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      03-17-2011 03:03 PM #1
      I come from the best city to test the durability of a car. IMHO these are the top 3.

      1. Toyota. Mid 90's corolla's and camry's are still very common, and in good shape.
      2. VW. Early mk4's are on every corner, mk3's and mk2's are still fairly common.
      3. Honda. Old Civics are still running but bodies are rotten.

      It ends there, everything else of that era is very rare, including some of the best sellers at the time, like the taurus and grand am. If you live in a rusty, pot hole filled city, tell me if it's any different.

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      03-17-2011 03:08 PM #2
      and there you have it. old VW's are just as reliable as older hondas and toyotas!

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      03-17-2011 03:12 PM #3
      I see lots of old M-class, like mine.
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      03-17-2011 03:15 PM #4
      mk3 golfs and jettas, theyre everywhere still. Also neons
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      03-17-2011 03:17 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by yellow20th1804 View Post
      mk3 golfs and jettas, theyre everywhere still. Also neons
      I almost forgot the neon existed until i saw one today.

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      03-17-2011 03:19 PM #6
      Outside of the most rust-prone areas, 10 years is hardly old these days. The average car on the road in the US is about that age according to the DOT.

      If you look at 15-20-year-old cars around here, the pickings get slimmer. The ones I see the most are of course Camrys, Corollas, Civics and Accords, but also GM A-cars (Century/Ciera), Cavaliers, Caprices, and Ford Panther cars (Vic/Marquis/Town Car) are still commonplace around here, often in beater condition.

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      03-17-2011 03:19 PM #7
      Nearly every car mentioned so far is right outside in the parking lot at my job All 10 years old or older.
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      03-17-2011 03:20 PM #8
      Grand Am's. So many Grand Am's.
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      03-17-2011 03:20 PM #9



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      03-17-2011 03:21 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by vrsexxy_GTI View Post
      I almost forgot the neon existed until i saw one today.
      The Neon seems to be a really regional one. I've seen a lot of people on TCL say there are zero Neons of any vintage in their area. I see them all the time in Philly, including the first-gen '95-99 models.

      One that died out around here just recently is the Tempo/Topaz (last sold for '94). I used to joke that the Tempo was the official car of the state of Pennsylvania because there were so many here, but I don't see many anymore.

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      03-17-2011 03:23 PM #11
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      03-17-2011 03:23 PM #12
      Old Benzes, everywhere, you don't see them because you get so used to seeing them. Then you think, hey, there are a lot of old MB here
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      03-17-2011 03:24 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      You must live in a senior citizen community.
      Theirs a couple around actually. And a close friend of mine drives one. She's only 26.

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      03-17-2011 03:27 PM #14
      I used to joke about my area to people who are visiting....

      "you'll know you are getting close when you start to see Chevy Astros everywhere"....and they are still everywhere here....most in dark blue.
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      03-17-2011 03:28 PM #15
      I see a fair amount of older Maxima's.

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      03-17-2011 03:30 PM #16
      TJ + YJ Jeeps everywhere.

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      03-17-2011 03:37 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      You must live in a senior citizen community.
      Nah, there are tons of W-body Centurys in Philly, mostly driven by younger people, often with the aftermarket portholes added to make it a proper Buick . I don't even count that as an "old" car yet, it was made through the '05 model year.

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      03-17-2011 03:44 PM #18
      Pssh - what kind of VW fairy tail land do you guys live in? I rarely see MK4s, let alone anything older, and if I do, they're rarely in any condition to be driven.

      That said - it's most likely the Honda Accord considering it has been the most reliable car of the last decade and a one of the nation's best selling cars.

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      03-17-2011 03:51 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by rbloedow View Post
      Pssh - what kind of VW fairy tail land do you guys live in? I rarely see MK4s, let alone anything older, and if I do, they're rarely in any condition to be driven.

      That said - it's most likely the Honda Accord considering it has been the most reliable car of the last decade and a one of the nation's best selling cars.
      Must be a florida thing then, i pass mk4 jettas everywhere i go
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      03-17-2011 04:01 PM #20
      10+ I see lots of MB C/E class, BMW E46/36/39, VW MKIII/IV, Accord, Camry, 3.8L GM, all pickup trucks, a bunch of donks around ATL--most cars make 10 years these days.

      I think all the mid-90s and older Carolla/Civics have been sold and exported. I see the occasional riced out Civic, but all the old Corollas are gone.

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      03-17-2011 04:04 PM #21
      This topic is going to give heavily swayed and biased answers. If only because we, as human beings, are more likely to notice a car we like than one we don't like, or a car we're interested in rather than a Camry. That said, here in the great state of Alaska, from even the most unbiased perspective its safe to say pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles are the most common. I would say at least 9 out of 10 are American-made, and most are at least 10 years old.

      Excluding trucks from the picture... The most common 10+ year old cars are probably:
      Ford Panther platform cars (LTDs, Crown Vics, Marquis')
      Ford Tempos (I know multiple people who have bought multiple Tempos, due to AWD)
      Any older Subarus.

