I don't have a license and I'm not sure I intend to get one anytime soon, public transport is efficient enough to get me where I want for now
And what condition is it in, is there any rust showing through, is interior falling apart, any major faults that caused you to think about buying a new one.
damn that's a lot of miles. shouldn't think it to last long with that amount. what year is the car?
Model year 2004, Purchased used with 5,500 miles on the clock.
Today: 109,000 daily driven miles. Excellent condition (discounting some road rash), no rust, interior in good condition (minor wear).
Major Faults: None.
Annoying Faults: One — some computer appears to have lost its marbles and the door chime goes off when exceeding 72 mph. Dealer and independent shops unable to fix it, so I had to remove the chime transducer. Silence is golden.
Thoughts on a New Car. NONE. It's paid for and a blast to drive (still performs like the day I got it). I'd rather not have a new car anyway. Too much dependence on electronics. Don't want a vehicle Black Box, either.
Entertainment System: Most amount of fun you can have with your clothes on — 6-Speed Manual transmission, dual Exhaust, and 8,200 RPM redline. :-)
You can make cars last as long as you want (as long as parts are available).
Modern cars have excellent rust protection, superb engines and suspensions. As long as you maintain it and don't have a crash, it will run virtually indefinitely. There are cars on the road that are near 1 million miles. Not that many, mind you, but it's possible.
The biggest cause for getting rid of a car now days is getting sick of it. Some people are addicted to that new car smell, too.
You say the Toyota was under powered but it did 190.000 it must have been a good engine if you had to put it to the metal all the time.