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    Nulwee, bluicebank, citisven, KelleyRN2

    But I can imagine that what I lack in fuel efficiency has been offset by the amount of pollution and what-not required to build me a brand new car.

    is my mechanic's philosophy.  I have a 1998 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck that gets still gets 25mpg.  When the Prius came out and I mentioned feeling bad that I couldn't afford to get one to help the environment, he pointed out that I'd have to calculate the environmental impact of building the new car and disposing of the old one to know whether I'd be doing the planet any favors.

    So I drive as little and as gently as possible, and keep the engine well maintained.  At 116,000 miles my mechanic claims I'm only maybe halfway through its life expectancy.

    •  I traded in an 89 Accord for a 07 Corolla. (5+ / 0-)
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      Nulwee, bluicebank, citisven, KelleyRN2, Ebby

      I did this because the repairs and maintenance on the Accord were starting to pile up.  I got the Accord in 94 with a little less than 40k miles.  When I got the Corolla at Christmas of 06, the Accord had 89k on it.  The Corolla had 15 miles on it when I picked it up.  It now has just under 19k miles on it.  I don't plan on getting a new car for another 5-7 years, when my niece becomes old enough to drive.  This Corolla will be perfect for her - it'll have a few scratches and maybe a couple of dings, but otherwise in perfect working order.  I partook in a van pool with 13 other people to get to work every day.  So, one tank of gas a month in my car and 65 dollars to the van pool.

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