[POLL] How many miles on your car?

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How many miles are on your primary vehicle?

Less than 120,000 miles
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Over 120,000 miles
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[POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby nomadgecko » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:12 am

A fun survey for Friday.

According to Wikipedia, in 2007 the median age of automobiles in the US was 9.7 years. [Seems high]. So by my back of the envelope math, the median US car has 120,000 miles [Seems high, but hey who knows.]

I'm curious if this community is representative of the US or skews toward newer or older cars.

Proud driver of a 1996 Corolla - 184,000 miles.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby galectin » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:16 am

1997 Ford Aerostar Van 214,000

2001 Subaru Legacy Wagon 187,000
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby BigD53 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:19 am

My Toyota Camry is 7.5 years old. I just reached 34,000 miles.

What does that tell you about my (lack of) a life?! :D

(And most of those miles was my work commute... but I lived only 3 miles from my employment. Many times I just walked to work! :beer)
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby harrychan » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:22 am

06 Subaru Impreza 39,000 miles
12 Subaru Legacy 900 miles
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby CokeSlurpee711 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:24 am

92k~ 05' Chevy Silverado
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby nirvines88 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:24 am

98 Honda Accord ~212,000
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby MathWizard » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:28 am

I own 4 cars, mine, my wife's and two teenager's cars.

Mine : 2001 Gran Caravan 103K
Wife's: 2000 Buick Century 40K
Son #1 : 1999 Buick Century 112K
Son #2 : 1999 Buick LeSabre 132K

So I'm 2 under, 2 over.

Son #1 drove our old Ford Van with 150K on it before the 1999 Century until
it became unreliable.

I can diagnose/repair many issues with a car, but lately it's easier on my back to let my
mechanic do the repairs.

Cars are lasting much longer these days. My wife and I don't put too many miles on a
car in a year, so we tend to have older cars. A big problem is that the cars start to rust
long before they are mechanically shot.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby bottlecap » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:29 am

00 Explorer - 248,000
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby MathWizard » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:30 am

BigD53 wrote:My Toyota Camry is 7.5 years old. I just reached 34,000 miles.

What does that tell you about my (lack of) a life?! :D

(And most of those miles was my work commute... but I lived only 3 miles from my employment. Many times I just walked to work! :beer)


Walking 3 miles to work, impressive!

I live 2 miles from work, and ocassionally bike, but have never walked it.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby N1CKV » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:41 am

40,005 as of this morning on a 2009 GMC Sierra Z71
I would be close to the 120,000 mark with my last truck but it was 2WD and not getting me where I wanted to go.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby Sam I Am » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:45 am

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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby zaboomafoozarg » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:45 am

98 Civic, 260K miles, still runs great. Shooting for 300K+! But lately I've been looking for a newer vehicle in case the Civic doesn't make it. But everything that looks decent seems to cost around $10K, and the cheap side of me wants to get another decade on a $5K car. :D
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby desertbandit442 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:47 am

2002 Jeep Wrangler - 186,000. My plan is 25 years or 500,000 for da jeep.

Wife: 2008 Dodge Charger - 36,000.

Here's what contributes to the higher average age:

Back-up: 1990 Mazda Miata - 96,000

Hauling to dump: 1993 Chevy S-10 - ???? miles (odometer no workie)
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby theresa » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:54 am

1994 Saturn with 102,300 miles on it
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby Rodc » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:56 am

...the median age of automobiles in the US was 9.7 years. [Seems high].


Don't forget many of those used cars that people get rid of to buy new cars end up being owned by people without the money to buy newer cars, become cars for students, etc.

Us: the car that is nominally mine is a 2009 with 50,000 miles, the car that is nominally my wife's is a 2004 with 118,000 miles last I looked. In a couple of years they will be 5 years old with ~80K and 10 years old with ~140K. Around then we will begin to think about replacing the older one depending on how it is doing. We typically keep cars until 12 years old, but could go a year or two on either side of that.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby deanbrew » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:58 am

Wow. I'm amazed at the results. I would have guessed under 20% would be over 120k miles. I've never had a car go that many miles.

Me? I have a 2011 Subaru Legacy with 12k miles. Then again, well over half of my driving is for work, often far from home (and sometimes in remote or questionable neighborhoods). I don't want a car of advanced age or mileage that would be prone to breaking down. I usually replace a car when it gets around 80-100k miles. I don't need a Lexus or BMW or other prestige brand, but I do want to drive a relatively new, nice car.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby livesoft » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:02 am

'01 SUV daily driver. I've put 64K miles on it in 10 years.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby prudent » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:05 am

We're just in the process of getting rid of our 7-year-old car with 98k miles. Our other car is 8 years old and has 52k miles (wife's car, she typically only drives in the immediate area). The 7 yo car is going to a friend who needs a car and can't afford one, and we bought a year-old used car with 38k miles to replace it.

Generally we buy year old cars with high mileage that have depreciated a lot (save almost half of the cost of new), and we keep them until the 100k mark or so.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby tludwig23 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:09 am

'07 Cannondale F400 commuter bike 17,345
'11 Subaru Outback 11,200
'00 Mazda MX-5 Miata 83,000
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby zaboomafoozarg » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:13 am

I've never bought a vehicle with under 100K miles. I could, and I have a feeling it would cause less breakdowns and problems which would be awesome. But I can never justify spending $5-10K more on a single car to avoid a couple part replacements every year, and maybe a couple breakdowns over the life of the car. In the end, I'd just rather have the headaches and save the money.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby mhc » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:42 am

'04 CRV - ~60,000 miles

I would be happy with another 8 years and then get something new.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby Dave76 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:11 pm

1987 Chrysler New Yorker (K-car) - 103,000

2012 Hyundai Elantra -- 4,300


I never have a problem with the Chrysler. The Hyundai has its issues. Thank God for warranties.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby Snoopy » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:16 pm

