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    An informal survey about new car buying....

    This isn't scientific, just anecdotal - but I'm curious how many of you have plans (real plans) to buy a new car in the next year or two? How many of you thought about, but are putting it off due to the economy/budget concerns? How many of you have decided to buy a different type of car?

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    No new car plans here but that has nothing to do with the economy. I usually keep a car for as long as it is reliable (10+ years) and the present ones are but two and four years old.

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    No new car plans here but that has nothing to do with the economy. I usually keep a car for as long as it is reliable (10+ years) and the present ones are but two and four years old.
    My Frontier's 10 years old, but still runs and looks nearly new. I hope I can keep it for at least another 3-5 years as a daily driver.

    An interesting side note: Neither I nor any automotive scribbler I know ever buys new cars. We drive 'em and we make a living writing about 'em - but we ourselves always driver older/used (or even antique) cars!

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    No new car plans here but that has nothing to do with the economy. I usually keep a car for as long as it is reliable (10+ years) and the present ones are but two and four years old.
    Likewise, I've had the Toyota since 2000, it only has 109,000 odd miles on the clock and - touch wood, throw salt over left shoulder and prostrate myself to the Invisible Pink Unicorn (may her tiny hooves be blessed) - so far is beautifully reliable. I think all I have changed so far is, one water pump, front discs (An exuberant high speed run resulted in a warped disc), one battery and a drop-arm bush, along with all the usual consumables. Will probably only keep it another ten years or so as I have heard that some of the valve bucket shims might need replacing around 250,000 miles. :P

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    I have my 8 year old Saturn L100 with 160000 miles on the clock. The car will be replaced if the cost of the repair exceeds the value of the car.

    My plan would be to buy a RWD sedan. I am sick and tired of FWD.

    I think my car will last me to 200,000 miles.

    The economy and my job situation will determine what and when I buy....I am putting it off as long as possible due to present budget concerns. The other thing that will prevent me from buying a new car is exogenous factors such as speed limit enforcement, etc. I may decide to take the rest of my marbles and completely leave the United States.

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    No new car plans here but that has nothing to do with the economy. I usually keep a car for as long as it is reliable (10+ years) and the present ones are but two and four years old.
    My Frontier's 10 years old, but still runs and looks nearly new. I hope I can keep it for at least another 3-5 years as a daily driver.

    An interesting side note: Neither I nor any automotive scribbler I know ever buys new cars. We drive 'em and we make a living writing about 'em - but we ourselves always driver older/used (or even antique) cars!
    Generally I would not buy a new car. I prefer to get them at about eighteen months old with some manufacturer's warranty left - that way any bugs should have been ironed out, the initial massive depreciation hit has gone, and I still have some initial warranty left. With Toyota I buy an extended warranty at the time of purchase, this comes into effect when the original warranty runs out and enables extention of the manufacturer's warranty period (on a year by year basis) to eight years.

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric


    An interesting side note: Neither I nor any automotive scribbler I know ever buys new cars. We drive 'em and we make a living writing about 'em - but we ourselves always driver older/used (or even antique) cars!
    You get that new car urge satisfied by a regular supply of test cars.

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    As for me, I just bought a new car last year, so no plans for the forseeable future.

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken
    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    No new car plans here but that has nothing to do with the economy. I usually keep a car for as long as it is reliable (10+ years) and the present ones are but two and four years old.
    Likewise, I've had the Toyota since 2000, it only has 109,000 odd miles on the clock and - touch wood, throw salt over left shoulder and prostrate myself to the Invisible Pink Unicorn (may her tiny hooves be blessed) - so far is beautifully reliable. I think all I have changed so far is, one water pump, front discs (An exuberant high speed run resulted in a warped disc), one battery and a drop-arm bush, along with all the usual consumables. Will probably only keep it another ten years or so as I have heard that some of the valve bucket shims might need replacing around 250,000 miles. :P

    Ken.
    Must be a Supra, I can't imagine anything else from Toyota capable of an "exuberant high speed run".

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken
    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    No new car plans here but that has nothing to do with the economy. I usually keep a car for as long as it is reliable (10+ years) and the present ones are but two and four years old.
    Likewise, I've had the Toyota since 2000, it only has 109,000 odd miles on the clock and - touch wood, throw salt over left shoulder and prostrate myself to the Invisible Pink Unicorn (may her tiny hooves be blessed) - so far is beautifully reliable. I think all I have changed so far is, one water pump, front discs (An exuberant high speed run resulted in a warped disc), one battery and a drop-arm bush, along with all the usual consumables. Will probably only keep it another ten years or so as I have heard that some of the valve bucket shims might need replacing around 250,000 miles. :P

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    Must be a Supra, I can't imagine anything else from Toyota capable of an "exuberant high speed run".
    Nah, just an ordinary Carina SE and an auto to boot, but on our little country roads, even pushing it, it is hard to hit even ninety (in a car) before the next 90 left or 90 right comes up.

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    I have no plans at all to buy a new car. The last brand-new car I bought was a 1979 Toyota Corona LE. Actually it was a "executive-driven" car with 12k miles.

    I just bought what I have been telling my wife is my last car. 3 years old, 39k miles. That's the way i have bought my cars for 25 years. Let someone else take the depreciation, keep them till they are a worthless piece of junque.

    Now it is possible I may get something new(er) for the spouse, but that remains to be seen. She is happy to drive the 1990 Jaguar a few miles every week to keep the oil circulating. It is up to 51k miles on it now............
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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    "New" or "New to me"?

    Like I said in the other thread, I like the looks of the 2009 Pilot. But unless the CR-V gets total-lossed in an accident (which, given it's age, is likely in *any* accident it's in), I don't plan on buying a replacement.

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    I plan to jsut tyre kick for now.... who wants a car....2 wheels are more fun ;D
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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1
    I plan to jsut tyre kick for now.... who wants a car....2 wheels are more fun ;D
    Until it gets cold!

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric

    Until it gets cold!
    Kwoz lives in the eternal summer of Oz.

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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric

    Until it gets cold!
    Kwoz lives in the eternal summer of Oz.
    But it does get cold....at night...and out west. When I rode to Longreach 3 months ago it was brass monkey temperatures ifirst thing in the morning!!!
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    Re: An informal survey about new car buying....

    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1
    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric

    Until it gets cold!
    Kwoz lives in the eternal summer of Oz.
    But it does get cold....at night...and out west. When I rode to Longreach 3 months ago it was brass monkey temperatures ifirst thing in the morning!!!
    Well, if you'd stayed on the coast, the monkey would still be singing bass.

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    Must be a Supra, I can't imagine anything else from Toyota capable of an "exuberant high speed run".


    Well, my '79 Toyota Corona LE with the 5-speed manual moved out pretty good. don't remember what size the 4-banger was but it did move right on out.
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