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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #150 on: May 14, 2014, 04:35:54 PM »
I drive a 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L. Just passed 170k miles on it. Purchased in 2001 with 60k miles at the time. The past few years it has served primarily as transport to the train so only putting about 3k miles on per year. Aside from some door and roof rust, no real issues. Solid engine.

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« Reply #151 on: May 15, 2014, 05:01:32 PM »
2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4x4 with just under 232K.
Got it ever so slightly used 14 years ago.  At the time I really needed something bigger but this little SUV has done so much!  I've hauled so much, including goats, bees, chickens, hay and carseats.  Taught my kid to drive in it.  Pulled tractors out of mud.  Rarely needed anything other than routine maintenance.
Sadly I was rear ended yesterday and I think it's totaled.  ARGGH!  I'm gonna miss this truck.

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« Reply #152 on: May 15, 2014, 05:04:35 PM »
And overall, I think DSMs are a fantastic mustachian car.  What other car looks this great for so little money?!  In my opinion none of them but I've been a DSMer since I was 16 so I may be partial..

...and go so fast for so little money.  :-)  Grab an old 1g for $2000, drop $2000 in parts on it and you're in the 12's.  :-)  Add a couple thousand more to the base price if you like the 2g body style.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #153 on: May 15, 2014, 09:10:58 PM »
1995 BMW 525 150K, still going, the paint on this car is still good.

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« Reply #154 on: May 16, 2014, 04:58:33 PM »
2000 Buick Regal GS. Real sleeper car.

Owned it for just three years now. In less than two, I drove through or to 49 states in 5 cross-country trips (well, the last one was really almost cross-continent: Boston through and around Alaska, south to CA.)

Here's hoping it gives me at least six more years.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #155 on: May 16, 2014, 09:37:32 PM »
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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #156 on: May 17, 2014, 07:57:29 AM »
1993 Toyota Pick Up - bought new after college and now has 509,847 miles on it.    2nd motor re-build finished last week. 

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This is an awesome story.   How much does a motor re-build cost?

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« Reply #157 on: May 17, 2014, 08:54:56 AM »
The build itself, including parts, was around $2,700.   

The frame is good and it's been repainted.   My family thinks I'm weird but I have an emotionally attachment to the truck.   I'm divorced and now dating again.   They think it hurts me to be picking up girls on dates in it.  I should probably start a thread on that subject? :)
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« Reply #158 on: May 17, 2014, 02:08:50 PM »

They think it hurts me to be picking up girls on dates in it.  I should probably start a thread on that subject? :)
IMO,  it might narrow the pool of interested girls but that's a good thing.  The girls who judge eligibility based on a desire for flash and money wouldn't be good bets anyway, right?  Wouldn't you rather date girls who like YOU ( not the car?)

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« Reply #159 on: May 17, 2014, 03:03:38 PM »
The build itself, including parts, was around $2,700.   

The frame is good and it's been repainted.   My family thinks I'm weird but I have an emotionally attachment to the truck.   I'm divorced and now dating again.   They think it hurts me to be picking up girls on dates in it.  I should probably start a thread on that subject? :)

I picked up my wife for our first date in a 40 year old beater.

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« Reply #160 on: May 18, 2014, 01:07:42 PM »
Driving my 2001 Subaru Forester, but it only has about 105,000 miles.  I like my car and I expect it to hit the decade mark with me next year.  It could get better gas mileage, but everything else about it fits my needs pretty darn well.

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« Reply #161 on: May 18, 2014, 02:43:20 PM »
My poor '91 was not happy with me today.  I haven't driven it in nearly 2 weeks and the brakes were seized to the rotors (had to really gun it to break them loose) and the engine was rattling until the oil pressure came up.  Poor thing.  Really doesn't like sitting more than a week...

