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Old 05-24-2011, 06:35 AM
 
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Mile-for-mile, city driving is much harder on a car than highway driving. Cross-country cruising is about the least stressful thing a running motor will ever have to do.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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Road miles are not as hard on the car as stop and go cold start driving. a long trip wont hurt the car as long as it has clean oil and doesn't develop a coolant leak which wouldn't be fixed causing the engine to overheat.
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:12 PM
 
Location: United States
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I have driven my little Honda from Boston to Miami and back once before and I'm planning on doing this again this summer.

Does it reduce your cars life expectancy to do this once or twice a year?

Its about a 3,200 mile(round trip) journey, that I love. I'm in college right now and I need my baby to last me at least another 5 years, my mother keeps telling me I'm going to ruin my car if I do this.


Car stats:
Honda Civic Lx '08 coupe
Miles Driven about 40,000



Thank you automobile folks for helping me with this one
Lol, we have the same car, almost. Mines the sedan same year and model. Drove from northern Indiana to Vegas then to Los Angeles and back to Indiana. I love long desert drives up and down mountains stopping off at wierd attractions. I was getting about 450 miles to a tank too
It will NOT hurt your car, keep your fluids and tires in check. Fun times!
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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nope it will blow out all the crap thats built up inside just keep the fuilids up where they should be and the tires properly inflated and have all maintance done before you leave. my friend has a 2004 van that she barley never uses thinking the damm thing will last longer LOL she's had more work done to it from letting it sit verses i had a vw 96 vw rabbit with 15 million miles on it before i dumped it off and it still ran like new only major problems i had with it was it needed new rotors and i still have an 84 mercades 300 turbo diesel with over a million miles on it no problems with that and have a 2011 gl 350 turbo diesel with 10k miles on it.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:55 PM
 
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It can't be THAT good for the whole car
Most cars these days will reliably run 200,000 miles with proper maintenance, so driving it cross country is no problem, usually cars end their lives due to rust , mechanical problems can always be fixed even if it means a rebuilt motor 10-15yrs up the road.

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Old 05-26-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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A couple folks in this thread have mentioned that a long drive helps the engine burn off some "gunk" in the engine. When does this effect begin? After an hour, 2? 3? How long does it go for? Just curious. Thanks!
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:41 PM
 
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A couple folks in this thread have mentioned that a long drive helps the engine burn off some "gunk" in the engine. When does this effect begin? After an hour, 2? 3? How long does it go for? Just curious. Thanks!
Aha ... they've got you there !!
First, what is *gunk* ???
Gunk, is a secret combination of things you will never know about,
because those people who mentioned it, will never disclose what it is !!!
So ... , just believe them, and go on happily ever,
after you have *removed* the secret *gunk* from your jalopy ...
I am willing to make you a bet, none of them knows ...
Except, they keep telling you it is really in there !!!
And you will be forever sorry if you do not use their secret formula *gunk remover* !!!

How long does it take ?

You can *Google* for it and get
About 241,000 results (0.17 seconds)
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:56 PM
 
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it wont hurt the car at all, in fact it is better for the car because you will get the engine up to operating temperature, and keep it there for a long period of time which will allow the engine to burn off the vast majority of contaminants that get into the oil. i have driven many cars across country and back several times with no issues.


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Enjoy the drive and freedom while you can. Sounds like an awesome road trip.
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:48 PM
 
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Cars are meant to be driven.
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:33 AM
 
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Cars are meant to be driven.
Exactly,and when you feel they are worn out you buy another one..
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