Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Little Hope

     My car -- a 2000 Lexus RX300 luxy sort-of SUV -- is officially totalled.  If the insurance company isn't funning me, the settlement will pay about $5090, or ninety dollars more than I paid for the car in November of 2014.  In nearly four years, all that car has cost me is gas, oil and a set of brakes.

     Pretty impressive and it predisposes me to look for another used Lexus of the same general style.

9 comments:

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Awesome!

Jeff said...

Well I was going to say "Awesome", but NJT beat me to it. :)

Jennifer said...

Well that's a relief

Paul said...

That has to be good news. Now roll it to the dealer and use it for trade on the next one

You will have to move up some on years as another 2000 RX will be pushing 200k on the odometer


Good luck in your search

Rick T said...

If it had to be totalled at least you got out for just operating expenses.. Good luck on your search for a new chariot.

Merle Morrison said...

That's a pretty tough way to make money!

How long did the "stiff and sore" last?

Roberta X said...

Still lasting, Merle.

As for mileage, an average RX300 (or later)should be good for 250k miles and, barring any major rust, you could probably rebuild or replace the engine, stuff in a rebuilt drivetrain, and go another 150K. Catalytic converters go out somewhere about 150k and aren't cheap; seats of high-use examples get pretty worn. That seems to be about it; if the thing didn't suffer a major failure in the first 100k and has received reasonable care, it's likely to be all right until it falls apart.

I drove horrible used cars for years. Regular repairs were just part of ownership. The last Accent I bought, I put a transmission in it immediately after purchase.

Tam said...

It's a Camry on stilts, so there's no reason it shouldn't be an anvil.

CGHill said...

My Infiniti is old enough to vote, and its drivetrain is mostly sound -- at the moment, one of two radiator fans is on the fritz, and a replacement is on order -- at 175k. About the only sedan that could beat it is, yes, the Lexus ES300.