Re: Beater Cars
I drove a '71 Ford pickup in high school (1988) ... had the 3 on the tree.
Lost a 2000 Taurus with 195K miles on in February when a drunk driver hit me on the highway at 75 MPH, totaled. It still ran like the day we bought it and looked nice inside and out yet.
I put 20K miles or more on cars per year, so I just buy 'em new and run them until they are done.