Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by texaspapas » Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:28 am

MathWizard wrote:
lightheir wrote:
MathWizard wrote:Not so high a milage, but low miles/year. That is even more frugal.

My 2002 is at 109K
My wife's 2000 is at 60K

Both of us have about a 2 to 3 mile commute which is not bike friendly.

Not sure if it's just unsafe, but if it is 'bikeable', a $2k electric bike would be the best investment for a commute that short.


I have biked it, and door to door is about 15 minutes either by car or bike.
(I can park the bike next to my office building, but must park about 2 and 1/2 blocks away and walk.

However, there are safety issues, which an electric bike would not fix (I did look at one.)

A bike lane exists only for 1/8 mile of the distance. For the rest you are in traffic.

That 1/8 mile is a steep hill.
Going down you are going really fast, up really slow. All the while traffic is whizzing past very close at about 40mph.
A storm drain grate at the bottom means you have move toward traffic while you are going down really fast.

The town really is not built for bikes, it is built for car travel.

My physical well-being trumps my desire to save on gas.
So many of the "boglehead" type people, money mustache being the most prominent example I know of, are so militantly pro-bike. But to me it's insane. As a physician who deals with trauma, I support your decision to drive it rather than ride it, 100%.

My contribution is a 2002 Toyota Tacoma TRD, 155k miles, drives beautifully and wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Post by Cindyjrn » Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:55 am

And, frankly, most of the bike riders I see are so poor at driving in traffic that it's a testament to the skill of drivers around them that they're still alive. Are you a car or a bike? If you're a car out in traffic disguised as a bike, how about trying to follow the rules of the road.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by chrisam314 » Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:49 pm

Excited to finally be able to post on this thread. Hit 200k on my 2004 Highlander this week. Still running great. Barely anything other than routine maintenance and tires.

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Post by Dutch » Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:55 pm

Cindyjrn wrote:Are you a car or a bike? If you're a car out in traffic disguised as a bike, .......
huh what? :confused

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Post by Easy Rhino » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:19 pm

Not really that remarkable, but I recently had to say goodbye to my 2000 Audi A4 with 151,000 miles (bought in 2001), when an accident left it not worth repairing. And I had previously broken the radio when I tried to jump start it backwards.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by blinx77 » Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:56 am

My car is a 2000 Nissan Altima with approx. 90k miles. It lived in the city for many years and has the wear and tear to prove it.

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Post by dsmil » Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:45 am

1997 Acura Integra with 165k on it. Bought it used with 40k on it in high school in 2004, and used my summer job money to put speakers in it. I think it's in decent shape (my wife would disagree) but I'm attached to this car and never want to give it up!

My wife has a 2000 Toyota Rav 4 with 180k on it and her grandma just gave us a 2001 Rav 4 with 120k on it since she can't drive anymore. The Rav 4 has had far less problems than my car even though my wife went long periods of time between oil changes. Insurance is so low that we're keeping all 3 cars for now so we don't have to add a car payment on top of our student loan payment. With more kids on the way, we'll probably get a larger car in a couple of years and will sell two of ours. I'm hoping that we sell her two Rav 4's but it would be more practical to sell mine.

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Post by corysold » Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:49 am

I think my 2005 Prius has about 210,000 on it, but the odometer/display works sporadically now, so it is impossible to know for sure. Official reading is 191,XXX as of the last time it worked.

Some things have worn out and the windows probably aren't really meant to be used 50-60 times a day like I do, so I can't blame Toyota for those falling off the tracks, but drivetrain wise, it has been pretty much bulletproof to this point.

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Post by miden851 » Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:03 am

2008 Mazda 6i, 2nd owner here, AT

157k miles on odometer at the moment; I do all the maintainace; it still runs like a champ;

I am aiming to 220k - 250k miles without a major overhaul.

PS.
I paid for it 11k in cash back in 2010 with 49k miles on its odometer; now it worths about $4k for a quick sale and $4.5k for a stretch sale.

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Post by n00b » Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:52 am

Hey, I like this game!

My first Honda was an 87 Civic Si that I acquired with 200k on the clock and gave to a friend with a little under 300k and an oil-consumption habit. I dared her not to ruin the car by running it out of oil. She took it past 300k and I believe her kids are still driving it and adding about a quart of oil every 1k-mi. This car was pretty quick and would seemingly get 36-mpg driving as fast as you like or 33 (IIRC) with bikes on the roof.

My second Honda was an amazing 97 Civic HX that we bought at 167k, ran to 345k, and gave to my parents who still drive it but don't put many miles on. This car got 45-mpg at anything below 75-mph with no roof rack or 37-mpg with bikes on the roof.

