Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Driver » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:57 pm

Update to previous post:

2002 BMW M5 155,000 miles
2003 Porsche Boxster S 123,000 miles

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Freddy » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:00 pm

marcwd wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:52 pm
treadingwater wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:15 pm
2007 Honda Accord. 203,000 miles. 1 broken axel repair approx 250$. Multiple airbag recalls. Otherwise just routine maintainance. Still purrs like a kitten.
I also have a 2007 Accord, 208,000 miles. One of the axles recently broke in two underneath the rubber vibration damper. I had both axles replaced as a precaution. The axles were new, not rebuilt, but not OEM (and no dampers on the replacement axles, fwiw).

Disappointingly, since the repair, the car hasn’t driven as smoothly as before. There’s a brief, but noticeable shudder soon after accelerating from a stop. And I feel a slight “buzzing” vibration at highway speeds.

I had planned to keep the car another year or two, but the diminished smoothness bugs me. I’m on the fence as to whether it’s time to replace it.

Any comments appreciated.
I had that issue on a '96 accord. It seems the aftermarket CV shafts are either not well built or slightly warped. The rebuilt ones are probably worse than the new aftermarket part, but the OEM is the best of them.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by marcwd » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:18 pm

Freddy wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:00 pm
marcwd wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:52 pm
treadingwater wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:15 pm
2007 Honda Accord. 203,000 miles. 1 broken axel repair approx 250$. Multiple airbag recalls. Otherwise just routine maintainance. Still purrs like a kitten.
I also have a 2007 Accord, 208,000 miles. One of the axles recently broke in two underneath the rubber vibration damper. I had both axles replaced as a precaution. The axles were new, not rebuilt, but not OEM (and no dampers on the replacement axles, fwiw).

Disappointingly, since the repair, the car hasn’t driven as smoothly as before. There’s a brief, but noticeable shudder soon after accelerating from a stop. And I feel a slight “buzzing” vibration at highway speeds.

I had planned to keep the car another year or two, but the diminished smoothness bugs me. I’m on the fence as to whether it’s time to replace it.

Any comments appreciated.
I had that issue on a '96 accord. It seems the aftermarket CV shafts are either not well built or slightly warped. The rebuilt ones are probably worse than the new aftermarket part, but the OEM is the best of them.
Had no expectation that the repair wouldn’t return the car to its original condition in terms of driving experience. Else I wouldn’t have proceeded with the expensive repair. And OEM axles would have been much more costly yet...

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Rudedog » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:44 pm

2009 Toyota Highlander---205,000 miles--great car

2007 Toyota Sienna---140,000 miles----plan to keep a few more years---great for helping kids move

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by anthonyphamy » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:58 am

Doom&Gloom wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:27 pm

Slacker :wink:

From 11/1/19 upthread:
Doom&Gloom wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:25 pm
2004 Toyota Solara with 275,380 miles left the house this week after being donated.
I'll venture that your Solara is in better condition than mine is/was. Durable and reliable car though!
Haha, nice work! My car has an oil burning issue, burning about 1 quart per month. Did your car have that issue? The other current issue is a leaking water pump. Did your car have much issues > 150k miles?

What car did you end up buying after?

Thanks!

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by 23mako » Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:29 am

I don't own these cars but they are in my family. Numbers are approximate.

2003 Toyota Highlander - 370,000 miles

2007 Honda Accord - Just passed 300,000 miles last week

2005 Honda Accord - 315,000 miles

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Doom&Gloom » Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:31 pm

anthonyphamy wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:58 am
Doom&Gloom wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:27 pm

Slacker :wink:

From 11/1/19 upthread:
Doom&Gloom wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:25 pm
2004 Toyota Solara with 275,380 miles left the house this week after being donated.
I'll venture that your Solara is in better condition than mine is/was. Durable and reliable car though!
Haha, nice work! My car has an oil burning issue, burning about 1 quart per month. Did your car have that issue? The other current issue is a leaking water pump. Did your car have much issues > 150k miles?

