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Old 04-10-2004, 01:07 AM   #1
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Thought about this the other day watching my Malibu turn over to 100000 miles. Marketing would have us believe that cars need to be junked at 100k. Funny thing is, the car didnt act any different. No warning light saying "car expired, please replace car" came on. It didnt run any different. So why does 100k freak out some people?
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Prolly some statistics about parts being near the end of their life cycle. but as I cross 175 in the car, I'm thinking it'* marketing BS.
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Mine'* finally getting warmed up @ 115
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all of us here know that 200k is a cakewalk for a Bonney, sad thing is the total GLUT of used cars on the market and the 6 prices they want for all of em LOL
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IMO, a good car is like a fine wine; it gets better with age. Unfortunately, we (collectively; as a society) have become more concerned with owning the latest and greatest of everything. Vehicles included. Rather than viewing high mileage on a vehicle that has been trustworthy as a good thing, it'* dumped due to depreciation and an attempt to look cool and lucrative. My personal exceptions are: body deterioration beyond sensible repair, and leases (can't imagine anyone still having a lease after 100k, butcha never know).
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I think it'* all marketing... think about the mental picture we get of cars that DO advertise long warranties and high mileage (i.e. Hyundai, Daewoo, Kia, etc.) ... they are import pieces of crap! Now I'm not saying that'* not true, but the trusty made-in-USA crowd would rather get consumers to buy a new car every 2-3 years to keep the "latest and greatest" as mentioned above.

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(can't imagine anyone still having a lease after 100k, butcha never know).
It won't be long, the way many Americans abuse credit. Remember when a 36-month car loan was the norm? Now banks advertise and sell PAYMENTS (you can have it for only $199 a month!) instead of TERMS... 72-month loans are becoming standard to achieve such low monthly payments, which sadly means 84 and 96 aren't far behind!
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Interesting topic. My current Bonneville has 190K on it and runs strong. My wife has been on my case to replace the car because she does not want to have another expensive repair bill. The transmission was replaced last June at a cost of $2200. The car made it through the winter but now needs a major tune up which will cost close to $400 I am sure. The car has protected me well and I will miss it in the garage.

The 3800 series engine is very strong and durable when maintained properly and changing the oil regularly. The interior looks great with minimal care and the exterior is still in great shape. I wash and wax on a scheduled timetable for the most part. Last year we had a lot of rain so the washing was not as regular as I would have liked it to be.

BTW I will get a new Bonneville to replace my current Bonneville. The 95 Bonneville only had one repair that I thought was not right, replaced the rear brake cylinders, leaking, at 75K.

I know a lot of people do not like the way the Bonneville looks but I sure do
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When I lived in Chicago I would've never considered buying a car with close to 100k just because of the harder driving conditions. Stop & go. But when I moved to where I am now it is all highway miles. I now have a whole new view of things. All of my cars have more that 100k and I try to maintain oil changes every 3k. My pickup has 298k on it and runs like a champ.
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Im at 157K, most things that could of broken, have. $$$$. I guess you win some and you loose some.
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Cars in the 70s and 80s did not go as many miles because they were not built as well, especially the bodies.

People still have a fear of 100k. My last Bonny (an 89) went there twice, and then I sold it at 252k.

Don't worry.
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