I look at it this way. My wife has a very nice '08 Buick Enclave with 178K miles on it. I bought this for her with 149K two years ago. The dreaded transmission self-destruct occurred about four months after purchasing the car. The car was $6,900 then. The replacement GM trans was $4,300. Screw it, I had the trans replaced. Nice 3/36 warranty on the trans. We'll run out of time before it hits 36K miles, so at that point, I'll probably sell it and find her a nice 2011 - 2014 Enclave replacement. She loves that '08, and so does our dog. A new Enclave is over $55K optioned out as her '08 is. Pure economics.
My '14 VW Passat Diesel is a fun and comfortable car for a full-sized sedan! I wish it had a true manual transmission, but the unit in it is manually shiftable. And 40 mpg at 80 mph just can't be beat! With less than 70K on it currently, I'll be very happy to hang onto it for at least another 50K miles, or for me, about three more years (purchased with 53K in Oct '19). When necessary, I've taken it to the VW dealer for a couple of minor things to fix, and they have been superb. Never pushy, plus they provide a 15% military discount for parts/service. I can live with that!
Now, my older son's FIAT 500 Sport...42K miles and now on its THIRD set of tires! I've driven that twice to Dallas, and it is a fun little ride. For what little he drives, it works great for him. But since there is no FIAT dealer network in the US anymore, I'm hoping he'll look to sell or trade that off in the near future. It's almost paid for - he bought it as a one-year-old lease return with 10K on the odo. Might be cheaper to keep it when it gets paid off. His car, he can do what he pleases with it.
My younger son was the smart one. After his '15 Passat got totaled when a drunk broad hit him from behind at a light, he then lost his job because he got hurt pretty bad and couldn't work, and his old boss is a complete *******. Her insurance paid the VW off (he had the car 28 days!). We found a 1999 Dodge Stratus he bought from a friend of mine about 8 months back. Paid $1,400 cash. Just 102K miles! Plus, parts are still fairly easy to come by, and there are always a couple at the local pull-a-apart yard to pick stuff off of.
Another reason I'm keeping my Passat, is that my son's Passat showed us how tough it is! The broad that hit him, hit his car at over 50 mph square in the rear. He was stopped at a red light, and got shoved 60' across a four-lane intersection. The collision totaled the Nissan Juke that hit him. She went to jail for the wreck (she blew a .24 and could barely stand up) and an outstanding drunk driving/hit-n-run warrant from a previous accident she had and never showed for her court date. His back glass didn't even break! The rear bumper got shoved forward a foot, and collapsed the trunk somewhat (the spare took the brunt). Jacked my son's neck and lower back up in a big way, though. Nearly a year in PT helped him considerably. My son was able to drive it home. Couldn't believe it! Hopefully, his coming settlement will help him a LOT.