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How long should I expect a 2012 Mazda2 to last?

Hello! I have owned a 2012 Mazda2 since it was new. I love it, but recently sideswiped a guardrail and did a bit of damage along the passenger
side--front bumper to be replaced, other panels dented slightly, no lights or mirrors were touched, but enough to need all fixed and painted. The total cost is amount car is worth,
so my ins. said it is totaled. I have 2 options:
1) turn it in to ins. co. and get $ to buy another vehicle
2) keep it, in which it would be a salvage title and ins. co. would reimburse me for 1/2 ($2,500) of what it will cost to fix, including mechanical.

I am split between keeping it, because it has been a reliable car, and doesn't have so much of the computerized items. But, I know it is a 2012.
Also, mechanically I have been told this needs to be done:
*replace passenger front control arm
*replace passenger front strut
*replace passenger front stabilizer link
My mechanic has assured me that once these things are done, there should be no issues going forward.

These are my questions:
I want to get an idea of long term high mileage reliability in our Mazda2's. Please only answer if you have over 100,000 miles. I have approx. 87,000 Mazda2.

1. What is your odometer reading?
2. What repairs have you done and how much did they cost? Don't include oil changes, batteries, bulbs, filter changes, tire changes, tune ups, or brake pad/rotor changes.
3. How has the interior held up? Any quality issues? Any loss of color in the buttons? Any loss of light in the gauges?
4. Any recurring issues?

Your input GREATLY appreciated! I have a conundrum--since it has been reliable, I would rather keep the vehicle but I know that it is a 2012.
Also, there are some decent incentives now. I try to keep cars 10 yrs. but don't think that will be as easy to do with the newer vehicles.

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