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At what point can a car no longer be a daily driver?


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At what point can a car no longer be a daily driver when it comes to age. Can you drive a 98' Mustang with 150k miles as a daily driver for example?

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A '98 Mustang is still pretty new. (My own daily hails from 1997.) Heck, there are people still driving Studebakers on a regular basis. It really depends on what your daily driving regimen is like, your ability to do your own repairs, and having another vehicle available for when you're waiting for parts - as well as knowing when to call it quits if and when your old ride turns into a real money pit that is constantly breaking down. It also helps on the really old stuff to do some modern upgrades.


That’ll depend on the car’s maintenance history. After all, age is just a number.

If taken care of, even a 50 yr old car can be used as a daily driver, just ask @chucktobias 

Once a vehicle starts to become an endless moneypit, it’s time is up..


It is no longer a daily driver when you can't drive it daily.


I’m daily driving a 1999 Honda Accord with about 275K+ miles. I plan to daily drive it until something outrageously comes up that is beyond my price range to get it fixed or beyond my capabilities. But I do maintain it the best I can. It’s treated me well over the last 20+ years. It’s showing it’s age visually, but still gets me where I need to go. Even 5+ hour road trips! 

I was thinking of doing a paint job l, but that is more than the car is worth. Hahahah.

My friend is still daily driving her late 2000 Corolla. TBH, I don’t think she does much with it besides basic maintenance too. She has about 150K miles on it. 


two days after your funeral.


all kidding aside, any car that is well maintained can last indefinately.just realize that parts wear out and will have to be replaced. If it is something that was popular, parts will be available for a long time.

nothing lasts "indefinately", unless you're rich like Jay Leno and can have parts custom fabricated for you. And even then it's questionable. The car better have some historical value or something, and not some run of the mill Mustang.


Here's a couple of guys who really pushed the envelope:

if that was a Rambler, it could be you.


"At what point can a car no longer be a daily driver when it comes to age."

Out of personal experience: as soon as you notice that any of its plastic parts became brittle, and/or (depending on what happens sooner) as soon as any of your car rubber hoses broke / exploded / started leaking by itself (= not due to external forces).

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