We currently have a 2001 Honda Accord that we bought with 202k as a bike-hauler but wound up using all the time. It has about 260k and is still going strong. 33-mpg clean, 29 with bikes on the roof.

Edit: I should have noted that the Accord is the 4-cyl EX and all of these cars were Manual trans. I doubt those mpg numbers are achievable with automatic transmissions of the era or a v6 in the Accord.

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Post by nova1968 » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:54 am

I had a 98 Toyota Camry with 220K and held it for 14 years. Once it started overheating I sold it. I prefer to Purchase used vehicle one or two years old with under 15K miles and drive them for 10 plus years.

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Post by heyyou » Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:35 pm

1993 Toyota truck with 185,000 on the odometer bought in 2015.
1996 Toyota RAV4 with 212,000, bought in 2007 at 110,000 miles.
2008 Toyota Prius with 135,000, bought in 2014, at 100,000.
So far, they have all been good.

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Post by nymeria.stark » Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:24 pm

2000 Chevy Tahoe -- 209,095 miles -- bought it in 2013 for a pittance with 180,000 miles on it.
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Post by letsgobobby » Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:59 pm

Mrxyz wrote:2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L
180,000 miles
Spent around $2000 in repairs till now - A/C, brakes, rotors etc.
Not sure if I will keep it for long.
Needs another $2000 (needs engine mounts, tires, power steering pump, etc) to make it last many more thousands of miles............just not sure about repair or replace.............
I have an 06 RAV with 160k miles and just spent the $2000: wheel bearing assemblies left and right, new belt, water pump, alternator, etc. It has newer tires. At this point I think it'll last me to 200k+ without much more expenditure, so I decided it was worth it. For me that is only about 3 years. If I can it to 225k-250k I'll be pretty happy, but I may be ready for a newer vehicle before then.

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:18 pm

2004 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, bought used with 16k miles, just turned over 190k miles this week. Aiming for "fell apart and turned into a moldy rusty heap on the side of the road".
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Post by sawhorse » Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:17 pm

jse803 wrote:lol all this 1990's 2000's crap.

reporting in

1981 f150 134k miles
1986 vw goal 143k miles.
:shock: The mileage isn't that high by standards for cars made these days, but the age!! Hitting 100k miles on a car used to be a big deal.

Do you live in a warm dry area? I can't imagine how a car body could survive 35 cold snowy winters.

Very impressive! Far more than the 300k mile cars from the 2000s that people are reporting.

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Post by randomguy » Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:29 pm

sawhorse wrote:
jse803 wrote:lol all this 1990's 2000's crap.

reporting in

1981 f150 134k miles
1986 vw goal 143k miles.
:shock: The mileage isn't that high by standards for cars made these days, but the age!! Hitting 100k miles on a car used to be a big deal.

Do you live in a warm dry area? I can't imagine how a car body could survive 35 cold snowy winters.

Very impressive! Far more than the 300k mile cars from the 2000s that people are reporting.
It is a different thing. It is easy to keep a car going when you aren't driving it:) Age and mileage are both impressive but in different ways. But the min mileage for bragging these days should be 200k.

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Post by sawhorse » Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:33 pm

randomguy wrote:
sawhorse wrote:
jse803 wrote:lol all this 1990's 2000's crap.

reporting in

1981 f150 134k miles
1986 vw goal 143k miles.
:shock: The mileage isn't that high by standards for cars made these days, but the age!! Hitting 100k miles on a car used to be a big deal.

Do you live in a warm dry area? I can't imagine how a car body could survive 35 cold snowy winters.

Very impressive! Far more than the 300k mile cars from the 2000s that people are reporting.
It is a different thing. It is easy to keep a car going when you aren't driving it:) Age and mileage are both impressive but in different ways. But the min mileage for bragging these days should be 200k.
For a car from the early 1980s, 100k miles is at least as impressive as 200k miles for a recent car. Probably even more impressive.

Even if you're not driving it, having a car sit through 35 cold icy winters takes a real toll on the car.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Montgomeryjrm » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:09 pm

I have a 1984 Dodge Ram with the old slant six engine has over 350,000 miles and still runs strong. Engine has never been rebuilt although I feel like it's close

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Oakwood42 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:39 am

225k mile
2002 ford explorer
Bought in 2012 for $2k with 100k mile

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Post by wander » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:59 am

1997 Nissan truck, bought new, 370k miles.

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Post by retire14 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:07 am

2004 Acura MDX- 190K miles- Bought new - Changed oil, tires, batteries, brakes and timing belt/water pump at 140K. Hope to keep it for another 50K. Will either buy Acura or Lexus then.

