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Old 09-13-2015, 01:36 PM   #21
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The vehicle I've owned the longest is a 1997 Ford Ranger. Bought it new. It's got 160K and runs beautifully. Almost all those miles were from commuting 20K/yr 1997-2005. Easy highway miles. Since 2005, I've probably put <3K miles on it total. It gets used when the kids move from one place to another and for the annual trip to the city landfill for a yard of mulch.
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:06 PM   #22
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On the opposite end of the spectrum:

My longest owned car is my current car purchased new, a 2002 Lexus SC430, with 33.5K miles on it currently. I live < 2 miles from work.

A really good car.
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:22 PM   #23
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My car is a 2002 Nissan Maxima SE. Bought new in December 2001 and has just shy of 110K. I only live 3.7 miles from work, but it's been on some long road trips, most recently in May to Oregon. Still running great. I LOVE this car and will be sad when I have to replace it.
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:24 PM   #24
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Current car is a 2001 Audi A6 purchased used in 2005 with 30k miles. Now has 102k. It's due for a new timing belt, water pump and brakes - probably $2,400 on a car worth $4k tops. But it's a great car, and $2,400 is a lot less than it would cost to replace it. I'm planning to get at least another 50k miles or so out of it.
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:49 PM   #25
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We always buy new and then drive them for at least 10 years. DH is still driving his 2002 Toyota 4Runner which only has 140,000 km (87,000 miles) on it.


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Old 09-13-2015, 03:01 PM   #26
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I normally buy new and keep them for around 150,000 miles. That's generally about five years, sometimes six. They're always in great shape, and I get good prices when I sell them (privately). Unfortunately (and I know it's silly), as a child of the 50s I have such a strong memory of breakdowns that I can't bring myself to trust a car with more than 150,000 miles on it.

The "new every 5 or 6 years" cost is built into my budget, so I'm comfortable with my habit.
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Old 09-13-2015, 03:08 PM   #27
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Brought a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta diesel (TDI). It currently has 244,000 miles on it. It's running great. DW drives a 2003 Honda Accord, with 232,000. It's also running great as well.


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Old 09-13-2015, 03:31 PM   #28
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Highest mileage care we've had was a 2003 Buick Century that went to 173k miles, then the transmission went and repairs would have equaled the value of the car so we bought a new '14 Honda Accord. At 28k miles now it's barely broken in since we expect to keep it past 200k miles based on what others report from their Hondas.
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Old 09-13-2015, 03:54 PM   #29
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Highest mileage was a 1996 Suburban that I put 245K miles on in 14 years when somebody totaled it.

Now that I'm ER'd and my driving time had drastically reduced, I was looking forward to only putting a few thousand miles a year on my current vehicle, a 2015 Jeep Wrangler. I bought it in May when it had 80 miles on it but it's just been so much fun to drive that it's now got 8150 miles on it.
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Old 09-13-2015, 04:02 PM   #30
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WOW.... some of you must drive a LOT of miles....

My longest ever was just over 10 years and 120,000 miles... pretty crappy Mercury Cougar... glad to get rid of it...

Most of my cars are 10 years around 100K...

Earlier this year I totaled my Acura TL with 57K miles on it... I would have kept that one for another 10 or more years if I could...


Current fleet is pretty new... the oldest is 6 years and 60K miles... next is 5 years and 13K miles... last is 9 months a 5K miles.... we will be keeping all for a good amount of time... the first two will go with the kids (one is already driving, the other in 5 years).... so I will be buying a new car and not be getting rid of any for many years.... barring an accident...
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Old 09-13-2015, 04:08 PM   #31
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I drove my 1973 Impala over 323,000 miles. I finally drove it over the scales at the junkyard as the transmission started slipping (never changed the transmission fluid as I recall) and they gave me $18 dollars for it. I miss that giant land cruiser.

The only vehicle I ever purchased new was an '89 Accord LXi. We drove that for nearly 19 yrs and 232,000 miles. Sold it for $100 when DW bought her mid life crisis 2007 MX5. My '88 Prelude was T-boned at 180,000 miles otherwise I'd probably still be driving it . The replacement '01 Prelude VTEC has only 160,000 miles on it so it's still a spring chicken.

