Friday night at 3AM andrunk driver pretty much totaled (or it looks like it) my 2004 Mazda 3 with 92,000 miles on it. The good news is that I was sleeping and no one was injured.
I like the Mazda and other than a few nits (what car doesn’t have them) was planning on getting at least 150,000 miles out of good old Mia. Clearly not to be.
I’m aware that it to keep a car for more than 20,000 it requires regular maintenance and down the road brakes, tune ups etc. I have no problem with that.
I have previously owned two Subaru’s which I loved. The first was a 1978 two door which had one issue with tie rod ends and other than that I only had to replace by clutch wire at 75,000. I unfortunately grew up in Suburban Detroit and thought you couldn’t drive a car for more than 75 - 80,000 miles so I replaced the car with a 1984 Honda Accord which burned through clutches like there was no tomorrow (3 in 60,000 miles).
Several cars later I bought a 1998 Subaru Outback. I loved that car to death … and drove her to 150,000 miles. While I could have gotten more miles it was all good, the car owed me nothing and we saw a good part of the US together.
I share the car with my 19 year old when she’s home from school, she is short (4’10") so an or a “big” car is not an option. My daughter loved the Mazda and was some day hoping to have it be hers.
I drive a lot, especially up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin as I cross country ski and I do miss AWD. My budget is ~$15,000 and I would like a car <=30,000. I plan on driving it into the ground. If I don’t my daughter will get the honors.
I have done some arm chair shopping and have seen a few cars in my price range. I don’t mind a smaller car but am not interested in a tiny car that feels like I’m driving tin.
While I would love another Outback it is out of my price range (getting old sucks…you get so practical…so practical in fact, I demand automatic transmission).
I have found some 2008 Subaru Impreza’s in my price range. So the question is from a practical point of view, should I just get the car that I know I love and be done with it?
PS I think I know the answer but it helps to ask.