Thursday, July 29, 2010

Long-lasting Cars- do you drive one?

I saw this slideshow on the Kiplingers website and it got me thinking about cars and thriftiness. One way to save a lot of money is to buy a reliable car and then take care of it.

Ten Cars that Refuse to Die
Olds Cutlass Ciera
Geo Prism
Subaru Wagons
Volvos (rear wheel drive)
Ford Crown Victoria
Fiat 500 (in Europe)
Mercedes 300D
Honda Accord
BMW 3-series
Jeep Cherokee

Yes, one of our cars is on there! We have a 1997 Honda Accord which is at over 180,000 miles and still going strong. It's a great car. Bought it used in 2003 and have since put well over 100,000 miles on it. I have a history of driving long-lasting cars. My high school car in the late 1990's was a 1985 Dodge Caravan which was awesome. When either our Accord or other car dies we plan to get a used minivan, maybe the Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna.

Anyone have a long-lasting car story? Have you ever made it to 200,000 miles?


  1. I drive a 1999 Honda Accord with nearly 180,000 miles on it. Looking forward to reaching the 200,000 milestone. My car before that was a 1989 Honda Civic with over 185,000 miles on it (before it died). While cars are a huge status symbol, they can also be a huge drain on the pocket book, especially if you have the drive to buy a new one every couple of years.


  2. Way to go Josh! We're hoping to hit 200k (or heck, even 250k) on our Accord too! Thankfully neither of us are into cars as status symbols.


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