Car retirement??


Asked by Apr 02, 2016 at 12:28 PM about the 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: General

When is it time to say goodbye to your car??   15 to 20 years?
Some cars age more gracefully than others.   American cars "usually" don't last
as long,  but,  there's always exceptions.   Do Hondas actually OUT LAST
Subaru's?   Or,  is it just luck?    And the particular year and model made?   In
some ways,  it's all LUCK,  isn't it?    Of course,  maintenance is a key

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Some cars are 50 /50 city and highway miles. BUT, what about a car that's. 80 percent highway and only 20 percent city. Is is possible for that vehicle to achieve even greater mileage distance's over the life of the car?

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Yes, old school example, 1956 Desoto firedome 2 women both owned the same car and were friends but lived 75 miles apart, 1 lived in the city the way out in the country, the lady the lived in the city did not do much highway driving but did maintain her car but it worn out at just over 100k. Now the lady that lived in the country had to drive at highway speeds to get anywhere and her trips were no less than 60 miles round trip, she also maintained her very well, the car was still in very good condition at 175K miles and she sold it to a Desoto collector. Too old now she doesn't drive, her and her friend are in retirement community. True story.


tennisshoes- good morning. Thank you for sharing this story. I've read that cars wear less once they're up to cruising speeds, which is why I do know someone who had almost 300,000 miles on his 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5 with the CVT, until it was damaged in an accident. The reason I asked this question, is that, I noticed that a recent post on the forum discussed saying goodbye to a 1996 Subaru because the bottom of the engine is so fragile, but, my 1995 Honda Accord that I sold to a family member is still going as strong as ever with over 150,000 miles and 21 years old. And yet, I've heard from others that their mid 2000s Accord's fell apart around 100,000 miles. Honda had a span of rocky years from 2002 to 2008. When you purchase a new car, you EXPECT it to be as good or BETTER than the ones preceding it? It's a JOLT when that blows up in your face.

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