Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Driver » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:54 pm

2002 BMW M5 with 144k miles. Although not high mileage when compared to a Honda or Toyota for a 17 year old BMW it's getting up there. Still drives and looks great. Comfy, probably the best daily I've ever had. Just go back from a 1200 mile trip driving the roads in LA. The car did well.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by strafe » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:43 am

The average car on the road is 12 years old, which roughly translates to mileage of 150-180k.

Most of the "high mileage" cars in this thread are <200k and some even <100k miles. That's not high mileage. That's merely average.

Come on, where are the 300k and 400k+ mile cars?

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by 6miths » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:46 am

170k miles on a 2007 Acura CSX Type S. Only tires, brakes once and one clutch.
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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Exterous » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:58 am

Exterous wrote:
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:18 am
Current vehicles:
2005 Honda Civic 225k
2008 Audi TT 190k
2011 Honda Civic 80k
Started having a few issues with the 05 Civic so I replaced it with a Camry so my average mileage dropped quite a bit
2008 Audi TT 195k
2011 Honda Civic 98k
2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid 43k

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by OldTimer » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:33 am

Good morning Bogleheads:

I drive a 2003 Lexus GX 470, 345,000 miles.

Love the car

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by vg55 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:39 am

2004 Honda Accord 209,000 miles with plenty of life left.

I plan on buying a used Chevy Volt in 2019 and will gift the Honda to a car-less friend.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Cycle » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:43 am

2011 Honda CR-V 85,000 miles
Bicycles

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by MangoMama » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:54 am

97 F150 (V8) ~150K

Bought it for $3,500 10 years ago :thumbsup

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Carl53 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:12 am

97 F150 4X4 Lariat with 122k (odometer reads 177k but I had to change the instrument panel).

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Tyrobi » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:28 am

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser - 88k miles - Bought brand new in July 2006 - Work vehicle
2009 Toyota Camry - 69k miles - Bought brand new in Dec 2008 - Family vehicle
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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by mouses » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:32 am

1992 Buick about 150,000 miles (too lazy to go look)
1969 Mustang 169,000 miles.

The only reason I know the Mustang's mileage is I'm the original owner. The odometer is 5 places, what were they thinking. So if you see an old Mustang for sale with less than 100000 miles, ask them how many times the odometer has cycled.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by fsrph » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:53 am

OldTimer wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:33 am
Good morning Bogleheads:

I drive a 2003 Lexus GX 470, 345,000 miles.

Love the car

OldTimer,

This is a vehicle I am looking at to buy used. How were the repair costs over the years? Did you notice a spike in repair and maintenance costs when your vehicle got over 150k miles? Thanks.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by bubbadog » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:35 am

fsrph wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:53 am
OldTimer wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:33 am
Good morning Bogleheads:

I drive a 2003 Lexus GX 470, 345,000 miles.

Love the car

OldTimer,

This is a vehicle I am looking at to buy used. How were the repair costs over the years? Did you notice a spike in repair and maintenance costs when your vehicle got over 150k miles? Thanks.

Francis
This is an awesome body on frame true four wheel drive vehicle. It is essentially a Land Cruiser Prado which isn't sold in the US. These are very desirable to off road enthusiasts and have great resale value.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by gunn_show » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:56 am

bubbadog wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:35 am
fsrph wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:53 am
OldTimer wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:33 am
Good morning Bogleheads:

I drive a 2003 Lexus GX 470, 345,000 miles.

Love the car

OldTimer,

This is a vehicle I am looking at to buy used. How were the repair costs over the years? Did you notice a spike in repair and maintenance costs when your vehicle got over 150k miles? Thanks.

Francis
This is an awesome body on frame true four wheel drive vehicle. It is essentially a Land Cruiser Prado which isn't sold in the US. These are very desirable to off road enthusiasts and have great resale value.
+1 2007 GX470 with "only" approx 184000 miles on it (bought it with 17x,000 from a realtor). Runs like a champ, tackles snow and offroad like a beast, love mashing the pedal on the AWD V8. Awesome Levinson surround stereo system. Great comfort for long road trips. I hope it lasts forever.

In the last year I had to replace the radiator after a leak, otherwise mostly standard brakes, oil, fluids, some small plastics here and there that start to deteriorate after 10+ years especially if the vehicle is parked outdoors in CA weather. If you treat it right, and garage it, no reason it can't get to 300-400k mileage like any other Toyo/Lexus vehicle.
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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Millenial » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:04 pm

mouses wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:32 am
1992 Buick about 150,000 miles (too lazy to go look)
1969 Mustang 169,000 miles.

The only reason I know the Mustang's mileage is I'm the original owner. The odometer is 5 places, what were they thinking. So if you see an old Mustang for sale with less than 100000 miles, ask them how many times the odometer has cycled.
Wow what a beautiful car (the mustang). I have a 2007 Mustang that has 140k on it, the only big cost was repairing the transmission but aside from that I've had no issues.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Big Dog » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:09 pm

'89 Volvo Turbo. 212k miles

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Teague » Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:17 pm

Ford Explorer, 2003, V8, 4WD. Updating from OP 2.5 years ago, now at 222,000 miles.
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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Sandi_k » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:37 pm

2010 Lexus RX 350, AWD. Bought new. Now at 226,000 miles.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Nissanzx1 » Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:15 pm

261K on 2003 Honda Element. I'm convinced mileage isn't really something to be worried about anymore as long as the previous owner has done the services. Engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, lots of systems on a car that can give you problems but most of it is preventable...