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« Reply #162 on: May 18, 2014, 05:42:07 PM »
I have a low mileage brag.  Bought a car over 10 years ago while in high school, and I only hit 100K miles last year.  Helped that I walked to college for 4 years.  I hope to be driving it for another 10 years and 100K miles :)

+1 to this.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #163 on: May 18, 2014, 07:12:17 PM »
I have an '02 Toyota Echo and it's just now creeping up to 85K.  Bought it in 06 with about 35K miles, and a chunk of them since that are from driving halfway across the country in 2 round trips to new school/work. 

I love that car.  Gets 35-40mpg, and runs like the little engine that could.  I get made fun of at work, but who cares?  It runs, and the little dents from the hailstorms give it character. :-)

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« Reply #164 on: May 20, 2014, 09:59:39 AM »
My poor '91 was not happy with me today.  I haven't driven it in nearly 2 weeks and the brakes were seized to the rotors (had to really gun it to break them loose) and the engine was rattling until the oil pressure came up.  Poor thing.  Really doesn't like sitting more than a week...

Ah, man!  I drive my DSM once a month and it always fires right up with no complaints.

I keep it on a trickle charger so that helps.  MR2's are cool though for sure.
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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #165 on: May 20, 2014, 06:27:23 PM »
The frame is good and it's been repainted.   My family thinks I'm weird but I have an emotionally attachment to the truck.   I'm divorced and now dating again.   They think it hurts me to be picking up girls on dates in it.  I should probably start a thread on that subject? :)
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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #166 on: May 20, 2014, 06:44:53 PM »
1998 Toyota Camry, 165000 miles. Some of my co-workers have gone through 2-3 new car purchases since I started in 2005.

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« Reply #167 on: May 20, 2014, 07:49:40 PM »
1998 Toyota Camry, 165000 miles. Some of my co-workers have gone through 2-3 new car purchases since I started in 2005.

Mmm, it's fun to see folks go through the 'buy, sell, buy' cycle while your ride keeps ticking along.
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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #168 on: May 20, 2014, 07:54:53 PM »
My family thinks I'm weird but I have an emotionally attachment to the truck.   I'm divorced and now dating again.   They think it hurts me to be picking up girls on dates in it.  I should probably start a thread on that subject? :)

I picked up my wife for our first date in a 40 year old beater.

Choosing to drive a car that old is a style all by itself. There is no such thing as a 40-year-old beater, only a 40-year-old classic that hasn't been restored yet.

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« Reply #169 on: May 20, 2014, 08:27:09 PM »
My family thinks I'm weird but I have an emotionally attachment to the truck.   I'm divorced and now dating again.   They think it hurts me to be picking up girls on dates in it.  I should probably start a thread on that subject? :)

I picked up my wife for our first date in a 40 year old beater.

Choosing to drive a car that old is a style all by itself. There is no such thing as a 40-year-old beater, only a 40-year-old classic that hasn't been restored yet.

Ha! I guess that makes it a 45-year-old classic that hasn't been restored yet now!

It's actually in perfect mechanical condition, I just can't justify the several thousand dollars in parts for body and interior.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #170 on: May 23, 2014, 02:00:57 PM »
1999 Honda Civic, 184,000 miles..  got it new for my 16th birthday, only car I've ever owned.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #171 on: May 23, 2014, 03:47:22 PM »
2004 Toyota Rav4 with less than 90,000 miles.  Really don't drive much.  :)
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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #172 on: May 23, 2014, 03:54:54 PM »
My car is a bit of neophyte for this thread but:

2004 Chevy Classic that I bought with about 16k miles on it. It was an Army Recruiter's car before I bought it for about $7k about 5 years ago. It now has 136K on it and still running great. It has a few warts, it won't start sometimes due to a computer issue with the security system in the PCU, but if you leave the key in the on position for 10 minutes, turn it off and back on it will start every time. Does that about 1-2 times per month. Leaks a little washer fluid, have not figured out where it is coming from but I know it's not oil, tranny fluid, power steering or anti-freeze because it has no flavor, is clear and dries up pretty quick. Otherwise, the car runs great.

