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Old 11-25-2014, 08:11 PM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Usually 10-12 years, but miles on it and potential problems dictate the time to trade them in. Our last trade in 2014 was a 2012 with 99,000 miles, before that one that was 11 years old with 124,000. We still have one 1997 with 166,000 but it's a stick shift so we haven't had to worry about a transmission rebuild and I only drive it to the park & ride 6 miles round trip on week days.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:25 PM
Location: Washington
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With the potential risk of having to face the cost of replacing a cvt transmission, hybrid battery replacement or other expensive repairs of new cars today, I have recently decided to buy new and only keep while under warranty.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:33 PM
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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I have no set plans but I also don’t believe that new cars last “forever”. They eventually nickel and dime you to death or worse develop symptoms nobody can figure out. One car, one truck both 2008. Oh, there is this 98 Explorer my son left in the driveway when he bough a new car. It is one nice truck I must say.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:37 PM
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My Father in law drives the 1972 Chevy 4x4 PU he bought new. Worth 2 or 3 times what he paid for it.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:41 PM
Location: South Park, San Diego
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I have a 12 y.o., bought off the boat, Subaru (bug eyes) WRX wagon that has 57k miles on it that runs like a champ, fun as hell to drive, goes anywhere in any conditions as long as there is a road, is dependable as the day is long and plan on driving it until the foreseeable future.

There are a few new cars out there that impress me- but honestly I don't think many would bring me that much more driving enjoyment, versatility and capability than what I've got- and I love not having a car payment!
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:51 PM
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Lease every 36 months for the peace of mind. Car is always under warranty and I always have something new.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:58 PM
Location: Wyoming
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From the late 60s to the late 80s, I traded every 2-3 years. They usually had low mileage. Sometimes we traded simply because the 2-3 years had passed and it was time, but usually there was something we wanted different -- bigger trunk, 4x4, better gas mileage, more fun, better dependability, etc., etc.

1988 stands out as a banner year. We bought 4 new vehicles within a 4-week time period. It started while I was having my 2-year-old Saab 9000T serviced. Damned salesman caught me in the waiting room and talked me into a demo drive with the new anti-lock brakes. (Saab had just introduced them that year.) Normally I wouldn't have been interested, but while driving (250 miles) to the dealership that morning, I'd almost rear-ended someone during a white-out snow storm. So I traded my '86 for an '88. It had 36K miles on it, because I had taken it in for its first BIG servicing, when they routinely changed out parts, flush, etc. IIRC, the servicing was right at $1,500. (Remember, this was 25 years ago.) It always ticked me off that I had to pay for the major servicing at the same time I handed the keys to 'em!

Anyway, I wanted to keep the new car nice, so a few days later I bought a Toyota 4x4 for my "city" vehicle. (There's #2.) My wife decided she wanted to sell her sports car and her Samurai and just have one vehicle for all year -- a little Subaru. (And #3.) And that was the year my son graduated from high school. I told him I'd buy him anything under $8K. He decided on a new Chevy Turbo Sprint. (Finally #4.) Man, that was one quick little Sprint!

I loved the 9000 Turbos. From the first time I drove the '86 until the last time I drove the '88, I loved 'em. So I kept that '88, which started out as a garage queen, for 11 years and 185K miles! I didn't want to trade, but I couldn't afford the maintenance! I traded it for a small used Lexus, then a few months later traded that and my '89 F250 for a new 2000 F250 PSD. I loved it too -- to the tune of 14.5 years and 153K miles. I traded it off a couple weeks ago for a new Prius. I didn't want to let it go, but it was wearing out parts faster than I could nail on the new ones. I was going to have to put another $9K or so into it just to keep it healthy, and considering he high fuel and maintenance bills (while driving 30K+ per year), I just needed something cheaper to operate. I don't expect to keep this one that long. There's no love affair between my Prius and me, so I'll likely drive it 2-3 years and trade it, maybe for another Prius, maybe for something with 4x4 that sits up a little higher. Maybe for a new F350!

Did anyone actually read all that? If so, you wasted your time, but I wasted more time typing it.

My answer is, there's no set time for me to keep a vehicle. You just never know.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:37 PM
Location: Somewhere in America
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Typically, 60-70K miles. Somewhere from 4-6 years. Varies depending on mileage and what issues the vehicle has had and if it suits my needs nowadays.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:40 PM
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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As long as economically possible
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:43 PM
Location: Out there somewhere...
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12 years now and 101,000 miles. It still runs and looks like new when bought.. 02 Ford Explorer 6cyl SUV.
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