (80,000 miles)
2008 Toyota Prius (70,000 miles)

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby Marmot » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:17 pm

2001 Totota 4 runner (me)
2008 Lexus (wife)

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby aja8888 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:21 pm

2000 VW Jetta diesel - just broken in at 208,000 - I drive it 30,000 miles a year @ 46 MPG.

2006 Cadillac CTS - 29,000 miles - fun luxury car - wife is retired and just putters around town with it.

2002 Dodge SLT pick up - handy vehicle that drinks gasoline like a drunken sailor on shore leave :sharebeer - Just used to move kid's stuff occasionally.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby steadyeddy » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:32 pm

2006 Mazda 3 with ~70,000 miles
2010 Hyundai Elantra with ~40,000 miles

I hope we can get as many miles from our cars as some of you have gotten from your vehicles!

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby roymeo » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:37 pm

2005 Fuji Police Special Mountain Bike
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby C4NT » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:39 pm

Me: 2004 Nissan Sentra (114K)
Wife: 2011 Nissan Altima (15K)

We have really enjoyed our Nissans.

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby Toons » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:41 pm

2012 Honda Fit 10k
2007 Ford Focus 45k
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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby supersharpie » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:44 pm

2002 Toyota Corolla - 180,000 miles

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby Blue » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:54 pm

I drive a model with ZERO driver deaths per million registered vehicle years, (per the IIHS)

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Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Postby Saluki31 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:55 pm

2001 Honda Civic - 206,000 miles


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