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View Poll Results: How long have you historically kept a car when buying it brand new?
0 to 1 1/2 years 7 3.95%
1 1/2 years to 3 years 42 23.73%
3 years to 4 1/2 years 28 15.82%
4 1/2 years to 6 years 42 23.73%
6+ years 58 32.77%
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      05-30-2006, 04:11 PM   #23
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i understand that but when you go to trade it in it is worth about 1,500
As some else has mentioned, where can I buy a mint condition E46 from $1,500? Let me know, and I will order 10, then resell them for about 20x the price.

I know that I got significantly more than $1,500 when I traded my mine in for the E90.

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      05-30-2006, 06:55 PM   #24
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1970 Plymouth Valiant: 1 years.
1972 Toyota Corona MkII: 2 years.
1982 Chevrolet S10: 20 months.
1984 Toyota Celica GT: 4 years.
1988 Toyota 4Runner: 4 years.
1992 Nissan 240SX: 3 years.
1995 Toyota 4Runner: 10 years and counting.
2006 BMW 330i: 4 months 2 days and counting.

Average: 3.6 years (that new BMW really brought the average down).
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As some else has mentioned, where can I buy a mint condition E46 from $1,500? Let me know, and I will order 10, then resell them for about 20x the price.

I know that I got significantly more than $1,500 when I traded my mine in for the E90.

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      10-08-2012, 08:35 AM   #26
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1994 acura integra LS- 6 years
2001 BMW 330 Ci - 8 years
2008 BMW 335 XI - 4 years currently 99k miles.
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      10-08-2012, 09:50 AM   #27
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I bought my wrx new in '02 and still have it. It's a little over 10yrs old now and it's probably worth more to me than to sell it. I have a bunch of mods on it and still plan on doing more to it. I'm buying my e90 and plan on keeping it for a while.
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      10-08-2012, 11:11 AM   #30
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2011 BMW 328i: my car. So far 20 months and counting. I’ll drive this one for at least 150k.
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1996 Ford Ranger: Bought new April 1997. Sold December 1998.
1999 Dodge Dakota: Factory order, took delivery December 1998. Sold June 2001.
2000 E46 323i: Bought New September 2000, Traded September 2012.
2007 Lexus RX350: Bought Demo (never titled) February 2007. Probably keep it 10 years.
2011 E90 335d: Bought Demo (never titled) September 2012. Probably keep it 10-12 years.

So early on, it was 18 months or so. Now I've wised up, and am going 10-12 years. Could have kept the E46 longer--nothing wrong with it aside from some sagging c-pillar trim and 20k miles away from needing a clutch--but a deal on a never-titled 335d fell in my lap, so I switched out.
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1999 Acura Integra GS-R Sedan - 4 years, unfortunately was totaled by a drunk driver
2003 Acura TSX - 6 years, traded in for the S4
2009 BMW 335i Coupe - 3 years and counting...
2010 Audi S4 - 3 years and counting...

I also had a 2006 Audi A4 2.0T quattro for 3 years, but that was a lease.
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I keep the car until the average monthly upkeep or major repair is more than the car is worth.

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1989 Nissan Pathfinder -- Sold in January this year for 1,200. Bought new.
2002 BMW x5 150k blown tranny - 6k to fix sold for 10k broken bought new 2010 m trim x5
1999 Audi A4 - wrecked not my fault. Insurance 7k - bought 2012 335is

How long will I keep the Bmw's. a long time.

I was once told by a very wealthy car dealer who was a good family friend that the only was to get a value on a car is:

1. Buy used and drive it till it blows up on the side of the road.
2. Buy new and still do number 1 and you will Have less maintenance the first few years

I have followed numbe 2.
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