Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

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Bought my BILs 2010 Land Cruiser from him with 385,000 on it...we are now at 410,500K and it runs great. Uses no oil at all and drives like new really. Not great on gas but the thing will climb a tree if you need it to. We have owned several Sequioas that all went over 250K with no issues at all.
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2012 Toyota Tundra TRD 4wd, bought new )loaded). . just turned 100k.

Work truck when needed, some heavy towing, snow, ice, some off road trips.
Reliable, did own regular maintenance meticulously, looks brand new, runs great.
Took it to the Toyota Dealer (lst ever dealer trip) for 100k full service. They replaced gaskets and seals on; valve covers, oil pan, front timing cover, and brake actuator computer "thingy" and replace brake fluid. Costed $$$$$$ !!!!

Just bought another car so the truck will only get occasional use from now on.
Just towed a heavy 1700 lb ATV into the mountains for 4 hours, 1 mile elevation. Truck ran great.

Might be good for another 100k, 200k, . . . without issue?

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Good move. We drove a Lexus LS430 to 200k (same valve cover gaskets). They do leak during that!

I replaced all that during the 2nd timing belt. Much improvement. This is kind of funny, I guess, the parts guy at the Toyota dealer told me "if" you're at that point, put cam seals in it.". And that was good advice, as I observed, when you're remove all that at the same time, the cams are just right there. It takes quite a bit of effort to get the variable valve timing apart and to get that seal in there. Here's the funny part. I took the cams out of one side and did the seal, and we had to go to the beach in it about 3 days after that. I realized I was going to have to put it back together and so it never got the other cam seal.
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Just retired my 2006 Lincoln LS, 180k miles. Needs about $1500 of work, and decided to move on since it is not a great winter car. I am going to see if someone will give me a couple hundred bucks for it, but that may not happen.
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2013 Toyota Sienna, 185K. No plans to replace it; it's barely middle-aged for a well-maintained Toyota.

It's crossed the country several times. I turned it into a camper in 2020 after my husband died, so I could travel during the pandemic without using airlines or hotels. Adding under $1K of equipment (camp cot, camp toilet, cooking equipment) made it comfortable; adding another $1400 for the luxury of a Jackery and portable solar panels means I can stay out indefinitely if I choose. Even though I'm back to airlines and hotels as needed, post-vax and with high-quality masks, I'm still enjoying camping.
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femur wrote: 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
The Sonata just hit 240,000 miles. I work remote so it doesn’t get driven that much. It’s a bit rough looking but runs well so I can’t justify to myself that I should replace it.
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Gretchen wrote: Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:34 am 2013 Toyota Sienna, 185K. No plans to replace it; it's barely middle-aged for a well-maintained Toyota.

It's crossed the country several times. I turned it into a camper in 2020 after my husband died, so I could travel during the pandemic without using airlines or hotels. Adding under $1K of equipment (camp cot, camp toilet, cooking equipment) made it comfortable; adding another $1400 for the luxury of a Jackery and portable solar panels means I can stay out indefinitely if I choose. Even though I'm back to airlines and hotels as needed, post-vax and with high-quality masks, I'm still enjoying camping.
Incredible story.
Thanks for sharing!

Wow. 185k.
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I have a 2005 Tacoma TRD/SR5 4wd that has 180k. Still going strong. I paid $12,000 for it in 2014. I replaced the alternator and serpentine belt myself a couple of years ago. $150 job. AC Compressor died in 2017. New brakes last year. Other than those things just regular maintenance.

My wife's 2013 Nissan Altima SV has 220k on it. We racked up miles on it traveling and highway commuting. We're thinking of replacing it before too long....
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CryingHawaiian wrote: Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:20 pm 96 camry. 48k miles ;)
Well, you have me beat...2001 Honda, just flipped 80,000. Replaced the tires which dry rotted; I do take her out almost daily, but obviously not too far.
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2004 Honda odyssey. 248,000 miles. Bought with 40k miles for $12k. Rebuilt transmission at 120k miles for $2-3k (don’t remember exactly). Mostly routine maintenance and door motors otherwise.
Not PURELY b/c cheap. Just don’t want another gas guzzling van and hoping I convince the wife of something else when down to 2 kids next summer. Problem is what to get? (needs to be decent for camping/hiking access, carrying kayaks or bikes but get >35mpg, decent range if electric. She also wants 4wd. Right now I fear we will end up with a sienna still :( as that is what she wants)
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Mr. Rumples wrote: Fri Nov 25, 2022 7:23 am
CryingHawaiian wrote: Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:20 pm 96 camry. 48k miles ;)
Well, you have me beat...2001 Honda, just flipped 80,000. Replaced the tires which dry rotted; I do take her out almost daily, but obviously not too far.
I remember when my grandfather died (circa '06), his '87 Toyota corolla had ~34k miles on it. It looked brand new, inside and out. It was given to my sister and she totaled it in like 3-months.
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2020 Merrel Moab hiking shoes. 3164 miles and counting 😉
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The story of "Blue Betsy":

