By on March 13, 2010

We can’t all be Irv Gordon, who’s racked up over 2.6 million miles on his 1966 Volvo P1800 since buying it new. And that was in 2007;  he plans to hit 3 million (full press release here) sometime in 2012. I’m certainly not going to impress anybody in this QOTD: the ’66 Ford F-100 probably has about 225k on it (I’m assuming it spun once around before I bought it in 1987), and I only average a couple thousand miles a year with it (I can only use so much mulch or gravel a year). Stephanie’s 2000 Forester just turned 130k. And my five-year old xB has all of 33k on it; working at home has its benefits. But what about you? What’s the highest mile car a TTAC reader owns now? Or ever did? No exaggeration please!

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141 Comments on “QOTD (x2): Who Here Has The Most Miles On A Car? What’s The Most You Ever Attained?...”


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    ’94 Ford Taurus Stationwagon. 225k on the odometer (the guy who sold it to me said it had TMU and prbably around 250k back when the ODO read 214k) It’s on its third engine and second transmission.

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    lilpoindexter

    1990 Buick LeSabre with the 3800. It says 275,000, but the speedo sticks and sometimes registers 1 mile for every 2 or 3. I’m sure its really over 300,000. Original engine and tranny…It passed California smog check last time, too!

    • 0 avatar
      big_gms

      I had a 1990 Buick LeSabre, too. I drove mine up to 169,000 miles. It still ran great and would have gone many more miles, but living in the rust belt (Wisconsin) eventually took its toll. From a distance it looked okay, but underneath the car and under the hood revealed some rather nasty rusted out spots. I also had a 1991 LeSabre that was just shy of 162,000 when I traded it in. Same deal as the ’90: Ran great but was rusting out badly in the left rear wheel well and was on borrowed time. I miss them both. God, I hate living in this part of the country. Can’t keep anything decent here unless you store it in the winter.

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    niky

    Our diesel Isuzu has about 110-120k miles on it (it’s at 190k kilometers) in just five years. And it’s not an only car. The second car in the garage, our Protege, has just over 65k miles in the same time. Hardly exciting numbers. I’d have a car with more if I kept them longer, but I’m running three diesel trucks with over 100k miles, including the first truck mentioned, all of them city rush hour use. Not much, but traffic should count as double, right?

    I have a cousin whose work commute is a 600 mile round-trip (he opened a new school in another city, yet still works here). After seeing his Accord’s resale value drop like a lead zeppelin in just a year and losing two of his older cars to wear, tear and acts of God, he now takes the plane.

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    tbp0701

    I got to 250K miles in an ’89 Nissan Pulsar. I also had a Sentra that racked up around 170K. I now have a 2000 Accord Coupe with just under 150K miles on it, and it’s doing extremely well. Here I thought that was impressive, especially in the Northeast Ohio snowbelt, but it’s nothing compared to 2.6 million.

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    PeriSoft

    212k on a 1993 Ford Escort my wife had when we first got together. We drove it from 1999 until 2005 or so; it survived my rear-ending another car on an ice-slicked highway, two blown head gaskets (the second of which resulted in milling the heads, which increased the compression ratio and made the thing feel like a rocket) and was on its last legs when we parked it. It probably has another blown head gasket now, and antifreeze is blowing back through the heater…

    Loved that car to death. My Saab can probably do the quarter mile in the time it took the Escort to reach 60, but it saw us through our ill-spent youth and endured more than any car should have to. *tips out a 40*

    • 0 avatar

      2003 BMW 330i man trans. 215,000 miles orig engine trans and clutch. Syn oil every 5k. Trans oil every 80k and diff oil every 40k. All more than recommended by BMW. No rattles and other than tires, shocks and brakes ganz gut.

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      We put 208,000 on our 93 Escort before we sold it in 2007. Two nights ago we pulled up next to one the same color with paint missing in the same places, plus a couple extra spots, so I’m pretty sure it’s still going. Went through one alternator, one starter, one clutch, one radiator, and one heater core (boy was that fun) in 14 years. And the stupid electric seatbelts went south once.

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    MasterOfTheJawan

    My 94 Buick Regal with the 3800 has 165k on it. It’s still drives as well as it did when I got it with 75k 4 years ago. Persormance is as good as new. Just yesterday I clocked 0-60 in 7.7 seconds using Tuner Pro RT! WOOT!

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    ’89 Caprice Classic wagon, 317k. Bought in ’93 at 103k, had turd Olds 307/200-4R/2.93 rear. When the Olds developed problems at 183k, I bought a 350 TPI/700-R4 with 49,000 miles. It was my first computer-engine swap, took almost 6 months but the results were well worth it. Scrapped car at 317k due to body rot and tranny failure. Kept the engine.

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    lprocter1982

    These are in KM, but anyway, used to drive an 88 Dodge school bus with a shade under 400,000 (248,000 miles), an 89 Olds Cutlass Ciera with 315,000 (196,000), and a 99 Hyundai Sonata with 290,000 (180,000). Right now, though, I drive an 01 Impala, currently with ‘only’ 162,000km (100,000) on it.

    • 0 avatar
      gsw0

      My best was a 92 Acura Integra GSR with 155K on it. Before that, I had a 1987 Toyota FX-16 that I went 134K with that one which I traded to get the Integra.

      Still miss them both as I am now with a 2002 Toyota Camry with 125K.
      Hey! It least it is the SE edition with a V6 right? That is what I console myself with.

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    Dr Lemming

    Around 250,000 on a 1981 Civic before a tree fell on it. Currently have a 1991 Civic wagon that just passed 227,000. The paint ain’t so hot and various hardware is starting to wear out (e.g., door locks and a windshield wiper motor), but I think this car has another year or so of high mileage driving in it.

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    black turbo

    First ’92 Saab 9000 I blew up the trans @ 180K
    Sold ’94 Saab 9000 Aero @ 210K still going strong, did great burnouts even with bad axles
    Sold ’00 Saab 9-3 @ ~150K
    Current ’92 Saab 9000 @ ~165K

    Also a friend of mine has a 98 Mazda Ranger with 350K on the odo and it only works intermittently. The truck doesn’t rattle and isn’t rusty.

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    eastcoastcar

    220,000 on a 1985 VW Cabrio, after which the car literally fell apart–transmission, engine, electrical all went in the space of two months. Sold to a restoration hobbyist for $500.00

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    I Miss Manzy

    As I write this,my 1994 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning is at 203,621 mi.
    Bought in 1998 with 117,216 on the clock.Still has a ways to go,however,to catch up to my 1972 F-100,which had an estimated 300K on it when I gave it to my son.

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    MarcKyle64

    Imagine Irv Gordon’s mental distres when a soccer mom on a cell in a SUV hits him, catches on fire, and burns his P1800 down to the rims at 2,999,999 miles!

    • 0 avatar
      vento97

      It’s a possible scenario – as I’ve had many close calls with soccer moms driving those behemoths – especially the ones who look like they can barely see over the steering wheel while talking on the cell phone and to her kids at the same time… :(

      I give those drivers a WIDE path of SEVERAL car lengths…

    • 0 avatar
      davey49

      If he’s in the car he’ll be dead so no mental anguish to be had.

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    I currently Drive a purchased new in 8/1992, ’92 Chevy Full Size Blazer (K1500) with 248K miles on it, the only major work done to the drive train replaced the Transmission about 8k miles ago. a starter, water pump. Never have had the Valve covers off of it.
    I Have put 103K on a 2000 Corvette Roadster in 5 years 6/2000-7/2005. I have also put 227k on a 1989 C1500 regular cab short bed Silverado, That I did replace the engine with a twin turbo’ed version about 1k ago, and the original 5-spd with a T-56, 6-spd about 5k ago.
    Each of these vehicles were purchased New. Treat them right and they will last, The pickup was driven hard, which necessitated the engine change.

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    obsessedwithautos

    I have a shade over 255,000 miles on a ’94 BMW 325i, with an original motor and transmission (manual, so no surprise there). It still runs like brand new, has had less money put into it than would be required to buy a comparable new car, and cruises at 80 with no problem. The car has some burnt out bulbs on the center console and rust on one of the rocker panels, but so what. All the electrics work, except for the function that closes the sunroof with the key in the door lock (it only closes the windows). Plus it out-handles several cars that were introduced this past year.