I get ~27mpg mixed milage and I put on about 20K per year.

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« Reply #173 on: August 26, 2014, 08:38:55 PM »
2002 Toyota Corolla that I got from my parents last month for free with ~92900 miles on it. I expect it's only about halfway done with its life. And at the rate I'm driving, I probably won't break 100k miles before I graduate with my PhD in 4-5 years!

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« Reply #174 on: August 26, 2014, 09:20:14 PM »
2003 Ford Taurus--211K miles, Still going strong.  DH puts about 50K per year on it.  Today it almost got creamed by a 16 year old, which would have been a tragedy.   

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #175 on: August 26, 2014, 09:45:25 PM »
2003 Acura RSX (hatchback).  I call it my funny-looking pickup because I can carry so much stuff in the back.  It's got 82,000 miles on it, and I'm hoping for 82,000 more.  I love that car!

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« Reply #176 on: August 27, 2014, 06:17:05 AM »
any idea how much you guys have spent over the lifetime of the car to maintain it those miles? i wonder if the costs adds up...

This is a more difficult game than some people will admit. We hear all the great stories about buying a 1990 honda and it going 300K. No one talks about the one that engine blew at 110K. Ive owned a lot of used cars with high miles. I am pretty sure that it was cheaper than buying new but fixing my own stuff and luck has a lot to do with that. A $3000  car can turn into a $500 in seconds.

I really wonder if over 40 years one person bought 3 brand new cheap cars and someone else only bought cars under $5000, who would spend less. Then do the same thing with 10000 people. One person can get real lucky.

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« Reply #177 on: August 27, 2014, 07:51:47 AM »
Well, my car is now old enough that a mechanic straight up said they wouldn't work on it. Is this common? "We only work on cars made after 2000."

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #178 on: August 27, 2014, 07:53:49 AM »
any idea how much you guys have spent over the lifetime of the car to maintain it those miles? i wonder if the costs adds up...

This is a more difficult game than some people will admit. We hear all the great stories about buying a 1990 honda and it going 300K. No one talks about the one that engine blew at 110K. Ive owned a lot of used cars with high miles. I am pretty sure that it was cheaper than buying new but fixing my own stuff and luck has a lot to do with that. A $3000  car can turn into a $500 in seconds.

I really wonder if over 40 years one person bought 3 brand new cheap cars and someone else only bought cars under $5000, who would spend less. Then do the same thing with 10000 people. One person can get real lucky.

It's not lucky.  It's buying the right brand/model with the right options from the right person in the right condition and then doing the right maintenance at the right time and when repairs are required, doing them the right way.  Simple right?

It's also about how you drive the car.  Drive it hard and you should expect it to fail sooner and require more frequent more costly repairs. 

I've owned nothing but high mileage cars and have had great "luck". 

The last 4 are great examples. 
1989 F-150.  It had a 5 digit odometer so I don't know exact mileage but based on age and maintenance records of the prior owner I am guessing 245K.  Still running great when I sold it.
1999 Ford Escort.  Traded it with ~205K miles on it.  The only problem I had were when DW slid off the road on some ice and I needed to replace the control arm.
2006 Honda Ridgeline.  Currently has ~184k miles on it and runs great.  On it's second set of tires and I finally had to replace the rear brake pads a second time recently. It's need some repairs but averaged out over the life of our ownership it's a very small amount per year. 
2006 Kia Spectra. ~187K miles on it.  We traded the Escort plus some cash to get this car.  It has needed nothing but oil changes since we've owned it.  It'll need tires before winter hits. 

I think the real key is being able to DIY your repairs.  I just had to replace the strut mount on the Honda.  That's a job that would cost a lot more at a shop than the $25 I paid for the parts. 

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« Reply #179 on: August 27, 2014, 08:10:31 AM »
Well, my car is now old enough that a mechanic straight up said they wouldn't work on it. Is this common? "We only work on cars made after 2000."