2006 BMW 110K-Bought new, but too expensive to maintain. Will not buy BMW again.

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Post by Exterous » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:18 am

Current vehicles:
2005 Honda Civic 225k
2008 Audi TT 190k
2011 Honda Civic 80k

Starting to see a lot issues coming up with the 05 Civic so it will probably be getting replaced soon. Probably related to a lot of winters parked outside and a lot of driving on terrible Michigan roads.

I was talking to a coworker and they made mention that they had a high mileage car. I asked them how many miles. "50,000" What? Thats just getting started!
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Post by CoAndy » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:21 am

Oakwood42 wrote:225k mile
2002 ford explorer
Bought in 2012 for $2k with 100k mile
Wow! You bought a car for $2,000 and have so far gotten 125k miles out of it. Kudos to you! :sharebeer

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Post by sawhorse » Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:04 pm

Montgomeryjrm wrote:I have a 1984 Dodge Ram with the old slant six engine has over 350,000 miles and still runs strong. Engine has never been rebuilt although I feel like it's close
:shock: OMG! That's extremely impressive for any car, let alone one from the 1980s, let alone a Dodge!

For the people with cars from the 1980s, how hard and/or expensive is it to do repairs? I don't know where they would get parts for cars that old.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by stoptothink » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:01 pm

CoAndy wrote:
Oakwood42 wrote:225k mile
2002 ford explorer
Bought in 2012 for $2k with 100k mile
Wow! You bought a car for $2,000 and have so far gotten 125k miles out of it. Kudos to you! :sharebeer
My previous vehicle, '96 Nissan pickup, I purchased for $2500 in '03 with 70k miles. I drove it for 9yrs and well ~150k miles before it was totaled in a hit and run right in front my apartment early in the morning of New year's day '13 - great way to start the new year (only had liability, I was asleep and there were no witnesses and the other vehicle took off, so a total loss for me). Hadn't had a single issue with it.

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Post by stumblebum » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:26 pm

:|
1993 camry
162,000
2 of the 4 windows don't work, defroster nope, exterior paint pitiful, AC, whats that? but passed MA sticker inspection last week--PHEW, sweated bullets-- it was sheer luck.
:sharebeer

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Post by Montgomeryjrm » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:02 pm

sawhorse wrote:
Montgomeryjrm wrote:I have a 1984 Dodge Ram with the old slant six engine has over 350,000 miles and still runs strong. Engine has never been rebuilt although I feel like it's close
:shock: OMG! That's extremely impressive for any car, let alone one from the 1980s, let alone a Dodge!

For the people with cars from the 1980s, how hard and/or expensive is it to do repairs? I don't know where they would get parts for cars that old.

Well I replaced the rotors, drums, brake calipers, pads, shoes and new brake lines for close to 300.00 now that was just in parts but I can work on this one myself. Also just bought new plugs, wires, distributor, and rotor for 50.00. I still can find parts for it online or usually at my local advance auto parts. So far repairs have been fairly cheap. I just bought a heater core for it for less than 40.00 that's my next project. But it's been a good truck to say the least

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Post by rockonhumblepie » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:59 pm

1979 F150 300 straight six engine w/four speed....309k and still rollin'...alittle noisy but what a dandy it's been.rockon' 8-)

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Post by CoAndy » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:26 am

stoptothink wrote:
CoAndy wrote:
Oakwood42 wrote:225k mile
2002 ford explorer
Bought in 2012 for $2k with 100k mile
Wow! You bought a car for $2,000 and have so far gotten 125k miles out of it. Kudos to you! :sharebeer
My previous vehicle, '96 Nissan pickup, I purchased for $2500 in '03 with 70k miles. I drove it for 9yrs and well ~150k miles before it was totaled in a hit and run right in front my apartment early in the morning of New year's day '13 - great way to start the new year (only had liability, I was asleep and there were no witnesses and the other vehicle took off, so a total loss for me). Hadn't had a single issue with it.
That's a great way to save some serious money over the years. Very well done sir. :beer

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Post by Gropes & Ray » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:36 am

stoptothink wrote:
CoAndy wrote:
Oakwood42 wrote:225k mile
2002 ford explorer
Bought in 2012 for $2k with 100k mile
Wow! You bought a car for $2,000 and have so far gotten 125k miles out of it. Kudos to you! :sharebeer
My previous vehicle, '96 Nissan pickup, I purchased for $2500 in '03 with 70k miles. I drove it for 9yrs and well ~150k miles before it was totaled in a hit and run right in front my apartment early in the morning of New year's day '13 - great way to start the new year (only had liability, I was asleep and there were no witnesses and the other vehicle took off, so a total loss for me). Hadn't had a single issue with it.
Is there a secret to keeping high mileage vehicles running? I have a Subaru that I would like to get to 250k if I can.