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      03-17-2011 04:04 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by yellow20th1804 View Post
      Must be a florida thing then, i pass mk4 jettas everywhere i go
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      03-17-2011 04:44 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by rbloedow View Post
      Pssh - what kind of VW fairy tail land do you guys live in? I rarely see MK4s, let alone anything older, and if I do, they're rarely in any condition to be driven.

      That said - it's most likely the Honda Accord considering it has been the most reliable car of the last decade and a one of the nation's best selling cars.
      I've been to Florida and noticed that VW's are rare down there. I saw maybe 5 the whole week i was there. Here in Montreal, MK4 Jetta's are part of our landscape.

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      03-17-2011 04:48 PM #24
      I live and work near a major college campus, so that probably skews the results. I do see a lot of Mk4 Jettas, with MkIIIs getting pretty rusty and MkIIs nearly extinct. Saturns... anything '90s GM really, Hondas, Toyotas, just the usual stuff.

      As far as domestics go, I notice a lot more older GM beaters than Fords or Chryslers. 96-00 Taurii are still common, but the pre-96 model is getting rarer by the day. 1st generation Chrysler LH cars are almost gone, which is odd considering how common they were a few years ago. Guess the "Buy Here Pay Here" crowd has killed them off.

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      03-17-2011 04:54 PM #25
      mk2's are completely absent here

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      03-17-2011 04:56 PM #26
      Since when is 10 years old, old?

      How about what is the most common 15 year old car? My list:

      1. Honda Accord
      2. Nissan Altima
      3. Toyota Camry
      4. Toyota Corolla
      5. Toyota Trucks
      6. Nissan Sentra
      7. Honda Civic
      8. Any GM with the 3800

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      03-17-2011 04:56 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by rbloedow View Post
      Pssh - what kind of VW fairy tail land do you guys live in? I rarely see MK4s, let alone anything older, and if I do, they're rarely in any condition to be driven.
      Can't help but noootice that most posters are in Canada, eh, where you could still buy a brand-new MkIV up until a couple of months ago, y'know.

      Quote Originally Posted by rbloedow View Post
      That said - it's most likely the Honda Accord considering it has been the most reliable car of the last decade and a one of the nation's best selling cars.
      For sheer numbers, I'd have to say Civic, but it's not really surprising, considering they sold about a bajillion zillion of them. It would be much more useful to know how many cars are still on the road relative to how many were sold. It saddens me, but I'm going to guess the winner of that contest is probably a minivan.

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      03-17-2011 05:09 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by O_o View Post
      Can't help but noootice that most posters are in Canada, eh, where you could still buy a brand-new MkIV up until a couple of months ago, y'know.



      For sheer numbers, I'd have to say Civic, but it's not really surprising, considering they sold about a bajillion zillion of them. It would be much more useful to know how many cars are still on the road relative to how many were sold. It saddens me, but I'm going to guess the winner of that contest is probably a minivan.

      Montreal is brutal on cars. I had smoked meat sandwiches that lasted longer than some of my cars.
      Most of the MK4's on the road are early models with ugly hub caps, avus wheels and faded headlights. 07 city jetta's and those ugly facelifted ones are actually quite rare. But not the city golf, those are everywhere.

    29. 03-17-2011 05:09 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by vrsexxy_GTI View Post
      I come from the best city to test the durability of a car. IMHO these are the top 3.

      1. Toyota. Mid 90's corolla's and camry's are still very common, and in good shape.
      2. VW. Early mk4's are on every corner, mk3's and mk2's are still fairly common.
      3. Honda. Old Civics are still running but bodies are rotten.

      It ends there, everything else of that era is very rare, including some of the best sellers at the time, like the taurus and grand am. If you live in a rusty, pot hole filled city, tell me if it's any different.
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      That's all I can think of off the top of my head that I see all the time. Sure the bodies may not stand up too well [for it's age, that's to be expected] but they always are on the go daily.
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      I see the same damned 10 year old Focus every frickin' day... annoying... oh... wait...
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      03-17-2011 05:26 PM #31
      I want to see what our west coast members are going to say. Even when i went back home to Seattle and the Kitsap Penninsula a couple years ago, even Chevy LUVs were all over as daily drivers. '80s fairmonts and malibus were common, and Civics from the '70s could be found not as show cars but hjust in people's driveways. And of course, '80s Subaru 4x4 wagons. EVERYWHERE.

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      03-17-2011 05:27 PM #32
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      03-17-2011 05:31 PM #33
      Around here, I see tons of mid to late 90s Corollas. They are everywhere you look, usually with some paint scraped off of one of the front fenders, and with paint peeling off the rear bumper cover...

      Other cars/trucks I see a lot of:

      -88-97 Chevy fullsize pickups. GM must've sold a billion of those things
      -Nissan Hardbody pickups, usually beat to hell
      -Toyota compact pickups, also beat to hell
      -80s Ford pickups, beat to hell

      Honestly, 10 years old is nothing where I live, since we don't get snow, and very little rain. If people take care of the mechanical bits, the car will last forever. The only things that really take a beating are the paint job and interior (from sun damage). Plastic trim bits for the interior are hard to come by in good used condition around here; most bits are cracked or faded terribly.

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      03-17-2011 05:53 PM #34
      maybe just so cal, but there are more W123's on the road then all cars combined from that era..


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