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Old 07-17-2017, 12:35 PM
 
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My old car has about 150,000 miles on it. So far so good. It has never broken down. But recently, I have started to think it is not safe to take it out of town. It is like a real old person in his 80s. They may feel fine today but you never know what type of problems there are inside. My old car is like that. It seems like it is at the age that it could crash and burn without notice.

How about you? Do you take your old car out of town on road trips?
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:50 PM
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Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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If the tires, shocks, brakes, transmission and engine are fine, no problems. It's me at 67 and spouse at 70 is where the issues lie.
When we go to Seattle (210miles) thu Portland, we could drive it in 3-4 hours on a good day. 5-8 hours on a bad day. Most times at bad. So we take the train at 5.5 hours scheduled.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:52 PM
 
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My old car has about 150,000 miles on it. So far so good. It has never broken down. But recently, I have started to think it is not safe to take it out of town. It is like a real old person in his 80s. They may feel fine today but you never know what type of problems there are inside. My old car is like that. It seems like it is at the age that it could crash and burn without notice.

How about you? Do you take your old car out of town on road trips?
When I buy a new car I EXPECT well over 200,000 trouble free miles.
( I have not had one fail to meet my expectations )


My 2007 Toyota Camry has 194,000 miles on it and I am planning a 1700 mile round trip next month.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:54 PM
 
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If the tires, shocks, brakes, transmission and engine are fine, no problems. It's me at 67 and spouse at 70 is where the issues lie.
When we go to Seattle (210miles) thu Portland, we could drive it in 3-4 hours on a good day. 5-8 hours on a bad day. Most times at bad. So we take the train at 5.5 hours scheduled.
I'll be 72 next month and I make the 850+ mile trip in one shot.


Stopping for gas and quick bathroom breaks..........15 hours
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:23 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I'll be 72 next month and I make the 850+ mile trip in one shot.


Stopping for gas and quick bathroom breaks..........15 hours
My 20 yr old cars (my newest) use slightly over 1/2 tank of fuel to go 850 miles, and they do those type of trips often. Youngest has 220,000 miles.

Sometimes I rent a $9.99 Enterprise car (unlimited mileage) if there is some reason for 'creature comforts' (Taking someone else with me who expects Air Con...).

but... I HATE having to stop for gas (ick) every 500 miles or so
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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If you are worried about your car don't take it farther than walking distance from home. Once beyond walking distance the inconvenience and cost is pretty much the same.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:12 PM
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I'll be 72 next month and I make the 850+ mile trip in one shot.


Stopping for gas and quick bathroom breaks..........15 hours
But are you driving with a spouse?
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:14 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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For medium long trips, I would get it checked at the shop, before hitting the road. For really long ones (over 1000 m.), I would consider rental.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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I had a Kia Sportage. At 10 years old and 60 or 70K miles, it was so unreliable that I didn't trust it any further than 20 miles. I got rid of it.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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What do you call an "old" car?

A 10yo daily drive, or an 67 classic muscle car?

It always depends on maintenance and the experience with that specific cars. If I know it has some issues that makes it likely to break down somewhere in the middle of nowhere, I wouldn't.

But there are cars that just left their childhood with 150,000 miles on it.
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