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PeaNut 250,729
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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:14:37 PM
I currently drive a Mustang that my husband originally bought for himself. Fast forward a few months and I am now driving it. While I love the car for what it is, fast, sleek etc., I am missing the room and comfort of a REGULAR car.

I am going to trade it just because I can't see myself driving this car for the next 15 years, and that is my goal. What has been the best car you have ever owned. Had it the longest, most miles, least problems etc. I do not necessarily need a "big" car or an suv, van etc but I do want something that is dependable and will last me forever.

Any suggestions?


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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:16:29 PM
Ford Fusion. We've owned a Mustang, but I like the Fusion much better.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:16:48 PM
Nissans. DH and I have both owned various Nissans that have lasted forever!

I have owned two Fords in my life...never ever again. They just don't last as long. Same for my Chrysler.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:17:04 PM
My Jaguar XJ6 is my favorite, but what I actually drive 75% of the time, is a Town and Country mommy wagon.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:27:35 PM
Oldsmobile Aurora. They quit making them about 10 years ago. My hands down most favorite car ever!

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January 2010
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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:33:41 PM
It would have to be between my Chrysler 300 SRT8 or my Jeep Commander (current vehicle.) I like them both for different reasons.

A week after we bought our SRT8 I found out I was pregnant with our youngest dd. She was a surprise. My inlaws took over the SRT8 payments and we traded in their 300C for our Jeep Commander. We needed more room since we have three daughters, 2 carseats at the time. It's nice that I still get to see and drive my SRT8 once in awhile.

My dh has a 2001 Cobra Mustang. That's his baby. I've never driven it, and I have no desire to. It has less then 6000 miles on it. I would be to afraid I would get in an accident.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:34:10 PM
I've only ever had 3 cars. 1982 Honda Accord when I turned 16, it was only 3 years younger than me. . Then when I turned 21 I was given a 1993 Ford Explorer. Loved the size, hated the brand. 4 years ago I bought an almost new Chevy Tahoe. LOOOOOVE it! Would definitely buy another one. It's so roomy, can pile all my friends, kids, and whatever in it and hit the road. My only wish for it was heated seats. I looked at one a year older than mine that had heated and air conditioned seats, but it had frame damage from a wreck.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:35:15 PM
Volkswagen Golf. It was an amazing car. Trudged through snow in places where SUVs stalled. Accelerated like no other and jetted between cars so effortlessly. Was extremely low maintenance too. Me and that car had such a history too. And it sold the day after we listed it too. It was that awesome.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:38:57 PM
I used to swear I'd never buy a Hyundai but DH talked me into it 2005. We just traded it in this summer (for something bigger) with over 120,000 miles on it. We only had to do maitenance on it: timing belt, brake pads, oil. It was amazing! We actually went with Toyota this time but I would definitely buy another Hyundai. They've really come a long way.
I owned Hondas before that and they were great too. I'd say you really can't go wrong with a Honda, Toyota, or Hyundai. They're the best for reliability and resale. Check out consumer reports.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:44:34 PM
Love, Love LOVE my Ford Escape. Perfect size for me and good on gas.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:46:32 PM
I drove a Lexus ES300 for 10 years, and I loved that car. It's essentially a more luxurious Camry, and just as dependable. Even at 140,000 miles, the car rode like a LazyBoy on wheels. Beautiful styling on the interior package. No major repairs except for scheduled maintenance. Best customer service through a dealership, hands down.

Sadly, Lexus doesn't make the same size sedan, and I recently traded it in for a 2013 Volvo S60. This may be my perfect car: 4 doors, sunroof, peppy engine and lots of comfort.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:08:34 PM
VW Jetta TDI...LOVE IT! It's my second one.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:20:34 PM
honda crv--have had it 10 yrs...can stuff a lot of stuff in it, seats 5, goes through snow and ice..


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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:25:18 PM
I had a Chrysler Sebring convertible that I bought brand new in 1999. We finally had to retire it to the junk yard in 2010. I put 211,000 miles on it, with only routine repairs-tires, brakes, and the like. I think it would stil be running if my daughter hadn't hit a deer and destroyed the front end.

I have a Dodge Avenger now, and I HATE it.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:31:53 PM
"VW Jetta TDI...LOVE IT! It's my second one."

Another vote for the Jetta. Gets 50mpg on the highway, and 35 around town.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:35:13 PM
I've had my current vehicle, a 2003 Ford Escape for over 10 years now. I had to replace the transmission almost 3 yrs ago but other than that it's been running like a champ! I'm also fortunate that I live in a state(Ohio) that doesn't require yearly vehicle inspections. Nor do I live in a county that requires emissions testing. I do plan on replacing it later this year.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:38:29 PM
For sheer reliability and awesomeness for the price, I love my Fusion. It's six and a half years old with 80K miles and still going strong.