Also, driving style is important. If you drive a car like you stole it, you might get there 1 minute more quickly, but over the years you may cause unnecessary Wear to braking, transmission, tires, engine, etc. slow down and get all the money out of your car...

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by 3hrs » Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:48 pm

Just yesterday we sold our 2006 Subaru Forrester (bought new) at 217500 miles. Great car, always a beast getting up our long hill and steep driveway in our NH winters. Just did not want to put in the $$$$ it needed to get it to pass inspection in a few months. Bought a 2015 Forrester with 52000 and expect to get the same enjoyment as we did from the 2006. 2nd car is a 2006 Subaru Baja bought at low 90's 4 years ago and has been worry free going on 150000. (Good for dump hauls, picking up bark chips and composted manure, pull right up to the front loaders at the local dairy and into the back bed it goes!)

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by FinTruth » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:57 pm

2006 Honda CR-V 147,000
2009 Toyota Sienna 150,000

The Toyota is great, only basic maintenance. The Honda needed a new A/C compressor and alternator in the same year (last year). Other than that just normal maintenance.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by epeterson1970 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:19 am

2002 F150 249,000 Great Truck Zero issues other than routine maintenance

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Doom&Gloom » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:42 pm

Updating this part of my previous post from Dec 2015 itt:
Doom&Gloom wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:44 pm
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.
DS is still driving this thing hard. Was in the shop today to replace a leaking oil pan gasket. Those types of things are becoming more frequent issues, but currently at 255,400 miles and still breathing fire. The interior and exterior have taken real beatings since he acquired the car in March 2014, but DS is still pleased to have the vehicle and has abruptly ended our inquiries about whether it should be replaced. Go figure.

Our current thinking is to jump start him out of college with another hand-me-down as this Toyota is getting very long in the tooth--this time DW's Subaru Outback.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Strummer » Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:11 pm

2004 Prius, bought new, now at 235K.

We've averaged 45 MPG over that time, so compared to a vehicle with a 25 MPG average, we've used over 4,200 fewer gallons of gas. At an average price of $2.25 per gallon (SF Bay Area) over that time — I'm just guessing on that price — that would be a savings of over $9,500 in fuel costs. This is why I will always recommend a Prius to someone unless they have some sort of specific need that the car just won't fit.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by gmc4h232 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:27 pm

Just bought 2008 Chevrolet Silverado w 211,000 miles on it. I contributed about 250 of these miles before purchasing.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by leeks » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:36 pm

No car is the most thrifty option! I haven't owned a car since 2011 but my last car was a 1987 Mercedes. I was the second owner, it was about 18 years old when I bought it from a family friend for $1,000. I don't remember the mileage. I ditched it when it was 24 years old and the transmission needed replacing - not because it wasn't worth fixing but because I didn't need a car then anyway. My new job was in the same town where I lived and the two-mile commute - as well as dining/shopping/etc - was easily walkable/bikeable. Now I'm in NYC and it seems insane to consider having one here (yet I do have many neighbors who keep one and waste hours looking for parking a few times per week - not to mention the money they must be burning). We rent a car a couple times per year for road trips and are always glad to return it. I felt so much freer when I ditched the car completely. I never spent much on car expenses, but I hated having to pay attention to all the renewal deadlines - registrations/inspections/maintenance/parking passes/insurance, etc. I know many Americans live in places where a car is needed, but I think a lot more couples/families could get away with one fewer car if they wanted more room in their budgets.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Ruger » Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:21 pm

1999 Camry XLE with 322,000 miles on it. Still runs great but just gave it to my nephew so he could have a car to get to work.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by munemaker » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:55 am

munemaker wrote:
Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:55 pm
My 2009 Honda CR*V has 187,000 on it and still looks great, inside and out; runs good too although the engine is not as quiet as it used to be.
OK, I am now up to 220,000 miles. Wondering if water pumps, alternators, shocks/struts, and the like don't wear out anymore?

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Thegame14 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:48 pm

1996 Toyota Corolla 256K miles, wife made me sell it when baby was born, still ran great!!!

Now
1997 Camry 157K miles, trying to sell currently, since wife got "new" 2013 certified pre-owned Mazda CX-9
2000 Camry 146K miles.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by FS51 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:31 pm

2011 Honda Pilot - 130k
2010 Lexus ES350 - 230k

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Sandi_k » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:36 pm

munemaker wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:55 am

OK, I am now up to 220,000 miles. Wondering if water pumps, alternators, shocks/struts, and the like don't wear out anymore?
Of course they do. But with 220k, there's nothing wrong with replacing some of them pre-emptively, so you can space out some of the repair costs.

For example, I'd replace the water pump next time you flush the radiator and change the coolant. It's a cheap enough part, and much less of a problem than a blown head gasket. Replace the thermostat at the same time.

Shocks and struts - check to see if they're leaking, or if your car is feeling "floaty", replace them now.

I'd wait for the alternator to die on its own. ;)

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Augustus » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:29 am

On the younger side and still driving my 2007 Volvo that my parents bought me when I turned 16 (along with a job to pay for gas and insurance). 85,000 miles later and still running, though my next car will be a Toyota.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by amw123 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:47 am

Just had to get rid of my 06' Nissan Altima, it had about 100k. Now I'm starting with a 09' ford focus with 25k.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by wander » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:51 am

This thread comes up again. My 97 Nissan is now at 390k.

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