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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-23-2004, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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"Buy new if you want a car that'll last 10 years or mor

Well, I was thinking that my next car I would like to own should last atleast 10 years or more. 18 years would be great!

At one point, I was thinking used car. However, I was thinking that if I buy a used car, I should get it within 3 years (warranty period) of it's initial life. Otherwise, I shouldn't expect the car to last more than 8 years or so.

The used car I'm thinking of is a Subaru Impreza (naturally apirated versions). However, I can get a Mazda 3 GS for about the same price as a 3 year old Impreza. Even some 4 year old Imprezas.

I'm just wondering if its true that I should buy a new car if I want to get a car that'll last 10-18 years? Thanks!

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"Buy new if you want a car that'll last 10 years or mor

up to you if you wish to keep a car for 18 years...

in this case, the reason is why you would like to keep it for so long?

for practicality, then get a new car, then you definitely know the cars complete driving history, you break it in, you make sure it has its servicing regularly. an old impreza may have had its engine beaten about during its formative months... who knows.

for loyalty, then get a classic type car - means that it most likely will be used, but hopefully the previous owner also took care of the car. parts and servicing can still be around for this baby in 10 years time, and it will always look and feel good

it won't matter in the later case with the 3 year warranty...

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-23-2004, 01:27 PM
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Well if you want a 3 year old car then the car is going to last 3 less years (Minimum... assuming the previous owners took care of it) Pretty straight forward math.
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That logic is exactly how I "justified" a new MZ3. I owned my last car for 14 years (purchased new) so if I own my next car as long, then purchasing new is worth it

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"Buy new if you want a car that'll last 10 years or mor

My g/f's parents have a '90 they bought new. It's showing it's age... they're finally looking for a new vehicle.

They can last... my Pinto I took to college with me back in '99 it was 21 years old and ran good until it skipped timing and died on me. I couldn't get the timing belt cover off. So I just yanked the engine and parked her (she was my project car anyways).

My 86 Prelude was the second oldest car I've owned and it's lasted pretty good even through the Ohio winters with all the salt.

On a new car, I know it'll have to last atleast 5 hopefully 10. (there are a bunch of idiots on the road anymore )

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-23-2004, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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I guess the key to a used car lasting a long long time to is to find one that wasn't beat up.
But kinda hard to see if anyone has redlined it all the time.

My dad's Nissan Stanza is a used 1989 car that was 2-3 years old when bought. It's got 310,000km on it and still going.

I'm just trying to justify whether the savings of a used car would be much better than the price paid by that of a new car.

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Buying a new car can NEVER be justified price-wise. That used car may last 2-3 years less (in your posession) but it'll cost half as much.
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Re: "Buy new if you want a car that'll last 10 years or

[quote="dugrant153"]
The used car I'm thinking of is a Subaru Impreza (naturally apirated versions). However, I can get a Mazda 3 GS for about the same price as a 3 year old Impreza. Even some 4 year old Imprezas. [endquote]

There must be a major pricing differecen between the US and Canada on Subarus. A new WRX would be about $5000 more than a new Mazda 3 and a new Impreza would be about $1000 LESS.

If it was a choice between a new Mazda 3 and a 3 or 4 year old Impreza it would be no contest. If a new Impreza is $1000 less, that makes it tougher.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-24-2004, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Re: "Buy new if you want a car that'll last 10 years or

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Originally Posted by "Finprof"
There must be a major pricing differecen between the US and Canada on Subarus. A new WRX would be about $5000 more than a new Mazda 3 and a new Impreza would be about $1000 LESS.
(Canadian MSRP)

New Mazda 3 GT = 23k
New Subaru Impreza WRX = 35k
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Difference = $12000


New Mazda 3 GT = 23k
New Subaru Impreza TS = 23k
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Difference = $0

Yup. HUGE pricing difference.

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