But we briefly had a Toyota Avalon when my DH worked at a Toyota dealership, and that was the smoothest, quietest ride I've ever had a in car.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:46:21 PM
Honda Accord. We have a 1998 that our son is now driving. It has almost 200,000 miles on it; we made our first repair on it last year when we had to replace the clutch. We are now driving a 2006 Accord - 100,000 miles, no repairs.

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March 2002
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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:51:06 PM
Honda...anything. We've owned Accord, Pilot, Civic, CRV and Fit and all are great cars.

We currently own the Pilot, CRV and Fit; Accord was sold (mistake) to buy a mini van before Honda had one; and the Civic finally gave up the ghost at 270,000 miles after driving for a full year 40 miles one way back and forth to work with a cracked engine block.

Nothing but Hondas for this family.

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August 2002
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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:54:42 PM
Pontiac Bonneville. I had two of them and never had any problems with either. I'm now driving a Pontiac Torrent and I got it new in 2007 and have never had any problems with it either. Unfortunately Pontiac went out of business a few years back so I'm hoping this car lasts forever.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:10:11 PM
Our current car is a Lexus GS300 it is a 1998 and has almost 212,000 miles on it. We bought it used and have only had to do regular maintenance on it. It drives smooth, handles great and is sooooo comfortable plus it has enough pep to hop on the highway and go!

I have also had Saturns last to 190,000 but they were not near as nice or comfortable.

I want to keep cars a long time and not h ave car payments so I pick cars that have reputations of lasting high miles. I would most likely pick a Lexus/Toyota or a Honda. I get to pick in 2 years when DS takes over the Lexus and it will be a front wheel drive car with anti lock brakes that is affordable with a great reputation.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:02:28 PM
THe Toyota Prius that I have right now. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:12:46 PM
LOVED my VW Passat! Still miss that car but it wasn't dependable. It was comfy (top of the line). I got 5 great years out of it (80k) and I started to put $$$ into it every month. Traded it in for my Family-friendly Buick Enclave which is awesome but I don't yet know how it will hold up...good luck!!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:58:03 PM
My current Mazda Miata. LOVE it. When I need a new car, I will replace it with the same thing.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:30:37 PM
Jeep Cherokee - hands down. Nothing fancy, but it was dependable and when something did need to be fixed (really maintenance) it was inexpensive compared to our mini van and Envoy.

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August 2004
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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:00:47 PM
2004 Toyota Sequoia. You have to want/need a big car but we've had this one since 2006.

It currently has 169,000 miles on it.

DH drives it every day. It used to be mine but I needed more towing capacity for the horse trailer so he got it.

Knock on wood nothing (aside from the motor that puts the rear windshield up and down) has EVER broken on this vehicle. Nothing.

Aside from regular maintenance, and I've done every recommended maintenance, it has never been in the shop.

Hard to say that about any vehicle with almost 170,000 miles on it.

GREAT car. Love Toyotas.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:13:43 PM
I buy a new car every 2 years, and I have to say that my current car is my favorite. I have a Subaru Forrester. It drives like a car, but has the room of an SUV. SO has an Audi A4 which I really enjoy driving also. We just drove from Houston to Santa Fe in it, and it was super comfortable and great in the snow and ice.


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July 2006
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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:18:08 PM
I love Hondas also. My first brand new car was a Civic. Loved it but it didn't have tinted windows & it was difficult to get ds in & out when he was a baby.

Now I have a 2005 Element, love it, 137K Dh has the Ridgeline.

The Element will be passed down to ds, 17, and I will get a new small SUV. I will probably look at the CRV first.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:21:12 PM
I absolutely love my 2012 Tahoe.
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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:00:43 PM
I loved my 1998 Honda Accord EX V-6. Great car. I passed it down to DS in 2005 and he's still driving it! It was my 4th Honda and all were great cars.

I got a 2005 Lexus RX 330 and I LOVE it. It rides like a dream and is very comfortable.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:02:29 PM
I loved my 1998 Honda Accord EX V-6. Great car. I passed it down to DS in 2005 and he's still driving it! It was my 4th Honda and all were great cars.

I got a 2005 Lexus RX 330 and I LOVE it. It rides like a dream and is very comfortable.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:22:02 PM
Probably the best car I ever owned was my dang old dodge neon. We call it the neon 4x4 as you can put so much crap in that thing (trust me on this one lol). I've hauled a lot of lumber in that car.