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Post by stoptothink » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:58 am

Gropes & Ray wrote:
stoptothink wrote:
CoAndy wrote:
Oakwood42 wrote:225k mile
2002 ford explorer
Bought in 2012 for $2k with 100k mile
Wow! You bought a car for $2,000 and have so far gotten 125k miles out of it. Kudos to you! :sharebeer
My previous vehicle, '96 Nissan pickup, I purchased for $2500 in '03 with 70k miles. I drove it for 9yrs and well ~150k miles before it was totaled in a hit and run right in front my apartment early in the morning of New year's day '13 - great way to start the new year (only had liability, I was asleep and there were no witnesses and the other vehicle took off, so a total loss for me). Hadn't had a single issue with it.
Is there a secret to keeping high mileage vehicles running? I have a Subaru that I would like to get to 250k if I can.
No secret here, other than I drive very conservatively and took care of regular maintenance. Those 90's Nissan pickups (and Toyotas) are known to last a long time, I have a friend with a model a few years older who went over 400k on original engine and trans before it blew up a few years ago.

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Post by smackboy1 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:08 am

We have:

2007 Toyota Sienna 150,000 miles - no big deal for a Toyota

2007 MINI Cooper S 190,000 miles - does anybody else have a BMW product that lasted this long???
Disclaimer: nothing written here should be taken as legal advice, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

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Post by maxq » Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:28 am

Not sure if flaunting or admitting:
- 1972 Chevy Vega with 185,892 miles on the odometer. My first car out of high school, always garaged or in storage while stationed overseas; desert southwest climates. I think I paid a bit over or under $2000 when I bought it new. Over the years, the original mud yellow color has morphed into an almost better looking mud green. Original engine, have only replaced the water pump, starter, belts and hoses, brakes, and the clutch 3 or 4 times.
The local high-volume dealer says its the only Vega he's seen in about 10 years, offered me $2500 when I took it in for a front end alignment. Maybe just sentimental, but I'm hanging on to it for now. Besides, where else would I play my 8 track tapes.......

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Post by Imbros » Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:41 am

Imbros wrote:2006 SAAB 9-3 with 105k miles. I picked it up last year with just under 100k miles.
The plan is to run it for another 100k miles with minimal maintenance. So far so good.
Bought it for peanuts and maintenance is very inexpensive thanks to a mechanic I know.
One year update: The car now has just under 109k miles (I don't drive much), and it is still going strong. The only expense over the past year was an oil change. I use Mobil 1 synthetic oil with Mann/Mahle oil filter and change every summer.
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Post by Kitty Telltales » Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:53 am

We just gifted a 1997 VW Passat to my son that had over 195,000K. He's thrilled! The car is almost cool retro now.

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Post by Alice Ranch » Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:46 pm

We have approx 526k miles racked up on 4 cars, the newest car is 10 yrs old and the oldest is 20. The problem with holding on to vehicles for this long is getting so attached to them, they're like family!
1997 infinity
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Post by Doom&Gloom » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:14 pm

maxq wrote:Not sure if flaunting or admitting:
- 1972 Chevy Vega with 185,892 miles on the odometer. My first car out of high school, always garaged or in storage while stationed overseas; desert southwest climates. I think I paid a bit over or under $2000 when I bought it new. Over the years, the original mud yellow color has morphed into an almost better looking mud green. Original engine, have only replaced the water pump, starter, belts and hoses, brakes, and the clutch 3 or 4 times.
The local high-volume dealer says its the only Vega he's seen in about 10 years, offered me $2500 when I took it in for a front end alignment. Maybe just sentimental, but I'm hanging on to it for now. Besides, where else would I play my 8 track tapes.......
Winner! [Or loser] :D

Congrats on not only the mileage but the longevity. That is amazing--particularly for a car that never had a sterling reputation IIRC. At this point I would keep it also. Looking back, I wish I still had some of the cars that I couldn't wait to get rid of--but that would have been impractical because of the upkeep. Seems you have that part handled.

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Post by Bidwell » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:27 pm

1997 F250 Light Duty 340,000 miles - sold it last year. Just tires, brakes, 2 oxygen sensors, used Mobil1 full synethic, and one set of plugs.

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Post by bloom2708 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:46 pm

I feel sorry for my 2001 Toyota Echo with 142k due to living in the climate we live in. I use full synthetic oil is all our vehicles year round. Change 5,000 to 6,000 miles.

