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Old 09-29-2015, 03:36 PM   #41
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I have a 5 year old truck(22,000 miles) and a 8 year old Honda Accord(42000 miles). Both are actually low miles for their age. Learning from the past, for trips more than 200 miles, I make sure of the following:
1. Oil change & all fluid checks before a long trip.
2. Tire pressure check before a long trip.
3. Spare tire air check
Once I embark on a long trip with my old Mitsubishi. About one hundred miles out, it was very obvious that my alignment was off so bad, the steering wheel was shaking.
In another trip, Toyota, the car was turning to the right, and the wheels needed balancing.
I also will not hesitate to stop by a dealer service for any minor quirks that develop during the trip. I do not want to have a breakdown in the middle of Montana or Wyoming.

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Old 09-29-2015, 04:36 PM   #42
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Exactly! And if you are lucky, those girls will remember that Daddy got the car going again and be sure to marry men who can fix things!

Or even better yet, those budding little engineers will want to learn how to fix things themselves!
Or better yet, marry a guy who was a Boy Scout and understands the meaning of "Be Prepared!

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Old 09-29-2015, 06:03 PM   #43
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Or better yet, marry a guy who was a Boy Scout and understands the meaning of "Be Prepared!
Exactly! We always check our vehicles before a road trip. I don't want to sit on the side of the road and hope someone comes by that's not a psycho.
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Old 10-22-2015, 02:05 PM   #44
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1949 VW Beetle, drove 500+ miles Round trip between Northern Belgium and Germany. Have done this this past summer, 2013 and 2011.

Part of a vintage VW weekend event... but since you asked...!

(I also own a '57 Beetle that I spend 7+ years restoring, and have driven 16k miles in the US since I finished the restoration in 2000)
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1993 Ford Explorer but with less than 100k miles. Drove from Vancouver to Puerto Vallarta on a 16 day trip in 2008 and left it there. Only problem was 2 flat tires, one in Sonoma and the other in Mazatlan. Both handled without emptying the vehicle.
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:18 PM   #46
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We have an 18 yr old Camry.
While I'll use it to go get groceries, etc. I feel a LOT more safe driving our 2015 Toyota on long trips.

I worry that rubber/plastic/cork seals or hoses will decide to finally give way due to brittleness/rot etc.
While the engine itself is fine and I changed the oil 2x a yr minimum, its the rest of the car that is a concern.

For example, the frame often can rust away. I jacked up a friends car once and the jack pushed/crushed the frame where the jack was supposed to go.
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Old 10-26-2015, 04:13 PM   #47
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Old 10-30-2015, 09:42 AM   #48
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In 1994 we took a 17 year old Pontic with 51,000 miles to Canada. It had manual everything but it did have air condition. I had to wire up the muffler when it fell down, in those days the clothes had metal hangers I haven't seen one on my clothes in years lol. I remember checking the oil and putting air in the glass belted tires. The car sat outside its entire life. The trip was nyc to Canada to some amusement park the am radio was nice to sing to, no problems. A garbage truck rear ended it during a snow storm, I got I think 400 dollars from the city
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:23 AM   #49
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In my younger days, I didn't have much of a choice for any road trips. We had two vehicles but only one really comfortable enough for long road trips. I guess the oldest vehicle we took on a really long road trip was a ~10 year old pickup that had over 100k miles on it when we started. We drove it to Key West from Houston and returned. We actually drove it "non stop" on the return trip from Key West back to Houston. Made this trip several times over the years but only once non-stop. If I remember correctly it took us almost exactly 24 hours on the return trip, only stopping for fuel, food, etc. That's long way in an old 4 wheel drive truck.

These days, my older vehicles rarely travel further than 100 miles from home. Just got back from Vegas last month but that was in a new 2015 SUV.
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:43 AM   #50
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The longest road trip with an old car was in 2001, we drove from Chicago suburbs to Winnipeg Canada in our 1965 Chevy Impala. So, that would be a 36 year old car at the time driving a total of at least 1800 miles round trip. Never had a mechanical problem. We still have the car, it is 50 years old now. Here is a picture of us at the casino resort in Winnipeg with our car.
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Tom, I am totally and completely and instantly in LOVE with your car. Awesome!

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