What car did you end up buying after?

Thanks!
Yes, it was using about a quart of oil per month. Toyota "voluntarily" replaced the entire vinyl dashboard assembly in 2014 or 2015 because it was cracking from the sunlight/heat. I thought that was awesome.

Mechanically the Solara was almost bulletproof--especially considering how neglected and abused it was after DS began driving it in 2014. I think the oil usage on mine was probably due to a bad seal (probably the rear). It didn't leak oil at all. It billowed blue smoke upon cranking cold, but other than that there was no observable smoke from the exhaust. To my chagrin all other issues were entirely DS-related: it got a good soaking inside when he left the sunroof open overnight before a heavy rain, the driver's seat was in terrible shape (no idea how that could even happen), and it acquired numerous bumps and bruises on the exterior. If I hadn't known better, I would have called them "whisky bumps." It still ran and drove great. It did go through tires faster than I would have thought--the car pulled slightly to the left from the day it was bought (and Toyota refused to acknowledge a problem)--and I presume that contributed to the tire wear. Good luck with yours!

In 2014 I bought a new Nissan 370Z to be my last "fun" car and passed the Solara to DS. I still thoroughly enjoy the Z. It will never get even an honorable mention in this thread. At the current rate it could end up being my last car of any type. Upon graduation from college in May, DS inherited DW's 2016 Subaru Outback. She drove the Solara until she bought a new Hyundai Santa Fe in October.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by SmallCityDave » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:01 pm

Great thread OP, I really enjoyed reading everyone's input.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Fat Tails » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:19 pm

1995 Toyota T100 pickup, 4x4, 248,000 miles. Purchased used in 2000 at 60,000 miles for $8k. Zero mechanical issues. Lots of fluid changes, brake pads, and tires over the years. Replaced some front-end parts and now it drives like new. Carries 2000 lbs in the bed several time a year. Has a snow plow for my driveway. Undoubtedly the best vehicle purchase I have ever made. :happy

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by NewOldGuy » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:59 pm

1999 BMW 328i 191,000
2001 Ford Ranger 145,000
2014 Ford Mustang 41,000

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by bluelight » Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:25 am

Not high mileage..... 2002 Nissan Pathfinder just turned 110K miles.

Then I looked back to see when it turned 100K miles. Aug 16th, 2015 (I had a picture when it turned). It has taken over 4 years for me to put 10K miles on that car. Granted, we usually take our 2013 Audi when picking up my grandchildren and for travel. But it gave me pause that there really is no good reason to replace the Pathfinder just because it's old.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Sriracha » Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:26 am

My wife will be crossing the 200,000 mile threshold Tuesday or Wednesday of next week on her 2006 Honda Accord. Even though it's still plenty roadworthy, it won't get much further with her behind the wheel; she's ready for something new.

No record on my end. My 2007 Toyota RAV4 only has about 88,500 miles on it because I have only a negligible commute.
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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by seychellois_lib » Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:26 am

2005 Corolla S bought Sept 2004 180,000 miles just did a 2k mile round trip from Cali to Wa. Ran like a charm and got 37 mpg !!
2004 Corolla bought in 2004 from Hertz car sales at 35K miles, now at 215K miles. A little loosey goosey but running great.
Bought a few cars from Hertz over the years, been very happy with them. I will be going back.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Freetime76 » Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:26 pm

Before he passed a few years ago, my dad’s Ford Festiva was approaching or at 500,000 miles. He had 2 others to use for parts. He’d take a mileage picture for posterity every so often, at 444,444 for example :sharebeer

Just traded a 1997 Chevy work truck at about 187K for $500 and a set of tires for our car.
Our 1996 Ford F-250 diesel is only at 191K. 2001 Jaguar at about 102 K. Mere babies :happy

I’ve (painfully) developed an appreciation for the older cars and trucks ... where 15 sensors are not all interconnected and seem to mysteriously fail in concert. Not sure how we managed to not have a Japanese car for the first time ever.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Pigeye Brewster » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:40 pm

1986 Jeep CJ7 155k miles

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Drewman » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:05 pm

2007 Toyota Sienna XLE - 254, xxx
2008 Toyota Matrix - 203,xxx

...that was fun!

