Quoted from DCFAN:
One thing for sure, driving a well-maintained older car is a win for the environment over junking that car that still has good life in it and buying another new car made from tons of new raw materials. The gas mileage should not decrease much if a car is maintained and emissions tested.
I take some pride in keeping my cars longer than most people and actually fixing them myself when I can. I also try to be sensible about what is worth fixing financially as well as what is worth paying someone to fix when it is burdensome or physically taxing to my bad back.
I presently could sell both my and my wife's vehicles and still probably would not get enough cash from them to buy a Stern LE. It is a choice to stick with them that is just about being frugal and content.
My '04 A8L with 290,000 miles is still a nice car. Took it to Chicago a few weeks ago. Stopped by the old Williams building that is up for sale.
For me, it's a great value.
My son & I do all the repairs & maintenance on our cars.
Just replaced an air strut on it $1900.00 list for the part. I did get a nice discount on the part, OEM too as I avoid aftermarket crap. Yes, we replaced it ourselves.
No one thinks suspension components, HVAC, window regulators, door, hood and hatch latches, the computer hardware, wheel bearings, individual wheel motors, power regulating system, throttle, brake hydraulic components will require repairs on a Tesla, eh?
Let me know in 10 years.
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