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Old 24 Feb 2004, 06:00 pm
Peter Hill
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Default Re: At what point does a car become not worth keeping?

On Tue, 24 Feb 2004 20:15:52 GMT, "Crunchy Cookie" <LSC400@Yahoo.com>
wrote:

>I thought I'd get a little cost/benefit analysis discussion going. I've always
>thought the best used-car deals were ones between, oh, 2 and 8 years old. If
>it's too new, you might as well buy new, but if it's too old, you're just asking
>for trouble, right? What's the average (range of) mileage where cars start
>konking out to a higher expense than their value? Most people seem to casually
>say between 100K and 200K; most consider 200K to be a long life. The engine and
>transmission rebuilds are the only really huge items, right? How much does
>rebuilding those cost? Anything else to watch out for?
>And is it me, or do Japanese car alternators die really easily?
>


For me it's not a question of is it worth keeping but what can I
replace it with?

Requirements.
1: sleek 3 door fastback coupe. To prevent argument over term 'sleek'
the overall height + height of bonnet - height of wheel arch (both in
line with front wheel axle) must be less than 1.45m (57in).
2: 0-60mph less than 7.5 sec.
3: be able to get a 26in frame racing bicycle in the back without
having to take the front wheel out. (will go in Micra/March if you
take wheel off)
4: 2+2 with ample rear leg room for adults for short trips. Unlike my
neighbours Jag XK8, his daughter has to take the train.
5: Light weight - kerb less than 1250Kg (2755lbs)

Current car
1: total 55.8in
2: 7 sec (6.9 on some quotes)
3: Yes x 2
4: Have had self, 19 year old Nephew (large), Sister in Law (large),
15 year old Niece and 10 year old Niece in car - with complaints about
rear headroom in center on hump.
5: quoted at 1170Kg.

If I wanted to be really demanding I could throw in RWD.

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