Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by head gamez » Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:40 am

2008 Honda Fitt Sport - 230k miles. Bought brand new. My daily driver.
2004 Chevy Trailblazer - 165k miles. Bought brand new. Wife's daily driver.
2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 Duramax. 105k miles.
1991 Chevy Silverado 4x4 - 160k miles.


We like to hang on to stuff....

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Post by letsgobobby » Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:59 am

Parents are still running a 96 accord with under 200k miles, and a 2001 Odyssey with 135k.

My current car is an 06 RAV with 145k miles. Last two cars were a 16 year old Camry retired with 220k miles and a 13 year old Accord with 225k.

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Post by aprilcpa » Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:15 am

Our vehicles:

2000 Toyota Avalon - 192,000 miles - bought in 2003 for $18,000 with 40,000 miles
2005 Honda Odyssey - 152,000 miles - bought in 2008 for $16,000 with 35,000 miles
2004 Ford F-250 diesel - 148,000 miles - bought in 2010 for $20,000 with 46,000 miles

I will note that we did take out loans to pay for these but they were paid off within two years instead of the five that we financed.

I am looking to replace the Avalon because it now has been hit in the front and rear and we have been piecing it together with junk yard parts. We may get rid of the car and van and replace with something we and all our stuff can fit in. But I hate to buy vehicles so I am putting it off as long as possible.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:44 pm

Our current vehicles:

2014 Nissan 370Z--11,000 miles. Bought new. Mine.
2007 Nissan Altima--180,000 miles. Bought new. Wife's DD. No major issues, but will be replacing next month due to more frequent minor issues with each passing year. She is harder on vehicles than the average driver.
2004 Toyota Solara--204,000 miles. Bought new. Was mine but passed down to college student DS 18 months ago. No major problems and surprisingly few minor issues.

In addition, I put >200,000 miles on each of my previous DD's--both bought new--Nissan 300ZX in 1985, Infiniti G20 in 1995.

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Post by spectec » Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:52 pm

When I saw the subject name, I was planning to brag about my wife's 1999 Olds Aurora with a little over 100,00 miles and my 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe with 146,000 miles. Both were originally purchased with low miles - one a demo car and the other a lease repo. But some of the years and numbers I've seen on this thread make me look like a new car junkie. Well done!
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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by HoopDiddyDiddy » Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:06 pm

1530jesup wrote:
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
Have an '06 (our primary) we bought new that now has 16,000 miles- and that includes driving it when we moved 1200 miles.
And an '04 I inherited from my mother with 31,000 miles.
We don't drive much :mrgreen:
Husband can walk to work (not that he does, but he can and does occasionally) and going to Kroger is a big day for me.
I really should get rid of one or the other but the '04 is a 4x4 and we do see snow.
The '06 is an emotional attachment. So I can't decide- both have been meticulously maintained and I'll never find anything in that good a shape ever again, so I'm holding onto both for now.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by mikep » Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:26 pm

2000 civic with 121k before it got totaled last year. Have a 2014 now. Will drive it until I can't drive it anymore just like the last car.

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Post by lomarica01 » Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:47 pm

here are my 3

86 ranger truck 195,000 got it new in college and will drive it to work my last day when I retire in 2017
01 lexus rx300 180,000 bought used with 44,000 miles in 2003
07 lexus es350 155,000 bought used with 31,000 miles in 2008

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Post by 14thMed » Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:44 pm

1999 Lexus ls400 bought used with 65000 miles. Now has 305000 miles.
2010 toyota camry bought new 125000 miles. no plans on getting rid of either.

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Post by birdy » Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:06 pm

2003 Pontiac Vibe with 104,000. Mechanic said can go at least another 150,000 more miles. He also said when I want to sell it to let him know! Inexpensive car (-$20,000) which I chose by using consumer reports.

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Post by gator15 » Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:42 pm

2002 Toyota 4Runner with 208,000 miles. Good and reliable vehicle. Has endured a beaten like a tank. Unfortunately it drives like a tank. Not the most comfortable vehicle. I really want a new vehicle but I just bought a sports car last year.

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Post by freedom5555 » Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:59 pm

1999 Camry 185K bought new very good car
2010 Camry 85k bought new, not the best Toyota I have owned.
We have 5 Toyota's in the family.

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Post by stemikger » Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:33 am

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

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I must have had lemons. I owned two fords and neither made it to 100,000 miles. One of them needed a new engine at 90,000 and the other was always in the shop. I followed the maintenance schedule even more prudently then advised.