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by sorethumb » Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:07 am

2008 Dodge Magnum 318,000 and counting.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Jakabedy » Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:34 am

2004 VW New Beetle Convertible - 136K (bought barely used in 2004 with 3,800 miles on it)
2011 VW Touareg (gas) - 143K (still running strong, but the paint is starting to go. Hoping for 200K)

One driver, two cars. The Beetle was my daily driver from '04-'10, but just gets out on pretty days now.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Dinosaur Dad » Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:41 pm

2002 Hyundai Elantra, 77k miles

bought it for my son when he was in high school 8 years ago when it had 30k miles, have maintained it and it just keeps going. The body is going but have saved a ton of money.
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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by goldendad » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:08 pm

2004 Highlander 190k miles, no plans to get anything else

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by jaj2276 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:15 pm

2001 Mitsubishi Montero (bought in 2010 for $6k). Currently at 234k. I'm noticing a good amount of oil burn over the past year so my annual maintenance bill will go up as I add oil. I get made fun of at work for the car but I'd love if I could make it to 300k.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by neilpilot » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:17 pm

Dinosaur Dad wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:41 pm
2002 Hyundai Elantra, 77k miles

bought it for my son when he was in high school 8 years ago when it had 30k miles, have maintained it and it just keeps going. The body is going but have saved a ton of money.
a 2002 at 77k is a LOW mileage car

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Doom&Gloom » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:50 pm

neilpilot wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:17 pm
Dinosaur Dad wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:41 pm
2002 Hyundai Elantra, 77k miles

bought it for my son when he was in high school 8 years ago when it had 30k miles, have maintained it and it just keeps going. The body is going but have saved a ton of money.
a 2002 at 77k is a LOW mileage car
+1

Congrats and acknowledgement are still in order though.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by femur » Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:00 pm

Mine: 2007 Hyundai Sonata with the 2.4L: 208,000miles
Wife: 2005 Nissan Altima with the 2.5L: 202,000miles
Weekend fun truck: 2002 F150 with the 4.6L: 158,000miles
Deer camp truck that rarely sees paved roads: 2000 Nissan Frontier with 2.5L: 242,000miles

Will probably replace my wife’s Altima with a Kia Sorento in the next year or two. I generally buy cars that have around are around 5 years old and have ~100k miles and drive them until my gut tells me it is time.

I am very anal about preventative maintenance.

Previous vehicles have been a 94 Jeep Cherokee that I got rid of with 230,000miles, and a 95 Pathfinder I got rid of with 260,000 miles.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Dinosaur Dad » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:39 pm

Doom&Gloom wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:50 pm
neilpilot wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:17 pm
Dinosaur Dad wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:41 pm
2002 Hyundai Elantra, 77k miles

bought it for my son when he was in high school 8 years ago when it had 30k miles, have maintained it and it just keeps going. The body is going but have saved a ton of money.
a 2002 at 77k is a LOW mileage car
+1

Congrats and acknowledgement are still in order though.
Well yes 77k is low. But I'm sort of amazed that an 18-year-old car, that didn't have that great a reputation to start with, it still going. But cosmetically it's not looking so good...ryst starting around the wheels. And I already had the hood, roof, and trunk painted. Great for me to run errands or drive to the train station, not so great for Dear Wife to ride in (she likes her later model Mazda Cx-5 SUV with higher driver position and the luxury of heated seats which she LOVES).