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    297k on my 1986 Volvo 245 DL. The last 3 cars I’ve bought (all Volvos) haven’t had less than 275k on them when purchased.

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    wannabewannabe

    208,000 on the 1983 Oldsmobile Delta 88 when I parked it several years ago. Still on the original engine, running great, and on the second transmission. Needed front end work. It will be resurrected hopefully sooner rather than later.

    189,000 on the 1990 Chevy C1500 I’m driving right now. Original engine and (automatic) transmission, which oddly enough is shifting better now than it was 15k miles ago.

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    partsisparts

    264k on a 96 Taurus LX with the 3.0 DOHC motor. Sold it for $800 in 2007 and the guy is still driving it. I see it from time to time.

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    Don Gammill

    My daily-driven Panther (’01 Grand Marquis GS) has 186,275 on it right now, and other than one trans rebuild (at 134K because the original owner never changed the trans fluid and because I pull a trailer), I’ve only had to replace a sticking IAC valve ($50), an oil filter adapter gasket ($30), and a gas cap ($10). When I change the spark plugs this summer, I’m going to check the compression. If the compression is good, I’m going to do some preemptive stuff (engine mounts, O2 sensors, etc.) and go for 250+, which I know the car is capable of.

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    I was about to say that we do not own a single vehicle with LESS THAN 100k miles on it.
    I thought of the “fleet stats”… Cumulatively we have over half a million miles on the vehicles in the household:

    2002 VW Jetta TDI, My daily driver: 154,000+ miles.
    2006 Jeep Liberty CRD, wife’s DD: 103,000+ miles.
    1965 E-type Jaguar*: 132,000+ miles.
    1979 Mercedes-Benz 450sl**: 105,000+ miles.

    Then I remembered that out in the barn is a 1999 Dodge 1500 pickup that we hardly ever use (dump runs, occasional livestock trailering, currently has a half-yard of bark in the bed, etc) and it only has ~58,000 miles on it. I consider it a “beater” though it has far fewer miles on it than anything else around here!

    * The Jaguar is a family heirloom. I only put between 2500—4000 mile a year on it. It has had its motor rebuilt at least three times, though once was due to flood-damage, and the other due to the very poor quality work of the post-flood rebuilder. All others have original equipment.

    ** The R107 is not mine, but I’m storing/maintaining it for a family member. I try to drive it at least once a month though. Very nice car.

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    Runfromcheney

    My 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2 had just under 230,000 miles when it gave up the ghost. I had no major problems with it, yet it was rusted right down to the frame (and even the rear subframe was completely gone), and the driver’s door was shot and wouldn’t open from the outside. Then it started getting really tempermental and would run like crap and would sound like it was about to explode. It then overheated. After cooling down it drove fine, and didn’t do it again. However, I no longer trusted it after then, and because of all the rust I didn’t feel bothered to figure out what was causing it, and I just sold it to a U-Pull-It for $200. (still running and driving, nonetheless). I now own a 1998 Dodge Caravan with 133,000 miles on it. THe condition it is in, and the way it is running, only a huge wreck is going to prevent it from hitting 200K. Since I probably won’t want to get rid of it until someone builds a superior minivan, I will probably keeping it for a while anyways.

    My parents also have experience with high milage cars. My mom once had a 86 (?) Mercury Lynx that had about 225,000 miles (about the same mileage of my Cavalier) when she sold it for $50. (However, while my Cavalier’s engine/drivetrain were in good condition, her Lynx was guzzling oil when she sold it.) My dad has also told me that back in his wild youth, he had a 73 Dodge Dart with more than 200K miles. It met a bitter end when someone slammed into it while it was parked.

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    Mark45

    !997 Dodge Intrepid 265,000 miles, original engine and transmission.

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    Gardiner Westbound

    Our 1984 Buick LeSabre V8 went 300,000-miles over 13-years with only routine servicing. No engine or transmission repairs. Just fluid changes, tires, brakes, shocks, and a couple of radiators and water pumps. Even the a/c and automatic temperature control still worked though periodic freon top-ups were required, which was legal then.

    The roof rusted at the windshield header and would have been too costly to repair. I’m sure there was a lot of life left in the old girl. We didn’t even have to add oil between the 3,000-mile changes!

    If GM still made cars as good as the B-bodies it wouldn’t be in deep doo-doo now.

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    majo8

    199,000 in 10 years on a 93 Ford Probe that I had bought new. Had the original engine, trans, clutch, and even the brakes. The only non-maintainance item I ever replaced was a spark plug wire.

    I donated it to charity when the fuel pump went. I kinda regret not replacing the pump ( not a fun job ) and hitting 200k…….

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    Adub

    1986 Chevy Astro with 540,000+ miles on it.

    It got a new 700R4 @ 200k when the torque converter died and took the transmission with it. New ignition lock @ 240k when tumbler wore enough that the key wouldn’t unlock it. Most mechanical things lasted forever, but electrical components were not good (radio, starter, alternator, bi-annual cap and rotor).

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    Steven Lang

    For a daily driver, I had the same vehicle for 12 years and 239k. A 1994 Toyota Camry Coupe with the four cylinder. It’s still on the road with another owner and closing on 300k.

    Chances are my 2001 Insight will be beating the Camry by a country mile. It’s been driven about 23k in the last six months and it is the absolute most cost effective vehicle I’ve ever owned. 55 mpg in mixed traffic, durable parts, a diehard legion of enthusiasts. I’ll put it to you this way. Even if I found a $100 vehicle that got 35 mpg for the next ten years, it wouldn’t be as cost effective as the Insight.

    It’s also a perfect fit in terms of my own quality standards and unique needs… but that’s a thought for another day.

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    KGrGunMan

    1990 Toyota kingcab Pickup 2wd 3.0ltr v6 5 speed manual. 365,000 miles. not a single headgasket issue or any major issue; sold it for $500.

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    Mark out West

    312,000 miles on a 1972 Mercedes Benz 280SEL 4.5, back when Benz used iron blocks on their V-8s. The 722 autobox was completely reliable during the entie 17-year run I had the car. Spent it’s entire life on the freeways of L.A. If that ain’t a torture test, tell me what is.

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    Brian P

    I sold my 1996 VW Passat TDI with 462,000 km on it. No idea what happened to it after that. Original engine, original gearbox, original clutch, and it still looked and ran fine. Oil changes were per factory intervals (12,000 km) using good diesel-rated synthetic oil. Changed the timing belt a few times in that one.

    I now have a 2006 VW Jetta TDI that I bought new to replace the Passat, and it now has a bit over 271,000 km on it. I’m following the factory maintenance schedule.

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    1982 Volvo 244, approximately 250K… probably an easy 15K on top of that, due to the notorious slipping/breaking Volvo odometer, since replaced. Burns no oil, even compression, 30 MPG highway. Its entire drivetrain (engine/trans/prop shaft/differential) is being being replaced as I write this with one extracted from a wrecked 242 that had only 81K original on it, an almost surgically pristine car that was stuffed into a ditch by its previous owner and bent all to hell. It’s been a ridiculous amount of work to swap it all out, but it’ll be worth it when I’m done!

    1981 Volvo 245, approximately 285K with an unknown amount of extra miles, same reason as above. Burns no oil, even compression, 25 MPG highway.

    Both are great cars… the wagon in particular is tight but scruffy and a pretty butch ride overall… turbo muffler, alloys and the A/C system extracted… just the way I like it.

    Proof that you don’t own a Volvo red block, you just rent it. I expect the engines will easily outlast the cars they’re in. If only the wiring harnesses were that durable!

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    cdotson

    I’m in a similar situation as Chuck: 4-vehicle fleet with about 550k between them, not a single one less than 120k

    1988 Dodge Ramcharger, parked at 157k because it’s too thirsty and two doors on a truck stinks with kids
    1999 Subaru Legacy SUS, parked at 142k with a blown head gasket
    2000 Honda Odyssey, wife’s daily just turned 121k
    2002 Dodge Ram, my commuter, just turned 130k

    We bought the Ram new, and we’re the second owners of the rest. The Ramcharger belonged to my parents’ neighbor, the Odyssey was my grandmother’s, and the Legacy was my mother-in-law’s.

