Almost nine years ago, I bought dark green 1995 Toyota Camry. As I drove it around during those first few “honeymoon” weeks, I thought I was in heaven. It was SO much nicer than the electric blue Ford Escort that we had been driving which Robin brought to the marriage. That Escort had a manual transmission which I didn’t know how to drive when we got engaged and it also had pink rancing stripes and swirls on the side. Talk about two ways of emasulating me during the first two years of our marriage — making me feel foolish that I hadn’t learned how to drive a stick and driving around in an obviously “girly” car!
Anyway, I had always viewed Camrys as almost a luxury car, and so I was thrilled to find a used one at Mark Miller Toyota in Salt Lake for $10,000. At the time it had just about 70,000 miles and it felt like new. It looked so great and had such a smooth, comfortable ride. I loved it.
Well now it’s not so new. In fact, just today the odometer passed 200,000 miles. It was such an exciting moment had to take a picture of it with my cell phone. Do you realize that 200,000 miles is like driving the car eight times around the circumference of the earth at the equator (which is approxmiatley 25,000 around)? Pretty insane, eh?
I have really been blessed with this car. Besides regular maintenance expenses like tires and oil changes, I have probably only spent $1,000 on this car over the past nine years — that’s it. Toyota makes awesome cars, as does Honda.
I probably won’t keep driving it to 300,000 miles since it would be nice to get a new car at some point in the future. This Toyota is getting a bit old. The interior is getting dingy, the paint job is fading and it doesn’t have much “get-up-and-go.” A few years ago I had to rip some of the carpet out after a gallon of paint spilled on the floor of the back seat (that was an aweful experience). And it has long since lost it’s new car smell. 🙂 But it sure is nice not to have to make a car payment, and so I’ll probably keep driving it until it starts costing too much to maintain.