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Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Teague » Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:48 pm

Since we Bogleheads are tightwads generally trend toward thriftiness, I bet there are some high-mileage vehicles in our collective stables. But how high is high?

If you want to play, please post mileage, and optionally make, model, year, and anything else you'd like to share.

Me:
188,000 miles, 2003 Ford Explorer. Bought new.
135,000 miles, 1999 Chevy Corvette. Bought it with 124K miles on the clock.
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Post by S&L1940 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:55 pm

Teague wrote:Since we Bogleheads are tightwads generally trend toward thriftiness, I bet there are some high-mileage vehicles in our collective stables. But how high is high?
If you want to play, please post mileage, and optionally make, model, year, and anything else you'd like to share.
Me:
188,000 miles, 2003 Ford Explorer. Bought new.
135,000 miles, 1999 Chevy Corvette. Bought it with 124K miles on the clock.


2008 Maxima, 47,590 miles -- shooting for the lowest miles per year for a primary vehicle in Bogledom
though we probably have several thousand miles on our bikes during the same period
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Post by nbseer » Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:57 pm

166,000 miles, 2000 Mazda Protege, bought for daughter, she moved to city so now it's my car, love the car and unlike driving a $60,000 beemer or benz, don't have to worry about dings and dents

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Post by poker27 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:59 pm

1530jesup wrote:
Teague wrote:Since we Bogleheads are tightwads generally trend toward thriftiness, I bet there are some high-mileage vehicles in our collective stables. But how high is high?
If you want to play, please post mileage, and optionally make, model, year, and anything else you'd like to share.
Me:
188,000 miles, 2003 Ford Explorer. Bought new.
135,000 miles, 1999 Chevy Corvette. Bought it with 124K miles on the clock.


2008 Maxima, 47,590 miles -- shooting for the lowest miles per year for a primary vehicle in Bogledom
though we probably have several thousand miles on our bikes during the same period


Ive got you beat... 39k on a 2007 mazdaspeed 6. 20k of those miles were in the first year. It stays in the garage for months at a time since I can walk everywhere

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Post by metsmetsmets » Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:02 pm

97,000 miles 2008 Acura MDX. Only had oil changes, a set of tires, a set of brakes. Everything else runs perfectly. Love Acura!

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Post by TdF fan » Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:03 pm

323,000 miles - 1993 Honda Accord - bought new (planning on buying a new car soon)

a funny article from the Onion: http://www.theonion.com/article/toyota-recalls-1993-camry-due-fact-owners-really-s-50480

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Post by BarbK » Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:09 pm

poker27 wrote:Ive got you beat... 39k on a 2007 mazdaspeed 6. 20k of those miles were in the first year. It stays in the garage for months at a time since I can walk everywhere


Not even close - 17K miles on a 2001 Mazda Miata - bought new

Honda Odyssey - '98 - 128K miles - bought new
Honda Pilot -'06 - 108K miles - bought new

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Post by Petrocelli » Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:11 pm

My car has about 28,000 miles. I will get another one when it hits 44,000 miles.

My wife's car 2007 Volvo xc90 has about 90,000 miles, but she has a short commute.
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Post by magicj » Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:20 pm

05 4runner 180k
08 Civic 118k

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Post by tomd37 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:31 pm

poker27,
Am very close to you with my wife's 2001 Lexus ES300 purchased in February 2001. Just last week the odometer rolled over to 70,000 miles and there is no way she is going to part with it.
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Post by dbr » Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:35 pm

I don't think anything made in this century or under 100,000 really counts. Over 200,000 is required to be truly impressive. I recently got rid of a '99 but it was only a bit past 100,000, so I am not going to flaunt it.

At one time back in the mid-seventies I owned a 50's something Ford truck. Who knows what the mileage actually was.

