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Old 11-17-2014, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Currently living in Reddit
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Sure they can. I've done it many times on older rusted cars, and am doing it now on my '63 Comet that has rust in the floors and around the rear wheelwells. Fixing the rust for me is cheaper than replacing the engine is going to be.

Heres another example of a rusty shell that I fixed in my garage:

I only had $2500 into that car after paying only $100 for it and driving it home in the condition of the first picture.
Beautiful work. I congratulate you on your patience. After doing it once, I found I didn't have the patience for it
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Old 11-17-2014, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Miami
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I bought a 99 Nissan Altima with 123000+ miles about 10 months ago. I have put on 6000 miles since buying it. This car has been very reliable and low maintenance. The only thing major I've had to do was change the water pump. The only other things that broke were the driver side power window motor and the switch, and the driver side sun visor, which were all replaced with inexpensive dunk yard parts. So that's proof that you can find a reliable car with high mileage to use as a daily driver.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:13 AM
 
Location: 4222'55.2"N 7124'46.8"W
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I'm sure most everybody will disagree with me on allowing this, but both of my vehicles have the check engine light on, and have for years.
I thought you fail inspection automatically if your check engine light is on. That happened to me a few years ago. Luckily the fix was as easy as replacing an O2 sensor.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:15 AM
 
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How a car is maintained has much more impact on if i'd buy a car at 125K miles. I wouldn't touch a car that hasn't had major service done other than oil changes by then.

I would drive a car with that mileage, but only if i was the one that put it on there. My daily driver is a 160K mile Infiniti G35x that I bought new. I've "overmaintained" it as I do the service myself and have the knowledge to service it properly. Honestly, I LIKE these newer cars with more computerization as it makes troubleshooting and diagnostics pretty easy....at least for me. But at 160K my car runs great and every time i take someone for a ride they are surprised by the number of miles on it. But, I took care of it.
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:01 PM
 
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I bought my 04' Honda CRV with 178,000 miles and sold it with 240,000 miles. Never had a problem, just had a new battery (I live in a sweltering desert so batteries are only good for two or three summers) put in, had the pads replaced and the rotors resurfaced.
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:24 PM
 
Location: In America's Heartland
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I really believe that 300K miles can be expected on most well maintained cars. I have a 2001 Honda CR-V with 180K miles, and it has been a very good vehicle. I purchased it for 8K in 2007 and it had 115K miles on it. If you figure the savings on the reduced purchase price, it might make a possible large repair bill a bit easier to swallow. Mileage does not concern me as much as the age of the vehicle and more importantly, how the thing was treated and maintained.
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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I thought you fail inspection automatically if your check engine light is on. That happened to me a few years ago. Luckily the fix was as easy as replacing an O2 sensor.
My Civic Hybrid is exempt from emissions inspection in my state simply because it is a hybrid.

My Jeep hasn't been required to go through it in several years either, there are emissions monitors set up at certain locations through town, and if you drive through them enough times and pass, you aren't required to go in for inspection.
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:22 PM
 
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I thought you fail inspection automatically if your check engine light is on. That happened to me a few years ago. Luckily the fix was as easy as replacing an O2 sensor.
Not every area is subject to inspections and the number seems to be falling. Our 2002 Mercedes ML320 has had a CEL on for years, at 140K it still runs fine.
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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Hello.
Thinking of buying a passenger car with 125000 miles or more. wondering what kind of vehicles are in this category and can still go for another 125000. I know Honda and Toyota come to mind, are there any others? This one will be 10 yrs old as well. Is it better to have an older car in years and lower miles or newer car but still 150,000 + miles? Has anyone had either a civic or corolla from 10 yrs ago? What was your experience? Looking for anything helpful and also any big expenses these older cars can have
Well I'm guessing a 2005 suzuki aerio s would world and i it's mileage is 8456 but I could be wrong but is 9 years old and still has a good performance I guess try it
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Old 11-17-2014, 06:07 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Yeah I agree that threads like this just scream for people to post their success stories. But like we both have posted 200,000 + on any car or truck is rare with the possible exception of a Toyota truck. That's why I felt it helpful to post my entire car/truck history, it kind of tells a better story than one or two individual cars/trucks.
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I currently have 38 cars + additional trucks. Only 1 has less than 125k. (it's 20 mpg GAS ick Motorhome / kinda fragile, so ONLY goes out on vacation). The vast majority have well over 250k, some to 550k,+. I carefully watch my pennies and if they require more than $0.10 / mile for repair, they go to the crusher. (my actual costs / mile are typically under $0.05) Free fuel (Cooking oil) and $5 tires (Junkyard take-offs) helps.

I have had nearly 70 cars and trucks over the yrs. The worst was a GM pickup that I ordered NEW when age 17, it only had 30k miles when I sold it 15 yrs later, it broke down all the time, including on the 'test drive. (They unexpectedly got a 'Mechanics special')

some of my best were US:

Same yr Dodge pickup - 350k and $19.00 in parts (gas - ick)
Chev Celebrity wagon (known to be crummy) - 280k and one set of new spark plugs and wires
Dodge minivan, 193k when the tranny got stuck in 2nd gear, drove it another 4 yrs to 199k; one set of plugs and wires and $17 Water pump.

Cars built since the 1990s have much better manufacturing tolerances in the engine / tranny and can go many yrs and 200k+ when cared for properly. (only 7 of my 38 are newer than 1990.)
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