Long Distance Drive
Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:31 AM
I got this car when it has 105k miles. I changed oil for every 1500 miles. This car runs fine, but it's old, some of the parts are rusty, and it has a leak in its AC compressor.
I don't know how the car was maintained previously. I am the 4th or 5th owner of the car.
Do you guys think it is risky to drive such a long distance?
Also, I usually drive around 80-85 mph on interstate highway, do you guys think it is too fast for my old car?
Thanks a lot?
Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:18 PM
In addition, assuming the cooling system is in good nick, long distance driving actually stresses a vehicle less than in-town driving.
But then again, I do live in Africa, and our temperatures rarely dip below freezing, so ymmv. Literally :-)
Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:24 PM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:38 PM
Finding a good mechanic is difficult, but if you know one, ask him to do a full go-through!
Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:08 AM
As for going 80-85 mph. I'd advise against it for a bunch of reasons - like speeding tickets. That being said, be sure to have good tires with plenty of tread. Don't forget to make sure that spare is inflated too. Standing on the side of the road without a spare is not fun. In our old Corolla, I kept a small toolbox, jumper cables, nylon rope, and wire-ties. I fixed numerous broken clips and plastic thingies with the wire ties. At very least some basic tools might be enough to get you off the highway safely and to a repair shop. But, like Sonix said, take it to a trusted mechanic and tell him your intensions. If they're honest, they'll be straight with you.
Generally speaking, if the engine is in good shape (doesn't excessively burn oil), the coolant is topped off, transmission fluid is in good shape and the tranismission doesn't slip (if automatic), I think you'll be in good shape for the trip. I will add that I discovered that running the AC for a long long time non-stop on high in summer in 8th and 9th gen Corollas caused the AC to freeze up on occasion. It would stop, I'd pull over to use the restroom and grab a soda and it was enough to thaw it out and I was good for another couple hours.
Hope that helps in some way.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 11:39 AM
To be quite honest, once in Namibia driving north from Cape Town on the N7/B1 I used to apply the lead foot a bit more, doing 140km/h for long stretches in my old 98 model (which, unlike the US model, had a 4a-fe engine). I used to do this even at temperatures in the high thirties (centigrade, so you'd have to convert once more) running the aircon at full blast most of the time. Basically conditions that some would classify as an endurance run (140km/h for hours at a time, 1500km in a single day, African desert temperatures, stopping only for fuel and food...). So yeah, I see no reason why a well-maintained vehicle can't do these distances.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:15 PM
Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:27 AM
Posted 22 April 2012 - 07:39 PM
Point is, your 'Rolla is OLD, by today's standards, anyway. Take it easy on it. Have a good garage give it a good lookover, just to be sure.
Besides, driving 80-85 mph can be quite stressful on a long journey. One time, my wife and I followed another car to Washington, D.C., -- about a 7-hour drive. The lead car kept the speed limit for about 20 miles, but the driver just wanted to go faster. Before we knew it, they were gone, and we never saw them again until we reached the hotel. The next morning, my wife asked them when they arrived, thinking that they must have made some pretty good time. Turns out they beat us there by only a half hour or so, and they admitted they were very tired. As for me, I wasn't that worn out at all, because I kept my speed at or under the limit.
Let the fuzz catch someone else. And let the tow guy tow someone else.
Edited by corollamike, 22 April 2012 - 07:40 PM.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:46 AM
Over here the Land Rover people have a joke: On a really silent night you can hear the Toyota's rust.
Saw this on a bumper sticker on a Land Rover: "The parts falling off of this vehicle are of the finest English craftsmanship."