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Old 05-05-2011, 05:49 PM
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It depends on care and if you live in the rust belt areas.

I have a 81 Yamaha that has no rust because i don't ride motorcycles on salty roads. I have a 83 chevy 4x4 plow truck I have rebuilt the body 4 times now and it needs it again. My 85 volvo wagon has over 350,000 on the same engine, and is turbo and that is the same.

86 Dodge conversion van, the bed room has way low miles at around 30,000. It never sees salt either.

I do a lot of special care to arrest rust, far more than most people would, because I can.

I don't worry about fashion, and if I do I can paint.

The engine in that truck I got would make most kids weep! LOL Real 350 cubic inch engine with a gas gobbler 4 barrel carb sitting on a simple hi-rise manifold and headers for the exhaust. There are faster vehicals, and there are more powerfull vehicals, but that old chevy takes a beating and never misses a lick. That one is in full blown Military camo paint since that is so easy to fix.

The one I want is the old 1948 Dodge Power Wagon. It's about the size of a bus.
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Old 05-05-2011, 06:15 PM
Location: Great Plains
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I have a 2000 Lincoln with 154,000 miles on it and plan to run it another 46,000 miles. I am eyeing replacements and have visions of keeping my vehicles until 200K.

also have a 90 Frod F150 with 156,000 miles. I am going to put a flatbed on it and run it till it doesn't run any more. I hope to get at least another 10 years of life out of it.
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Old 05-05-2011, 06:16 PM
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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If it rusts on you, that won't be the kind of thing that you walk out one day and suddenly it's rusty! You will be able to see it coming, and that can become part of your regular maintenance if you want. If you catch rust early, it's not that hard, nor that expensive to fix. Your car, with how you maintain it, should last you a long time. And, no, I wouldn't feel bad at all about driving it on longer trips. New York to LA? I'd do it.

What I meant to say was, no you should get rid of it right away. Just PM me and I'll take it off your hands... Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Old 05-05-2011, 06:20 PM
Location: DFW
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If you follow the recommended maintenance in the manual, a little more than 200,000 miles.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:11 PM
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I have a 91 toyota corolla with 150k on it still running strong in NJ. Powersteering, radiator, alternator, and rebuilt transmission are the only non maintenance items that have been replaced. I will NOT get rid of this car until it dies a noble death even tho I have 2 others that are newer (but still old). It even sat under a tarp for 2 years at one point..put a new battery and she fired right up...LOVE this car even tho its ugly as *** lol!
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:43 AM
Location: BC Canada
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got a 91 awd astro van - bought new- It has 360000 miles but getting tired- have to replace soon - Very good workmobile and starts better than my 02 suzuki suv
have hualed a ton of concrete blocks w no problem- it has a truck frame
had to replace the fuel pump so just cut the floor out to access but like I say its getting tired- door handles broken , rust, door hinges loose etc etc
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Old 05-07-2011, 04:11 PM
Location: Texas
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Bought my '85 Regal in 1996 with 97,000 miles. Car was in very good shape. Drove on the original motor until 312,000 miles. It was still running when I replaced it with a brand new crate motor from GM in 2007. Just got it repainted and reupholstered last week. Now sitting at 388,000 miles. Drive it 80 mile round trip to and from work every day and everyting works.

I also have a 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora with 299,956 miles. Looking at replacing that one before the end of this year. It's getting tired but still runs well. Drive it from Dallas to Houston about every other month or so.

The key - consistent proactive maintenance. Don't let 'em run hot and keep the oil clean.
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