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Hey everyone. I'm wondering what makes a car a keeper. I know everyone has their own opinion, so I came up with this poll. My car I held the longest was a 92 Olds Cutlass Supreme, for 6 years. She was also the firsr car I modded too. :D
 

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The car I kept the longest was my 2005 Maxima. I kept it 7 years until I sold it and bought the 2012 MO. I had kept 2 cars for 6 years. A 1977 Cutlass Supreme, and a 1999 Dodge Intrepid.

The shortest I've ever kept a car was 2 years. A 1983 Cutlass Ciera that I traded on a 1985 Buick Electra.
 

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1989 toyota cressida. kept it until it hit 300.000 miles. that car was indestructable!!! exept the interior, the dash kept riping apart, seats were torn etc.


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My Murano was purchased in July 2004 and traded in March 2012, just a few months shy of 8 years. I usually keep my cars for seven years, it appears!

A 1949 Cadillac and 1957 DKW were the longest kept in the family as hand me downs. Both were sold in 1985.
 

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My Murano was purchased in July 2004 and traded in March 2012, just a few months shy of 8 years. I usually keep my cars for seven years, it appears!

A 1949 Cadillac and 1957 DKW were the longest kept in the family as hand me downs. Both were sold in 1985.
Bet that 49 caddy was sweet :D
 

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Got my 1958 Fiat Spyder in 1968, sold it 43 years later in 2011. Liked that car a lot but no time to finish restoring it. Got my 1983 280ZX Turbo in 1990 and still have it 23 years later. I've had four Z-cars (1970 , 1976, 1982 and 1983) and this one is an old friend.

I have never found cars I enjoy dancing with more than Datsun Z-cars.
 

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longest time for my car will be infiniti qx4 2001. was planning to keep it as long as possible, but got totaled by a stupid driver~!....

Dad has a 2002 envoy, still running good.

sis has a 1999 toyota solara....still running good...
 

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I kept my 97 Maxima 5 speed for 7 yrs until I got my 03 Maxima, which I traded in for the 2010 Murano. I found that I tend to buy cars that are 2 to 3 years old. My last 3 had an average of around 36k miles on them at the time of purchase.
 

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1990 Civic Si 17 years--270K until they stole it when I moved here in Vegas in 07.......just loved that car. Gave it a second life at around 200k when the timing belt snapped--- with the idea that its gonna be a great car for my daughter to learn driving with a stick. Cheap to fix and great on gas.
 

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My last car. A 1999 Olds Intrigue. I kept it till 2 weeks ago when I bought my Murano, so 13 years and about 150,000 miles.
 

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I kept my 97 Maxima 5 speed for 7 yrs until I got my 03 Maxima, which I traded in for the 2010 Murano. I found that I tend to buy cars that are 2 to 3 years old. My last 3 had an average of around 36k miles on them at the time of purchase.
I never buy brand new either. Usually I get a car at least 5 years old. After its broken in and around the time licensing fees start to drop. When I get my cars, they usually have between 80-95k on them.
 

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I would have to say that my (our - wife and I) 2003 SE FWD. Bought new and drove until 5/7/2012 when it was traded in for a 2012 SL AWD. That car went 125k and never missed a beat. I think that my wife probably loved that car more than me - no kidding.... I guess I can understand.
 

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BTW - here's my 1983 280ZX Turbo...owned since 1990, 22 years.

 

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My oldest car was my last new one, a 1989 Pontiac Bonneville that we bought at the end of the season. We had it almost 23 years, and it looked it, too! If finally died a few weeks ago, but I had already started researching for a replacement and ended up with a 2009 Murano SL.

The '89 Bonneville had been our main family car but was relegated to my short commute to the office after we bought a 1995 Bonneville in 2000. The '89 ended up with some 230,000 miles, and the '95, now relegated to office commute status, has 190,000 on it. A car dealer friend calls those 3.8L engines "bulletproof." That's been my experience.

The Murano is a nice step up and then some.
 

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Geez, most of you guys are trading them while they're just broken in.

I mentioned my 1958 Fiat and my 280ZX above, but neither are daily drivers and I sold the Fiat last year after 43 years of ownership. The ZX is my fun driver.

My wife's 1994 BMW 325i has 150K miles at 18 years old, and she won't part with it. I seldom have to work on it, either. That BMW 3-series is fantastic. The biggest repair I can recall in the past few years is replacing the PS pump (a $150 part and 90-minute job working from underneath) last winter.

My daughter's 1991 Camaro RS convertible has about 130K miles on it at 21 years on the road. It has not been expensive to maintain, although it has had repairs here and there. Somehow the flex plate between engine and tranny broke, so I had a shop replace it - I don't have the room to wrestle an automatic transmission in my garage.

Spending some money every year on repairs or maintenance is normally a LOT cheaper than making car payments.
 

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2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5SE, had it for almost 8 years.


I really wanted to keep her as a Winter Beater but insurance up here is BS and couldn't afford to keep it.
 
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