Goodbye to my first brand new car

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  1. asmegin_slayer

    asmegin_slayer cali-cornia bluffer

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    After 12+ years and 233,733 miles, I am going to have one final drive with the banana mobile/tweety bird cavalier.

    Many road gigs, a few bumper-to-bumper incidents and just random weirdness in Texas traffic had been done.

    Thank you my friend. You have served me well.

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  2. eaeolian

    eaeolian Pictures of guitars I don't even own anymore! Super Moderator

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    That pic is epic.
     
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    M3CHK1LLA angel sword guardian

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    12+ years and 233,733?

    prob lasted twice as long as most cavaliers.

    what are you gonna get now?
     
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    The picture... I thought... I thought it was Jesus.

    RIP BM/ TB Cav. :thepope:
     
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    Finally a great use for HDR :)
    Epic pic!
     
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    Wow, I'd heard American cars last nothing, didn't believe it... excuse my ignorance, a quarter of million miles and that's that?
     
  8. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    The US has an incredible used market and some of the cheapest new cars on Earth, relative to model, so it's getting pretty rare to see folks hold onto cars this long.

    Not to say America cars are built so great these days, because they're not, but that's partially because they're only meant to last between 5 and 10 years.
     
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    The American climate is much much harder on our cars than the European market on average. Some of the cars that are known for being very reliable in Europe don't last very long here in the US. For the most part, our temperature swings are more extreme and because we're generally further south, we get more direct UV light hitting our interiors, paint, all rubber seals, etc. For example, Miami is basically at the same latitude as right in the middle of Saudi Arabia. Washington and Idianapolis are in Turkey. Houston, Texas is Egypt and San Francisco is the southern coast of Spain. LA and San Diego line up with Algeria.

    I think sometimes Europeans forget that we use miles too, so this is 400,000+km. Not saying that's the case here, but I've seen it happen a few times.

    But at the same time, Americans just don't keep our cars for as long. We hang on to them for a few years, and trade for something newer. There's less incentive to build and sell cars here designed to last, so the cars with European badges on them are often built here in the US or Mexico. Over-building a car just eats into profits.
     
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    Xaios Foolish Mortal Contributor

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    I crashed my first car into a tree after about 6 months. You're doing pretty good in my books. XD
     
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    Good points, I hope to make a million kms with my car, if no problem arise, it's already a quarter of that usage and it's 5 years old. It works like charm and looks like new. And I live in a place where we get close to 45º some days in summer so... crossed fingers.

    I hope my next car flies or at least doesn't need fossile fuels
     
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    Goodbye sweet banana chariot. It's always hard seeing the good ones go /salute
     
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    I had around 165,000 on my first car (which was a cavalier z24) before I sold it to a friend.

    Who then proceeded to total it...dick.

    RIP trusty banana
     
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    Thank you all for the response. The trusty banana is back in Oklahoma at my little brothers house waiting to be sold.

    Prior to its last drive, I did make a video dedicated to the car. (The same day this photo was taken). That will be coming soon!

    What car did get?

    2005 Toyota Matrix XR
    114k miles

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    Since it only has cd and radio tuner, I figured to invest a little and get a handsfree unit. So I got the Sony XAV-AX100 Carplay/Android Ready stereo. Pretty happy.

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    Congrats! Looks like a comfy ride. I've got a '99 4Runner with 239,000 miles on it. Toyota's a good choice.
     
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    I sell Toyotas, and you made a good call. That Matrix has another 100k miles at least. My Corolla had 227k miles before I traded it and got my wife an Avalon.
     

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