Skip to comments.Vanity-Does Modern Tech Used in Auto Manufacturing Push the 100,000 mile Emotional Threshold higher?
Posted on 04/09/2012 4:05:36 PM PDT by NoLibZone
What's your sense on the state of modern auto and motor plant technology?
Does CAD, modern tech, etc push the emotional 100,000 mile threshold, to a new higher number?
all I know is I’m trying to get more out of my Tahoe. It’s at 148k and a little rough, but still OK.
My 1992 Accord has 280,000. Just about original everything. New blower motor and cosmetics. I think Japan forced that threshold long ago.
02 Yukon SLT 170K and going strong. All drive train parts original. Rough but I got 4 kids. It is a horse.
I buy or collect cars because they are cool or fast. I couldn’t care less about the mileage on a clock. If you keep them maintained and you didn’t cheap out and buy something disposable like a Hyundai Craptacular, you should be able to do over 200K miles on a vehicle no sweat.
What is the Emotional Mile Threshold?
My old ‘87 Toyota Vanwagon turned 500K miles before I sent her to the parts yard. Loved that van and wish I had another one like it.
My Townie had 325k on the original power train. 18 months after I sold it, I hear it’s still running fine.
We got 300,000 miles out of our 1993 Volvo 850 so I’d say yes.
That Hyundai would outlast a MOPAR or Gubmint Motors vehicle today.
I don’t know¿
In times past I got a new car every couple of years. the cars were at about 80k and probably in great shape.
Now I’m driving a 2007 Ford 500 with 136k miles. Still drives great and while I think of getting another new car(Taurus) I kinda just don’t care right now for some reason.
I was at 212K with my 2000 Nissan Frontier, and fully expected it to go trouble free to 300K. But two winters ago we had one 12” snow after another and since it was 2WD I reached the end of my rope on putting chains on. Traded it in on a 2006 Frontier NISMO 4X4 with 29K and that’s now at almost 80K. I’ll drive that one until it dies.
There’s a guy at work with a 1985 Nissan pickup with almost 500K on it.
I got 230K or so out an 89 240SX that was bought with 86K on the clock. Those last few K were rough ones. The rack was acting up and it would jump out of 5th every so often.
The real key is to completely lose the “emotional threshold”. I did that years ago; stopped turning over cars every couple of years or so. I currently own a 2000 Saturn SL1 as my run-around-town car(under-powered piece of crap but it runs decently and is dirt cheap to own) and a ‘93 Chevy Suburban monster (350 V-8) with a quarter-million miles on it....still running strong; it’s my people or stuff hauler.
I can afford pretty much whatever I want, but I keep these two. Hell, they’re LONG since paid for and get me from point A to point B.
I have 250+K on my Subaru Forester and about 240K on my Ford F150 so 100K really doesn’t excite me.
My 2000 Crown Vic just hit 205K and broke the first part that stopped it cold ,, LF lower ball joint ... It’s on my bench right now ... I think the clamp on it is about right ... 24” breaker bar with 3’ pipe turned til the chrome started flaking on the breaker! THEN I put a pound of dry ice on the broken stub. If it doesn’t come out I’ll have to get a new spindle.
Excellent for such a large machine. I take care of this car myself. It is still pretty tight but front suspension work is on the horizon.
I still see plenty of 80's vintage Caprices around.
I’ve put about 750,000 on my Yugo GT, and I’ve never even had to open the hood.
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