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Old 01-16-2013, 07:59 PM   #21
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keep it, don't out...

that being said, I bought mine on 1/3/2013 used with 17k miles on it for $16500 (2012 SE Sports Pkg) before i saw it in person, and as of today I've put 1856 miles on it.

So I'm going to be keep it until it dies, and then find a low mileage drive train to stick in it.

I have total confidence this one will last longer.

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:01 PM   #22
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Also to make the car buying public very aware to the problems!
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KEEP IT. Dont fix it if it aint broke.

Imagine the transmission goes out and you spend $3 grand on another. Thats what you would take as a loss PLUS the money you put from the Xterra right now, let alone what you have to pay to get into something else. Otherwise you have a fantastic car with no problems knock on wood....

One of the biggest advantages of this forum is the fact that people with problems can collaborate with other people and share information. Just make sure you know how to use that information (i.e. not making a financially stupid decision purely based off of other people's issues you dont have)
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The only thing I'd consider doing is trading it in on a similar used car. You already paid the new car penalty once, no need to pay it twice.

P.S. Cars are always traded in and used at a loss, transportation is an expense.
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In my case ... with all the problems, potential problems, and annoyances .... I had gotten to the point where I had no enjoyment driving my car. It got to be that I couldn't stand the sight of it. It rattled, squeaked, buzzed, and clunked constantly. I had ZERO CONFIDENCE that Ford could or would fix it. I had come from a long line of totally trouble free Toyotas, so I knew how a car SHOULD BE.

Dumping it was my only option and I've never been happier with the Mazda3.

I didn't worry about the $3K I lost ... a well learned lesson that Ford is a car brand that I'll never own again.

If yours is trouble free ... might as well keep it for now ... but now or later ... you're STILL gonna take the same hit for depreciation. I sure as hell wouldn't keep a DCT one mile past the powertrain warranty, and I think the failure rate is gonna skyrocket as the cars get some miles on them. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see them discontinue the DCT, and then the value on DCT equipped cars is gonna REALLY PLUMMET.

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If yours is trouble free ... might as well keep it for now ... but now or later ... you're STILL gonna take the same hit for depreciation. I sure as hell wouldn't keep a DCT one mile past the powertrain warranty, and I think the failure rate is gonna skyrocket as the cars get some miles on them. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see them discontinue the DCT, and then the value on DCT equipped cars is gonna REALLY PLUMMET.
I kept mine because (like you said) I'm still gonna take the hit in depreciation.

In hindsight, I should be driving a car that's falling apart and fixing it little by little keeping it on life support - which I could totally afford given how much I'd be able to save if I didn't have car payments! I'm going to drive it until it falls apart or until I have kids that require me to get a bigger car - whichever comes first.
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If yours is trouble free ... might as well keep it for now ... but now or later ... you're STILL gonna take the same hit for depreciation.
You're omitting a critical point. You'll take a depreciation hit by keeping it but at least you'll get to use the car during that depreciation period. When you trade in a basically new car on another new car like you did, you take twice the depreciation hit for the same number of miles travelled. Not smart financially.

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I sure as hell wouldn't keep a DCT one mile past the powertrain warranty, and I think the failure rate is gonna skyrocket as the cars get some miles on them. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see them discontinue the DCT, and then the value on DCT equipped cars is gonna REALLY PLUMMET.
A couple of recent posts from high mileage DCT drivers are proving you wrong so far. The DCTs are not failing. Though granted much more data is needed before there being solid proof of their longevity.

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I kept mine because (like you said) I'm still gonna take the hit in depreciation.

In hindsight, I should be driving a car that's falling apart and fixing it little by little keeping it on life support - which I could totally afford given how much I'd be able to save if I didn't have car payments! I'm going to drive it until it falls apart or until I have kids that require me to get a bigger car - whichever comes first.

Yeah but the downsides of driving a beater are lower reliability (you go out to the driveway every weekday morning hoping it's going to start and get you to work on time). And they tend to smell on the inside! (a good-smelling interior is important to me).
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Yeah but the downsides of driving a beater are lower reliability (you go out to the driveway every weekday morning hoping it's going to start and get you to work on time). And they tend to smell on the inside! (a good-smelling interior is important to me).
I could get... TWO beater cars!
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:01 AM   #29
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no one with '13s have really complained...its the '12s and even then its certain '12s.
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I would say keep it if you are currently enjoying your car problem free.

Me, I never worry about depreciation because I never inquire about my car's worth while I'm owning it (and I plan on keeping the car for as long as possible). The only number that matters to me is how much I'm shelling out every month.
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