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    tcsta

    I’ve had several over the 200k mark, and one that was close. Not bad for 28 years old…

    2002 GMC Sierra – 258,000. It’s my current daily driver and looks nearly factory fresh. No problems besides routine maintenance. It has seen several cross-country camping trips with trailer in tow. This is the best-looking full size truck in my opinion…classy and understated.

    1997 Buick Rivera (SC) – 235,000. My brother just had to have the front sub-frame replaced due to rust, but there have been no mechanical defects.

    1994 Dodge Stealth – 216,000. This one is surprising to me. Replaced the ECU a few years ago, but no other problems. Still has the original clutch. I traded it in for a 3-way deal on a new car for my mom. Big mistake…I wish I still had that car.

    1990 Geo Storm – 183,000 at the time of sale. I replaced the engine at 140k or so due to driver error (it was my first car, so I’ll give myself a pass here). I still see it around when I visit my parents. Does anyone even remember these?

    • 0 avatar
      gsw0

      Yes, I remember those. My brother had 1 of those the same year but it was a teal green colored 1 that he drove thru out college. Seems like it ran ok, but he lost hubcaps all of the time.

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    MSerapis

    318,000 miles and still going strong on a 1988 Toyota 5 spd. 4wd van. As far as I know, it is all original except for a new clutch, a new alternator, and regular maintenance parts. Allow me this moment to speak to Toyota, BMW, and Mercedes owners; a car is only as good as it’s parts, so when replacing parts try to stick with factory parts. As for other makes, it makes little difference as the parts in them weren’t that good to begin with.

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    Syke

    Four wheeled mileage isn’t all that impressive. My current 1996 S-10 pickup has 149k on the clock.

    However, if you want to talk motorcycles . . . . My 1995 Triumph Trident has 102k, and is finally in at my dealer’s for a refurbishment (suspension, bearings, etc.). At the time I brought it in, the bike was 98% original parts, having changed only the consumables (tyres, plugs, chain, sprockets) plus one coolant hose, two fork seals, a rear brake like switch, and the starter sprag clutch (a problem on the first generation Hinckley’s) went out at 96k.

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    jplane

    I am weak compared to this crowd. I have a 2001 Accord with 125,000 miles on it, still runs very strong.

    I am however, the LAST driver of several cars:
    my first, a 1970 Chevy Impala (1981) bought for $250, someone stole the heads out of it while parked. abandoned

    1971 AMC Hornet – given to me free by my uncle (as punishment?) – I think the exhaust was routed straight into the car like some concentration camp truck, both clutch and brake went out, abandoned

    1979 Olds Delta 88 – given to me by an aunt (each quarter panel was different color), engine blew, abandoned

    1981 Chevrolet Caprice – ran very well until the engine blew. More my fault than any of the others and lots of miles on it. sold to mechanic for parts.

    1982 Buick Park Avenue – man I loved this car, but it was very old when I bought it and engine just wore out. abandoned.

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    educatordan

    I want to go for mega mileage (I don’t get bored with cars easily) but bad luck has prevented it so far. My 1987 Oldsmobile with a 307V8 went to about 150K before someone stole it and it was a total stripped down loss. Parts of that car may still be running around Detroit, MI. The only major things that had been replaced were the water pump (which was leaking), the steering column was rebuilt at about 100K, and the carb had been rebuilt twice. The front frame members were starting to rust out and I know it wouldn’t have been long for this world on that front but the rest of it looked pretty good.

    My 1997 Ford Escort was lost in a divorce at 80K but was on it’s second transmission and I had owned it since 21K. I wanted to go forever on that car and the irony is that the woman who took it from me was one of those people that got “new car fever” just about every spring and tried to talk me into taking on more debt. (One of the major reasons were divorced.)

    My 2004 F150 Heritage has 70K and my plan is to keep it well into the 100s of thousands of miles, much like Paul’s F100.

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    panzerfaust

    2000 Ford Mustang, 196,000 and counting. Original engine and transmission. Other than going through a lot of tires the only things I’ve replaced are the front brakes, one rear caliper, the heater core and a tie rod end. A year and a half ago I hit a small deer at about 35-40mph and only loosened the bumper a bit.

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    joe_thousandaire

    Had an ’85 F150 with 250k on it (original everything) when I sold it, I’m pretty sure its still out there and will be till the end of time, as will your F100 Paul. We have a ’96 Monte Carlo with 120k on it that my wife brought up with her from Texas (even though I’m the one that usually ends up driving it). The thing keeps running great even though I do everything in my power to try to kill it, damn I hate that car.

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    golden2husky

    1987 Reliant went 254,000 miles before it blew its first head gasket. Original trans; never serviced it. Because I was offered a free vehicle from the family, I chose not to repair it. This car was basically free to operate since I bought it for less than $2000 used because the original owner broke the timing belt and when it was fixed it was way down on power. Bought it anyway because I suspected (correctly) that the timing belt was installed improperly. A number of years later I was hit in the front and the insurance company of the other driver totaled my car. Bought it back for the salvage rights and they gave me a check for a hair under $2000. I bought a same color/year car for $500, stripped it out to fix mine and kept a hoard of parts. I donated the remains for a nice tax deduction (remember those days?). When the original Reliant blew its head gasket, I donated that as well.

    How about cars that have seriously high “cycles” as a measure of durability? Anybody with a vehicle that’s 15 years old with 120K or so on it that is used close to every day has an unusually high number of start/stops, door opening/closing etc. My ’92 Sable is such a vehicle. 18 years with not quite 120K. Stuff that most people don’t think of come to mind like the spring in the driver’s door handle, the ignition key switch, and the starter motor. I think this is as much a durability test, if not more, as straight mileage. A hundred mile commute in non-rush hour conditions is a piece of cake for a car. 40 three mile trips a week in the winter is murder in comparison.

    • 0 avatar
      snabster

      Yeah, clearly something to that.

      97 SAAB 900 with 135K miles. In 2000 I had about 100K, so in the last ten years I’ve added about 35K miles.

      Engine clearly doesn’t like short trips. Finally replaced head gasket last summer. Rubber parts gets old after 10 years and it starts to get expensive to repair them. Just noticed the gasket on a headlight is failing.

      But in terms of other parts — windows, doors, etc, things are working well. Ignition key is sticking a bit.

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    Monty

    As a teenager in the 70′s I had a ’57 Ford 3/4 ton short box I got from Manitoba Hydro that was used for service for almost 20 years in the north of the province. It came with all the service records in a folder behind the seat so I had proof of the 359,000 miles on the odo when I bought it. I turned it over 400,000 before I sold it to some guy who wanted to restore it. It came with a 3 on the tree and a 200cid six that might make 58 mph with a tail wind. Vacuum wipers, and oil air cleaner and a tube radio that needed 15 minutes to warm up, in the summer.

    Later in life, as young newly marrieds, my wife and I bought a 73 Pontiac Catalina wagon from a teacher friend of my father-in-law. Also came with the complete set of service records, and the original invoice from GM Oshawa where he picked up the car new in ’73. We ran the odo on that car to nearly 500,000 miles.

    The common thread in all of my high mileage cars? They were purchased from the original owners in most cases and had been well maintained. Rust was the evil in all but two cars, which were accident victims.

    Look after your car, and today’s vehicles could easily go half a million miles.

  • avatar

    Numerous 140 series Volvos with more than 200K. I think the highest was 242,000. There was a 760 Turbo that also got to well over 200K.

    I think the most notable high mileage car I’ve had was my 1984 Jaguar XJ6 with over 220,000 miles on the original engine. The previous owner was a president of the national Jag club, so it was in pretty nice shape mechanically. I figure a 200K Jag is the equivalent of 300K for any other brand.

    If I had the money, I’d find a clean mid 80s XJ, put a supercharger on the 4.2L six, and change the transmission to a 4-speed THM.

    BTW, the reason why Mr. Gordon has so many miles on his P1800 is that he lives to put miles on that car and drives it to all sorts of auto events. I don’t think he’s quite sponsored by Volvo, but I’m pretty sure that the company helps him out in some ways.

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    OM617

    1985 300sd Turbodiesel

    376,00KM (233,00Miles)

    Original Engine, Transmission, Springs and Shock Absorbers. Still a daily driver!