One of our other cars is s 2007 Toyota Camry with 170k, still runs great. Bought that one brand new years back because I wanted vehicle stability control, which was new at the time, plus more advanced air bags. Dear Son drove this car in his teen years and still has it years later.
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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Harry Livermore » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:07 pm

My family's current fleet:
2015 Pilot 60K
2012 Odyssey 123K
2008 Pilot 164K

My (our) previous cars:
2007 Odyssey 164K (technically wife's car)
2002 Explorer 167K
2002 Passat 86K (we ditched this prior to being out of the extended warranty, worst car I've ever owned)(technically wife's car)
1995 Explorer 177K
1989 Integra 171K

All the previous cars I either sold privately or traded in to purchase the next (often used) car. They still had plenty of miles left in my opinion. I'm pretty good on maintenance so our cars look and run great at all times. I need reliability first and foremost for my work, so if I had a job where showing up late or being stuck at home once in a while was OK, I probably would have kept each longer. When the miles get that high, I think the odds go up that you'll be suddenly sidelined by a small item, like O2 sensor, or coil pack, etc. Maybe that's an unfounded fear. But I think staying with the same car for 6 or 8 years is pretty good.
The 2008 Pilot is now the teens' car, so I expect it will keep going for quite a while, as it usually just goes to the high school (1 mile away) or various sports and activities.
It is AMAZING to me how reliable cars can be nowadays.
Cheers
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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Hoi Polloi » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:50 pm

Various cars in the fleet (three kids who drive), but highest mileage currently is the 2008 Camry Hybrid at 170,000 miles, purchased new. It has lived a hard life at the high school and various university parking lots recently. Just put some money into it for an inverter coolant plate leak, so hoping to get it to at least 200k miles. The JBL audio system is still my favorite of all the vehicles we own.

:sharebeer

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by samtex » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:11 am

A close friend of mine was sitting at a red light a few weeks ago, when someone plowed into the back of him. He was pretty lucky, so far mainly some whiplash. His 1991 Chevy work pickup was totaled with 450000+ miles. He was really looking forward to 500000 miles when he could send in a picture to some GM magazine for recognition. Ar least he's still alive.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Call_Me_Op » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:10 am

surfhb wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:05 pm
93 Toyota Pick Up had well over 500k on it when it was stolen 5 months ago.

Oddly enough, someone was selling the exact truck on Craigslist the following week with 93k. I snatched it up

Same year,make, model and color.....craziest thing I've ever experience. :sharebeer
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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by frugalmama » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:45 am

2000 Honda Accord 140,000
2007 Honda Odessey 150,000
2008 Toyota Prius 250,000
2012 Ford Van 100,000

and all are still going strong. We have no plans to replace any of them any time soon...i.e. we will keep them until we can no longer find the parts to make the repairs with.

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by flyphotoguy » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:39 am

2008 Pontiac Vibe (Toyota Matrix) - 200K mi, had to sell this because new job is close that I can take the bike to go to work. Regular oil change, battery, surprisingly never changed brakes on this car yet. Great commuter/haul car.

2007 Honda Accord - 185K mi, still running great, replaced starter, brakes once, and just the usual oil change and maintenance. Hoping to hit 200k+ with this one.

2012 Lexus IS350C - 71K mi (not really high mileage yet but since it's a toyota it should get to 100k with no problem), usual oil change, will do the spark plugs myself... and if I can squeeze in the time in the future I might do the oil changes as well for the sake of doing it since I use to do it when I was way younger and got my 1st car. Hoping to hit 200K+ too.

Love seeing the high mileage cars listed here...

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by smudge » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:26 pm

2013 Audi Q5 with 40,000 miles.
My service tech (I rarely visit) asked, "Don't you like to drive your car?!"

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Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Post by Reubin » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:19 pm

I've had 3 consecutive Toyotas with more than 300K miles on each of them. The last one was a Toyota Avalon and it would be over 400K by now if it didn't get washed away in hurricane.

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