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Monday Mileage Champion: The Year In Review [Autos]
The Truth About Cars ^ | December 31, 2012 | Steven Lang

Posted on 01/01/2013 3:29:30 PM PST by jjotto

It’s time to make a confession to the good folks at TTAC.

The mileage game is rigged.

How so? Well, approximately two-thirds of the vehicles that reach the 300k+ mark at an auction I attend will usually belong in one of four categories.

Ford truck or SUV. Chevy truck or SUV. Honda car. Toyota everything.

There you have it. Nearly two thirds of the vehicles that I see with serious high mileage credentials will belong in one of those four categories...

...But everyone else? Just little glimpses every now and then.

The old school German machinery will sometimes score a 300k+ model with a level of maintenance receipts that could do damage to your next door neighbor’s window...

(Excerpt) Read more at thetruthaboutcars.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: autos
Interesting that American pickups and SUVs, Hondas and Toyotas are not only best-selling vehicles, but also most likely to hit 300,000 miles. Maybe it's just the law of averages?
1 posted on 01/01/2013 3:29:36 PM PST by jjotto
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If one lives in of the states that use road salt for avg vehicle the rust will kill them long before they hit 300000.


2 posted on 01/01/2013 3:41:32 PM PST by riverrunner
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Got a Yukon with 180K going strong and a Previa with 285K going strong. I have no plans to buy a car for several years and I do all my own maintenance. Add the distributed knowledge of the forums and you have a very cheap long term ownership profile for anyone slightly inclined to keep cars long term. Also when my seats wear out I just have them re-covered which makes the driving experience nice. All you need is a decent upholstery shop close by.


3 posted on 01/01/2013 4:21:04 PM PST by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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To: riverrunner

that’s where rust converter and spray-on rubberized coating come into play.


4 posted on 01/01/2013 4:29:38 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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One of the other hazards of winter driving is just wear-and-tear.

Central Iowa had a foot of snow before Christmas and Des Moines-area pols decided to just have the plows make a few passes and hope it melts. It hasn’t.

Lot of nice cars in Des Moines suffering extensive damage to suspensions and body work. No one will be able to stand to rattle around in those cars to 300k!


5 posted on 01/01/2013 4:29:52 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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I just had my hot water heater replaced due to hard water. The plumber I hired has a Chevy van with 280,000 + miles on it. Never thought a Chevy could go that far, being a Ford woman myself.


6 posted on 01/01/2013 4:34:14 PM PST by Amberdawn
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I have a GMC pickup going strong at 190,000 miles, but it’s not a daily driver. Even the upholstery is in pretty good shape.


7 posted on 01/01/2013 4:38:43 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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Nice!


8 posted on 01/01/2013 5:30:14 PM PST by Amberdawn
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I have 78 K5 blazer that has 250k on the clock that I got cheap a while back.

Runs good and has a few minor leaks. I drive it on short hops somedays.

My other raggedy ride is rescued 68 Willys Jeep that I have gotten the ignition to finally work but I think it has jumped time.

It will spin fine, I have ignition with a new distributor, the firing order is set, etc. etc. It tries to catch and it sounds like it will just about ready to run but no dice. Fuel will kick back through the 1 barrel and I have gotten a small burst of flame once or twice. It is so frustrating since I haven’t played mechanic in a couple of decades and it shows in what I have forgotten.

Here is some recent stuff from over the weekend. Any advice is appreciated.

http://tysonneil.smugmug.com/Other/1968-Project-Willys-CJ5/15578238_GGkBkh#!i=2297090003&k=DcJj2zJ


9 posted on 01/01/2013 5:30:33 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: jjotto

Our current cars:

‘97 Subaru Outback SW 239,000
‘98 Ford E-350 7.3 Diesel 293,000
‘04 Honda CR-V 190,000

We had a ‘90 Mazda 626 that had 426,000 when it was totaled. I really was planning on a half a million for that car.


10 posted on 01/01/2013 5:58:44 PM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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