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Just Turned 160,000 Miles

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I'm jumping in a little late, but 16xK miles is a good number, but not a great number, and nothing close to any records. It shouldn't be anything hard for a Corolla to do. I had a friend who had one of the old 2.4 RWD Celica's that got over 250K miles. The cable for the hood rusted and they couldn't open the hood any more. It was also hit by a deer. I got over 250K miles out of a Ford Escort GT with a Mazda 1.8 engine. I sort of want a MX-5 some day because of that, but I need something bigger then that right now. Even a Ford V8 or GM V8 can go that long without a rebuild. I've known people to hit well above 200K on the Jeep inline 4.0

 

Usually, people just get tired of cars after 200K miles. I know I do. The car starts falling apart around the engine usually. Unless it's a collectible, sometimes, it's just best to move on. Wait till it's dead, and let it go.

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I'm jumping in a little late, but 16xK miles is a good number, but not a great number, and nothing close to any records. It shouldn't be anything hard for a Corolla to do. I had a friend who had one of the old 2.4 RWD Celica's that got over 250K miles. The cable for the hood rusted and they couldn't open the hood any more. It was also hit by a deer. I got over 250K miles out of a Ford Escort GT with a Mazda 1.8 engine. I sort of want a MX-5 some day because of that, but I need something bigger then that right now. Even a Ford V8 or GM V8 can go that long without a rebuild. I've known people to hit well above 200K on the Jeep inline 4.0

 

Usually, people just get tired of cars after 200K miles. I know I do. The car starts falling apart around the engine usually. Unless it's a collectible, sometimes, it's just best to move on. Wait till it's dead, and let it go.

That is true. People don't keep their cars very long - regardless of the mileage. They get tired of it and want something different.

I would like to see the statistics on how long people keep their cars.

For me, I get a different car about every three years, although I have had cars (or vans) for 12 years.

My current car I have had for only about a year, but I could go for a change.

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I got over 300k out of a 90 civic on the original lower end - and I drove the hell out of it til I finally sold it - still running. It was the 1.5L SOHC motor though, I don't think the DOHC motor lasted quite so well. That was probably the best car I'll ever own - the only real problem with them was that the axles clicked and as long as you kept the CV boots good, just ignore it. Here's to another 160 on your rolla! I know I'm driving mine into the ground :)

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I got over 300k out of a 90 civic on the original lower end - and I drove the hell out of it til I finally sold it - still running. It was the 1.5L SOHC motor though, I don't think the DOHC motor lasted quite so well. That was probably the best car I'll ever own - the only real problem with them was that the axles clicked and as long as you kept the CV boots good, just ignore it. Here's to another 160 on your rolla! I know I'm driving mine into the ground :)

I have to ask - why did you get rid of the car?

What makes people get rid of cars?

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I got over 300k out of a 90 civic on the original lower end - and I drove the hell out of it til I finally sold it - still running. It was the 1.5L SOHC motor though, I don't think the DOHC motor lasted quite so well. That was probably the best car I'll ever own - the only real problem with them was that the axles clicked and as long as you kept the CV boots good, just ignore it. Here's to another 160 on your rolla! I know I'm driving mine into the ground :)

I have to ask - why did you get rid of the car?

What makes people get rid of cars?

 

 

Usually around 300K miles, the car is falling apart. Just because it still runs and drives doesn't mean it is a good or even nice ride. Cars start to look ugly, worn, rusted. Suspension bushings are dry rotting and need to be replaced. Break lines might be getting rusty. The power steering rack is probably a little leaky with too much play. The list goes on and on. Cars wear out and they need to be replaced at some point.

 

The only time I could see having a car with really high miles is if it is driven a LOT and the 300K miles was put on in a few years. Plain old age and weather conditions cause most of the problems I listed, not just miles, so if the car is not too old, it could probably keep going. When I had a 91 Honda with 13xK miles, the engine was ready to go in another car. A lot of times, that's what people will do if they want to save some money or if they have a engine that is good for the long haul. A long time ago I worked at Cummins Engine Company and I saw guys in the shop transporting the Dodge/Cummings diesel turbo engine (a 35K truck option) in to a newer truck once they trashed a older truck. I think the engines are good for about 500K miles or so. Maybe more.