We've budgeted $15k every 10yrs in our retirement plan for replacement vehicles (for each of us) although considering how reliable vehicles have turned out for us that's probably a little too much.

I think the LBYM lifestyle is responsible for this.

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I know this question has come up before in another thread and I think I answered it by saying over 200k miles. I keep record on most of my cars and this time I looked at my spreadsheet. The vehicle that I owned and that I drove the most miles on, was a 95 Chevy 4X4 PU. I bought it new and sold it in 2001 with 197,500 miles on it.

It never had any major problems or repairs, I think the biggest thing that went bad on it was a power steering hose, which I replaced myself.
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Old 09-13-2015, 04:34 PM   #33
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Post Katrina traded my Chevy Silverado bench seat long bed V6 for a new 2006 V6 Chevy Equinox. Now with 10 yrs and 202K miles I am lusting.

For What? Do I want a sports car like my younger days in Seattle/Denver, a 'red neck pickup' like Alabama/Louisiana or a er 'city car' like my Wife's Honda Fit of which I like the drive 'feel and parking ease'.

heh heh heh - Of course I could go for 400K miles .
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Old 09-13-2015, 05:25 PM   #34
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Our longest owned vehicle was a 1990 Plymouth Grand Voyager bought new in 1990. We traded it in 2009 (19 years), during Cash for Clunkers with around 90,000 miles on it. It had transmission problems but as long as you didn't run it in overdrive, it ran fine.
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Old 09-13-2015, 06:18 PM   #35
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I owned my 1993 Chevy Beretta for 14 years before trading it in with approximately 50,000 miles on it.
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84 Chevy Caprice, purchased in 89 with 64,000 miles, cash-for-clunkered it in 2009 with 424,000 miles on the odo. I think I win the most miles contest so far! Biggest repair bill was for new power steering pump, about $300 I think. Everything else pretty cheap, and I did most of them myself. LOTS of rust from northern salty winters.
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I've owned a few antique cars for 20+ years. But when it comes to daily transportation, the longest was a 2000 Intrepid, bought on 11/6/99 and totaled in a parking lot hit and run on 11/18/09. So, it lasted 10 years and a couple weeks, and had about 150,000 miles on it.

Second runner up was a 1968 Dodge Dart 270 hardtop coupe I bought in April of 1992. It had about 253,000 miles on it, but had a rebuilt 318 V-8 put in at 242,000, and a replacement transmission and rear end soon after. I took it off the road to do some body work and get it repainted for a few months in 1993. Sometime in late 1995 it hit 300,000 miles. In 1997 I got a newer car, which was replaced by another, and then the Intrepid, so the Dart got driven less and less. One morning in late 2001, with about 338,000 miles on it, it refused to start. It was just something minor like the fuel pump, but I didn't have the time or money to mess with it, so I just let it sit. It was looking pretty ratty by that time too, as it had suffered a few minor hits here and there, and some rust was coming through the rear quarter panels really badly. In 2009 I finally got around to selling it.
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84 Chevy Caprice, purchased in 89 with 64,000 miles, cash-for-clunkered it in 2009 with 424,000 miles on the odo. I think I win the most miles contest so far! Biggest repair bill was for new power steering pump, about $300 I think. Everything else pretty cheap, and I did most of them myself. LOTS of rust from northern salty winters.
I'd like to give you an honest to God cheer for that! I've owned a few of that era with Olds and Buick nameplates, and to put that many miles on a Caprice, you had to spend a lot of time in the seat! Very, very impressive. Gold star!
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I've got a 2007 Acura TL Type S with 48K miles and a 2002 Ford Explorer with about 88K miles on it. DW drives a 2012 MB C300 with 44K. I'll probably trade the Acura in for a new version soon. There's nothing wrong with the vehicle, but I like some of the new safety features of the newer cars. Since I have trouble turning my neck at times, the blind spot warning and better rear view cameras are something I'd like to have. Too many close calls this past year.
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I'd like to give you an honest to God cheer for that! I've owned a few of that era with Olds and Buick nameplates, and to put that many miles on a Caprice, you had to spend a lot of time in the seat! Very, very impressive. Gold star!
Thank you! Yes, I'd say 75 percent of the 424,000 miles were done commuting to my computer programming cube! Sailing along a big highway.
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