Rope-Pusher wrote:My son feels there is some lower limit on the cost of safe, reliable transportation. If you purchase a vehicle below that value, you'll likely need to plow some money into it to bring it to that level. Often, it is tires, brakes, suspension, and/or exhaust that have worn out over time and need to be dealt with. After that, the cosmetics may continue to degrade, and the wear items you haven't replaced yet will continue to slowly degrade, but if you can do at least some of the wrenching, it is still usually less expensive to keep it on the road than to pick up something newer.
Now most cars seem to have stainless steel exhausts. My rent's taurus has over 230k on it and the muffler is still original. Same with my rent's minivan. Over 220k and the muffler still is solid. My 2000 civic has gone through three. Mileage is only 100k and seemed to be garaged most of its life. My 91 went through like 5 or 6.
I must admit I love having a beater with high mileage. Especially if the car isn't really known for having high miles. Like a Honda/Toyota with over 200k isn't really news. But a pos beater with high miles is kind of a conversation starter.