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steveVa    Posted 10-19-2018 at 15:41:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • When did 150,000 miles become "low mileage" ???
  • Talk about getting old.
    I always thought that 100,000 miles on a car was getting up there in miles and you need to be diligent with maintenance, but that things will begin to break anyway.
    If I am going to take a long trip with the whole family, I prefer to be driving something with under 100,000 miles. I drive a 2001 Expedition by myself and it runs fine, but when taking the family on a long trip I feel much more relaxed in our 2016 Town and Country.
    I have been looking for another low mileage smaller car for everyday, and put in "low miles" for a search on Craigslist. All I get in that search are mostly cars with 150,000 to 200,000 miles. Am I just getting old? When did 150,000 miles become "low Miles" ???

    lonestarjeff    Posted 10-22-2018 at 21:59:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • That is very encouraging to know what low mileage is these days, LoL. It makes me feel less miserly about keeping my 2000 Expedition(156k) & F150(224k). Both are running well, but starting to have paint issues. My daughter just moved to Birmingham(10 hr drive)& I would have no hesitation taking the Expedition myself, but wouldn't let her or my wife go that far in it.

    At 224k I keep wondering how long the F150's fuel pump will go. I drive it all over the metroplex daily & to the farm(100 mi)every other weekend.

    Jeff

    dave#1    Posted 10-21-2018 at 09:46:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • WayneIA IMO hit the nail right square on the head !!

    "When was the last time you did the "dance" on the foot speed when it was 20 below outside? Washing down the cylinder walls with raw gas! Todays computer controlled engines have more then doubled the life of the engines."

    There is no doubt in my head that this is true !
    Engines are much more forgiving these days from people not changing oil and filters in their cars and trucks (Which is still bad)

    Philny    Posted 10-21-2018 at 21:01:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I used to have a 70 Chevy Chevelle SS in cold weather you would pump it til your leg cramped.the biggest thing I see is frames being rotted in 2007 and older , Iíve been helping my niece look for a car itís scracey a check engine light could be anything from a gas cap to a bad wire to a converter.

    Icechickenx    Posted 10-20-2018 at 07:22:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have a 2002 Nissan Xterra that I've has since 325 miles...I now have 315000...and would have no issues driving cross country.
    I also have a '99 Ford ranger with 298k.

    The key is maintenance and I'm a big believer is synthetics.

    Israel

    Kurt IA    Posted 10-20-2018 at 05:42:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • wow, you guys are young
  • I remember when 20 to 30 thousand miles was time to get a new car.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 10-20-2018 at 07:44:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: wow, you guys are young
  • We use to joke about the auto companies making 'disposable' cars back in the 70's. Not really a joke when you think about it. Their marketing strategy has always been that the consumer should buy a new car EVERY YEAR. Even in the Model T days, they would offer a buy back plan to take in the old model as trade-in for a new model. Ford would then refurbish the old model and resell to the customers who couldn't afford a new model. I'll agree that PM is the key to long life for any machine.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    WayneIA    Posted 10-20-2018 at 04:51:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • When was the last time you did the "dance" on the foot speed when it was 20 below outside? Washing down the cylinder walls with raw gas! Todays computer controlled engines have more then doubled the life of the engines. My 1955 Ford Victoria made it 100,000 miles. I have since had a Ranger make it over 400.000

    Farmer Dan    Posted 10-19-2018 at 17:17:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • my '98 Silverado had 198,000 miles on it when I sold it.
    It was still running great, vortec 5.7L v-8

    John in Mich    Posted 10-19-2018 at 20:38:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My daughter-in-law is driving what was my 2003 Silverado. She bought it last January with 207,000 miles on it. Still running strong.
    I had been using it with my slide in camper and pulling my 24 foot enclosed trailer. Those are now assigned to my 2018 Silverado. We will see how it survives.

    Dean    Posted 10-19-2018 at 16:34:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Enormous improvement has been made in recent decades in both design, manufacturing processes and lubrication.

    Correspondingly, vehicles last longer than what was once common.

    I too, am from the era when 100,000 was considered high mileage, but things have changed.

    These days, it is not uncommon for vehicles to perform adequately for 250,000+ miles given adequate maintenance and non abuse. Vehicles driven primarily in so-called highway situations often achieve even higher mileage before it becomes no longer cost effective to continue use.

    I do not consider 150,000 miles low mileage but may not consider it high mileage either, depending upon usage.

    Dean

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 10-19-2018 at 16:12:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Old school, Steve. The 100,000 mile claim was the usual number considered to be the lifespan of a vehicle. Even back then vehicles surpassed that number often. The more efficient engines built in the past 20-30 years doubled even tripled that number. I drove from Michigan to Maine in a 10 year old Chevy Suburban with my family once and it had 132,000 miles on it then when we left. The best vehicle I have ever owned was my 1996 FORD F-250 4 x 4 Pickup. It had over 260,000 miles on it with all the major parts still on it. My buddy has a HONDA TUNDRA pickup with over 400,000 miles on it. The engine has been real good but other parts not so good. The bottom line is engines are built so much better today. The use of aluminum blocks and composite heads and other parts have made them long-lasting, fuel efficient beasts, for the most part. Don't get me going on transmissions now...

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Mower    Posted 10-22-2018 at 20:35:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Yep, them good old HONDA TUNDRA pickups are the best!

    John in Mich    Posted 10-19-2018 at 20:31:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Ouch, Tim.
    Transmissions do NOT like heat, the most frequent cause of failure. Any moisture or anti-freeze is also a problem to fiber clutch plates. Abuse? Nah, never happen. Not saying they are perfect but they have to take so much blame for owner/operator poor maintenance and abuse.
    Ever brake torque an automatic transmission? That can generate so much heat the fluid breaks down.
    Who ever changes and flushes an automatic transmission per the owner manual? Very few people.
    And guess what. I'm guilty of all of those abuses.
    Also not to say that we have not had some pizz poor engineering decisions and budget constraints.
    Lastly, I spent 3 years visiting vehicle assembly plants to review installation processes. What an eye opener. We reduced our transmission warranty claims by 50% by assuring proper processes that habitually got neglected or abandoned.

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