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Old 01-10-2014, 08:37 AM
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Default It ran forever

With the various discussions about the cars that are having their various issues. How about some stories about cars that ran forever.

My MIL bought a new Ford Ranger in 1995. When my husband was old enough to driver, he inherited the truck. Finally, in 2011, after moving to NY and getting his first job after college, he bought a different car. The ranger, nicknamed The Black (because it was black), went back home to his parents and is spending his days living in Grandma's garage. When we go home, my husband likes to pull it out and take it for a spin, but The Black is now closing in on 20 years old. It was well over 150,000 miles on it and I think it's pushing 200,000 but I'm not sure about that.

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Old 01-10-2014, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by LostAndConfused View Post
... It was well over 150,000 miles on it and I think it's pushing 200,000 but I'm not sure about that...
Pushing only 200,000? We bought my last Ranger (1991) used in May 1997. We expected to have it maybe 3-4 years tops before replacing it. We replaced it in May 2009 with my current Ranger (2000)- because the frame was rusting almost all the way through, so we knew it was on borrowed time. Our son needed a vehicle quick because his Honda bit the dust, so we gave it to him to use short term until he could find something else. What did that truck in was when he hit a pot hole- the rusted frame snapped and cut one of the radiator lines and by the time he could find a safe place to pull over the engine blew. Original engine- it had almost 300,000 miles on it.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:11 AM
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My car looked like that this weekend and still drove fine. I drove it back to my house and then from there to the shop. It's currently closing in on 207k. The only time it hasn't been drivable is when I went to do the rear brakes and one of the calipers was seized. That car is a champ.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:25 AM
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I had my old GMC Sierra for about 10 years, and it was used when I got it. Before I switched to my Avalanche, the GMC had over 300,000 miles on it. But it was finally getting too unreliable with as much cross-country traveling as I do.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:42 AM
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Hahaha, my first car was a 1985 Honda Accord. We actually SOLD it after I got a new car, because it was still running, at over 300,xxx miles. I don't know how long it ran after that, and it wasn't sold for much. But aside from the heater not working I cant' remember a thing that was actually wrong with it. My grandpa bought it new off the lot in 1985 and it was in the family until around 2003?
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:17 AM
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200,000 is just breaking it in lol!

My first car was a mercury version of the tempo, the topaz I think. The counter flipped back to zero before my grandparents have it to me. As of a couple years ago the guy we sold it to was still using it. I hated that car because it would not die. My grandma used it as a three hour daily commute car for years and my husband even did his two hour commute in it a while.

Our f-250 has almost 230,000 on it now. Diesal.

My dads contour is over 300,000.

We have had numerous Hondas and nissans over 250,000- 300,000.

My explorer is at 140,000
Our beater zx2 is at 130,000

Honestly not a clue what the new jeep has on it but our old one was over 300.

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Old 01-10-2014, 10:43 AM
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My current car is 14 years old and just over 150,000. I bought it from my parents in 2006 when my 13 year old car was getting up there and my mom wanted me to take her car. I might actually sell it this year, just because it's a high value type of used car here (Honda Civic, manual transmission) and I want to get the money before it loses all of its value.

All of the cars my parents have sold have been 13+ years. Typically they were sold because the laws in PA are pretty strict about rust for passing inspection, and it can be thousands of dollars to fix a small rust spot. One car was sold to a guy who was a welder and fixed the rust cheaply, then drove it for 5+ more years (which would've put it at 20).

My husband's Accord is only 8 years old and has well over 150,000 on it already. It's a nice car (bought it used with all of the upgrade packages) and I hope we have that for many more years. It will be my "new" car when we sell the Civic and get a truck (Toyota Tacoma, which we also plan to have forever)

We've only had Hondas and Toyotas. My mother-in-law recently sold a 20 year old Del Sol, so they do seem to last forever.

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Old 01-10-2014, 12:03 PM
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So far I've only been able to take a vehicle to 132K (my 2001 Toyota RAV4). It would have probably gone for MUCH longer, but thanks to a drunk 20 year old in a Saturn hitting me at a stoplight, that car died a sudden and ugly death a few years ago.

It'll be interesting to see just how many miles I'll be able to put on the XT. Currently I'm at 15K...and it's 11 months old.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:37 PM
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I have a 96 Jeep Cherokee with 210k miles on it. I need to replace it by May because the floor boards are rusting out and they won't pass inspection. Which sucks as I've got a bunch of new parts under the hood (radiator, starter, water pump, just to name a few).

But it will be nice to finally have a car that doesn't act like its dying when you use heat or AC, or idle, or smells when it's running. Automatic things and doors that lock would also be nice.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:49 PM
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Definitely agree that 200K is just breaking it in!

We've got a '99 Ford Escort that has over 400K on it and my mom's 2005 Expedition has 250K on it. My '97 Escort has 130K on it.

The other two Fords we have are newer, so they haven't racked up the miles... yet!

I really miss our F-250 Diesel truck. Pretty much grew up in that thing! My mom always had extra kids with her, so we would cram about 8 or so people in there and head off to field trips or to my dad's football games. Good times!

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