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How Old Is Your Car?

March 29th, 2015 at 12:56 pm

I was reading an article today where there was mention of the age of the person's vehicle. A 2004. The article was trying to indicate how old that was. I thought well our are only a bit newer. We have two 2007s, which were both bought used. While my van is getting really close to 100,000 it still drives like new (at least I think so).

Our hope is to hold on to our vehicles at least until our girls get through college...which is another 7 years. So that may be pushing it, but it's a good goal I think.

How old is/are your vehicle(s)? How long do you hope to keep yours?

24 Responses to “How Old Is Your Car?”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Well, our car is about a month and a half old and has 400 miles on it. That is my husband's new car. My car is a 2010 with 17,000 miles on it. We also have two pretty old cars, a 1978 corvette that we purchased new and a 1933 ford victoria, my husband's hot rod! (He has a 2008 van for work too)

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    I *just* read the article. & I had to laugh at that part. So old!!

    We have 2001/2005 bought before kids (or with money saved before kids, in the case of the 2005). We generally keep cars in our family for 20-ish years. I am not enthralled with the idea of replacing our cars while the kids(s) are in college. For that and many other reasons we are looking to upgrade both our cars. I don't know if we will do anything with the 2005 and if we do it will be more apt to be an even type trade (similar year but just more of what we want). The 2001 we paid so little for and we have the money to replace, so that is a lot of it with that. (Mechanically it has absolutely nothing wrong with it but we have other reasons). We just want cars that will get us through the college years. Currently looking in the 2010 range. A low mileage 2005 will do the trick too.

    I don't know that money will be any object when we buy our next cars after that. That and we will probably be retired, driving less, and only want one car. It might be a really nice car. For now, I'd rather get my kids through college and pay off our mortgage than spend any big dollars on cars. When younger it was more important to stay out of college debt, have kids, buy a house, etc. SO car spending has yet to be much of a priority to us.

  3. Jane Says:

    I have a 2003 Honda civic I bought used around 2012, after my previous 2004 civic was destroyed in an accident. I plan to drive it for as long as it lets me! Civics tend to hold their value really well- when I was trying to replace my old car it was very difficult to find a used civic from before 2001 or with less than 200,000 miles on it for the blue book value the insurance company paid me for my 2004. Most of the second hand dealers I talked to told me people don't want to sell those cars because they still work.

    I guess people who feel a need to replace their cars every 2 years and people who buy honda civics are very different populations Smile

  4. Buendia Says:

    It's a 2008; still seems brand new to me! It has a little over 50k miles on it, and I plan on keeping it another 10 years. It has more safety features than the car it replaced, and that's the only reason I like the idea of a newer car. Maybe when we replace it, there will be self-drive cars!

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    @Buendia - I think that's a real possibility. I wonder if these will be the last cars we ever buy. (After that, why not just use self-driving taxis. Very interesting times ahead).

  6. Kiki Says:

    My Prius is two years old and I bought it to replace a 13 year old car with over 200,000 miles. I hope to keep it for 10-15 years. I just rolled over 30k miles on Tuesday.

  7. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    2010 subaru bought new and love it. 2006 Sonata bought used and it's good. Replaced a 2000 Ford Focus with the 2010 subaru because it needed too many repairs. Never again a ford. The engine spouts were bad. We got $2500 for it and it needed $2k in repairs. Guy who bought it fixed cars for a hobby.

    2006 Sonata replaced by perfect, mint condition 1998 toyota Corolla in 2012. DH insisted we needed something bigger with side airbags for two kids and LATCH. It had 150k miles and drove like a dream. Meh, I would have driven it until the wheels fell off but he did have a point about side airbags and LATCH.

    I forsee us keeping both cars until they die unless kiddo #3 appears in which case we'd get a minivan to replace the sonata. And we plan on handing the subaru down to kiddo #1 at 16 since it was bought the year they were born.

    In our family 20 years is nothing for a car. My mom is driving her 1996 avalon and my MIL gave up in 2007 her 1986 Jetta. So if it wasn't for circumstances I can see us keeping the cars awhile. I hate having our car payments. And it's depressing to think about how expensive it is to buy even a used car.


  8. DeniseNTexas Says:

    I have a 2002 Nissan. I got it used in 2009 or so, I think. It's been a fantastic vehicle so far. It has a few issues but I hope to drive it for at least another three years or so.