Hot, cold, rain, snow, road chemicals aplenty. This morning it as -5 with a stiff NW wind. The poor Echo groaned for the first few minutes. -5 isn't really all that cold here. -20, -30 is usually hit most winters. One morning (several years back) it was -48 on the little temp gauge on my rear view mirror. :oops:

So far no rust, but under body components sure take a beating with the weather. Rear drum brakes were rusty/falling apart when inspected.

I appreciate older cars kept nice in places outside of the rust belt. But, there are climate issues no matter where you live.
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Post by Flynlow » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:54 pm

Gropes & Ray wrote:
Is there a secret to keeping high mileage vehicles running? I have a Subaru that I would like to get to 250k if I can.
Change your oil every 5k miles (10k is OK if you're doing pure highway commuting) or once a year, whichever comes first. Use a high quality synthetic like mobil 1 and a decent quality filter. Can get these at walmart and amazon respectively for ~$30. If you don't do your own oil changes, most places will do it for you under "customer provided oil/filter" for $20 or so. -Protects your engine and keeps it running well.

Let your car warm up and circulate fluids before driving off. 20-30 seconds is usually fine. My routine is to get in and start it, THEN buckle up, adjust mirrors, seat, radio, etc. so I wait that time without havig to think about it. Lots of people fire up the car, slam it into gear, and drive off instantly. An ounce of prevention and all that.

Follow the OEM service recommendations. The dealer may try to push more frequent ones, feel free to ignore those, but the factory recommendations should be in your owners manual and followed. Filters, transmission fluid, etc all need regular replacement.

Wash your car, particularly when the snow ans salt is out in force. If you don't want to do it yourself, find a decent drive through car wash with underspary and take it through at least once a month in the winter time, especially after the roads have cleared and dried, but the car is still caked in salt.



Relevant, and back to the main topic, my 1999 Subaru Impreza has 225k miles and counting. Just replaced the original brake calipers and struts. Need to do the third timing belt next spring. Can't remember if its the original clutch or not. The original exhaust will need to be replaced in the next year or two, as a combination of NH, OH, and DE winters are trying to rust it out. VA was a little better for that. Still a great car. I get a note about once a month left on the windshield asking to buy it.

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Post by auggiedoggies » Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:47 pm

1999 Honda Accord, 239k miles on it, still fires up and runs like a champ! I've done basically zero maintenance besides breaks, oil, tires. Once it dies, it's dead.

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Post by Barefoot » Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:58 pm

My daily driver '99 Ford Explorer had it since new- 207K

Mrs Barefoot's daily driver '10 Prius had it since new- 120K

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by wcshaff » Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:56 pm

78 Volvo 242GT and 87 Volvo Turbo Wagon, both topped 300K miles when I sold them. The 87 still had the original turbo which is pretty darn impressive.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by ubermax » Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:17 pm

Had a '96 VW Jetta that I sold with 235K , forgot how many years I had it , don't see as many Jettas on the road anymore , they've been replaced by Honda CRV , etc . but they were great commuting cars IMO , front wheel drive a plus in New England winters , great mpg and sold at an affordable price at the time - we bought our first one in '83 and our last in '02 but those included a couple for our children , the good ole days :happy

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Joe Bladi-Blada » Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:20 pm

1996 Subaru Outback, just turned 300k. I bought it in 1999 with 100k on it. At 192k it blew a head gasket and I ended up replacing both heads. Timing belt every 60k, I think, which is expensive. If I still have it at 310k, I may do the timing belt myself this time. I'll be happy if it gets me through this winter.

1995 Ford F-150, 150k, I bought it in 2001 with 56k.

I had a 2009 Prius that had just turned 100k when it got totaled by a drunk driver. I just replaced it with a 2006 with 60k miles. I hope to drive this for many years.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Lovely Rita » Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:40 pm

A 1999 Highlander with 177,000 miles.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by pondering » Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:55 pm

My Yaris has 153,000 miles. Is it worth buying 4 new tires? I'm guessing tires depreciate fairly quickly in value.
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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by burgrat » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:04 am

110,000 miles on my 2008 Acura TL. Purchased it as a Certified Pre-Owned car from an Acura dealership in 2011. It was 3 years old and had only 4,000 miles on it! Paid around $24k. I recently put 4 new tires, front brakes and rotors, timing belt, and water pump. All needed, routine maintenance. Driven it for 5 years now and not a problem. I thoroughly enjoy the car and I absolutely love not having a car payment.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Doom&Gloom » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:04 am

pondering wrote:My Yaris has 153,000 miles. Is it worth buying 4 new tires? I'm guessing tires depreciate fairly quickly in value.
You have 153,000 miles on the original set of tires??? :shock:

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