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Old 01-04-2019, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I have a 93 Nissan pickup, and I was hoping it would be like the older Toyotas I've had - Corona, Corolla and Camry - but, it's not. There's a reason Toyotas cost more. It's time to "retire" the Nissan. It always starts right up, but parts are failing, the gas mileage is bad - off the showroom floor it only got 18/19mpg. It's much worse than that for me now because it needs a tune-up.

I agree with whoever said you can just add Bluetooth. That's what I did. I put a nice stereo in it with Bluetooth. It was a decent stereo with really good speakers and it only cost me around $250 and I paid my mechanic to install it. Not a big deal.

I'm going to try living without a vehicle. I'm in Uber and public transportation land now, so I'll give it a go. I need more exercise anyway, and don't need a truck anymore.

I admit that I do dread the complexity of newer vehicles. So many more things that can break and need fixing, seems to me, that require special equipment, etc. I loved the simplicity of the older vehicles. Easier to maintain and repair.

 
Old 01-04-2019, 11:32 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Daily driver (car) is 1976. (same as my MC, had it since new, raced flat track for many yrs... now street legal / ADV)
Bulldozer and tractor 1974
My Wash machine is a 1956.
Ice Cream maker a 1954
Waffle Iron 1918 (makes a full size Waffle in 18 Seconds!)
 
Old 01-04-2019, 11:49 PM
 
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I have commitment issues. What can I say.

But seriously, sticking with the same car for 20 years means youíre missing out on a lot. Most marriages donít last that long. A lot of these types of threads seems to draw responses from people afraid of technology (and improved safety, and better gas mileage, more horsepower, better handling, etc. ). I can think of nothing from 20 years ago thatís better than it is today.
My knees...
 
Old 01-05-2019, 12:10 AM
 
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We have an American car, 1989 with a broken odometer. I have no idea how many miles it has. We also have a Japanese car from 1994 with about 120K miles on it. Our previous cars also lasted a long time and we kept them until the body literally started to fall apart.
 
Old 01-05-2019, 12:53 AM
 
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‘87 Toyota 4Runner, takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’, although I will admit to a solid axle conversion.
 
Old 01-05-2019, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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My wife loves to her 98 Buick Park Ave. It has only 23,000 miles on it. She only goes to the local store and local doctor in it. Should outlast her.
 
Old 01-05-2019, 01:08 AM
 
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I have commitment issues. What can I say.

But seriously, sticking with the same car for 20 years means you’re missing out on a lot. Most marriages don’t last that long. A lot of these types of threads seems to draw responses from people afraid of technology (and improved safety, and better gas mileage, more horsepower, better handling, etc. ). I can think of nothing from 20 years ago that’s better than it is today.
I dont think anyone is afraid of technology. That makes no sense. I don’t buy a new truck because I don’t need a new truck, not because i can’t afford it or I’m afraid of technology. My truck does everything I need, it’s very reliable and maintenance doesn’t cost a arm and a leg.



Obviously you need/want new vehicles, but maybe some people just dont care about the latest and greatest vehicles. And maybe some people don’t want to have that perpetual car payment.


I would hope that 20 years brought some advancement to the automotive world
 
Old 01-05-2019, 01:24 AM
 
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All my cars are over 20 years old, paid for, all bought cash. The eponymous M3, a 1988 model, was bought for around $10K and now is worth at least $40K. 82 Scirocco was bought for $1000, with some needs, I took care of the needs and now it's a 40 MPG commuter. And on and on.


I hate new cars, with their Canbus, CVT, Bluetooth, etc. Stuff I don't want, don't need, and don't want to be involved with trying to fix when it breaks down.


But you trend chasers go ahead and buy new. Somebody needs to stimulate the economy, and I'm not about to.
At one time your cars were new.

I clearly remember the same "I hate new cars because of..." complaints in the 80's.

You are stimulating the economy with your purchase.
 
Old 01-05-2019, 05:12 AM
 
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I have commitment issues. What can I say.

But seriously, sticking with the same car for 20 years means you’re missing out on a lot. Most marriages don’t last that long. A lot of these types of threads seems to draw responses from people afraid of technology (and improved safety, and better gas mileage, more horsepower, better handling, etc. ). I can think of nothing from 20 years ago that’s better than it is today.
Au contraire. I admire any car that is so well-made and so likeable that its owner wants to keep it so long. Most cars don't stand a chance. What if the reason you keep switching is that you never really had the perfect car to begin with?

See, there are multiple valid points of view, no need to be so sure of yourself.
 
Old 01-05-2019, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Driving an older car made before 2006 is a health hazard because PVC was used in the interior plastic parts like the dash, steering wheel, etc.

This will create carcinogenic gases inside your vehicle
I donít know of anyone that has ever died from inhaling ďcarcinogenic gasesĒ in their pre-2006 vehicle.
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