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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 11-28-2014, 08:03 PM
 
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I've gotten both over 200 and 300k on my vehicles. Most of my work service trucks routinely get 200k before we sell them.
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:01 PM
 
Location: SoCal & Mid-TN
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First vehicle I bought new was an '86 Chevy S-10. Had a crack in the head at 179,000. Had some body damage where it had been hit (when parked) by a driver who confused the gas with the brake (how do you do that?). Anywah - got rid of it and got a new Nissan 200sx (basically a 2- door sentra) Am at 197,000 now. Have had to do some work - new radiator and fan this year, one fuel injector went out, water pump, front axles. Other than that, just regular maintenance. Had a friend who had a Nissan truck he got over 300,000 on.
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Old 11-28-2014, 11:08 PM
 
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It really depends on the make/model.

A Chrysler or Isuzu is probably going to be trash, but a Honda or Silverado will go a long time.

I've had good luck with both.
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Old 11-28-2014, 11:13 PM
 
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I have owned many a car in my years and probably half went went over 250,000 miles.. Mostly Domestic but a few imports.....
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Old 11-29-2014, 02:44 AM
 
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I drive over 60k yr with a personal car,,, for 20 yrs

ive owned many many cars, the ones that surprised me was a 2002 ford focus that went 248k
and a ford contour 1998, that went 237k
most of the cars I bought cheap, and tried to make money on the reimbursement ,

the buicks from the mid 90's to today have all gone over 200k

the Hyundai's , Toyotas, Honda's most all of them got over 200k


today, im buying newer cars, ( my longtime cheap mechanic died) still refuse to buy brand new


after much research last spring, I found a Hyundai sonata 2013 for 13,900 with 25k miles

I found it on autotrader great search site, and it was at a dealership heavy on used inventory- which previously, I use to target private purchases
I hope/expect this car to go 250k
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:03 AM
 
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4 pages of posts in 3 days. Wow... you hit the mother lode. . : )



365,000 on my old '81 Dodge van, 318 engine, driven over 16 years.

"Secrets" of the success, in my opinion:

* Keeping fuel tank full within several gallons unless traveling.
* Keeping oil, oil filters, fuel filters & air filters changed regularly.
* Keeping a decent upper cylinder lubricant in fuel.
* Regular tune-ups, spark plug wires every 6 years.
* No "jackrabbit" starts & easy, planned-for stopping.
* 90%+ highway miles. Easy on the road, relax, enjoy.

"Thunderbolt" took a timing chain @ 273,000, the single time ever having to open her engine up. Sold her to a disabled veteran in '01, he drove it another 10,000+ & said, "That was a good ole' van!" It never had a road failure in over 375,000+ miles.

There's no reason, in my estimation, to have to get shed of a vehicle that has been maintained & cared for, unless you really want to.

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My new ride has an engine that commonly sees 500,000+ miles (MB inline 5 diesel), though it's unlikely that many miles will ever be seen by myself.

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Old 11-29-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I have a 13 year old 4Runner with 152k that I just can't part with. We have had many other cars since this one but this one is ageing so gracefully that its challenging me to see how long I can keep it. Shows very little wear inside and paint is very good, no dents or dings. Other than an AC issue at 70k I have only done recommended maintenance including timing belt at 90k. I replaced belts, hoses and radiator at 150k just as preventative maintenance.

Not sure todays Toyota will be able to hold up that well though. We live in an area very kind to cars, but I think exterior and interior durability is not what it used to be, particularly cheaper interior materials and waay thinner paint and clear coats.
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Old 11-30-2014, 04:19 PM
 
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The OP is making one incorrect assumption. When I was last in the market for a new car, the Toyota Corolla was cheaper than the Ford Focus that I was looking at.
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Well, extended family there's over 300k on the Dodge RAM and my sister's Subaru has about 280k.
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Old 11-30-2014, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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The OP is making one incorrect assumption. When I was last in the market for a new car, the Toyota Corolla was cheaper than the Ford Focus that I was looking at.
Was this true of a used car?
Because I don't buy new...
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