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Old 06-12-2014, 06:10 PM
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I have 2011 jetta diesel that I use as a commuter. Bought new, closing on 100k miles....getting the itch, but running better then the day I brought it home. Always buy thinking 200k on this one, just can't get there.
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200k on a modern, well maintained vehicle is quite reasonable, I think. I tend to drive a lot, and keep my cars/trucks for a long time. My daily driver Tahoe has over 360K, and our Suburban has 180. Both drive like new.
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I think with the money we spend for new cars/trucks you got to get 150-200 before even considering it. Now if you are buying used, maybe you could change more often. My wife is driving a 2006 Toyota with about 160,000 and I am driving a 2008 Dodge with about 80,000. Bought both new and both paid off. Now is the time to get the return on the investment.
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I shoot for 60-75k. I like driving a new vehicle. I also put ~30,000 a year on the odometer so it works out to approx. every 2 years.

All that being said my current truck has 160k on the clock and it's the longest I've ever kept a vehicle. It's getting traded as soon as I make up my mind on a new one though.

I love seeing people with well maintained older vehicles, but it just doesn't work for me.
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Too often!
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About every 7-10 years.
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When the engine goes. Usually 250k to 300k miles. I drive them hard and do around 40k per year.
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For me, about 8-10 years unless something I have to have is invented. Just sold my 04 suburban with 173k miles. Bought a tahoe that I plan to keep for at least 8'years. I'm 39 and have only owned 5 vehicles, including the tahoe I just got 2 months ago.
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Every 12-18 months. Don't trade. Private sell then buy. Turned 10k today and looking.
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Welshtrustee has to be my alter-ego Our family consisting of two sons and the two of us have plowed through at least 150 vehicles that have 4 wheels...not counting boats/planes/motorcycles.

There's no time frame or miles thing to trading; it's just what we do.

Hey, I'm the world's lousiest car buyer, having three Land Rovers in one year


Now we have a Toy and and a Lexus, and life is good again
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Until I get tired of them.
Toys; Long time... My Carrera is finally for sale after great 16 years, Been on www.hotrodhotline.com for the last hour looking for the next toy

Main ride; Tahoes since 97, Caddy Sevilles before them. Until I feel like it's time, usually a year or two into a body style change, and usually 150k or so.
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I seem to get ride of my daily driver every 3 years. I have a couple things at 10 years and one 30 years.
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Daily drivers are every 3 years - usually 30-45,000 miles; weekend cars are when I get the urge - usually 4-6 years and 10-12,000 miles.
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Daily drivers are every 3 years - usually 30-45,000 miles; weekend cars are when I get the urge - usually 4-6 years and 10-12,000 miles.
I buy your used daily drivers... And keep them till 200k or so. The car will let me know when it's time... May still be running, and but needs constant attention - time to go.
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We have 2 Toyota trucks and still plan to keep them for awhile. My wife drives a 98 Tacoma 4wd and I drive an `03 Tundra Limited 4wd. Wifes truck is running around 120k miles and my truck is running around 159k miles. She keeps saying she needs a new truck but just won`t go to a dealer to make it happen. She been saying this for 2 yrs now. I`m probably going to hang on to my Toyota till at least 200k before I sell it. It runs great and I keep it in great shape so why get rid of it.
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I am in search of the perfect vehicle, but have never found it. I flip vehicles all too often. My wife gets a new vehicle every 6 yrs.
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I bought myself a 2013 Lexus and jut got a company car so I gave it to the wife. I think its gonna be the first long term keeper. I am 29 and have had 9 cars in the last 12 years that I have been driving... Jesus... This just put it into perspective!
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When the tires are wore out.
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I trade trucks when my accountant tells me I have to spend some money on the company. Usually about every 2 years. I have a Jeep which I shall probably keep forever and a 93 Nissan Pathfinder with 312,000 miles on it. Wife gets a company car every two years.
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36month lease. Mfg warranty covers everything during the lease. When lease is over, get another vehicle. No hassle with trading in or selling old vehicle. No ownership of a rapidly depreciating asset

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