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Old 04-09-2011, 08:15 PM
 
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My big apologies to everyone who responded. I had to go to a funeral - fly there - suddenly and came home very sick and am only now getting over the virus. Will try to respond to all posts.

Many thanks to all who wrote. I read most of the posts so far.
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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my 1991 F250 is still going strong after 20 year and hard abuse off-road and towing a power boat through the rockey mountins every summer.

it is easy to work on a and find parts for and is not dealer dependant so it is easy to work on.

I mean it is on the OEM 5.0EFI is under powered but I have a nice 5.8 windsor block and set of ported GT 40 heads and intake and aiting to go in since I decided to keep the truck but I might just go get 408W stroker kit and punchh it out for big block torque out of a SBF and still have it run EFI.

YouTube - 408w Mustang In Car Pulls And Street Burnouts 408
this motor just in a lifted F250
Holy Moses! 20 years and going strong!
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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Only 40k miles? No reason to get rid of it if you like the car.
Like? Try LOVE
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:23 PM
 
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I would not be embarrassed about having a low mileage older vehicle that I liked. There's no reason to get rid of it. Even if it has a major mechanical failure and needs a rebuilt engine or trans, putting 3 or 4 grand into a car with a straight body and that is familiar to you is better and cheaper then going and buying another used or new car for two, three, four times as much or more.

(Sorry it took so long to respond. I was sick.)

Well, do you know enough about cars to answer this one for me? I would appreciate it!

Since we toodle around locally, mainly, using the local highway for maybe 20 minute drives, as well, if we keep this car for another, say, 6 years, and continue to maintain it meticulously at our Subaru Dealer (we get oil changes and all that they recommend every 6 months at least):

Can we feel safe, if it is, say 15 years old, driving it from NY to Boston?

If it is well maintained?

Thanks!
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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You're doing everything right. If you keep up at a pace of <4,000 miles a year, and knowing that your car can easily go 150-200,000 miles, you're probably at 20-25% of your car's useful life.

Hi Jack,

Sorry for the long delay in responding.

OK, I should have asked this in my original question and now I will since I am remembering it!

The question is: Sure, I can maintain an old car, go on for maybe 15, 17 years, keep up all scheduled maintenance at my dealer (which we do), but we have to keep the car outside year round (metro NYC) and so the body: Will it hold up? What about the undercarriage, too? Will that hold up? I am concerned that this car would only be good as a home to RR station car. Or local supermarket, at 16 or 17 years old.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:51 PM
 
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drive the car until it blows up, or burns to the ground. my 77 olds has 168,000 miles on it and it still runs great. my falcon and my mustang are in the process of being restored, and my mothers mercury sable has just over 60,000 miles on it, and it is 14 years old. mileage doesnt mean anything, condition does. and if you keep the car properly maintained and in good condition, there is no reason to get rid of the car.

But, one thing, as I said to Jack: The body and/or undercarriage could get bad, right? We have to keep the car in the driveway.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:53 PM
 
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I wish I had the mindset to keep a vehicle long term and save some money lol but Im an every 2-3 years 40-50,000 mile trade type guy
40,000 to 50K miles! Why trade in such a "new" car? Only 2 to 3 years old? You must have money!
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:59 PM
 
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(Sorry it took so long to respond. I was sick.)

Well, do you know enough about cars to answer this one for me? I would appreciate it!

Since we toodle around locally, mainly, using the local highway for maybe 20 minute drives, as well, if we keep this car for another, say, 6 years, and continue to maintain it meticulously at our Subaru Dealer (we get oil changes and all that they recommend every 6 months at least):

Can we feel safe, if it is, say 15 years old, driving it from NY to Boston?

If it is well maintained?

Thanks!
Absolutely. That distance is easy in a well maintained vehicle. I would have no problem driving my 1992 4Runner from North Carolina to Boston because I keep it maintained properly. I have had it since 1994 so I know most of its history.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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I have a daily driver that is over 30 yrs old. It is fine.

You don't mention your climate or if it is in a a garage, (That is a big help to keep rubber from UV (sun damage) and radical temp changes.)

If stored inside: (winter and summer are tough on cars)
I would recommend annual oil and filter changes in the late fall (Using a synthetic) Have the mechanic coat the rubber CV boots with silicone spray to keep them from cracking.
Belts, anitfreeze, brake fluid, and hoses every 10 yrs or before a long hot or cold trip.
Wipers, Fuel, and air filter changes every 3 yrs (in fall)
Keep the fuel tank relatively full (less evaporation / condensation)
Keep the car ventilated and shaded (To preserve interior and plastics)
I appreciate all of the advice and will keep it all in mind.

Our car is outside in the driveway all year long. City of NY climate.

We do have a 2 car garage, but it was built many decades ago (in perfect condition) and, get this! located partly behind the house for smaller cars. We COULD keep it in the garage (which I greatly prefer) but our driveway is so darned narrow that it would be a job just to move it in and out of the garage. 1920 houses here, super close to each other (City of NY borough of Queens, all crowded). Not only that, my neighbors border the driveway and have this tall fence right up against it, so it is a pain in the neck to move the car back out.

Mostly everyone keeps their car outside around here, in the driveway, as a result. Almost 100% of the people do.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:02 PM
 
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my Lincoln has 270,000 miles on her (1987 Town Car).. i Say Forever!
Do you garage your car? We can't (sob!).
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