There are plenty of good reasons to keep a car a long time. Maybe it’s all you can afford, or you just plain love what you’ve got. I drive an 11-year-old Acura TL with a little over 200,000 miles on it. The major components have been fine, but once I hit that milestone, the bits you’d never even think about breaking that seem to be falling apart.
My car is hardly a crapcan. We’re talking about a 2005 Acura TL six speed manual, and I love it dearly. It is extremely smooth, quiet, efficient, and one of the cleanest looking four-doors of its era. The seats are comfortable, the transmission’s satisfying as a perfectly crisped strip of bacon.