Post # 1
My Fiance is buying a new car and we have to trade one of our cars in. Currently, I have a 2003 Toyota Corolla with 130,000 miles. The Corolla is super comfortable, gets great gas mileage, and I am used to driving it. However, it is getting old and since I hven’t had any issues with it thus far, I am worried that I am due for something major to break.
My Fiance has a 2006 Cadillac CTS with 110,000 miles on it. The materialistic person in my loves it for the simple fact that it is a MUCH better looking car. It is pretty and I love it. Another plus is that it recently got new breaks, new tires, a new catalytic converter…so hopefully that means no extra money will need to be invested in it anytime soon. The downside, it is a much bigger than my Corolla (so I feel like I am driving a boat) and it gets signifiantly worse gas mileage. Also, Cadillac engines don’t typically last as long as Toyota and I need the car to last me until I graduate in 2013,
I need opinions please! What would you do? I don’t have long to decide.
Post # 3
I would keep the Toyota. We have a Toyota Tacome from 1999 and it still runs amazingly well. I understand wanting a pretty car but having to pay all the extra for gas and not having as good a car wouldn’t be ideal for me.
Post # 4
Toyotas are made to last. If you drive a lot and need the car for a long time keep the Toyota. They are dependable. Cadillacs are gas guzzlers. In this economy I’d get rid of the Caddilac. What type of new car is your Fiance buying?
Post # 5
Yeah…I have been leaning towards the Corolla, too. FI wants us to keep the Cadillac but he isn’t the one that will be driving it on a consistent basis.
He is buying an Audi A3 TDI (it is a diesel engine that gets pretty insane gas mileage–like 42 highway)
Post # 6
I drive a 2000 Corolla that used to be a driving school car. It’s taken a LOT of beatings from inexperienced drivers and it still runs fine. It has almost 300km (185miles) on it!
Ohhh Zee Audi! Fiance drives an A4 Quattro (99) and it’s held up amazingly well. He’s also at almost 300km.
Post # 7
I drive a 1999 Corolla. It’s got 140,000 miles on it and though it still runs great. Maintenance is cheap, especially if you do it yourself and it gets good gas mileage.
Sounds like your Corolla would easily last you another year and a half or 2 years.
Post # 8
My vote is for the Corolla too
Post # 9
Thanks ladies! I agree. I think I am going to stick with my Corolla 🙂
Post # 10
Get rid of the Caddy, they suck money once they get high mileage, because everything needs to be repalced and its not cheap. My friend has the same car, and she’s trying to get rid of hers because of the fact that its costing her so much money to get it fixed
Post # 11
My dad’s Corolla (I think it’s a 2000? Maybe older?) has so much mileage on it that the odometer has stopped rolling, lol!!! It’s still going and hasn’t had really any issues other than my dad being old and bumping into things. Sigh. Keeping it is a good decision 🙂
Post # 12
Good decision! My ’02 Corolla has 169k and is still rolling fine. All I’ve done is keep up with the big checkups (150, 175), oil changes, etc. I love it!
Post # 13
@RahlyRah: (full discosure, I work at a Toyota dealership). I would trade in the Caddy. It is more desirable to dealers and will bring you more money as a trade in. As previous posters have said, Toyotas really are built to last – 80% of Toyotas purchased in the last 20 years are still on the road today. I think you’ll get more mileage out of the Corolla with regular maintenance.
Post # 14
So it sounds like you’ve made up your mind already but I just wanted to add what I know (being a previous 2006 Cadillac owner)
Cadillac’s are comfortable and safe but once the miles get up there they are money pits. Never ending problems! Ours was the cross-over SUV and I am so happy we got rid of it. Don’t trade it in though if you’re thinking about getting rid of it, definitely try to sell it. The dealers would only give us $9,000 for ours and it had low miles and it was fully loaded. Even though ours had low miles, it was starting to have giant problems. We would have had to spend 5 grand to fix what was going on with it.
Keep the corolla until it’s done! They are awesome cars.
Post # 15
@Heatherloveskenny: I agree that you should see what you can get outside of the dealership before trading in. They seem to give low prices on trade-ins and then sell them more than a private party would.
Post # 16
@Heatherloveskenny: I agree! Even though we purchased another car we have my old VW and it’s a money pit, oh man – it was a bad relationship that I should’ve just let go of. We are going to sell it privately. What did you end up getting?