I had an 1984 Isuzu I-Mark, the predecessor to the Stylus. It was the base model, with the only option being air conditioning. It had the base 4 cylinder and a 5-speed, so it wasn't fast off the line, but it was still fun to drive. I flogged that little car, and it never quit on me. I sold it with 167,000 miles on it, and it still ran like a champ and didn't burn any oil. The S-10 I bought to replace it was a dog. I wish I had kept the I-Mark.
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I know what you mean about not being able to get rid of a car. My 2008 Elantra is a few years up the evolutionary ladder. My wife and I bought it new in the summer of 2008, and proceeded to put about 40,000 miles on it before giving it to our daughter when she went off to college in 2010. She drove it through 4 years of college and 4 years of med school, then into the first year of her residency (in Ann Arbor, MI, no less). The only things it needed the entire time she had it were a new battery, new tires, and a brake line (the mechanic said the old one got a chunk taken out of it by some freeway debris). My wife passed away in the summer of 2018, and my daughter was wanting a newer vehicle. I paid off my wife's Santa Fe, took it to my daughter in Ann Arbor at Thanksgiving, and traded titles with her. My other daughter and I drove the little Elantra, with 111,000 miles, back home - 750 miles away. It ran like it did when new, and still does today, with over 125,000 miles on it. Everthing on it still works - AC, cruise control, all the power windows and door locks - everything. So what's the problem, you ask? The problem is, there is only one person living in my house now, and I have 3 vehicles. I have a much newer Kia SUV that is my trip car, an old Dodge Ram that is my lumber-hauler, and the Elantra, which is my daily driver. I would love to buy a low-mileage, older-model Mercedes-Benz or BMW to tinker with and take out for fun weekend adventures. But, if I did that right now, something would have to go, and that would probably be my trusty little Hyundai. I just don't know if I could bear to part with it, especially knowing I would get very little for it if I tried to trade it or sell it. Oh, well, I guess I'll go ahead and keep driving it. It's probably more reliable than what I would replace it with.
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