My 2009 Nissan Versa is a totally different experience. I go much longer between oil changes and it still is a very low maintenance car. It also has the honor of being the cheapest car in America. It's a 2009 and has 78,000 miles.
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Post by denovo » Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:19 am

carolinaman wrote:My son has a 2001 GMC Sierra work truck. It has over 500,000 miles. He has replaced engine, transmission and rear end. This truck is used for his construction business and has taken a lot of abuse commensurate with that business. I have known people who have put more miles than this on their vehicles.
Is it really the same car if it has a new engine and transmission?
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Post by Toons » Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:53 am

2015 Crv
Owned 12 months
5k :happy :happy
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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by tarheel » Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:47 am

Bought used 1998 Nissan Sentra first year of graduate school in 2001.

Still driving it to work every day as a tenured professor in 2015, with 140K miles. :beer

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Post by fishmonger » Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:42 am

2004 Tacoma, 204,000 and counting. Second Toyota I have taken over 200k in the last 5 years

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Calhoon » Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:49 am

Avalon. 230,000.

Determined to make it to 300,000 if I have to push it there...though starting to fall apart. Engine will last forever but the struts for example are in rough shape and there's no way I'd throw money into fixing that and it's beyond my mechanical capabilities.

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Post by takeshi » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:25 am

Teague wrote:I bet there are some high-mileage vehicles in our collective stables. But how high is high?
60K on the one with the most miles. Not high.

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Post by SouthernCPA » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:37 am

2006 Tundra Double Cab with the old 4.7 V8 just rolled over 155,000. Only work done to it to this point are fluids changes, brakes, tires and the required timing belt replacement.

Outside of the truck is looking rough as far as paint, clear coat, etc but runs like a top. Going to see if I can put another 100k miles on it and then I'll buy another Toyota truck.

Wifes 2010 Camry 4 cyl has 97k miles.

We're sold on the Toyota brand.

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Post by bhinvestor234817 » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:11 pm

Purchased new in Aug 94: 94 Geo Prism 232K
Purchased new in Oct 04: 05 Toyota Highlander 193K
Average: 16 years each in operation, average mileage 212K
Change oil, filter, and rotate tires regularly, keeping my fingers crossed.
New car fund close to 100%

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Post by ddj » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:27 pm

'04 Pontiac Vibe with 130k. Bought in '11 with 65k...that after an '02 Pontiac Grand Prix bought new was totaled in '11 with 130k.

Dunno which brand to switch to next time...in 5 or 8 or 3 years.

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Post by desertbandit442 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:47 am

2002 Jeep Wrangler with 199,700 miles. Bought new with intent, and it still is, of driving it for 25 years or 500,000 miles. Looks like I'll make the years first, then try for the 500,000 miles.

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Post by rs899 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:14 am

Bought an 82 vw diesel rabbit pickup in 1994 with 168k miles on it. The odometer is now broke at 394k.

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Post by btenny » Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:12 pm

How much maintenance are you guys doing on these high mileage cars and trucks? Are you taking them to the garage for fixes or just letting the small stuff break (oil leaks, dead windows, torn upholstery, broken radios, etc. ) and ignoring them? What about repairing things like leaking oil seals or transmission that shift funny part of the time or steering shutter? I know my older cars just don't drive as good or run as good as my newer car but when I was young and broke I just put up with the stuff to save money. I cannot imagine driving a really old car with 200K miles on it now. I bet there are just tons of little broken and semi worn out things in the car.

Comments?

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Post by surfhb » Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:35 pm

Yeah....the little annoying things pop up once in awhile. I just had to replace the brake switch when someone told me my brake lights weren't working.

The key it to not let it annoy you. Whenever something breaks and costs me $200-500 at the mechanic, I remember I don't have car payments :beer

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Post by head gamez » Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:49 pm

I do all of my own work.

On my Fitt (230k miles), I have only had normal stuff. Adjust the valves, replace coil packs, rotate tires, oil, filters, brakes, etc. It still looks new! The only think wrong with it that I need to fix but don't want to is the AC button is stuck (broken) on the dash. It stays in AC mode all the time. I just hate working on interior parts and removing the dash.

It has been a great car. I have just recently put its fourth set of tires (including the OEM tires) on it.

:sharebeer Here is to another 230k miles!

