Re: Affording Fuel
> On Tue, 31 Jan 2006 01:34:02 GMT, Shortwave Sportfishing
> <email@example.com> wrote:
>>My truck has over 100k and the town car is approaching 100k - that
>>little escort i bought to keep the gas milage down is over 100k - 115k
>>100k is nothing nowadays.
> That's true if you buy the right vehicle.
> My youngest son is now
> driving the Camry that I bought new in 1992. It is at almost 200K
> miles and still going strong in NYC traffic and roads.
Rust will consume that car before wear & tear.
> My wife's
> Honda Accord is over 100K miles and still runs like new.
It'd better. It's not even broken in yet.
> On the other hand our 1991 Dodge Caravan had trim falling off of it by
> 50,000 miles, 3 transmissions, all new brakes and a radiator by
> 70,000. It was getting too unreliable to keep, and it will be a long
> time before we buy another Chrysler product. I'd rather spend my
> money on boats. (on topic)
That was a real junky vehicle. Like you said, it's got to be the right
Ford has been doing a much better job than GM on the whole since ~1996
when the G2 Taurus & the 3.8 V-6 combination was laid to rest after
1995. Problems with that platform came back to haunt the WindStar for a
while, but they were ironed out.
A lot of GM troubles are around their commitment to DexCool. Between
poorly designed & built gaskets, that stuff is just bad news...
Despite a crazy number of recalls, the Focus is holding up well. I
would buy a used 3.0 Taurus/Sable or any Crown/Marquis, or 2005-up
Mustang, in a second and expect 300,000 miles if the rust can be avoided.
And Fords & GMs are cheaper to fix, easier to work on.
And I like boats better too, but my newest (power)boat is a 1973,
sailboat is a 1979. They are holding up very well. Both are domestic
makes. I'd never buy a Toyota boat.
Yamaha, maybe! (They own several brands).