My son's first "car" in high school.
Standard shift, roll down windows, no radio, lot's of storage space.
Optional sponges and towels to drain water out of the floor if it rains. (all the time in Hawaii). Eventually fixed the roof rust with "Bondo".

Blue Betsy:
(not "our Betsy" but pretty close to color and condition)
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Betsy had the venerable Toyota 22R 4 cylinder engine.
No luxuries. Manual steering. Standard shift. No A/C.
Had nearly 200k miles before I got her.
Betsy was handed down to me from an old friend who had bought it brand new and owned it forever.
I drove Betsy for 4 years.
Then I handed down Betsy to my son who drove it for another 4 years, then gave her back to me.
I drove Betsy for another 2 years, then sold for $800
Eventual total mileage, unknown.
Repairs during all this ownership: zero.

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2014 Prius with 92k miles.

So far, just routine maintenance and tires. Still averages around 50mpg and the A/C blows cold :sharebeer .

I expect it to run fine for another 100k, but I am expecting some depreciation after the odometer crosses 100k (due to the expiration of factory warranty on the battery and drivetrain). It would probably be smart to trade it in for something newer, but the car market is in a weird state, so I’ll probably just keep driving it.
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240,000 miles 2004 Toyota Matrix. Runs good but needs rear drum shoe replacement, front and rear shocks, seals and some suspension components are wearing out, body work has dings/dents, and gas mileage is down. Thankfully got the airbags replaced during the recall. Once car prices are reasonable again, I'm looking to change out the car due to safety concerns.
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2001 Porsche Carrera 118,000. In shop with timing chain failure and getting an engine rebuild :oops:
2013 Subaru CrossTrek 140,000. Excessive oil consumption caused by manufacture defect. Short block replaced under recall at 85,000. :oops:
2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. 193,000. Valve train went bad from manufacture defects. Cams, rocker arms replaced under factory warranty. Radiator cracked and replaced. Everything else has been good and still works.

I hope our next set of wheels will be a little more trouble free. I have owned a lot of cars in the past with well over 200k miles that only needed minor repairs for normal wear items. I don’t think all this high tech in newer vehicles is helpful for longevity. Experiencing diminishing yields. I might try and find the most basic analog vehicle made. Or a resto mod might be a better choice.
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2013 Toyota: 171k. I’ll buy a Porsche as a “fun car” before I replace this as my daily driver. Hoping to see 300k+ one day.
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2013 Taurus 200,000 miles. Looking to replace with a newer low mileage used. Will probably pass on Taurus to daughter.

Wife’s 2017 Lexus ES 350 about 110-120k miles. Will likely take that to about 200k also.
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1979 F150 4.9L 300 six - 312,550k 5spd still running like a sewing machine
Dad bought new and I took over in 1990. 3 brake jobs, a clutch and a radiator.
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1999 Suburban - 185k, low miles, drove quite a bit, but now the kids are mostly grown. Use it to haul stuff.
2009 Lexus E350 - 169k, runs great. Have a mechanic who used to work at the Lexus dealership and knows it well.
2012 Dodge Journey - 126k, bought from original owner with about 85k on it. Sold it to my son who drives it all over.
2015 Ford Escape - 120k, former rental vehicle bought with 48k miles.

Regular maintenance and no major issues - will keep the suburban and lexus for the forseeable future.

All the best.
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rockonhumblepie wrote: Sun Nov 27, 2022 2:38 am 1979 F150 4.9L 300 six - 312,550k 5spd still running like a sewing machine
Dad bought new and I took over in 1990. 3 brake jobs, a clutch and a radiator.
That is amazing, that its still running.
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