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Post by Teague » Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:01 pm

btenny wrote:How much maintenance are you guys doing on these high mileage cars and trucks? Are you taking them to the garage for fixes or just letting the small stuff break (oil leaks, dead windows, torn upholstery, broken radios, etc. ) and ignoring them? What about repairing things like leaking oil seals or transmission that shift funny part of the time or steering shutter? I know my older cars just don't drive as good or run as good as my newer car but when I was young and broke I just put up with the stuff to save money. I cannot imagine driving a really old car with 200K miles on it now. I bet there are just tons of little broken and semi worn out things in the car.

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Yes, lots of little things you mention like a dead window, small tear in upholstery, etc. which I ignore. Oil leaks I will fix, but seals are so much better these days that rarely happens. So I use the old car to soak up commute miles, and if I feel the need to drive a newer car, I hop in the other one. This way the newer car stays newer longer. :happy
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Post by jpkuva » Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:08 pm

I just got rid of a 2006 Acura RL with 145k miles. My goal was to keep it another two years, but it was totaled in a car accident. Thankfully no one was injured, and the at fault driver had insurance. I replaced it with a 2016 Audi A6...a fantastic vehicle for anyone considering a luxury sedan.

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Post by ychuck46 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:09 pm

2007 Hummer H3 with 76800 miles. Runs like a champ; wife inherited from me and will not part with it. Gave up her Outlander to drive this.

2012 F150 with 48600 miles. Expect to take this one 100s of 1000s of miles. Great vehicle.

Both bought new

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:13 pm

btenny wrote:How much maintenance are you guys doing on these high mileage cars and trucks? Are you taking them to the garage for fixes or just letting the small stuff break (oil leaks, dead windows, torn upholstery, broken radios, etc. ) and ignoring them? What about repairing things like leaking oil seals or transmission that shift funny part of the time or steering shutter? I know my older cars just don't drive as good or run as good as my newer car but when I was young and broke I just put up with the stuff to save money. I cannot imagine driving a really old car with 200K miles on it now. I bet there are just tons of little broken and semi worn out things in the car.

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I continue to do routine maintenance at scheduled intervals, and generally I have things repaired. My breaking point in keeping a car is when I am seriously worried about it stranding me on the side of the road or I don't think it is dependable enough to make a long-distance trip. Inconvenience trumps expense for me.

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Post by electriclights » Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:17 pm

'93 Mazda Miata, bought in 2009 for $2000. Now has 165K miles.

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Post by wander » Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:25 pm

btenny wrote:How much maintenance are you guys doing on these high mileage cars and trucks? Are you taking them to the garage for fixes or just letting the small stuff break (oil leaks, dead windows, torn upholstery, broken radios, etc. ) and ignoring them? What about repairing things like leaking oil seals or transmission that shift funny part of the time or steering shutter? I know my older cars just don't drive as good or run as good as my newer car but when I was young and broke I just put up with the stuff to save money. I cannot imagine driving a really old car with 200K miles on it now. I bet there are just tons of little broken and semi worn out things in the car.
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I am a DIY mechanic so I do maintain car. I do not ignore the small stuffs when they break and pay attention to the engine and the body. If you know your car well, you can feel the different or hear strange sound. It sounds weird, but usually I can feel something is happening before it occurs.

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Post by Vilgan » Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:40 pm

I had a 76 Volvo that had 386,000 miles on it when I totaled it
Other cars:
94(?) Toyota Celica with a bit over 200k
98ish(?) Honda Accord with just under 200k

I wish we had kept the Accord instead of the newish TSX. We almost never drive now so our 2010 TSX has just over 18k miles on it and most of those were put on in the first 2 years.

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Post by Norton750 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:32 pm

2002 Toyota Camry, bought new, 188,000 miles
2009 Toyota Matrix, bought new, 87,000 miles
2004 Suzuki DL650, bought used in 2004 with 4,000 miles, now 40,000 miles

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Post by finite_difference » Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:57 pm

freedom5555 wrote:1999 Camry 185K bought new very good car
2010 Camry 85k bought new, not the best Toyota I have owned.
We have 5 Toyota's in the family.
What's wrong with the 2010 Camry? Genuinely curious, may be shopping for a newer Camry one of these days.
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Post by finite_difference » Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:17 pm

1999 Toyota Camry with 165k miles. Bought it used. Very dependable, but has required maintenance.

-Replaced clutch at 100k miles.
-Had some problems with an oil leak, this was pretty expensive/annoying for the mechanic, but got it 95% fixed now to where very little oil is being lost.
-Had to replace several valves, fuel sensors, a clutch pedal, radiator, several batteries, lights, a fuse box, etc.
-Windshield has been replaced.
-Car survived two minor accidents (air bags did not deploy and no one was hurt.)
-There are several places where there's a speck of rust on the paint.
-Had to replace the front power window mechanism
-There are some minor annoyances, for example the gas door needs to be opened using a string, but nothing major :)

The above may sound like a lot but overall considering the car was bought used, the cost/mile on this car has been really great. Last year I spent $100 on repairs, and this year I spent $600 on repairs. On average probably I spend about $500/yr including the cost of routine maintenance like tires, oil changes, rotations, etc. But I try to fix everything I can. That's about $42/month, which is not bad I don't think. It's important to have a good, honest mechanic though. Otherwise you are doomed.

