The sort of person who buys a new Merc probably doesn't _want_ to keep the car for 15 years. The interior is going to be shabby regardless of what you do, and the car will be out of date / an old style.
Japanese cars (at least in standard trim) are the stereotypical low TCO keep it until it stops working car; you've already accepted that you want utilitarian transport by buying one.
I owned a brown LN7 with a moonroof and got more requests for rides from pretty girls than any car I've ever owned.
You learn something every day!
(and the link you posted is a beauty.)
Mercuries were the hot-rods of the early 50s. There are quite a few early songs that feature Mercurys.
My 2003 Pilot was not a utilitarian transport. It was a well equipped car with 80% of the doodads of an equivalent Benz at half the cost. I got rid of it last year, because it had hit 300k miles and key suspension parts were worn out.
In what sense? Japanese automakers are notorious for discontinuing model-specific parts after a few years (e.g. look at the Jalopnik blurb about the guy restoring a CRX).
Meanwhile you can get nearly any part from nearly any model Mercedes has ever manufactured. More esoteric stuff will cost you, but you can still do it. The other German manufacturers are somewhere in between. I currently have a few twenty year old BMWs and haven't run into any availability issues yet.
They stopped making CR-X in 1991. It is not "few years". 3 years ago I retired a 1994 Rover 600 series, which is basically a Honda Accord -- sans few body panels, trim and lights. It was still possible to get the spares for the Honda version, but not the Rover specific ones (got a headlights cracked). Otherwise a solid car after 21 years... Currently happy with Honda Insight.
Depends on when Honda stopped making parts, no? Also, I was replying to this tidbit:
> Not necessarily. I know people who kept older German cars forever. It’s not very possible anymore. They fall apart and parts aren’t available.
Mercedes maintains a heritage program that makes parts available for models going back to their pre-war models (maybe beyond). You will pay dearly for those parts, but they are still available. Parts for newer models are even easier and often available both from Mercedes and aftermarket companies.
His last one, an E46, had steer-by-wire! That's the antonym of a driver's car.
Perhaps you are thinking of electrically assisted power steering, which is not steer-by-wire - it has a physical steering column like most cars.
But then again, doesn't the E46 have hydraulic assist, not electric?
Should make it fun to drive again.
I meant that that older cars are more maintainable. IMO it’s more likely that your 1994 is on the road in 2044 than a 2019 model year.
You're correct that it's not based on the CRV; it's based on the Pilot. So I should have said, "It’s just an upgraded Honda Pilot."
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It's not like most people would be able to get that information.
Would the type of person who buys a more exciting car keep whatever car they have for a shorter period?
For example --
* Some commenters wonder where the German cars are. Well, turns out they dominate the luxury section.
* Some comments suggest people don't really want to keep luxury cars fifteen years. Sort of validated -- that segment is broken out and has a lower average, but just a few percentage points. Sports cars? Almost no one keeps a sports car. Unless you count the Miata.
* 17.2% of people in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area keep a car more than 15 years. That's higher than any other studied metro area.
I absolutely do NOT believe that a Prius makes that list.
The first 5-door liftback Prius (what everybody recognizes as a Prius) is barely 15 years old. And, during that time, there were some really amazing incentives from dealers to turn in your old Prius and buy a new one. And big chunks of the early Prii will have batteries that gave out. And a Prius tends to have really expensive repairs after a collision. etc.
I like older cars. I suppose I got it from my dad, who'd buy them new and keep them for 30-40 years.
The Ford is cheap to operate, and very cheap to repair compared with newer models.
I love cars, current ride is an 11 year old Toyota product. (Lexus IS F. Heart of a muscle car!)
I kept my last ride almost 15 years, I hope to keep this one a good long time, too.
I'm hoping my V8 F150 goes for 20 years, though I doubt I'll keep it that long. I like the safety bells and whistles in modern cars and my 2016 is just old enough not to include adaptive cruise or a 360 camera or a blind spot camera.
I am afraid the result is biased. Most of the people in US keep Japanese cars because most people actually buy Japanese cars at the first place and some of them keep them.
I guess in Europe we could see very different brands.
Maybe a badging issue due to all the name changes?
Or maybe the kind of person that will drive a 15 year old car doesn't like compact cars?
Integra (2001 was last US production year) and RSX are both inline-4 with relatively agressive compression ratios. Anecdotally, an owner who purchased new as a daily driver with no intent on abusing the vehicle is liable to start encountering appreciable maintenance costs at 120,000+ miles. More often than not, these vehicles find a 2nd (or 3rd+) life on the used market. 10% ethanol gas didn't make reliability any better either.
I see a lot of 15 year old cars driving around in the UK (age of car is easy to gauge here, as it's encoded in the number plate) - I expect most will have changed hands at least once.
The Integra was a great car though ...and great name!
It was getting more expensive to keep up year after year, but parts were available and never had any major issues with it.
Then it depends on where you live. In my region east of France, you can see a lot of Peugeot 205 which last forever. If you live on other parts of France, you will see more old Renault. If you are in Italy you have old Fiat :)
The japanese cars were never a thing in Europe, I don't know the reason. Maybe due high price, cheap interiors and bad diesel engines? What is sure is that they are damn expensive on the used market.
CA still makes me smog-test it every other year.