What Is The Longest You've Ever Owned A Car?

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Like many other serious commitments in life, everyone has a different take on car ownership. Some of us fall in love with one car and stick with it for what seems like an eternity. Others are ready to move on to the next vehicle almost as soon as one new car hits their driveway. Some of us even spend time our time attempting to balance a relationship with as many cars as possible.

Although it's often the most important cars or trucks that manage to hang around the longest, sometimes people get stuck with a vehicle long term out of necessity or unwillingness to find something better. Either way, this weekend we want to know all the details of your lengthiest stretch of automotive ownership. What was it, how long did it last and why did it have to end—or if you still have it, how do you continue to make it work?

It's been 13 years since my 1957 Plymouth Belvedere entered my life, which is by far the longest I've ever owned a car. It has been the opposite of easy, but in the typical fashion of most dysfunctional automotive relationships when things are good, they're great. Over the past year or so myself and my old car have had some serious differences of opinion when it comes to time and money which have unfortunately translated to less than 1000 miles spent together in the past two years.


Despite the Plymouth's permanent project car hell status, when I dust it off this spring to finally begin doing the long list of work the car desperately needs I suspect it will only take a minute or two to remember exactly why the car will likely have my name on the title for the rest of my life. For some strange reason I'm in for the long haul.

What is the longest you've ever owned a car?

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My second car, an '89 Taurus SHO, purchased November 1997, sold July 2003, so not quite six years. What does it say about me that the most unreliable car I've ever owned is also the one I kept the longest?