  9. scfr Says:

    Our new car is a 2010. Our middle aged car is a 1999. We hope to keep driving the 1999 for a few more years, but we are also prepared to replace it at a moment's notice should it require repairs that wouldn't make sense given its current value.

  10. HouseHopeful Says:

    My Hyundai Elantra is 2010 and has about 25k miles on it. I have been lucky in mileage!

  11. Shiela Says:

    Got a 2000 Ford, hope to keep it for few more years. DH got it second hand in 2001 We almost got it replaced in 2009/2010 when we thought it wasn't good anymore but spent $1000 to get it fix and here we are still driving it.

  12. Kaycee Fisher Says:



    I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu that will hit 100,000 miles in the next 2 weeks.


  13. Amber Says:

    I have a 2002 Toyota Camey that I love. Bought it used and it has well over 150,000 miles and still runs like a champ. I'll drive it until the wheels fall off. No car payment for me and I love it

  14. DecisiveParadox Says:

    I bought a 2005 GMC 2500HD with 75k km for $9000.00.
    Perfect for my life style, I can throw my tool boxes in it, load bobcats, snow mobiles, motorbikes or camping gear. can pull plenty of tonnage for big road trips in the travel trailer.
    If anything ever goes bad I can rebuild anything or fix it myself. I like the 300 hp engine and powerful transmission.
    I could never buy something that depreciates. My motto in business is never pay dollar over what I could sell something for, so good value work trucks are great for my family.

  15. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I have a 2003 Ford Falcon that runs fine and I plan to keep until it needs to be updated. We got it when it was 18 months old and is paid off now. It runs perfectly fine, so I see no need to update, I'll drive it as long as I can! I'd rather either put extra money towards something useful (debt, savings) or towards travel.

  16. Jenn Says:

    Our newest car is a 2003 Honda Odyssey. It has over 175k miles on it and we hope to keep it going for 6 more years - until the middle kid goes to college. So far it's been an especially reliable vehicle.

  17. Xtreme Thunder Says:

    My car is a 2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan, 91,xxx miles, purchased new and paid off since 2010, hope to drive it until the engine falls out!

    DW's car is a 2010 Honda Civic LX Sedan, purchased used in 2011, paid off since 2013, and currently has 64,xxx miles. I'd like to keep it until its engine falls out too! She drives further to work than I do, she would like something a little higher off the ground for Winter months, but a set of $300 dedicated snow tires like I have will suffice until.

  18. CB in the City Says:

    I have a 2001 Toyota RAV4 with 142K miles on it. I am hoping to keep it running for four more years!

  19. dmontngrey Says:

    2014 Subaru Crosstrek that I got in December and I've already put 10,000 miles on!! Frown DH took my 2007 Hyundai Elantra and it has 170,000 miles. He has a 2000 Ford F150 with similar mileage. The older two are paid off of course. The Subaru is at 1.59% and I'm already 4 months ahead on payments.

  20. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Paid off 2010 Toyota Yaris w/~68k miles. Replaced my 1997 Honda Civic in 2012? Plan to drive the Yaris for at least ten more years, if not more.

  21. PNW Mom Says:

    I have a 2010 Ford Escape and DH has a 2012 Ford Focus....we hope to keep mine for another couple of years and his even longer.....we own them both outright and we enjoy not having a car payment.

  22. Tabs Says:

    Mine is 1997. It still runs, but honestly, that poor thing is just falling apart now. Everything shakes when I drive it. It's has more than 270k miles on it. I've been meaning to upgrade, but I keep dragging my feet. I may really have to do so this year though, before it finally dies and I am stuck without a means to get to work.

  23. LuckyRobin Says:

    Our minivan is a 2011 with under 28,000 miles on it. I hope to drive it until it hits 200,000 miles at least. It's a Toyota so it will probably last that long. Right now we are putting about 7000 miles a year on it. If we continue at that rate it should be 28 years old when we hit 200,000. But at least to 20 years, I think, if we drive it more than 7K a year.

  24. Looking Forward Says:

    1999 Nissan Pathfinder with 258,000 miles.
    2001 Ford F-250 Diesel with 127,000 miles.

    I'd like for DD to be able to drive the Nissan when she needs a car (2 years!!) and the truck could last a really long time 'cause we don't drive it all that much.

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