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A properly maintained Japanese car can run for a very, very long time, without drivetrain problems or rust. But the drivetrain warranty typically goes only out to 60,000 miles and then, somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 miles, to keep them reliable and working well they all require replacement of the things that wear out: rubber suspension bits, shocks/struts, belts, hoses, water pumps, timing belts, etc. That's why you see many Japanese cars for sale with somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 miles. When faced with the choice of investing a couple of thousand dollars in an old car with low Bluebook value or buying a new one, most people get rid of the old one, no matter how well maintained it was to that point.
That's why having the full service history is far more important than the shine on the tires and the quick silicone finish on the exterior. And why most dealers want to know NOTHING about the problems on a car that's traded-in, unless they're going to certify it as pre-owned under a manufacturer plan and cover it with a real warranty.
2008 Mazda6 5-door i-Touring (Volcanic Red)
Last edited by JML; 05-02-2010 at 02:29 PM.