This mechanic sucks. Find a good one. I wouldn't want him working on a newer car either.
I think the real key is being able to DIY your repairs.  I just had to replace the strut mount on the Honda.  That's a job that would cost a lot more at a shop than the $25 I paid for the parts. 

Yep. Just pulled my motor to get the oil pan out and replace the oil pump. Probably saved $1k? Took me 12 hours and $100 with my father's help.

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« Reply #180 on: August 27, 2014, 08:14:30 AM »
2005 Honda Insight, 55-58 mpg, bright red. It's automatic and I would prefer a standard, but I still love it. Especially the engine auto-shutoff feature for stoplights - no idling!

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« Reply #181 on: August 27, 2014, 09:42:31 AM »
I drive an 01 Hyundai elantra hatchback with maybe 120k on it. Its an automatic, with power everything, and leather seats. Can we say LUXURY?? This baby ran us about $3500.

DH drives a 93 Toyota corolla with around 240k on it. Manual everything. AC is cold. Was previously owned by a mechanic who worked for Subaru and he put headers on it and a cam air filter. Lol. I assume they were cast offs and either free or cheap. He had also pretty well rebuilt the engine in the year or so before we got the car. Super well maintained and clean. All for the bargain price of $1000.

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« Reply #182 on: August 27, 2014, 11:03:07 AM »
1997 Saturn SL2 coming up on 160,000 miles. I bought it new in the fall of '96. It will be 18 this year. It's my daily driver. It's been fantastically reliable. I wish they still made them.

1998 Saab 900 convertible. Was my dad's car. in 2008, he decided he no longer needed two cars since my mother no longer drove. It was always well cared for and had low miles. It now has about 93,000 on it. Really nice to drive. Unfortunately, parts are costly and every repair seems to be a huge pain in the butt. I wouldn't buy another, but I do enjoy having this one.

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« Reply #183 on: August 27, 2014, 11:08:56 AM »
My 1965 daily driver is slightly smaller today after driving to work in the rain.

Apparently the windscreen wiper wasn't on as securely as I thought. :( Will make driving home interesting in the morning if it's still raining.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #184 on: August 27, 2014, 01:27:18 PM »
I drive a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 5-speed, with somewhere around 162,000 miles on it.

I drive for Lyft part time, and rent it out with RelayRides pretty often since I bike to work anyway.

Between Lyft and RR, my paid off car generates at least $400/month in income. Very mustachian.

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« Reply #185 on: August 27, 2014, 02:49:43 PM »
I drive a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 5-speed, with somewhere around 162,000 miles on it.

I drive for Lyft part time, and rent it out with RelayRides pretty often since I bike to work anyway.

Between Lyft and RR, my paid off car generates at least $400/month in income. Very mustachian.

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« Reply #186 on: August 27, 2014, 10:59:45 PM »
I live in Phoenix.

I drive a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 5-speed, with somewhere around 162,000 miles on it.

I drive for Lyft part time, and rent it out with RelayRides pretty often since I bike to work anyway.

Between Lyft and RR, my paid off car generates at least $400/month in income. Very mustachian.

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Where do you live that you have these opportunities?  We don't have these that I know of.

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« Reply #187 on: August 28, 2014, 07:50:57 AM »
My 2005 Element has 99,780 miles on it. We intend to keep it forever! (I'm convinced it will become a classic. ;) ) We've also been able to keep our mileage low compared to the age of the car because I bike to work 3 days a week (or thereabouts) and Mr. LH works from home.
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« Reply #188 on: August 28, 2014, 08:50:14 PM »
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« Reply #189 on: August 29, 2014, 05:15:18 AM »
2006  Honda Accord with 85k on it. I've had it since 2008 to use in college. Step dad didn't want it anymore cause it was a 2-door. He wanted a 4-door manual. Free car is good. Anyways, I've put about 60k of those miles on and honestly expect to have this car until I retire barring major issues. It's banged up a bit cause it's been backed into and a mirror was replaced after a storm. Runs great and I still think of it as 'new'.