2000 Mazda 626 4cyl, 5-speed manual - 121,000
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby dgalilei » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:24 pm

2005 Honda Civic 161,000 miles
202 Honda CRV 122,000 miles
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby cheese_breath » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:28 pm

2000 Silverado - 72,000 miles
2009 Impala - Should hit 20,000 next week.

1993 Oldsmobile had 126,000 when we sold it and bought the Impala in 2009. It was still running great, but we just wanted a new one.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby tuffy7222 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:34 pm

My 2001 BMW Z-3 : bought brand new just got 28,000 miles on it yesterday :) :) :)
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby Saluki31 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:39 pm

2001 Honda Civic - 194,000 miles. Originally hoping for 200K miles. Now I'm hoping for 250K.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby czeckers » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:40 pm

2003 Minivan 162,000 (50,000) at purchase
2009 Subaru legacy 30,000 (10,000) at purchase.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby momar » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:41 pm

2002 Mazda Protege - 81000
2008 Toyota Corolla - 21000
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby investomajic » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:46 pm

nomadgecko wrote:Proud driver of a 1996 Corolla - 184,000 miles.


I have a 2003 Honda Accord with slightly more miles.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby CrowTRobot » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:51 pm

nirvines88 wrote:98 Honda Accord ~212,000
bottlecap wrote:00 Explorer - 248,000

Well done! I'm at 155,000 and plan to keep my '01 Camry until the day I look like Fred Flintstone going to work. No car payment = more money for retirement + a little extra to play with.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby Carl53 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:01 pm

96 Accord 328K
00 Gran Prix 140K

Hope for several more years on both, but if not, then they have been good value. Wife's Gran Prix wasa little more than a year old when purchased and its initial cost is now down to about 14 cents per mile. My Accord was purchased for $6300 when it was 6 years old and had 103K miles. Its initial cost is now down to less than 3 cents per mile.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby renditt » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:03 pm

130.

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Postby zeusrock1 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:10 pm

2005 Honda Accord 4cyl manual - 127,000 miles
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Postby kingsnake » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:13 pm

2004 Honda Element 128,000
2012 Honda Odyssey 5,000
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby Frobie » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:14 pm

2006 Acura RSX-S, 28,000 miles. Best thing is, my wife and I share it--it's the only car we own.

At this pace we should hit 120,000 miles sometime in 2028. :)
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Postby FireProof » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:23 pm

2000 Toyota Avalon XLS, 179000.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby Hector » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:41 pm

car1 ~ 200k
car2 ~ 100k
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby nwrolla » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:51 pm

Lots of subaru people on here !
I have a 2006 subaru impreza with 85k
And a 2008 subaru impreza with 45k both cars have been very reliable and seem to have a lot of life in them
my previous car was a 98 Honda civic with 165k when it was sold.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby jackpistachio » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:54 pm

Primary: 2005 Altima - 121k miles (just meets the threshold) - bought new for $16k
Secondary: 2000 BMW 323i - 156k miles - bought used for $2k

RIP: 1988 Camry - 365k miles
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby hazlitt777 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:03 pm

Primary: Chevy Impala 125,000
Secondary: Ford truck 168,000
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby chaz » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:05 pm

About 30,000 on my 2006 Corolla.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby Leif » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:27 pm

Almost 200,000 on a 2001 Camry. Original owner.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby scrabbler1 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:39 pm

2007 Corolla - 16,000 miles.

For most of the 23 years I worked, I did not use the Corolla or its 2 predecessors to go to the train station, as I lived walking distance from a train station. I have driven about 76,000 miles combined on the Corolla and its 2 predecessors going back to 1986, so I find it breathtaking that someone would own a car which has 100,000 miles.
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby sscritic » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:42 pm

You poll has too few choices; there should have been at least 200,002 choices:
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby Powerslave » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:41 pm

1996 Civic DX Manual with 230000 Miles :D
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby Mudpuppy » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:45 pm

I'm not going to answer the poll because my answer would skew the results due to a faulty premise. Not all old cars are high mileage cars. My car is 13 years old and barely over 80k miles because I've always found a decent place to live within 10 miles of work/school (currently 3 miles). I only go on road trips a few times a year, usually to a place within 300 miles of home (often less).

It's great being a low mileage driver. I only need one tank of gas a month (unless I'm going on a road trip). I get discounts on my car insurance. I don't have to do maintenance as often. The only downside is skewing poll results like these :)
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby dbltrbl » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:50 pm

Owner of 2000 Honda Accord only 151000 Miles. Expect to keep at least two more years barring unforeseen circumstances. :P
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby ryuns » Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:05 pm

Powerslave wrote:1996 Civic DX Manual with 230000 Miles :D


A base model late nineties Civic might be high in the running for "lowest cost of ownership vehicle ever built". An HX might win over the long term assuming no additional repairs. (My 2000 Civic is an EX--I'm spoiled that way!--but has only ever had a single repair, a $150 muffler replacement.)
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Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

Postby nomadgecko » Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:20 pm

Carl53 wrote:96 Accord 328K
00 Gran Prix 140K

Hope for several more years on both, but if not, then they have been good value. Wife's Gran Prix wasa little more than a year old when purchased and its initial cost is now down to about 14 cents per mile. My Accord was purchased for $6300 when it was 6 years old and had 103K miles. Its initial cost is now down to less than 3 cents per mile.


I had never thought of amortizing the purchase price of a car over its mileage; that's interesting.

So that would put our 96 Corolla at ~$0.10/mile and my wife's 2006 RAV4 at $0.60/mile. We bought the 06 RAV4 used in 2008 with 30,000 miles on it; now it has 65,000 miles.
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