Going places…

So back in May of 2004, I bought a brand spanking new Nissan Maxima SE. It had 79 miles on it from test drives and having been transferred from Maryland. I felt this appropriate since I like the number 79.


Over the past 7 years, I’ve driven this car as far west as St. Louis, Missouri; as far south as Tampa Bay, Florida; and as far north as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; as far east as Chincoteague Island, Virginia. It’s been a trusty car, protecting me from pot holes that were the size of small craters, from snow, sleet, ice and hail, keeping me cool all the while (‘cept for last Summer when the condenser had to be replaced).

Nevertheless, she’s passed the threshold of 140k miles this week – most people are probably wondering why I’ve held onto this car this long. All I can really say is that it’s been a quality vehicle and there’s been no reason to get rid of it – besides do I really want to have a car payment?

So the question now is, do I replace her, keep her driving to 200k and re-evaluate or do I ride her til the wheels fall off? Thoughts? recommendations?


4 thoughts on “Going places…

  1. Ride it till the wheels fall off! It would be different if you had a problem that would cost as much to repair as it would to put a good down payment on something new. If it’s working, keep going!

  2. I would say to keep it for another couple of years. Probably better to sell it while it still looks & runs good though. And in the meantime, be saving for a down payment on a new car. Actually, you might want to consider a car that is a year or so old and have less than 30,000 miles. You could save some money instead of buying new.

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