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    vento97

    1975 VW Mk1 Scirocco – 250,000 miles
    1977 Datsun 280z – 200,000 miles
    1987 VW Mk2 Golf GT – 624,000 miles

    1987 Chevy C-10 Pickup – 87,000 miles *
    1997 VW Mk3 Jetta Trek – 315,000 miles *
    2003 VW Mk4 Wolfsburg Jetta 1.8T – 157,000 miles *
    2003 VW B5 Passat GLS 1.8T – 115,000 miles * ##

    * – Currently own
    ## – Wife’s car

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    pgcooldad

    Had a 1981 VW Rabbit and put 170,000 miles in 7 years on a gas engine. Bought it with just under 70K. The head was redone at around 120K and had its original clutch when I sold it for $500.00.

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    dejal

    98 Accord, 243K, original clutch and exhaust. Body rust in the drivers side rear wheel well. Air still blows cold. Remote trunk release doesn’t work anymore. Bushings wear out every 110,000 miles or so (same as the 87 Accord which was totaled at 232K). Also both cars had their starters pack it in around 220K.

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    Garak

    My Transit van had about 520000 km (325000 miles) when it was finally taken off the road. I believe the transmission was replaced once. It had a fuel economy of about 7,1 liters per 100 km on open roads, or 33 mpg.

    I miss the old barge.

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    Mike_H

    2003 Honda Odyssey. 210,000 miles. Bought it new. Mobil 1 oil change every 7,500 miles; air filter every other oil change. Repair things when they break. Don’t abuse it. Major service at every 100,000 miles, including all new fluids, brakes, shocks, struts, rotors, timing belt, plugs, water pump, etc. No rattles or squeaks, burns 1/2 quart of oil between changes. The engine has never been apart. Honda paid for a new transmission at 65,000 miles. Original exhaust system. My plan is to run it for 500,000 miles.

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    rocketrodeo

    1987 Acura Integra, bought new, 230,000 miles when sold; continued to see it for a couple years following. I drove it hard and it required quite a few repairs; two clutches, new front lower arms, two sets of CV joints, frequent brakes, and it would not hold an alignment.

    1989 Acura Legend, sold at 265,000 miles in perfect mechanical shape.

    1992 Toyota truck, 22r 5-speed, 325,0000 miles when killed by a left-turning bimbo. It was getting a bit tired, needed a new rear end and a second timing chain.

    1993 Toyota truck, 22r 5-speed, 227,000 miles when killed by a deer. Was an Arizona truck in perfect condition.

    Current truck, 2000 Ford Ranger with the 3.0L Vulcan and 5-speed. Has never needed a non-routine maintenance repair at 130,000. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this truck. The insurance settlement on the Toyota didn’t allow me to replace it with the same model, but honestly the Ranger has been a better truck. It works harder, tows more comfortably, and fits me better, and is showing next to no wear except to the interior.

    For motorcycles, I’ve had very good luck with Honda’s first generation V4s. My first V65 Sabre went 140,000 miles before I lost 2nd and 6th gears. The second one went 120,000 miles before I lost second gear. Engines were using oil but not unreasonably. Getting to the transmission requires splitting the cases and a complete gasket kit is now unobtanium, so it’s easier to re-engine with a low-mile salvaged engine, which I’m doing for the second one. The third one has 60,000 and counting.

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    geozinger

    My 1997 Cavalier has 246,800+ miles on it right now. I bought the car from my brother in law. My BIL bought the car new when he was working in sales for a home improvement company. He put 192,000+ miles on it in six years. During that time, the car was never garaged, although he did take care of it, i.e., oil changes, brakes, all the normal maintenance stuff. He joined a different company in 2003 and got a company car. The Cavy sat for about a year before he sold it to me.

    The year sitting didn’t do the car any favors, several seals seemed to have dried up and were leaking. Before I could fix all of the leaking seals, I let the 4T40 trans run out of oil and fried the clutches. I still kick myself over that, as I think that ruining things over neglect is a certain kind of sin.

    During my time with it, I have had to replace a few items beyond normal maintenance items. The driver’s door hinges and power window motor both have given up the ghost, a fuel injector seal went south, and the craptastic muffler mount in the rear rusted away. The A/C quit working and I don’t want to spend the $$’s to fix it. Also, the carbon canister’s solenoid is flaky, but it only trips the Check Engine light occasionally. And, it has an ABS sensor issue, but again, I’m not going to fix it at this point in time.

    Up until I let my daughter take the car to college, the body was just rusty, but not denty. Now it’s both, and the rot seemed to really accelerate this year. The thing that kills me is that the mechanicals are fine, but I’m getting concerned about the integrity of the body. The doors open and close just fine, so I think I’m OK.

    I have one more kid to teach how to drive, and I hope this car lasts long enough to get it done. But, it’s the right size for me, easy to park in the central city where I work. I can cram all kinds of stuff in the thing (although that’s not easy on my back) and I can get 22-25 MPG in town and up to 37 MPG on the freeway, if I stick to posted speeds.

    Best $1000 I ever spent.

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    crash sled

    We’ve been leasing for almost 20 years or so, so no high mileage vehicles.

    But I bought new a 1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and drove it for 175,000 trouble free miles before selling it in 1990. Nothing but oil changes and tires, basically, and that small 8 was just getting broke in. Why oh why did I sell that car?!?

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    I dont believe this story. Irv would have to do ~63,000 miles a year, every year, since he bought the thing, and that stretches my credibility past the breaking point. I mean it’s one thin gto do 63k on a late model Honda, quite another to do it on a 40 year old Volvo.

    I did try to check it out, calling directory assistance in the town where he supposedly lives, but could not get a number for him. (Maybe someone else has already voiced skepticism. I haven’t had time to read all the comments.

    On the general question, my 99 Honda Accord 5-speed has more miles than any of my several other cars ever did–171k, and going strong.

    • 0 avatar
      Rod Panhard

      Irv’s mileage on the car is the real deal. He was a school teacher. He’s now retired. He shows up at lots of Volvo club events. I met him last Spring at Carlisle. He’s a heckuva nice guy. But yes, he really does have that kind of mileage on the car.

    • 0 avatar
      Happy_Endings

      The Guinness people have verified it; Irv has done those miles. He has kept meticulous oil change records since he purchased the car. When he was a teacher, he had a 125 mile round trip to work. As with Rod Panhard, I’ve met Irv before. He is a really good guy. I asked him how he was able to put so many miles on it. He said at first, he would decide to drive someplace on a whim. For instance, if he wanted crab cakes, he’d drive to Baltimore. If he wanted a hot beef sandwich, he’d drive to Montreal. Now he mostly drives to car shows all over the US and Canada.

      Last summer he went over 2.7 million miles, so he’s “only” doing 50,000 miles a year now.

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    ajla

    The only car I’ve ever owned that broke the 200K mile marker was my 1990 Bonneville.

    My Wrangler, Grand Am, and ’93 Bonneville SSEi all had/have around 120K.

    The Grand Prix was just about at 100K.

    The G8, Diplomat, and Firebird are all well under 100K.

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    lprocter1982

    Do semis count? I don’t own it, but the Freightliner truck I drive for work has 1.2 million miles on it… course, for a truck that hauls long-distance, 1.2 million is nothing.

    • 0 avatar
      mpresley

      1.2 mil? To me that’s pretty impressive, even if it’s “nothing.” As a “car” guy I’m blown away. On the other hand, I’m guessing the cost of new tires (cheaper by the dozen?) is really over the top.

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    02chuck

    1995 BMW E34 525i with 267,100 eibach pros and Koni sports ,Zimmerman rotors , still tracked gently twice a year,clutch @190k, water pump, consumable stuff, Red Line since 10k.
    Still a kick in the butt to drive!!

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    JD-Shifty

    I have almost 300,000 on a 1996 S-10 bought new.
    Have went through 2 belt tensioners, one alternator and a fuel pump.
    it’s the 4.3 V6. pretty bulletproof. some surface rust just now appearing. 200,000 is nothing these days.

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    Bill Wade

    Syke
    March 13th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Four wheeled mileage isn’t all that impressive. My current 1996 S-10 pickup has 149k on the clock.

