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    Time to say goodbye?

    Dear Mazda enthusiasts!
    My 2007 Mazda 3 just passed the 12 year mark. It has gone 130k with no major repairs, only oil changes and a set of brakes. Am i crazy to say goodbye and trade it in towards a new CX-5? I don't drive a heck of alot, but a new job is around the corner which will see me driving up to 20k km a year, so i will need to have faith in my cars reliability. Also i need new winter tires and don't really want to spend $1000 or invest more into it if i don't plan on keeping it for another 5 years. May as well put that towards a set on a new cx5 perhaps. It has been beyond solid to date but perhaps it is time for a change? One concern i have is the safety features on the 2007 sedan, given that it was manufactured in 2006. I still enjoy driving it but at 130km am i on borrowed time for major repairs or issues?

    Would appreciate any advice or feedback!!!

    thanks

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    They say that of a repair bill meets or exceeds 50% of the value of the vehicle, it's time to sell. My aunt had a 2000 Mercury sedan for many years and she'd ask me every few years if I thought she should upgrade. I told her that the best answer for her depends on how she would answer the following questions:
    1. How do you drive on average?
    2. How often do you drive your car?
    3. Would like to have a new or newer car with many more high-tech features?
    4. Do you know what is available?
    5. Have you test-driven and new cars, lately?
    6. Have you compared insurance and tax/registration costs for newer vehicles?

    Just last year, she finally sold her car and leased a new one. After all, she is 94 years old.

    But getting back to your question: It's not about breakdowns if your car has been well-maintained. It's about whether you really WANT a new/newer vehicle and can afford the associated higher costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tasarian View Post
    i need new winter tires and don't really want to spend $1000
    You should be able to get some good winter tires for around half that amount, just saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by concept View Post
    They say that of a repair bill meets or exceeds 50% of the value of the vehicle, it's time to sell. My aunt had a 2000 Mercury sedan for many years and she'd ask me every few years if I thought she should upgrade. I told her that the best answer for her depends on how she would answer the following questions:
    1. How do you drive on average?
    2. How often do you drive your car?
    3. Would like to have a new or newer car with many more high-tech features?
    4. Do you know what is available?
    5. Have you test-driven and new cars, lately?
    6. Have you compared insurance and tax/registration costs for newer vehicles?

    Just last year, she finally sold her car and leased a new one. After all, she is 94 years old.

    But getting back to your question: It's not about breakdowns if your car has been well-maintained. It's about whether you really WANT a new/newer vehicle and can afford the associated higher costs.
    all good points, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsvinylgraphics View Post
    You should be able to get some good winter tires for around half that amount, just saying
    Us Canadians get hosed with tire prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tasarian View Post
    Us Canadians get hosed with tire prices.
    Amen to that

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    Quote Originally Posted by tasarian View Post
    Us Canadians get hosed with prices.
    Fixed your post ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tasarian View Post
    We Canadians get hosed with tire prices.
    ...fixed your post.
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