Sunday, September 2, 2007

Keep your car forever?

A new article from Consumer Reports says Driving Your Car to Death Saves $31,000. This is an awesome idea if you have a vehicle that can survive for a long time. For instance, my dad bought a 1991 GMC truck brand new and he is still driving it around today. It's had to have to repairs of course, but for the most part it's still a decent vehicle. And he has certainly saved at least $31,000 by not needing a new vehicle. And I think it has over 300,000 miles on it too! I wish I had used that kind of discipline in the past.

Here are their worst and best bets for cars that will last for the long haul:

Consumer Reports' "Good bets" for making 200,000 miles: Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, Honda Element, Lexus ES, Lexus LS, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4

Consumer Reports' "Bad bets" for making 200,000 miles: BMW 7-series, Infiniti QX56, Jaguar X-type, V8-powered Mercedes-Benz M-class, Mercedes-Benz SL, Nissan Armada, Nissan Titan, Volkswagen Touareg, V6-powered Volvo XC90.

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