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View Poll Results: For those who have gotten 200,000 miles or more out of their vehicle, what is your secret?
I've gotten over 200,000 miles with my import(s) 27 42.86%
I've gotten over 200,000 miles with my domestic(s) 24 38.10%
I've gotten over *300,000* miles with my import(s) 5 7.94%
I've gotten over *300,000* miles with my domestic(s) 9 14.29%
Seriously?!? Why would anyone want to drive a car this long? 14 22.22%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-26-2014, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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There are plenty of domestics that can go to 300k. Chrysler's old 4.0 inline 6 engines would do that regularly without needing a rebuild. Honda/Acura and Toyota also build lots of engines known for their longevity. My wife used to have an Acura Integra when we first met, car had 260k on it when we finally traded it in because the rest of the car was falling apart due to lack of maintenance, proper fixing. Engine was still going strong.

There's a guy on another forum I frequent who's gotten over 400k on his Porsche 996 turbo without needing a rebuild. So, there are cars out there from a variety of manufacturers that can go 300k without too much trouble, just have to do your research to find out which specific cars, not necessarily specific makes.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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If you spend enough money, you can get any car to last that long.
Yeah, past 150,000 miles, maintenance will cost you the equivalent of 3 monthly car payments a year. At that rate, you can keep a rig going for a very long time.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:25 PM
 
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I had a 86 Escort that I got 215K out of, after replacing the motor at 180K or so for a blown head gasket. After selling it, I would see it driving around town for years, and must have had 300K on it by the last time I saw it on the street. It was pretty sad by then.

Almost any rig these days will see 200K, it's the new 100K.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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200-300k is no big deal if the car is driven often. Cars that driven not so often tend to have more issues as seals and bearings rust or have corrosion and oil sediments can cause problems for engines if you don't drive a car often.

Which is why I normally buy cars that are 130k mi and up but less than 7 years old. Because I know the car is maintained and ran long enough and will keep running than some guys garage kept car that wants more $$ and risky wear and tear.
^^^^THIS^^^^

I had a 1994 Saturn SL1 that, when sold in 2010, had close to 350,000 miles on the odometer and was still running reliably.

For 2 years, I commuted between Philly and DC (270 miles roundtrip).

For the next 3 years, I commuted between NE Maryland and DC (150 miles roundtrip).

Additionally, for the next 3 years, I commuted between NE Maryland and Baltimore City/Anne Arundel County (60 or 90 miles roundtrip, respectively).

Plus, I drove tens of thousands of non-commuting miles.

All I ever did was follow the recommended maintenance schedule and except for one engine problem that, if I remember correctly was a gasket or a rod. Anyway, they replaced it with a new engine and it was covered under the warranty. Otherwise, I never had any problems with my Saturn. It was always reliable and always started and ran, even with the engine problem.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Maintenance, operator behavior and sheer luck matter more than the nameplate. Why did the OP's Focus fail irretrievably at 210K miles?

By my reckoning, reaching 200K miles is relatively straightforward, but 300K is a substantial hurdle. Why? Because as our vehicles age and become more worn, it becomes progressively more difficult to find the motivation to scrupulously maintain them. Major flaws get fixed, but minor ones accumulate and cascade, until eventually one takes a sober view of the situation, and decides that enough is enough. Caveat: I refer to vehicles built in the 20th century. Presumably 21st century cars are more reliable, but more difficult to fix if and when they do fail.
Yeah, I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee with 325,000 on it. I gave the 5.2L engine (Chrysler 318) a valve job at 250,000 miles. It still purrs like a tiger. OTOH, I have replaced two front ends, a drive line and a transfer case. Maintenance is still way cheaper than buying a new one.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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Interesting.

So far we're tracking 8 to 3 in favor of domestics.
Good! Maybe I haven't been wrong all this time.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:35 PM
 
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I had a 66 plymouth with a slant6 and three on the tree. I sold it at 305k because of all the rust holes. I got it at 160K and all I put in it was a starter, clutch, and water pump. I asked the buyer why he would want it. He said I'm just going to use the engine and trans... Since then I've had lots of cars but never had over 150k on anything, but by choice, not necessity.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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My '97 Taurus just hit 210k miles today. I'm driving roughly 400 miles a week, so I have to have faith that it will be reliable lol. It hasn't let me down yet, though. I'm considering replacing it next year, but really I would just like to keep it until something major breaks.
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Old 11-26-2014, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Eastern PA
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My son has been working part-time at a garage and there are 2 vehicles they service regularly right now that come in that have in excess of 300K miles. One is a Toyota Corolla from the late 1990s. The other has over 400K miles on it and is a Toyota Camry that the owner has had since new. That car is an escort for oversize loads. Both are reliable daily drivers.
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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At 40,000 miles I'm done. That is considered "old age" for me. That's about 6-7 years.
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