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Post by Casey Ryback » Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:27 pm

2006 Pontiac Grand Prix with 150,000. Anyone can take a Honda or Toyota to 150,000. Try it in a Pontiac.

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Post by randomguy » Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:34 pm

poker27 wrote:
1530jesup wrote:
Teague wrote:Since we Bogleheads are tightwads generally trend toward thriftiness, I bet there are some high-mileage vehicles in our collective stables. But how high is high?
If you want to play, please post mileage, and optionally make, model, year, and anything else you'd like to share.
Me:
188,000 miles, 2003 Ford Explorer. Bought new.
135,000 miles, 1999 Chevy Corvette. Bought it with 124K miles on the clock.


2008 Maxima, 47,590 miles -- shooting for the lowest miles per year for a primary vehicle in Bogledom
though we probably have several thousand miles on our bikes during the same period


Ive got you beat... 39k on a 2007 mazdaspeed 6. 20k of those miles were in the first year. It stays in the garage for months at a time since I can walk everywhere


Isn't that basically a waste? You bought a sports (well sportish.) car and you don't drive it. Probalby would have been cheaper to rent one when you needed it (or take a taxi depending on where you live).

But yeah winning this contest is basically being a loser as the winner will be someone who puts on high mileage (20k/yr) in short periods of time. Granted that opinion is somewhat location dependant(some places I have lived you are driving 15 miles if you want a McDs) but when you are talking about spending 12k/yr in a car, that is a lot of lost time that you are never getting back.

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Post by Walleyewhacker » Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:35 pm

2006 Corolla 281,000 and counting!! When it hits 500,000 I should be able to retire :beer

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Post by Mike Scott » Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:40 pm

2000 Mazda Protege with 250K+ miles. It has survived 3 kids learning to drive a stick and it is most of the way through 3 college degrees now. It looks pretty rough and will go for scrap metal the next time it needs more than $100 repair.

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Post by Bonhomie » Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:43 pm



I own a '93 Camry with 165k miles. My friend recently sent me that article. Had a good laugh. I'm hoping to get a few more years out of it.

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Post by jjface » Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:45 pm

02 civic with 124k miles - bought 6 years ago with 88k on it.

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Post by S&L1940 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:26 pm

poker27 wrote:
1530jesup wrote:
Teague wrote:Since we Bogleheads are tightwads generally trend toward thriftiness, I bet there are some high-mileage vehicles in our collective stables. But how high is high?
If you want to play, please post mileage, and optionally make, model, year, and anything else you'd like to share.
Me:
188,000 miles, 2003 Ford Explorer. Bought new.
135,000 miles, 1999 Chevy Corvette. Bought it with 124K miles on the clock.


2008 Maxima, 47,590 miles -- shooting for the lowest miles per year for a primary vehicle in Bogledom
though we probably have several thousand miles on our bikes during the same period


Ive got you beat... 39k on a 2007 mazdaspeed 6. 20k of those miles were in the first year. It stays in the garage for months at a time since I can walk everywhere

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Post by ND Fan 1 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:34 pm

2000 Buick Regal with 179K. Bought it used in 2008 first car out of college for 8K. Almost had it for 8 years. My wife recently drove it for a couple of days and thanked me immensely for still driving it. Slowly becoming a junker, but will hold off buying another one for as long as possible.

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Post by SailorJerry » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:35 pm

2002 Toyota 4Runner with 210,000 miles

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Post by CoAndy » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:35 pm

2012 Honda Accord. 45k miles.

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Post by mkc » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:36 pm

Had an '87 Subaru (bought new) that went to 143K before it wouldn't pass state inspection due to frame rust.

Then had a "93 Mitsubishi Diamante (bought 1 year old) that went 152,000 before I sold it.

Still have the 2002 Lincoln LS (bought new) that I replaced the Diamante with. Currently has 73,313 miles on it. I guess at this mileage accrual rate I'll be getting my next vehicle in 2028....

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Post by texasdiver » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:40 pm

276,000 miles on my 2004 Toyota Sienna bought new in May 2003

Still running like a Swiss watch. I hope to get another 5 years out of it minimum.