    However, if you want to talk motorcycles . . . . My 1995 Triumph Trident has 102k, and is finally in at my dealer’s for a refurbishment (suspension, bearings, etc.). At the time I brought it in, the bike was 98% original parts, having changed only the consumables (tyres, plugs, chain, sprockets) plus one coolant hose, two fork seals, a rear brake like switch, and the starter sprag clutch (a problem on the first generation Hinckley’s) went out at 96k.
    ——————————————————————–

    Amusing you mention a bike. I still have a 1972 Superglide I purchased new in 1971. I used it to commute rain or shine to college for over 4 years. That racked up a little over 150k and in the intervening years I’ve put another 100k+ on it. I replaced a number of pistons (shovelheads tended to overheat the rear piston), a crank, numerous clutches, the carb and very early on added electronic ignition. The bike is worth well more than what I paid and I still ride it on occasion.

    On topic. I dumped a Sunbeam Tiger Mark II with over 250k+ on it years ago. Other than endless problems with the Prince of Darkness electrical system it gave me little trouble other than a couple of clutches and valve jobs. The Ford 289 was outstanding.

    Maintenance means everything.

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    rev

    Don’t mean to rain on anyone’s parade, but as the owner of a couple of 1800′s (P1800 and 1800ES) plus a ’69 E-type convertible, I’m here to tell you that mileage figures on these cars, which all have the same speedometer cable with an insert that’s highly susceptible to failure and which is easily replaceable, need to be taken with a grain of salt, to say the least. It’s simple to move the mileage up or down. Most times, low mileage figures are false, because the insert breaks and is just not replaced for a while. High mileage, get a cordless drill……

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    Daanii2

    I’ve put the most miles on my 1994 Honda Accord. Beyond routine maintenance, the paint job has been the only thing to go. My wife and two sons are ashamed to drive the ugly thing. I’m not.

    Who knows how many miles it has on it — the odometer has not worked reliably for three years, and shows a bit less than 100,000 miles.

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    Roxer

    1987 Corolla GT-S. 289,000km (179,000mi) Head gasket is the -only- major repair to get done and that was because in the cold weather this winter I saw a bit of blue smoke when I was scraping it off once. The car is immaculate. I baby it more than my loved ones, when i’m not drifting.

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    roadracer

    Back in ’98 I sold a 1980 VW Scirocco with 240K on it. The engine and gearbox were replaced at 200K, not because there was anything wrong with them, but the SCCA autocross rules at the time said that I could upgrade to a 1.8 liter engine with a close ratio 5-speed from a GTI, so I did. The guy who bought it from me spun it into a cornfield, where the rear axle separated from the car from rust. This was in Wisconsin, where the road salt is just as bad as here in Michigan. It was a heck of a car back in the day.

    Current daily drivers are a 1998 Mercedes ML320 with 202K, and a 1998 GTI VR6 with 209K. Both run great, but are starting to rust…

  • avatar
    dzwax

    Had an old International Pickup that went 460,000 miles before I parked it.

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    ponytrekker

    Geez, just google Honda high mileage clup

  • avatar
    tech98

    1988 Integra, 276,000 miles.
    Bought it six years ago for $1000. Value.

    My previous was an 85 Mazda 323 that made it to 202k.

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    Porsche986

    Past:
    1985 BMW 524td (turbo-diesel) had 340K on it when I sold it, still running to the best of my knowledge.

    1982 Mercedes 240D (ahh, the classic W123) 260K when sold, not sure where she is but she is surely still running.

    1995 Mercedes E300D 398K at the time of death by a flooded street. Never needed anything but routine maintenance, a steering damper, and brakes/tires during that whole time.

    Current:
    2006 Chevy Equinox (company car, serious POS) 50K
    2000 Porsche Boxster 2.7 35K

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    bumpy ii

    I picked up a ’88 Sentra with 190k and drove it for another 100k in 7 years before the head gasket finally let go. I was horribly neglectful of that car (hopped a few ditches, got run into a few times, never changed the oil or coolant, etc.) but the original engine and transmission held up just fine until the end, though I did replace the entire front suspension in bits and pieces along the way.

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    jimperial

    191k on the ’79 450 SEL 6.9.

    Of course, it would be a whole lot more if running it cost a whole lot less.

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    sco

    237.000 miles and counting on my 1998 Civic EX, automatic tranny. Change oil every 4-5K, timing belt every 100K, new alternator last week, original everything and everything works. This car is bulletproof but alas my back is not – 10 years in this car and i needed a car that would allow me to sit bolt upright, hence my Xb. Still drive the Civic once a week and daughter just took it 1000 miles roundtrip to LA, no problems. Planning on going 200K+ on the Xb as well

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    55_wrench

    my 1982 300SD went to 391,xxx miles before the engine started making funny noises, it’s now awaiting a transplant–but my daily driver W123 300D was bought in 2002 at 234K, and will turn over 383K this coming Monday. Absolute toughest car I ever owned, still has great oil pressure at hot idle and keeps racking the miles at the pace of >650 per week. It still runs exactly the way it did when I bought it. 23-24 MPG no matter what I do to it. OM617s rock!

  • avatar
    baggins

    Man, the B&B sure drive a lot.

    I have a

    2002 Taurus with the 3.0 DOHC – 55K miles
    2004 Sienna 43K miles

    I live less than 10 miles from work, and my wife is a home maker.

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    In December a guy asked me if I wanted his 1992 Buick Regal because he needed the parking space for his new truck. It was unbelievably cold weather(-25), but the car fired right up, so I took it home. It has 240,000 miles on it, and it runs like a top. All original powertrain with no major repairs. The previous owner was not exactly a maintenance freak either.

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    mfgreen40

    Golden Husky makes a good point about short drives. We drive a 91 caprice wagon every day . A typical morning would be 2 miles to the grocery store, another mile to the mall another mile to the coffee hangout, and back home. More short errands in the afternoon.This is a lot of starts and stops,where winter is 4 months long. Once a year a 2000 mile trip. It has 140000 miles with just a starter , alt, and water pump. No oil added between changes. On those long trips it gets 25 mpg at posted speed limit. In town 12 mpg.

  • avatar
    seanx37

    My EX had a 1987 Accord that had 400,000+ miles last I heard. It had been passed around her family. I think her brother had it last. Original engine, one replaced clutch at around 250000.

    I had an 83 Accord that went more than 250000. It still ran fine when I traded it in.

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    gglockster

    I had a 1991 Acura Integra GLS that I bought new. I cried when I sold it in 2007 with 167,000 miles on the clock. Great car. Now I’m driving a 2005 VW Jetta TDi, so far only 96,000 miles on it. I plan to get over 200K from it.

  • avatar
    Steven Lang

    Sub-150k trade-in’s at a very LARGE national dealership (5000+ weekly).

    Kia: 1 out of 42 (2.5%)
    VW: 10 out of 169 (6%)
    Land Rover: 2 out of 37 (5.4%)
    Porsche : 0 for 11 (0%)
    Hyundai 6 out 78 (7.7%)
    Jaguar: 1 out of 25 (4%)

    and what hated brand beat them by more than three times the percentage???

    Dodge: 52 out of 302 (17%)

    I see it every week at the auctions. I just wish Consumer Reports and the distorters that be would open their eyes as well. Anyone remember when CR was promoting late 90′s VW’s to the public at large?

    DISCLAIMER: I DO LOVE OLDER VW’S. BUT CAN’T STAND MOST OF WHAT THEY MADE DURING THESE LAST 15 YEARS FROM A QUALITY STANDPOINT.

    One other thing…

    Acura: 23 out of 65 (35%)
    Lexus: 29 out of 96 (30%)
    Camry: 40 out of 118 (34%)
    Accord: 55 out of 164 (34%)

    Explorer: 36 out of 106 (34%)
    Grand Cherokee: 29 out of 78 (37%)
    4Runner: 16 out of 28 (57%)

  • avatar
    gslippy

    My 85 Lebaron GTS went 206,528 miles.

    I replaced the clutch at 161k when I rebuilt the engine only because I was in there; it was still good. The 2.2L was not smooth, but it was durable.

    My 98 Grand Caravan has 144k and climbing, as does my 01 Elantra.

    I’m a believer in the old home-grown Chrysler products, and now Hyundai.