I am planning to upgrade at the next expensive repair or at the 20-year mark.
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Post by wahnfried » Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:34 am

2009 MB 350 E with 90k miles , drives and drives , has seen both coasts and will be kept hopefully much longer

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Post by vested1 » Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:12 am

2015 Chevy Equinbox, 46k. Good thing it's a company vehicle at over 1200 miles a week currently. Also a good thing that the company pays for all of the gas, even for commute to and from the office. It had 38k on it when I received it 1.5 months ago.

As for low mileage vehicles, I bought a 2007 Rav4 in 2010 that had 8k on it. The owner took mass transit so it sat in the garage. That car now has 104k on it.

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Post by srt7 » Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:17 pm

2002 Honda Accord 102K
2013 Honda Odyssey 23K

Both were purchased new.
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Post by tainted-meat » Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:21 pm

Not really high milage.

2013 Ford Fusion (got new in May 2013)- 51.5K

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Post by galectin » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:24 pm

1996 Ford Aerostar Van 241,000

2001 Subaru Legacy Wagon 226,000

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Post by larklea » Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:25 am

Not high mileage, but I'll post anyway.

2004 Toyota Tundra, 67,000 miles. Sweet! Love it. No worries about being distracted by the technology, other than the radio.

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Post by logicteach » Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:04 am

I drive a 2000 Ford Taurus. I bought it used for $3500 about 9 years ago. Currently has about 133,000 miles on it. I've had 3-4 repairs running an average of $300. Other than those, just routine. Hope to drive it another year or two.

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Post by jasc15 » Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:50 am

Bought a 2007 Volvo V50 in March 2014 with ~65,000 miles for $11,400 with tax, etc. Just broke 90,000 miles this week. We've had to do some maintenance, but it was all end of life repairs: tires, brakes & rotors, wheel bearings, spark plugs. That combined with air filters and oil changes cost ~$1700 since we bought it. I hope to hang on to it for another 100,000 miles.

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Post by artthomp » Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:36 am

2011 Toyota Rav4 - 45,000 miles we drive from St. Louis area to Jupiter Florida each year so we are concerned about reliability and like one of cars to be newer.
2003 Honda CRV - 145,000 miles - local driving - this will probably be our last second car.
We have two SUVs because of my arthritis but the Rav4 gets low 30s on the highway and the CRV gets middle 20s in the city.
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Post by DanVa » Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:04 pm

My wife and I, both older and higher mileage ourselves, have two cars to match: 2003 Honda CR-V with 134,000 miles and a 1996 Miata with 168,000 miles (relying on Mazda's reputation for build quality, I bought the latter less than one year ago and have not been disappointed).

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Post by magicj » Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:30 pm

birdy wrote:2003 Pontiac Vibe with 104,000. Mechanic said can go at least another 150,000 more miles. He also said when I want to sell it to let him know! Inexpensive car (-$20,000) which I chose by using consumer reports.
Couple guys at my work have them. 300k+ on both of them. One may be approaching 400k

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Post by Sconie » Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:54 pm

2001 Toyota 4Runner-Bought it with 68K miles on it and sold it in 2012 with 327K miles on it; major components (engine, transmission, rear end, etc.) still original. This was back in northern Wisconsin/U.P. of MI; this past August I saw the guy I sold it to-----he said it had since passed 400K miles and everything was fine other than that, 1) the ignition key did not want to turn properly in the lock (he thought the lock pins were shot), and 2) it was starting to burn some oil, for which he was contemplating the wisdom of a ring-job for it.
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Post by snowman » Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:37 pm

2003 Honda Accord V6 - 201K miles;

Purchased new, I do my own maintenance - oil, brakes, fluids etc.; just put on 5th set of new tires (including OEM); replaced alternator at 150K miles, starter at 190K miles;

Hoping to get to 300K miles as there is absolutely nothing wrong with the car.

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