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Old 12-03-2017, 09:43 AM
 
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I drove Cavaliers for 15 years and had good experiences in the past. They ran well, were easy to work on, and were dependable. I had no major problems other than greater than average wheel bearing replacements.

Much to my chagrin, they stopped making them. My last one hit almost 250,000 miles when I moved on. I ended up buying a Ford Fusion which was a few years old when I bought it.

The Fusion is nice but not as easy to work on and can be quite expensive to repair. Given that I drive nearly 500 miles a week (mostly commuting), I am racking up the miles and it is now pushing 100,000.

I found a Chevy Cavalier that is the same year as my old one (2004). It only has just over 50,000 miles on it and they are asking just over a couple grand.

This got me thinking. Should I buy this car and use it as a backup car and maybe even drive it to work for much of the year? This would save me wear and tear on the Fusion. I almost kept my last Cavalier but it has almost 250,000 on it and figured it wouldn't last much longer. As long as this car runs good and all, it could last awhile longer yet.

Crazy idea?
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Old 12-03-2017, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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I'd save the two grand for future repair needs of the Fusion. I could understand getting a beater as a daily driver and having a nice car for pleasure/weekend use, but realistically a Fusion with 100K on it is approaching being a beater itself.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:00 AM
 
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I'd save the two grand for future repair needs of the Fusion. I could understand getting a beater as a daily driver and having a nice car for pleasure/weekend use, but realistically a Fusion with 100K on it is approaching being a beater itself.
Really? It's at mid 80s now but will hit 100 in another 7-8 months I'm guessing. The miles are mostly highway miles. I was hoping to get 200+ out of it.

Also thought about selling the Fusion (eliminating the car payment) while I can still get something out of it and just driving the Cavalier. That is probably an even crazier idea though.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:51 AM
 
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Sounds like you are caught up in nostalgia. A Fusion is meant to be a daily driver.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:59 AM
 
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Sounds like you are caught up in nostalgia. A Fusion is meant to be a daily driver.
You're right. I get nostalgic this time of the year.
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Old 12-03-2017, 11:06 AM
 
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I fondly remember my 1994 Chevy Cavalier RS sedan but I wouldn’t want another one unless it was in factory mint condition. At the age of the one you’re looking at more problems are going to appear making it worthless as a reliable commuter.
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Old 12-03-2017, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Tip of the Sphere. Just the tip.
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Doesn't matter the brand or model- any 13 year old vehicle is going to need some repairs.
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Old 12-03-2017, 01:58 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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Safety, not even once
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Old 12-03-2017, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Safety, not even once
This is a really good point especially considering your decision to drive it wouldn't be a decision dictated by financial restraints.
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Old 12-03-2017, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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I wouldn't depend on a 13 year old vehicle to get me to and from work if I didn't have to for financial reasons.
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