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Old 01-11-2010, 04:25 PM
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I always got my daughters subaru station wagons. Great mileage, excellent reliability and AWD and we usually bought them once they had 150K+ miles on them. I usually put a timing belt, cv joints on the front axle, new tires & brakes and an oil change. After that I never spent a penny on them except for crash damage.
Randy, this is great advice. I'm going to keep this in mind for my kids (who are still 7.5 years away from driver's license obtain-ability). I wrecked my first car pretty bad because I was running terrible tires. I used to buy them used from the junkyard. I couldn't afford a set of new tires. I like the idea of getting the basic maintenance done right at the beginning, so they car is safe.

Of course, my kids will do much of the work themselves, just as I did. My Dad taught my sister to change a tire and change her oil. She's more adept with tools than her husband.
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:34 PM
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Randy, this is great advice. I'm going to keep this in mind for my kids (who are still 7.5 years away from driver's license obtain-ability). I wrecked my first car pretty bad because I was running terrible tires. I used to buy them used from the junkyard. I couldn't afford a set of new tires. I like the idea of getting the basic maintenance done right at the beginning, so they car is safe.

Of course, my kids will do much of the work themselves, just as I did. My Dad taught my sister to change a tire and change her oil. She's more adept with tools than her husband.
Excellent points. It's always wise to teach your kids basic maintenance, if for no other reason to help them avoid being taken advantage of by unreputable mechanics.
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