    My 05 xB only has 49k on it, having needed only a window switch and O2 sensor so far.

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    Sinistermisterman

    I once owned a 1990 Ford Sierra 1.9 with (according to all the old MOT’s) 260k miles on the clock. But knowing the 1.9 CVH, it was probably it’s 3rd or even 4th engine. The transmission must have been original as it was like stirring thick porridge to find the right gear.
    Great car it was too. It only cost me £100 at auction, and was a blast to powerslide around roundabouts. However by the time I’d put 20k miles on it the bottom end was very far gone when it finally died (I slid into a ditch whilst trying to avoid a clever fellow stood in the middle of the road on his cell phone).

  • avatar
    Power6

    I drove my 1990 Pontiac Sunbird to 232k. Junked it because it needed another head gasket and there was a decent sized rust hole in the unibody underneath that was soon to be a structural problem.

    What a simple to fix and and reliable car, only took GM 8 years to get it right.

  • avatar
    grinchsmate

    ive got a 2001 holden commodore withe a 3.8 ecotec v6 that has 275k km 171k m and all its had is a new fuel pump but the shortest trip ever made in that would be 15m and that would make a big difference to itrs life. i used to have a 88 toyota hilux 2.4 diesel that i remember clocking up 345678km 216048m in before i sold it a few months later, it was completely gutless but it had never had any major work. before i had it it was my uncles farm vehicle so it would have spent most of its time idling along behind cows or driving very long distances and getting serviced every 5000 kms by a loving mechanic

  • avatar
    JohnAZ

    My 86 Mustang GT 5.0 had about 235K Miles on it on the original engine, and that was only summer driving after I bought it in 92 with 30K on it.

    It’s our second car which we use for summer vacation trips etc. I have driven it through all the US states (except Hawaii) and all the Canadian provinces and territories (except Nunavut).

    After our trip to Anchorage in 2003 I had a bit too much bottom end noise so I took a trip to Deals Gap with a friend to see if I could break it. It came home a bit quieter, so I let my son take it out one day with his buds and sure enough he finished off one main bearing. I have now put only about 35K on the replacement crate motor.

    Still got the original AOD tranny. Still doing summer road trips to car shows and collecting the odd trophy.

    Keep your fluids clean and they will run a long time.

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    Ah, all those fancy cars. Here comes a duo of bare-bone, basic cars:
    1993 Ford Festiva – 110 000 km.
    1997 Suzuki Swift – 210 000 km; in 2008 the clutch needed replacing, so I got rid of the car and got a new one.

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    Disaster

    In this article, written in 2007, Gordon was still on the original engine, though rebuilt at 680K.

    http://www.designnews.com/article/12384-How_Irv_Gordon_Drove_his_1966_Volvo_P1800_Past_2_6_Million_Miles.php

    My records are a Fiat Spider that I put 170K on (with a motor I rebuilt from a coupe) and coincidentally, a Mercedes 190D that I donated at 170K.

    I loved that Spider. Replaced the points when the bearings went, with an electronic ignition. Put a new top on it. The electrical connections started getting spotty…probably due to iffy grounds on rusted body panels. Sold it for about what I paid for it.

    The Mercedes could probably have gone another 170K with no issues. I had to replace the front wheel bearings at 120K, the fuel tank around 150K (water in the tank rusted it) and the magnesium ignition lock at around 100K. The auto climate control stopped working and would have been real expensive to fix so I ran it manually. I got rid of it when the ignition lock assembly broke the second time (an apparent weak spot.) There was a bit of rust showing up at the bottom of the doors, but other than that it didn’t even squeak or rattle.

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    Beelzebubba

    I still own the 1992 Honda Accord EX 4-door that my grandfather gave me when I started college in 1993. It was barely a year old and had 8200 miles on it when I got it. It’s sitting in my garage now with 312,xxx on the odometer now! I’ve used Castrol Syntec from day one and the engine is all original, runs great and doesn’t burn any oil. The original clutch made it to about 175k, then I had to replace it and the 2nd one now has about 137k on it and is showing some wear.

    It spent the first 14 years out in the elements (no garage) so the paint was looking pretty rough after about 10 years. I finally decided to have it repainted (my brother works at a Honda body shop) last year and it looks like new again! It’s not my daily driver, but I still drive it at least once a week!

  • avatar
    iggysmalls

    Currently I drive an 04 Camry, 4cly with 212K miles on the clock. Aside from regular oil changes, I’ve been through 2 back bumpers, one front, one oil pan, 3 rear tail lights and thats about it. My Mom’s 93 Camry Daily Driver had 240K miles and my Dad’s 92 Previa has 340K miles on the clock,

  • avatar
    Cougar Red

    Wow – you guys have pumped a ton of gasoline into your rides!

    I’ve never driven more than 12,000 miles a year, and currently drive half that. I’ll probably sell my 2004 G35 sedan to my nephew. He turns 16 in early 2014.

    By that time, the G35 should have less than 80,000 miles on it. Runs like a top. I figure it will last him through HS and college easy.

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    findude

    There is a small taxi company in northern Virginia that used to buy up used Volvo 240 wagons and run them forever–mostly bringing passengers to Dulles. It was common to get in one with over 400,000 miles on and not unusual to see half a million miles. The most I ever saw was 795,000 miles.

    They’ve since given up on the Volvos and are running mostly Honda Odysseys and Chrylser/Dodge minivans along with a few Crown Vics, Mercury Marquis, and Lincoln Town cars. I still see plenty of them well over a quarter million miles, but nothing like the old Volvo 240 fleet they used to run. I always chat with the drivers, and the entire fleet consists of used cars.

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    Patrickj

    I lack the patience for the care and feeding of high-mileage cars. My maximum is 128K miles on a Volvo 850 Wagon. I’ve kept three other cars, all bought new, to between 100 and 126K miles.

    Our current ’04 Subaru probably won’t break the family record; our ’06 Ford (91K miles) may because of its mainly highway miles.

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    Andy D

    I bought my 88 BMW 528e in ’96 with 150k miles on it. I added 200k miles to it in 11 1/2 yrs of daily driving. Never once failed to get me home. I maintained it in my driveway. Engine trans diff alternator and most large parts are original. I used 20 W50 dino oil, mostly Mobil and Supertech, and STP oil filters. I presently have a pair of them.

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    krhodes1

    I bought an ’87 Volvo 740GLE in ’95 that had 247K miles on it. The previous owner was a traveling salesman. I proceeded to run it up to 315K miles in a couple years, then sold it to a friend’s Mother. She put another 100K miles on it over the next ten years.

    Finally retired about three years ago, still sitting in her garage. Still runs absolutely perfectly, but the floors finally got too rusty to pass inspection. Engine has never been apart, nor has the ZF 4hp22 transmission, which must be some kind of record as those things are horrible. It did get transmission fluid changes every 30K though. Also synthetic motor oil it’s entire life.

    So all-in-all, about 415K miles on the old girl, and I would drop that motor in another car tomorrow.

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    Fritz

    63-1/2 falcon HT, 340k miles. Personally rebuilt the 200″ three times. It replaced, regrettably, a wonderfully well built 170″ that I’d put together. Rebuilt its 4-speed about four times. Had a silver Volvo 242 with near 300K. That is no brag as the car was built to last unlike the Ford. The former kissed a deer whereas the latter was tagged by an apparently uncontrollable GMC Envoy. The lesson not to become attached to material possessions comes to mind.

  • avatar
    friedclams

    1989 Chevy Celebrity wagon. Junked it at 238K, still ran great but the mechanicals and body were wearing out.

    1972 Plymouth Valiant. ~220K. Finally killed by rust.

    • 0 avatar
      geozinger

      Your Celebrity entry reminded me of my brother’s 1986 Celebrity Sedan, with 230,000 miles on it. He doesn’t drive nearly as much as some folks, but that old A body keeps on keepin’ on…

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    Bergwerk

    My personal best was 236,000 on a 1987 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 liter. I replaced a starter, an alternator, a u-joint and all the hoses. The 4.0 also had an appetite for water pumps about every 75K, but motor transmission A/C etc. soldiered on without fail, even with a 21 ft boat in tow. My current Grand Cherokee is clocking around 177,000. It has a long way to go to beat it’s predecessor.

