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    HIgh Mileage Cars

    I'm curious about what people's experiences have been with good high mileage cars? How many miles did you get out of them and what did you do to get them run so long? What kind of repairs or preventative maintenance did you do?

    I'm thinking of buying my work car(a 2008 Ford Taurus) from my company once it turns over 150,000 miles. I figure I can buy it fairly cheap and it will make a great kid car when my kids start driving in another 5 years. I got it new and know it hasn't been beat and have been very consistent with oil changes and other maintenance. It has 140,000 on it and doesn't burn a drop of oil and runs perfectly.

    My brother has been really good at doing this over the years. His first car was a BMW he bought for about $5,000 and it had 130,000 miles on it. He put another 100,000 on it and sold it for about the same money. He did the same thing with his next vehicle a Ford Ranger. He's moved onto a F150 now.



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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

    2000 Subaru Outback, 180K miles. Other than a new starter last month I've pretty much done nothing but oil changes and tires for the last 12 years. Keeping it for one last winter then finally bidding it farewell.



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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I'm curious about what people's experiences have been with good high mileage cars? How many miles did you get out of them and what did you do to get them run so long? What kind of repairs or preventative maintenance did you do?

    I'm thinking of buying my work car(a 2008 Ford Taurus) from my company once it turns over 150,000 miles. I figure I can buy it fairly cheap and it will make a great kid car when my kids start driving in another 5 years. I got it new and know it hasn't been beat and have been very consistent with oil changes and other maintenance. It has 140,000 on it and doesn't burn a drop of oil and runs perfectly.

    My brother has been really good at doing this over the years. His first car was a BMW he bought for about $5,000 and it had 130,000 miles on it. He put another 100,000 on it and sold it for about the same money. He did the same thing with his next vehicle a Ford Ranger. He's moved onto a F150 now.

    I think a lot of time it has a lot more to do with the history of the car itself. I have a friend who drives from Urbandale to Ames every day for work and he usually puts 250k miles on cars. When you just drive down the interstate in top gear, never using the brakes, etc it's easy to get high mileage out of a car.

    I've only bought imports the last 10 cars but if I was looking for a car to do real high mileage and didn't care about anything else, I would stick with a domestic like the Taurus. They sell a lot of them and parts are cheap. I think your brother got lucky with the BMW.



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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

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    I think your brother got lucky with the BMW.
    It was a late 80's vintage and the Germans over engineered them even more back then. The thing was built like a tank. He's an engineer and fairly handy, so was able to fix the few problems he had. Would agree with you on newer ones now. They've gotten way too complex and $$$$$$.

    It was interesting when he got the Ranger. He commented that the technology had advanced so much that the Ranger had more tech built into it than the 80's BMW and he was correct. That Ranger was a darn good vehicle for him. He just got rid of it a couple years ago.



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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

    All of my vehicles (3) have over 150k miles and my daily driver (SAAB) has over 180k. Engines should last for at least 300k with normal maintenance, the things that start going are wheel bearings, shocks, bushings in the suspension etc. I probably only spend $300 per car on repairing these items a year, maybe less. Its a lot cheaper than a new car.

    I should also say that I am a fairly decent shade tree mechanic. I've pulled motors, rebuilt motors and transmissions in my driveway. All my bills are just for parts, no labor.



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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

    I run my cars forever, I have a 9 year old car and 7 year old car. Typically I run 10-12 year old cars. I spend money to make money when it comes to regular maintenance. I actually try to follow the maintenance schedule in manuals. Things like fuel filters, coolant flush, of course oil change, brake pads, tires, batteries, spark plugs. I do almost all city driving, so my suspensions get beat up. stuff starts to rattle. Little things break like windows, A/C. When my A/C dies, I usually dont fix it on my city cars. I like manual transmissions to avoid the big $$$ transmission issues. A new clutch is cheaper than a new transmission.

    I have been driving 10-12 year old cars my whole life. Been stuck on the side of the road once because a gas gauge went bad and I ran out of gas.

    Almost every other issue I have limped to a mechanic. Did have an engine slowly die when it was losing compression. But most often everything else wears out first like suspension, exhaust, alternator, A/C, little electronic gadgets. The less bells and whistles, the better if you are looking for lowest cost per mile.



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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

    1986 Chevy Caprice, took it to 390,000 with really minimal fixes. In general, buicks are probably the best high mileage cars I have ever encountered. My dad swears by them and mine is at 230,000 and all that is wrong is I need to replace a window motor.



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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

    Put 150,000 miles on a 1964 Mopar. Tires only made it to 30,000 miles. Brakes were gone by 40,000. Oil had to be changed every 3,000. Plugs, points and rotor were routinely changed every 40,000. Used straight weight oil. Needed a radiator heater to start it during those Ames winter. That car would look so cool today after a full restoration and an elephant under the hood.



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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

    My 2000 maxima I put 393,000 just oil changes, and tires, brakes, would have made 400,000 but needed cat replaced so traded still got 1,500 out of it.



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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

    I one kept a car until hit had 60k miles. Of course it had 40k when I bought it. I wish I had discipline to keep a car for a long time.



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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

    175000 on a 08' cobalt. Had to replace breaks and rotors once (due to operator error ) and that is it other than normal maintenance. It is now in need of new struts and needs a tune up, but expecting a lot of miles still out of it.



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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

    I have a 98 Buick LeSabre with 143,000 miles that I drive to work. Still looks and drives like new.


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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

    My brother is still driving his 03(?) Taurus with well over 200k on it. He bought it used and now only uses it for a commuter car. There is an issue with the transmission, but it sort of resets itself when he turns it off and if he doesn't get on it too much. You should be alright if you don't pay too much for it.


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    It seem that at about 180,000 cars start to nickel and dime you.


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    Re: HIgh Mileage Cars

    Picked up a 1988 Grand Am from my uncle at 180k went to ~230k miles. Fun fact, the odometer on that went 199,999.9 and stopped, it didn't turn over to 200,000. GM didn't exactly make a high quality body for that car, by the end it was pretty rusted out. Had a 97 Taurus that between my family we took over 200k as well.



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