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Old 11-20-2014, 03:51 PM
 
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My car is 7 years old and has 44,000 miles on it. Husband's truck is 9 years old and has 80,000. How on earth do ten year old vehicles get 150,000 miles on them - do the owners just drive them around in circles to watch the odometer turn over for entertainment?!?!
Instead of being incredulous about cars with "high mileage", I am amazed that you have apparently driven less than 6,300 miles per year with your car, and your husband has driven less than 9,000 miles annually with his car. Both of you drive much less than the national average.

Especially in the case of your car, I really hope that you change the oil and do other maintenance on the basis of elapsed time, rather than on the basis of odometer mileage.
If you are changing oil on the basis of odometer mileage, your engine is likely clogged with damaging oil sludge.

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Old 11-20-2014, 03:52 PM
 
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Instead of being incredulous about cars with "high mileage", I am amazed that you have apparently driven less than 6,300 miles per year with your car, and your husband has driven less than 9,000 miles annually with his car. Both of you drive much less than the national average.

Especially in the case of your car, I really hope that you change the oil and do other maintenance on the basis of elapsed time, rather than on the basis of odometer mileage.
If you are changing oil on the basis of odometer mileage, your engine is likely clogged with damaging oil sludge.

Probably not. Maximum oil change interval for me would be 1 year. If done at that rate you should be good
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Mountain Home, ID
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Okay, but would you personally want to buy a 10 year old vehicle with 150,000 miles on it, even with a favorable Carfax report? What would you consider, quote, "low mileage" for a 10 year old vehicle?
I'd consider anything 110K or under low miles for a 10 year old car. Plus it would depend on what kind of mileage it was. Highway miles vs stop and go traffic.

Mileage adds up fast when you're commuting longer distances. I used to commute 40 miles round trip because my job was located in an upscale area and did not pay enough to allow me to live nearby. So I lived out in the po' people area and commuted. I owned my car for 7 years and put 125K on it.
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:33 PM
 
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I just have to vent my puzzlement - how the hell do vehicles get so many miles on them??? Husband & I have been looking at used vehicles lately, 10 to 12 year old SUV's mostly, and I'm amazed at what dealers consider "low miles" for a 10 year old vehicle. Anything over 100,000 is high miles, in my book! My car is 7 years old and has 44,000 miles on it. Husband's truck is 9 years old and has 80,000. How on earth do ten year old vehicles get 150,000 miles on them - do the owners just drive them around in circles to watch the odometer turn over for entertainment?!?!
Do you live in an area that requires minimal driving, or maybe you conserve on purpose? 150k/10y is typical commuter mileage.

I think it's good that people are trying to make things last longer. But it's not so good if they mainly do it out of recessionary fears and waste-as-usual might return. My strategy is to get at least 250k out of any vehicle, which isn't hard with a reliable make.
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:49 PM
 
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I just have to vent my puzzlement - how the hell do vehicles get so many miles on them??? Husband & I have been looking at used vehicles lately, 10 to 12 year old SUV's mostly, and I'm amazed at what dealers consider "low miles" for a 10 year old vehicle. Anything over 100,000 is high miles, in my book! My car is 7 years old and has 44,000 miles on it. Husband's truck is 9 years old and has 80,000. How on earth do ten year old vehicles get 150,000 miles on them - do the owners just drive them around in circles to watch the odometer turn over for entertainment?!?!
The average now is 12K per year last government figures I read; so that is 120k in ten years. You have low mileage vehicles so buy;oh that right you already own them. Seriously if you are shopping at used car dealers and not new car dealers used car lots then that is the problem. They are mostly trade ins new car dealers sent to auction because they do not want them .New car dealers more and more only keep a few older models like your to sale; otherwise they only keep what you describe to sale at profit equaling new or more.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:00 PM
 
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My commute to work is 11 miles round trip. Add in a few miles for weekend errands and I am lucky to put on 100 miles a week. I put on about 5000 miles a year. Good thing too as 4X4 truck doesn't get the best MPG

Jasper Hobbs
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:53 PM
 
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I am one of those people guilty of putting a lot of miles on a car. How do I do it? First, it's my only car so I use it for both commuting to work and daily errands. I also take lots of road trips because I don't like flying. Vacation time for me is hitting the open road.
I can easily put 20k to 25 k miles on car per year.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:06 PM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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15k a year is average. A lot of SUVs are multi purpose family haulers and not only do someone's commute duty but also weekend trips and shuttling around of kids, running errands, and so on.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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I just have to vent my puzzlement - how the hell do vehicles get so many miles on them??? Husband & I have been looking at used vehicles lately, 10 to 12 year old SUV's mostly, and I'm amazed at what dealers consider "low miles" for a 10 year old vehicle. Anything over 100,000 is high miles, in my book! My car is 7 years old and has 44,000 miles on it. Husband's truck is 9 years old and has 80,000. How on earth do ten year old vehicles get 150,000 miles on them - do the owners just drive them around in circles to watch the odometer turn over for entertainment?!?!
Great question / rant, US2 . . .

I'm convinced many of my friends and neighbors will drive to the bathroom. Sadly, they are so lazy they will literally drive two blocks or less to the bank or a store in lieu of walking.
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:10 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU
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Here in metro ATL. I know many people that make 40-90 mile round trips daily to work, so some of them can be at 100K in 5 years easily.
Yep. My dad is 70 miles roundtrip. 9 days every 2 weeks now (every other Friday off!). Also frequent Lake Hartwell a few weekends a month. 160 miles round trip. He got his car in Feb '05 with 5 miles on it. Not even 10 years later it has over 300,000 miles on it. Definitely showing its age but it's an Acura and my dad takes care of it. The wheels will have to come off before he gets rid of it. High mileage is just a way of life in our family. My dad's old car ('94 Acura Integra) had over 350,000 miles on it before a water pump gave out. My old car (also an Acura, '92) had 275,000 on it before giving it up in 2012. My current car, a 2004 Acura RSX (noticing a pattern here?) has over 150,000 miles on it. Only noticeable wear is on the steering wheel. Everything else is in great shape. We have a great mechanic we take all our cars to. Everything is serviced when needed. Take care of the cars and you'll get plenty of miles, no problem. Stop and go miles are much worse than highway miles too. A lot of our miles have been trips over 100 miles one way.
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