  • avatar
    Sam P

    1991 Volvo 940SE = 245k miles. Previous owner ran engine out of oil and installed a 90k mile used engine around 200k. Sold for $2900 in 2005. Still is in service the last time I checked.

    1998 Subaru Outback = 214k miles. Original transmission, 3rd clutch, original heads, new shortblock at 140k due to cracked block.

  • avatar
    relton

    My 91 Caprice had 450,000 miles when I quitdriving it. I replaced a fan belt, and the tape player twice. After the tape player quit, i stopped driving th car. A friend has it now, and has used it for a year.

    Still had the original exhaust, but needed new brakes a couple of times. The engine still ran so quietly that you could listen under the hood and hear the PCV valve clicking.

    Bob

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    jerseydevil

    95 VW Golf 3, gas engine, 237,000 miles. head job at 220,000, several clutches, rebuilt transmission at 75,000. Currently in the shop getting the floorpan fixed. The kid at the repair place offered to buy it from me!

    no a/c, no heat, runs great.

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    Moparman426W

    I owned a 79 plymouth voyager (fullsized verion of dodge) during the 80′s up to about 92. I bought it from our pastor who used it for the church’s traveling singing group. They pulled a medium sized trailer with it, almost all highway miles.
    It had the 318/727 combo and had 134k when I bought it. It had 206k on it in 92 when reverse went out in the tranny. Engine still ran like a top, the timing chain was replaced right before the pastor sold it to me.
    It was getting too rusty to really be worth fixing, so I pulled the engine/trans and junked the body. I rebuilt the trans (my first trany rebuid) and a friend used it in his truck. I still have that engine in my barn.

    • 0 avatar
      educatordan

      Went to college with a guy whose dad was a bit of a Mopar fanatic. The guy bought an early 70s Plymouth with the slant six and 727 combo, it kept rusting out in NE Ohio so he kept buying Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge cars with bad engines but good bodies and kept swapping the slant six and trans back in. That power train went 100s of thousands of miles before he got “bored” with the swapping every few years. No wonder his sons first car was an old Diplomat cop car with a slant six (early 80s model, the kid didn’t get his license till about 1993.)

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    naserrou

    My current daily driver is also my first car, a 1978 BMW 316 which has done about 469000 km (291000 miles). I bought it in 2002 i think, when i lived in hungary. since then its been with me to Belgium, the UK and now to germany where i intend to take it back home to munich at least once. I have done about 150000km with it, but also rebuilt the engine and changed the gearbox for a junkyard find. Never driven a car that felt more loose, yet i did not hesitate to fill it with all my stuff and drove from UK to Germany in january.

    Also had a 270000 mile BMW 325i Touring from 1990. That was a great car, all original. Maxed that out at 6500 rpm in fifth all the time on the M6 driving home from manchester, every pony still intact. Sadly it got destroyed in a crash, sad day. That car still drove like new.

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    TCragg

    1986 VW Jetta TurboDiesel, 603,000 km on the odometer when I sold it in 1999. I bought it in 1994 from the “as-is” row at Richmond Motors VW in Chatham, ON with 300,000 km on it. It was my first car, and economic necessity and a long commute at my first “real” job after university dictated the most fuel-efficient car I could find. The car was not without its problems, but the simplicity of the design meant that most of the maintenance could be performed by the owner. The orginal engine lost compression in two cylinders (death for a diesel) at 385,000 and was replaced by a VW factory rebuild (back when they had their engine reman plant in Scarborough, ON). Aside from that, the car still had the original turbo, injection pump, and A/C compressor when I sold it.

    A close second was my 1996 Passat TDI wagon, which had about 480,000 km when I sold it. Original everything, even the clutch when sold in 2005.

  • avatar

    I drive almost exclusively high mileage crap. The two that stand out are my first car, a 1990 Caravan Cargo, and my 9c1 Caprice.

    The first car was a painter’s van, and I only owned it for about 6 months, other than being rotten it ran great and was a burnout machine too. Finally got rid of it 513,250 km (319,000 miles) because the transmission had started slipping when it got hot, and I was too broke to replace it.

    My 9c1 Caprice (police package) was purchased at 352,000 km (219,000 miles) and sold it at 412,500 km (257,000 miles) because we needed the wagon instead. In great shape and only had the opti-spark and water pump changed.

  • avatar

    Oh, and my current daily driver is a 2002 S-10 with a 2.2, which has 271,500 km (169,000 miles) on it.

  • avatar
    Buckwheat

    1998 Park Avenue, 317,000 miles, bought with 18,000 miles. I’ve replaced two upper intake plenums, one transmission pressure solenoid, rear air shocks, gas gauge sending unit, one front wheel bearing, one tie-rod end. Everything still works except for the driver’s heated seat which expired at 120,000 miles, and the ABS which quit at 275,000, it’s down one quart of oil at 3500 miles. This winter was tough on the body and it’s looking a bit shabby, but it’s drives so good that I’m considering getting a cheapie respray this spring.

    A few months ago I had it tentatively sold to a neighbor because I bought an ’05 Park to replace the ’98; he later backed out because of the miles, and I’m glad. The old Bu’ acts like it has a bunch of miles left in it, and I’m shooting for 400,000.

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    jjolly2

    Just put on 3rd set of tires, original battery, 1 set of front pads, 2 sets rear pads, lower ball joints, 1 set shocks and a fan belt. 1990 Grand Marquis, 180,000 miles. Been very good to me..

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    Deorew

    My 1995 Mercury Mystique just turned 300,000 miles.
    My 2004 Cadillac CTS has 54,000 miles.

    Mystique has V6 and 5 speed manual transmission.
    Only issues have been: (Besides normal maintenance)
    201,000 miles. Broken plastic clip supporting the throttle cable. Car ran at idle, but gas pedal was laying on floor. Fixed with a nylon tie-wrap cable-tie.
    250,000 miles. Clutch finally went.
    300,319 miles. Alternator went. I installed a new one, but the mega-fuse keeps blowing. Car is sidelined at the moment.
    CTS has V6 and 5 speed manual transmission.

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    VanillaDude

    1988 Ford Festiva. I sold it ten years ago with 288,000.
    I saw it in a used car lot last month, asking price $999 with 418,000 on it now.

    I didn’t buy it back because the little cutie was entirely worn out. The interior I pampered for 12 years got used and wrecked.

    What a great car!

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    jerseydevil

    ’95 VW Mk3, standard non turbo 4 engine, 237,000 miles. Head rebuilt last year, no heat, no air, floor panel under the drivers seat being replaced now, replaced both front seats last month. Sun roof is cranky. Other than that, purrs like a kitten. Apparantly i’m keepin it forever.

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    davey49

    210K miles for my 88 Audi 80 Quattro

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    violent_k

    1979 SAAB 900 5Dr-180K+. Odometer was broken so the true mileage is unknown. Sold it to a friend that promptly broke it.

    1989 SAAB 9000CD-222K+. I took a picture of the odometer rolling past 222,222 while doing 100MPH under full boost. My kids were in the car. Yes, I am a horrible person.

    1989 SAAB 9000CD-200K+. Don’t exactly remember why I quit driving this one.

    1996 9000 9000 CS-104K. Aero clone. T-boned while the poster known as black turbo was driving it. A shame.

    1996 9000 Aero-135K. Currently owned and driven. Well, as soon as all the salt is gone it will be on the road again.

    1994 9000 CS-208K. Super-Duper winter beater. None of the accessories work. Exhaust leaks, has serious rust. has been in three major accidents. Loud, ugly and functional. Easily has another winter or so left.

    1987 900 convertible-187K. Soon be to on the road again once I repair the racoon damage.

    Oh, and then there were the Subaru’s…..

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    Stingray

    Mom’s 98 Fiat Siena EDX 1.3 MPi etc… has roughly 350K kms, on it’s original engine and gearbox. 2 clutches have been changed. Waiting for its 1st engine rebuild (rings in cylinder Nº 3 are dead, but engine still runs fine).

    Both my Isuzus have 100K miles each. One has 125K and the other one 110K.

