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Old 07-07-2014, 04:58 PM
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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I have a car with 240K miles on it and a co-worker of mine has one with over 350K.

How long can these cars last & what's the most mileage / years you've ever driven a car?
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:17 PM
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I have never kept one with over 125,000 miles on it but goal with Honda CR-V is over 200K. 90K on it now.

Jasper Hobbs
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:02 PM
Location: H-town, TX.
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I once had a Ford Ranger that made it to about 283,000 before it dropped a cylinder. Didn't run quite so well an an inline three cylinder for some reason...

My '03 F150 has 224,500 miles on it. That engine has better technology behind it, so I expect it to last a bit longer than the Ranger.

As for the question of "How long can these cars last", there are a couple of ways to look at it. One part of the equation is the quality of the parts going into that vehicle. You can parrot the myth of "It'll last as long as you take care of it", but that's not always the case. A pile of junk is just that. Taking care if it won't change that. I forced my uncle to take my dad's '97 Chevy after dad passed on. It didn't take too many highway runs to eat the transmission. My dad didn't do much driving aside from light to light driving when his eyes got worse, so he was able to baby that trans for most of the 115k miles it lasted after he told me that it started lurching a few years ago. Oh well, a $1400 performance build never hurt anyone.

That segues to the other part. Any vehicle will last as long as you are willing to throw parts at it. How long are you willing to do that?
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:22 PM
Location: Nebraska
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I put 370K on a 84 Pontiac Grand Am and it was still running great when I got rid of it. I have 190k on my 96 Grand Prix and it's still doing fine. 220K on my Sonoma.

The longest I have ever driven a truck is my Bronco. I purchased it in 1975 and I'm still driving it.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:25 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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500K on a TDI New Beetle! And I then sold the car for $1500 on cl with full disclosure. I bought the car used in 2003 and sold it in 2013.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:29 PM
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In 2012 had about 220k on a '02 Tahoe. Great car. Little things started to go and I decided it would be a good time to trade it in while it had good resale value left.

I fully expect the Q7 that replaced it to go over 300k.
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:18 PM
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I have 200k on my 97 tahoe it will last 300s easy maybe even 400s on the original engine.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:26 AM
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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The highest I've personally gone is around 240K on a 1995 Crown Vic, it used some oil when I sold it but otherwise still ran like a top.

I've had a handfull that I've sold at close to or just over 200K that I'm confident would have topped 300K and probably much more with continued care and maintenance. I've always wanted to push one to it's limit but tend to get bored with my cars and want to get something different before I get there.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:28 AM
Location: Henderson
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If you have parts and capable mechanics Insuppose you could keep a car going for a million miles. Keeping the car running with the original engine, transmission is the real trick. I have about 150,000 miles on my 2003 Toyota Matrix but I know several people with about double that on their Honda Accords.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:48 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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306,000 on my 87 Mustang, before I blew the motor, all stock. I know it was probably my fault, as I Seafoamed the intake and didn't change the oil as soon as I should have after it. I assume the oil pump clogged and thus broke the crank.

That Matrix is barely broken in at 150,000! I know several people on the genvibe website that have over 300,000 miles on their Vibe or Matrix, and a couple with over 400,000.
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