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Old 12-04-2014, 10:19 AM
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Sold my corvette 4 months ago. Owned it since 1987. 27 Years.

Driving a 95 honda passport had it 8 years bought it for $500.
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:00 AM
Location: Florida and New England
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Pre-Japanese cars: Every 3 years
Post-Japanese cars: Every 10 years

The arrival into the US of the Japanese imports in large numbers in the late 1970s/ early 1980s really changed the way my family thought about cars. Used to be that a new GM or Ford car would be needed every 3 years. They started to have problems around 40,000 miles. The older car would become the "beater" subject to minimal maintenance, and the cycle would continue. 1966 Buick, followed by 1969 Ford wagon, followed by 1972 Olds, followed by 1975 Pontiac, etc.

First Japanese car was a 1985 Honda Accord, and it lasted until 1995 without anything more than fluids and tires. 1995 was a Toyota Camry, replaced with the same in 2005 (the 1995 still runs as a beater), and to be replaced again next year.

The American marques have improved as well in the interim, for competitive reasons. Friends who stuck it out with GM or Ford frequently keep them for 10 years nowadays.
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