In Warren Buffett’s biography, The Snowball, a lesson in longevity that Buffett shares with college audiences is retold. He asks students to ask themselves how they’d approach buying an maintaining a car if, when they turned 16, they had the option to buy any new car on the market that year.
He gets into how you’d put more thought into picking the right car. Then after buying it, how much of a better job you’d like do maintaining it since it has to last your entire lifetime.
In the end, he applies the life lesson to how you should take care of your own body since it’s the only one you’ve got.
But, back to cars. I decided to look up what the top cars were the year I turned 16 (1990) to see what may have been a good choice at the time. Here are the top-10 from 1990 according to a 19 year old article from Car & Driver magazine:
– 1990 Acura Legend Coupe
– 1990 Diamond-Star Turbos
– 1990 Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable
– 1990 Honda Accord
– 1990 Honda Civic
– 1990 Lexus LS400
– 1990 Mazda MPV
– 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata
– 1990 Nissan 300ZX/300ZX Turbo
– 1990 Nissan Maxima SE
I haven’t been able to figure out how to get back into my 16-year-old mind, but based on my observations over the past 19 years, I think the Honda Accord or Civic would have had the best chance surviving this long.
Which car from the year you started driving would have the best shot at still being on the road today?