Looks like I'm in second place to TdF Fan
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Post by lippjam » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:42 pm

2003 Toyota 4Runner with 121,000 miles on it. Maybe a new one at 200k

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Post by bottlecap » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:42 pm

289,000 on a 15 yo Explorer.

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Post by Pill » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:45 pm

2004 Highlander 112,000 miles -bought used at 26k miles. -ready to buy another used suv.

2005 4Runner 115,000 miles -bought used with 29k miles.

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Post by DVMResident » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:53 pm

lippjam wrote:2003 Toyota 4Runner with 121,000 miles on it. Maybe a new one at 200k


Remarkably close: 125k miles on a 2003 Accord. :beer

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Post by LK2012 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:55 pm

224,000 miles on a 1997 Subaru Outback. I haven't driven it since the beginning of August because I hurt my back, and driving the stick shift is still tough because of pain. I love this car, but it has a lot of rust now and has needed more attention ($$) over the past 1-2 years. So I've been looking at cars lately. TdF fan has the lead by far at this point ...

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Post by travellight » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:58 pm

2008 Cadillac STS with about 150k miles. I have owned it for about 5 years; bought it for 23k in 2010 at 59k miles. Still looks and drives great.

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Post by CMartel2 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:08 pm

I have had 3 cars in my life:

1985 Mercedes 300D turbo diesel - had 344,000 mIles. Was getting close to the point that corrosion was going to require some repairs

2002 VW Jetta TDI - 243,000 miles when we moved to an area with lots of snow, and I had to give her up.

2008 Toyota Highlander - currently at 188,000 miles and counting. Zero mechanical issues.
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Post by rooms222 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:10 pm

Another Mazda Protege 2001 with 195,000 miles. Love the stick shift, and it made a 1,000 mile trip to NYC this year. Had the most fun driving it around the Bronx. Phasing it out for a 2013 Ford Focus 5-speed that was a great salvage title car, thus far.

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Post by mainiac » Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:13 pm

228K on a 2000 Toyota Camry, 160K on a Toyota Sienna... and 400 miles on a 2015 Honda Civic :D

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Post by canderson » Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:16 pm

bottlecap wrote:289,000 on a 15 yo Explorer.

JT

This is most impressive given old Explorers are notorious for being terrible and needing new transmissions every 50k miles or so. :)

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Post by zaboomafoozarg » Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:29 pm

280k miles on a 1996 Civic. I keep it around as a backup car.

I'd like to hit the 300k mark eventually. I assume that unlocks some sort of life achievement.

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Post by MathKid » Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:01 pm

2000 Saturn sedan; 140k miles.

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Post by thomasbayarea » Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:06 pm

My Nissan Maxima had 238,000 miles when I sold it.

That is the distance from the earth to the moon.

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Post by chasingbutterflies » Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:12 pm

Still working on my 95 Saturn. Just ticked over the 340,000 mile mark today. Days are numbered though, I just ordered my next car and should get it in January. Figure I'll donate it and try to take a tax deduction.

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Post by IowaFarmBoy » Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:23 pm

We recently sold an 89 Volvo 240 with 287k miles on it. It was running well but our daughter got another car so her Volvo came back home and we decided to keep it instead. That 89 had to be the best deal we've ever had on a car. We paid $1700 for it somewhere around 15 years ago when it had 115k miles on it. Someone backed into it and we received $2300 from insurance and kept the car. I pounded out the dent and we kept driving it. I sold it for about $800 last fall.

Our current champs are a 93 Volvo 940 with 183,000 miles and a 96 Suburban with about 185,000 miles. We also have a 2015 Prius v with under 5k miles on it. Not sure how that happened in our household but we are enjoying it.