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    My 1996 toyota camry LE v6 has 225,000 miles. bought new. runs very well. 33 mpg on highway on recent trip to new mexico with my wife. on a six cyliner. original engine, transmission, a/c. switched to synthetic oil at 150,000 miles. doesn’t burn a drop of oil. use toyota oil filters.
    my wife’s 1999 subaru outback has 200,000 miles, also bought new. original engine, transmission, and a/c. 28 mpg on highway on a 2.5 L engine and AWD. just switched to synthetic on her car. uses 1 quart of oil every 3000 miles, which is when I change the oil. use mobil 1 oil filters. runs very well.

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    tjb2k3

    It wasn’t my car, but back in 2004 when I was a mechanic for the local Lexus dealer I did a service on a 2001 LS430 with 340,000 miles on it. I thought there was something wrong with the odometer, but it was correct. Blew me away that anyone could drive that much.

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    MikeDurban

    I was given a 2000 Chrysler sedan. (hand-me-down) I never liked it much, but like most things in life, the more you hate it, the longer it lasts. lol It had 40K when I got it, and this week it just ticked 199K miles. I think we either get lucky with a great car, or some of us just take care of our cars better…..or both! My secret is to ignore the amount of miles between oil changes. Regardless of the miles, I get my oil changed the same day of the month once every 3 months (like clock-work). Then, at least once a year, I buy a new filter and do tune-ups. Scheduled maintenance can really expand the lifespan of a car.

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    bruins33

    My 2003 suburban has 223,000mi on it and it is the only car i have and still runs great no problems with it at all everything is original and we bought it used with 50,000 mi. on it.

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    S117

    Our family was allways ford owners, we all hated GM, In 1975 my dad went and purchased a new ford F350 heavy duty truck which promtly blew its guts out of the 460 CI engine within one week, ford repaired the truck with a brand new engine, two weeks later, the transmission blew while on a business trip to new mexico from sacramento california and my dad had it, so for spite of ford, he went and bought the biggest GM truck they made, it was a 1976 chevy 1 ton crew cab dually with dual tanks, a 454 ci motor, 4 speed stick and Dana rear end, he really hated the truck and did all he could to destroy it, drove it for 100,000 miles without changing the oil, ran it without antifreeze and low on water etc’ all the while pulling a 5th wheel trailer that weighed 7500 lbs empty and sometimes we would load 35,000 more on top of it, but it just would not die so finally he decided he liked the old chevy truck but it had seen better days so in 1994 he sold it to me and went and bought himself a new one. I drove the old 76 until 2000 when I got T-boned by a suburban doing 80 mph and that totalled the truck.When it was hit, the truck had 1,110,989 miles on it. The engine had been overhauled three times because of running it for so many miles, it finally would lose so much compression that it would not drag the heavy loads we pulled so often, but never had to do anything else major to it and hardly ever even changed the oil.. just fed it lots of gas.. lol so now we are all chevy fans for good reason, they run and run and run and run….

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    Mechanoman

    My 1989 S10 has 274,000ish miles. Bought it in 2010 with 250,000. I do not know if the engine and trans are original or salvage. The differential is a salvage judging by the markings left by as salvage yard. The truck needs complete restoration and will one day get it. My 04 Mustang V6 is parked, due to two bad engines in a year, with 133,000 miles. Bought it with 64,000 miles in 2007.

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    mikeywalsh

    Had a 96 V6 Camaro that was tboned at 190,000, still running strong. Currently driving a 93 Ranger with 3.0L, with I believe has 198,000 miles(last year for 5 digit odometers in the rangers). The best I’ve actually seen with my own eyes is seeing a 2001 ranger at work with 500,000 miles with the original 4 cyl. engine and transmission.

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    richard wognild

    I read about a dozen or more of these blogs,can’nt find any to beat 437000 mile, on my 1977 dodge B 200 coustom sportsman van . 2 more years to reach 500 thousand thats one half million mile,I’m 2 nd owner got from my a good friend who jokes, i think, he wants to buy it back .I haul carpenter tools, my honda 500xls ,a 19 ft camp trailer.Along with my hunting and fishing gear still looks great wish I had the money to do a little body work on a little rust, the 318 is a hard one to beat .rebuilt at 128000 trany rebuilt a about 300000 I’d have to look,have almost all reciets of work done

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    MIA86MD

    I’m still driving my original ’92 Accord and have 383,000 mileage with same engine. But, the clutch soon needs to replace first time.
    I’ve been driving up-n-down east coast dozen times. This car also took heavy lift from retain wall blocks, lawn sods to four Weeping Willows trees. I even found a mouse living in the spare tire space!

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    Ryogy-San

    Drove a fairly cheap but reliable Daewoo Espero for 8 yrs and sold it last year at around 230.000 miles with the only major repair being a set of piston rings. It was looking good so, the buyer turned the miles back to 93.000 and sold it at a higher price. I’m sad I sold it now. My current “new” used bmw 316i is reaching 120.000 and looking sharp :) Just love old cars.

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    pagen

    My business partner inherited a Ford Econoline Van from his father that we used as our construction work truck. Dad bought the vehicle from his work and converted it to run on Propane (original motor-fuel delivery and carb changed). We had to replace the tranny at 300,000 miles and we finally rebuilt the engine at 530,000 miles. At 580,000 miles we finally dumped the van (the body was falling apart around us) and switched to a Ford F150 for work, but a friend’s 16 yr old took the Van’s (relatively new) engine, converted it back to gasoline and installed in his Ford Mustang.

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    USCTONY

    I have a 1999 Chrysler Concorde LXI, bought In January of 1999, it has 239,000 miles.. One major engine repair.. The timing system.. Have only changed the transmission fluid once… Before the 100,000 have not changed it sinced.. I drive around an average of 80 miles a day Monday thru Friday on this car… Am I lucky… Chrysler can you send me a new car?

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    ikontinct

    I’m driving a 92 Suzuki Sidekick (two door 4×4, with a soft top) with at least 247k miles on it — that’s what I’ve put on it. It was purchased TMU reading 21k and, by the shape it was in when purchased, it had to be 121k. At 16, it was all I could afford.

    Glad I pulled the trigger on that buy, too. I drove it all through high school and college, used it to teach both of my younger sisters to drive, played “Stuff the ‘Zuk” through two moves (you’d be surprised at the amount of crap you can jam in there if you sacrifice the back seat and open the top) and still drive it every day. If I can keep it alive long enough, I plan on it being my son’s first car when he starts driving (14 years from now).

    The computer was the first thing to go (had it replaced three years ago), it had some electrical problems around 175k miles, needed a new exhaust around 210k, and the transmission’s been rebuilt (that was last year, once reverse died on me), but the engine’s original. And that little 4cyl still takes on highway traffic every summer weekend for baseball games. Burns a little oil, but otherwise in good shape.

    My husband’s trucks are also getting up there in miles. His daily driver is a 2001 Chevrolet Tracker with 155k miles (and adding 100 miles every weekday, as his commute to work is just over 50 miles one-way), but his 1995 Isuzu Trooper has 223k on it. I don’t know the Trooper’s history near as well — my ‘Kick has been mine since I was 16, but the Trooper only entered my life this last year — but I know it’s made the trek from North Carolina to New Jersey and then from New Jersey to Oklahoma (and back, hauling a U-Haul trailer) twice. The power steering pump is starting to go on us, but overall still a really strong truck.

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    Ed Strasburg

    My 1994 Chevy k1500 5.7L has 251K, just replaced original trans. My ’94 Chevy k3500 crew-cab dually (shop truck) 7.4L has 370K, though the engine is getting tired in this truck. Swapping a crate engine VERY soon! Wife’s 2000 Blazer has only 143K…but the build quality on it is JUNK!!! Both trucks are 10 times better condition than the Blazer even with same service (severe duty) service schedules. And my personal best: I had a 1996 FSuperDuty (before Ford outright called it an F450) 7.3L Power Stroke that I put 430K on before I sold it. Original engine (except injectors) and trans (replaced flywheel to “singe-mass”, for you Ford diesel guys). Bought all my trucks new, less than 100 miles.

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    bcaka

    1971 Toyota Hilux pickup – 476,000 miles. Original engine, though I did a ring job at 148K miles, but nothing else other than the usual brakes, shocks, clutch, etc. Change the oil every 5,000 miles – keep it tidy. Great truck except it’s quietly rusting away…glad I live in California so there’s no road salt!


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