Originally Posted by Sneakymom
I would LOVE to know how you got your car to go that long. We can usually get to about 150,000 mi, then it starts costing us a lot of money, and we just have to ditch the car. And we always buy brand new. And we do all of the necessary maintanance.
I hate trashing the Big 3 auto makers. Esp when they're in such a bind right now. But if I could get a car that would last me 200,000 miles, that would be great!
My dad had a 79 Chevy Caprice that had 350,000 on it when it got junked. It still ran, too! (Someone else junked it when we moved, before my dad could get back to NJ and pick it up). A lady at work has a 97 Ford Crown Victoria with 440,000 miles on it (same engine, just has had it's transmission replaced twice). My uncle has a Mercedes with 800,000+ on it. It makes my car and it's 222,000 feel like nothing
I guess it all really depends on how well you take care of them, too. I've seen cars with 80,000 miles on them need tons of work because no one cares about it. Sometimes there are cars that just dont want to last very long, no matter how well you take care of them. We did have to do our timing belt, because it snapped on the interstate (and luckily did not bend any valves) - we meant to do it at 200k, but kept putting it off, until it snapped at 211k on my way to my parents' house. Two people have owned it before us - one was a lady who bought it new in 92 and drove it daily, did all the scheduled maintenance, etc. The next was a guy who wanted to turn it into a drag car but couldn't bear to tear up a car kept in such good condition. We drive it pretty hard, but it gets 30-33mpg around town, and 33-35 on the highway.
I think we've gotten our $2,300 worth out of it!
We're hoping to see 300,000+ in it, as long as it doesnt start getting ragged out. Not too uncommon in Hondas and Toyotas to pull that kind of mileage. It's probably one of the other reasons the Big 3 is falling under - they cannot compete with the efficiency and life spans of some of these foreign cars (cant even say "imported" anymore, really, since they have plants here too now).
I will admit, 4 of our 6 cars are GM ... A Chevy Camaro & Monte Carlo, a Pontiac Firebird and Fiero, and then there's our two Acura Integras.