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« Reply #190 on: August 29, 2014, 05:25:18 AM »
with 3 kids and plenty of visitors from overseas to run around we got a nearly new town and country in 2003. 11 months old and 11k under list price. paid 15k for it at the end of 03. still got it. only 2 kids at home now but we still get overseas visitors and its hauled a lot of junk around! It owes us nothing but I'm reluctant to trade it in because I think we get more value out of that than we would for another car. we do still have occasions where we have 6 people to move around and the daily commute in it is only 5 miles - round trip...

My car (18 miles round trip commute) is a 2001 Volvo s80. Got it at 5 years old for 10k with 90,000 miles on it. now its got 144k on it and I'll get rid when I dies... so another 15 years or so. MPG is terrible but its comfortable and very fast when I want it to be.
Probably could get something better for the mpg but I hope not to be doing any commute in 2 years. Can't see that replacing it for 2 years will save me enough to invest in another vehicle!

my previous car was a Volvo 850 sedan... that died at 200k. was going to get a sensible vw to replace it but they were running at 5k more than the Volvo I found (actually less than 5k but I got them to drop the price on the Volvo as they had sales targets to meet for the year and I was offering cash on Dec 31st...).

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #191 on: August 29, 2014, 03:38:38 PM »
1992 toyota paseo and gf has a 1998 toyota corolla.....corolla has 80k miles paseo has 150k

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« Reply #192 on: August 30, 2014, 12:32:57 PM »
I have a...
1963 Mercedes 190Dc with what I think is ~120k miles on it (project car)
1982 Toyota pickup with ~330k (odo broke @ ~285k/10 years ago)
1982 VW Rabbit diesel with ~85k on the body and ~375k on the engine I swapped in (needs a rebuild and could use another transmission)
2000 Honda Insight with ~90k that's my daily
2005 Prius with ~196k that my mom's using

Not really old or high mileage, but my wife has a new 2014 plug-in Prius that's turned out to be an awesome car. She gets about 5-20% better mileage on gas than she did when she was driving my 05 Prius. The EV range is pretty good too, ~8-14 miles per charge.

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« Reply #193 on: August 30, 2014, 04:31:58 PM »
98 Ford Ranger with 215,000

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« Reply #194 on: August 30, 2014, 05:51:12 PM »
My 2003 Honda Civic has a little over 70,000 miles on it. I expect to drive it for a long time.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #195 on: September 02, 2014, 09:58:13 AM »
Saw this thread had come back around...

Was wondering if maybe my subtle hints had rubbed off at work... (since I still drive a ratty old Civic 235k)

I noticed that a few co-workers have opted to keep their old DD's going instead of buying new and having a payment!
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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #196 on: September 07, 2014, 07:23:58 PM »
I've been driving around a 1998 Nissan Sentra for a week now with about 150k on it.  Only paid 2k for it.  Looks to be in great shape mechanically and interior.  Exterior is rough in places but noting major....

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #197 on: September 07, 2014, 08:52:33 PM »
         I'm rocking a 1993 geo metro convertable! Odometers broken so I don't know how many miles it has. I get about 50 mpg, and my mechanic Dad keeps a parts metro in his back yard for both our cars.
         However, I ride my bike to work and save my sexy convertable for out of town trips and costco trips.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #198 on: September 08, 2014, 09:43:57 AM »
2001 Toyota Camry -- bought new,  385K miles,  mileage averages 30 still.  Runs great and shooting for 500K. 
Better living through math.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #199 on: September 08, 2014, 11:23:56 AM »
I have two - a 15 year-old Japanese car with 80k that doesn't see much use and a 30 year-old Japanese truck with 280k miles.  To be more mustachian, I should drop down to one or none, but both of them are so specialized for their purposes.  I haven't yet convinced myself to sacrifice that last 20% of utility for the mustachian savings or a super-frugal-mobile.