feels a bit overkill and not very eco-friendly ! I would go to the mechanic every month ! Most engines recommend a change of oil every 15000 - 20000 km (~11k miles).
My first car was a 2k€ 1993 Toyota Corolla (liftback) that went from 170 000 km to 300 000 km with a single proper oil change (i refilled half a liter every 5000km though, because the engine kind of ate the oil.) Then due to no maintenance and old age many things failed at once (clutch, trunk lock, brakes, rust) and i had to dump it.
It was an impulse “i need a car and this one looks weird enough” buy.
My second car (Saab 9-3 OG) was bought thirdhand, twelve-year-old with 80k km. First (old) owner did not really drive it for years, then second (young) owner put 60k km on it in two years and went through all the possible known problems of that particular model, fixed by specialists. So i bought a now-reliable car for 4k€. Now close to 300k km it only cost me expendables (brake pads, discs, fluids, filters, a few sensors, ) and i love driving an over-engineered extinct brand (fits our end-of-times zeitgeist).
This buy was the result of some research and self-education on a few specific models/brands combined with a good opportunity (also i really wanted a symbolically european car (even though GM owned (and subsequently killed))).
man yells at bureaucratic cloud
I hope it will last years on but growing clean air regulations mean i sometimes have to pretend not seeing signs. It also means if i’d want a “clean” car with the same level of comfort i’d have to shell out at least 5 times the price, as by definition used cars are considered “unclean” here. Yet throwing away perfectly working stuff feels wrong.
My next car will probably be a toyota/lexus hybrid depending on market and regulation when that time will come. Or an assisted bike and some courage (dogs! cars! distance! time!).