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Post by bubbadog » Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:44 pm

2001 Toyota Tundra extended cab truck with 183,000 miles.

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Post by sawhorse » Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:19 am

Where I live, these cars would be considered wasteful because it means you don't take public transportation :P

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Post by pnwguy » Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:27 am

2005 Acura TSX / 79k miles

Purchased new and used to drive a lot. Now I live in an area where I take the bus and walk a lot so it sits in the garage mostly.

I love Acura and it has been a great car and simple maintenance.

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Post by Goal33 » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:07 am

06 Toyota Matrix - 121k miles. Bought used with 29k miles as a 16 year old (24 now). The only car I've ever owned. I'd like to take it to 200k miles which would take me into my early 30s. :D
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Post by kjvmartin » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:50 am

Is 80k high mileage for a 2011 Mazda 6? I get $0.50 a mile and have to drive a lot for work. =)

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Post by gobigorgohome » Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:24 am

2007 GMC a shade under 170k and still running like a champ.

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Post by denovo » Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:35 am

IowaFarmBoy wrote:We recently sold an 89 Volvo 240 with 287k miles on it. It was running well but our daughter got another car so her Volvo came back home and we decided to keep it instead. That 89 had to be the best deal we've ever had on a car. We paid $1700 for it somewhere around 15 years ago when it had 115k miles on it. Someone backed into it and we received $2300 from insurance and kept the car. I pounded out the dent and we kept driving it. I sold it for about $800 last fall.

Our current champs are a 93 Volvo 940 with 183,000 miles and a 96 Suburban with about 185,000 miles. We also have a 2015 Prius v with under 5k miles on it. Not sure how that happened in our household but we are enjoying it.




I am bit surprised a Volvo lasted such a long time.

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Post by 2comma » Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:39 am

When we got married my FIL drove to the East coast from Spokane, WA and sold us his '70 Buick Skylark station wagon for 1$ as a wedding present??? The only option the car had was an am radio! FIL had destroyed the grill by running it into a trailer hitch of his camper and was too cheap to buy a new one so he "fashioned" a grill out of strips of aluminum. We called it "Jaws" because it looked like it had teeth. We had just both started working our first professional jobs so we were beginning to be in the money but I had grown up fixing $100 cars and this one ran fine but without air conditioning I really didn't want to keep it for long (live in the hot/humid south). I made a deal with it that I wasn't going to take particularly good care of it but if it never broke down I'd fix it and keep it if each fix was less than $100. After years of neglect and abuse it never cost me $100 to fix it. I finally traded it in (broke my promise to it) and I felt like I had just kicked Bamby. If it had AC I think I would have hung on to it just to see how long it would last. I think it had around 130,000 miles on it when I finally betrayed it.
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Post by IowaFarmBoy » Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:58 am

denovo wrote:I am bit surprised a Volvo lasted such a long time.


I don't think the newer ones will, at least without some pretty expensive maintenance. These are the older 4 cylinder RWD version that are basically tanks. The engine and tranny will generally easily last 300k to 400k miles. There is a 66 Volvo out there that has gone over 3 million miles now. They have been good cars for us but the newest models of this configuration are around 20 years old now and at that age, there starts to be too much too much plastic, rubber and rust breakdown so we are moving on. I think the new ones are good cars but they won't have that kind of lifespan.

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Post by dbltrbl » Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:16 am

2000 Honda accord, purchased new at 216000 Miles
2006 Toyota Prius purchased new at 147000 Miles
2015 Honda Civic, New at 700 miles

Accord will soon be donated.

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Post by White Coat Investor » Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:23 am

172K 2002 Dodge Durango Bought for $4K 5 years ago with 107K miles. Now worth $3K
175K 2005 Toyota Sequoia Bought for $19K 6 years ago with 44K miles. Now worth $12K or so.

Wouldn't be surprised to get 5 more years out of both of these but also wouldn't be surprised if I had to replace the Durango next year. I just hope I don't have to replace them both in the same year. Probably buy a brand new Sequoia no matter which dies first.
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Post by Green Nut » Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:25 am

2007 Acura TL-S 117,000. Shooting for 250,000+.

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