It's just a back up car now. I probably should sell it but I'm kind of attached to it.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:25:17 PM
I have loved all three of the Jeeps I have owned


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April 2010
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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:50:33 PM
The Toyota Corolla. I had an older model before that was bare bones, I drove it until it died. I now have the LE version and its very nice. Good gas mileage, peppy engine, and easy to maintain. SO also has a Corolla, but his is newer, but is the bare bones model w/no power locks and windows like mine.



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October 2008
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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:03:44 PM
My favorite was my van - Dodge Grand Caravan. I don't have it anymore and really miss it.

Im currently driving another Dodge and I do think its a great car, I just want more room!

DH has a Dodge Ram 3500 diesel and its a 2004 (I believe, maybe 2005) and has well over 100,000 miles on it and he has had to do very little on it.

Dodges work really well for us. We're both in the market for new cars and are both looking at Dodges.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:13:15 PM
Loved my Jeep Cherokee. But I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE my new to me VW Touareg! I have had it about a month.


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January 2008
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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:24:02 PM
My Dodge Intrepid. I miss the size. The seat were really comfortable and I felt like I was sitting in a Lazy Boy which was perfect for driving back and forth from Arizona to Utah. I also loved having a full size spare so I wasn't driving on the donut tire. It also got good mileage and still had a lot of power.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 12:40:10 AM
probably the one I have now, 2012 Kia Sorento. maybe it's so great because the car I had before turned out to be the devil, 2005 VW New Beetle turbo convertible.

It was an emotional purchase (bought used w/only 24k miles). Cute, zippy & fun! But THEN...

Trans went out, $3k. Timing belt (threw a rod), $2.5k. Trans started going out AGAIN! traded it.

DH drives a 2003 Chevy S10 Blazer w/200k miles. He doesn't like it & it's not long for this world so he gets the next new one (since hes always getting screwed by taking the hand-me-downs)!
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Posted: 1/4/2013 3:25:34 AM
The one I've got now, a Chrysler Sebring convertible. I'm big and tall and it fits me perfectly. My head doesn't touch the roof when I sit up straight. I have plenty of room behind the wheel. And I can even stretch my legs all the way out in the passenger seat with space to spare. The gas mileage is pretty good, and it's been a pretty good ride so far.



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Posted: 1/4/2013 6:18:31 AM
We bought a Lexus 460 last spring and we love it.

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November 2002
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Posted: 1/4/2013 6:22:30 AM
Volkswagen Passat. I loved that car and was so sad when we traded it in.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 6:31:56 AM
Love my 2012 Toyota Rav 4 Limited! Gets great gas mileage and is very comfortable! Can't wait to take it on vacation this year!
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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:28:49 AM
Another vote for a VW Jetta TDI. My car is 10 years old and I am still in love with it. I have over 270,000 miles and it runs like a champ!

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:34:12 AM
Best cars I've ever owned are my last three cars: Hondas. Accord, Odyssey and now CRV.

They are so reliable and problem-free, unlike my favorite car ever, a 1976 MGB. I loved that car, but it was a piece of crap that was always breaking down.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:54:39 AM
I am still driving my 2001 Chevy Malibu with 150,000 miles. It is in great shape, runs perfectly. We have only done routine maintenance on it. I'll probably buy another Malibu next year.

We also love our 2005 Chevy Tahoe.



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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:54:44 AM
Love my Honda Pilot. It is the second one I have owned. I only wish it pulled a horse trailer. Because it does not, I am looking for something different that can pull a horse trailer.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:55:29 AM
my 1968 Mustang what a great car... had it for long time.. even through our "Blizzard of '78".. 3 cars, a Cadillac, a Datsun, and my old Mustang buried in snow outside for days .. ... and which car started RIGHT UP when they were cleared out... my beloved Mustang...

it was also stolen once,,, for parts... I recovered it, and my brother and I went to the junk yard and replaced all missing parts.. what a CLASSIC

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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:21:48 AM
Over our 23 years of marriage, we have had a Honda, a Toyota, 2 Volvo's, 4 BMW's, a 2011 VW Jetta (for the kids), and now a Porsche. I must say the Volvo's and BMW's have been my favorite but we have only had the Porsche since April, and it's hubby's toy. Anyway, out of all of them my BMW X5 is my absolute FAVORITE. I can see out of it SO clearly (I am only 5 feet "tall", it drives like a dream, has a twin-turbo which I love, holds a TON (we have driven across country for 2 week vacations with the 5 of us no problem), and it looks amazing. Truly LOVE my X5.

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