In 1998, we got plowed in Austin and needed another car. We rented a big Buick and drove back into the Snow Zone. I still thought of cars as too pricey and bought what looked like a nice 1989 Caravan with 98,000 miles on it.
By the time it had 150,000 we would leave McAllen and drive all day to Amarillo. Next morning we would make an appointment with a mechanic.
A few days later, we would drive to the Quad Cities (western Illinois). when we got there, we’d make an appointment with a mechanic.
After a few days, we’d drive back to Amarillo, and make an appointment with a mechanic.
After a few days, we’d drive all day back to McAllen, and make an appointment with a mechanic.
The transmission failed around 100 miles from home. The vehicle chronically over-heated, and mechanics tried to stop it with no avail.
I mistakenly thought if I replaced enough stuff, it could be a usable vehicle. Not so.
I finally got a new 2002 Sienna, a few days after the Trade Towers went down, at a good price.
That car is still in good shape and if it weren’t for Mexican import laws, I’d be driving it now. Transmission and motor in great shape. The ten years I drove it into Mexico, six months at a time, except for the bad battery, all repairs were made back in McAllen.
I was telling someone yesterday that I’d get in that car in McAllen, and in the next two days, drive it to Florida, hang around a few days, and in two more days drive it back to McAllen, and not bother to check the oil, because I knew it was okay.
So, fine with me if you say the brand doesn’t matter. It is your right to believe what you want. Just don’t waste time trying to tell me brand doesn’t matter. And, look up the words statistical aberration in reference to your high mileage, minimal repair cars…