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Old 09-18-2015, 12:38 PM   #1
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Older cars on road trips?

What is the oldest car you have taken on road trips? How long?
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The oldest car I have ever had was 11 or 12 YO.... so it would be that....
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Old 09-18-2015, 01:27 PM   #3
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I took my 1955 Chevy on road trips of about 250 miles back in the day. But that was 50 years ago or so.
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I use a 1988 F-150 pickup w/140k miles on the odometer (per the oldest/longest owned vehicle thread) to pull my 16' travel trailer along to loneliest roads I can find in the west. Trips can last a year or more.
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Old 09-18-2015, 01:38 PM   #5
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1998 Mazda MPV with 190K.


Have driven 3 times from San Diego to Arcata CA (HSU) to drop off/pick up oldest DS to college, about 1500 miles round trip.


Before each trip we take it to our trusted mechanic for a free AAA check-up, get any recommended service and off we go.


Not a single problem.
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Old 09-18-2015, 01:55 PM   #6
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In 2002, I took a 1956 MGA on about a 1,800 mile trip. Prior year was a ~ 900 mile trip, same car. Car was a fresh restoration at that time, So don't know if it qualifies.
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Old 09-18-2015, 02:01 PM   #7
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I've had over 100 new cars, so none have been very old. Of course, I worked for Ford Motor Company, and most were company cars.

Now that I'm paying, my oldest is a 2003 F250 diesel that has very low miles. At this rate, the engine's going to be worn out when I'm 97 years old.

The modern cars are built with much tighter engines, and they can still be reliable up to 200K miles. Of course the brand matters too. A Honda and Toyota will last longer than a 4 cylinder GM, Chrysler or Mitsubishi product.
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I've had over 100 new cars, so none have been very old. Of course, I worked for Ford Motor Company, and most were company cars.

Now that I'm paying, my oldest is a 2003 F250 diesel that has very low miles. At this rate, the engine's going to be worn out when I'm 97 years old.

The modern cars are built with much tighter engines, and they can still be reliable up to 200K miles. Of course the brand matters too. A Honda and Toyota will last longer than a 4 cylinder GM, Chrysler or Mitsubishi product.
Not my POS Toyota p/u - what a lemon.
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Old 09-18-2015, 02:17 PM   #9
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Now that I'm paying, my oldest is a 2003 F250 diesel that has very low miles. At this rate, the engine's going to be worn out when I'm 97 years old.


This was the time when the FORD diesels where very good, the new stuff not so good.


I just took my 1995 Volvo wagon to near Mexico city and no problems at all. It is all about TLC for older vehicles. I do carry a nice inventory of spare parts because you just never know!
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Old 09-18-2015, 03:03 PM   #10
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In 2005 took our 1995 Ford Windstar on a 1000 mile trip to pass it on to a niece. It had 115K miles at the time. She got another 40,000 miles out of before selling it, reguarly made 100+ mile trips in it for her son's hockey games.
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Old 09-18-2015, 03:39 PM   #11
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I have no meaningful input. Until recently , all my vehicles were 25+ years old, but we never went anyplace beyond range of a tow.

Ten years ago, I had planned (in my mind, not my wife's) to take us in our freshly rebuilt 67 F-100 on a cross country trip. I figured that if I took along a spare water pump, alternator etc I could always fix any problem. I think it would have worked as there is so little to go wrong in that truck. But, there's no way that truck is safe at highway speeds nowadays.
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Old 09-18-2015, 04:09 PM   #12
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A few years ago I drove my 1987 Nissan PU cross country and back. It was 25+ years old but had low miles (52K) and had been well maintained. (Usually reserved for dump runs and toting kayaks, dogs and inner tubes to the river). The truck was fine but many bits of plastic broke off or cracked - window cranks, knob on gear shift, trim around dash, etc. It was dry and brittle. The worst part of the trip was the miserable bench seat. I still have that truck (80K miles now). How long should I keep it?
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in 1968 3 friends and I pulled a 1955 Pontiac out of the bush on one of the guys parent's farm. It hadn't been licensed in 3 years so we ordered plates, bought 4 used tires for $20 and took off for San Francisco. It made the 1800 mile trip there and back again (3600 mile total) with no problems at all.
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As a newlywed in 1976 DW and I drove from Chicago to Austin in a 1968 Chrysler POS station wagon. My folks gave it to us as a wedding present, later I found out why - DM hated the car, it was unstable on the highway and drank a quart of transmission fluid per week. Made the trip, though.
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I've taken a 150,000 mile 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee (in 2009) and a 140,000 2001 Acura (in 2013) on 1800 mile Chicago-Phoenix trips. Both made the trip ok. Kept the vehicles afterward in Phoenix, so neither made the return trip.
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Drove our 13 year old car with 150,000 miles on a 1,000 mile trip.
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Two years ago drove my '71 corvette about 2000 miles. No break downs but I can tell you driving a big block it sure gets hot. Felt like my feet were on fire by the end of the day.
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My husband leaves Monday for a trip to Yosemite and Sequoia with his brother. They're taking his 95 Dodge truck.

Most of our road trips are in my 10 year old highlander... the "new" car in our household.
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I've still got my '98 4Runner and have taken numerous road trips (Canada, Sierras, Montana, Utah, etc.) throughout its life.
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1990 Chevy Thomas bus with over 300k miles on it on a 29,000 mile circumnavigation. No breakdowns, not even a flat tire.

Talk about hot floorboards though--we drove for 35 straight hours in Kazakhstan's desert without having turning off the engine during that run. Your feet burned anytime they were on the floor more than 15 seconds!
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