Our RX-7 was bought new and we are going on 34 years of collective ownership (next year). My parents XC90 was also purchased new in 2004. It's not uncommon to see people putzing around in their 15-20 year old cars that they simply maintained and kept driving.
But, 3-5 years? I would consider that downright short-term. Like, what would be "short term" if not that? 1 year?
this isnt an average cost of ownership by strawman metrics thread.
you're generalizing and doing a very poor job of it at that.
did you account for the mpg in your "desirability" rating?
Even more relevant: the diesel discussion. "BUT I GET 48 MILES PER GALLON!" they yell. "AND YOU GET ONLY 30! DIESELS ARE INHERENTLY BETTER! SO THERE!" They're so focused on the magical liquid number calculation, they completely ignore that gas is two bucks a gallon while diesel is $3.39. Fuel cost per mile? That's a big picture calculation, which would burn out their circuits if they even stopped to consider that it exists. And never mind the premium up front cost to buy the diesel model vs the gasoline model...
Americans--unable to see a big and comprehensive picture for over 200 years now.
Originally Posted by seanmcd72