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I got over 300k out of a 90 civic on the original lower end - and I drove the hell out of it til I finally sold it - still running. It was the 1.5L SOHC motor though, I don't think the DOHC motor lasted quite so well. That was probably the best car I'll ever own - the only real problem with them was that the axles clicked and as long as you kept the CV boots good, just ignore it. Here's to another 160 on your rolla! I know I'm driving mine into the ground :)

I have to ask - why did you get rid of the car?

What makes people get rid of cars?

 

 

Usually around 300K miles, the car is falling apart. Just because it still runs and drives doesn't mean it is a good or even nice ride. Cars start to look ugly, worn, rusted. Suspension bushings are dry rotting and need to be replaced. Break lines might be getting rusty. The power steering rack is probably a little leaky with too much play. The list goes on and on. Cars wear out and they need to be replaced at some point.

 

The only time I could see having a car with really high miles is if it is driven a LOT and the 300K miles was put on in a few years. Plain old age and weather conditions cause most of the problems I listed, not just miles, so if the car is not too old, it could probably keep going. When I had a 91 Honda with 13xK miles, the engine was ready to go in another car. A lot of times, that's what people will do if they want to save some money or if they have a engine that is good for the long haul. A long time ago I worked at Cummins Engine Company and I saw guys in the shop transporting the Dodge/Cummings diesel turbo engine (a 35K truck option) in to a newer truck once they trashed a older truck. I think the engines are good for about 500K miles or so. Maybe more.

So the case is made that although the car is good and the engine is also good, with high mileage - other parts are too worn to make keeping the car a viable option.

Also some engines will outlast the car body and they can be swapped into a vehicle with a better body.

I also add that people tire of a vehicle and will want to change.

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well i would say with the recomonded maitence it could easily see 300K, i mean look at some of the old corollas, ive seen some that where 300K+ i drove a 74 that had 350K on the engine and it was still peppy

 

I just purchased a 1990 corolla 5-spped at a local police auction for $300 bucks. It needed a clutch, but it runs like a champ and just clicked over 293,000 miles. It looks rough but runs good. My goal it 500,000 on factory motor and trans. :rolleyes: The cool part is who ever owned it before me kept great records which were in the glove box.

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well i would say with the recomonded maitence it could easily see 300K, i mean look at some of the old corollas, ive seen some that where 300K+ i drove a 74 that had 350K on the engine and it was still peppy

 

I just purchased a 1990 corolla 5-spped at a local police auction for $300 bucks. It needed a clutch, but it runs like a champ and just clicked over 293,000 miles. It looks rough but runs good. My goal it 500,000 on factory motor and trans. :rolleyes: The cool part is who ever owned it before me kept great records which were in the glove box.

Some people don't really care how their car looks on the outside, as long as it runs.

Other people will spend lots of money to get a good-looking car, whether it runs good or not.

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I just hit 306,000 with my 1994 Corolla. I bought it a while back with only 100,000 miles so over 200,000 of those miles are mine.

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I am working on 165,000 miles. I hope to reach 200,000 on the car before I sell it.

100k......150k......200k.....250k............300k...........350k............awe heck why not 400k!

 

 

It was a sad day for me, when Old Yeller finally wouldnt get up past 25 mph. I almost cried. Oh well, I coudnt complain, after all how often does anyone have a car who's original engine finally gives up (although not totally because I drive it to the wrecking yard and it wasnt even smoking) at 435,000 miles. Yes the engine had never been cracked open. The only non maintenance work done was a new timing gear/chain set at about 320k , a tranny bearing and clutch job at 275k. And it was even a pushrod engine. It was 78 corolla pseudoSR5 ( the engine was the 2tc, 5 spd, 17570R13 tires. The only non SR5 item from the factory was the rear end was not the heavy duty wagon axle).

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Hello,

 

I am impressed with the mileage you guys have accumulated on your cars! I personally have never ran a car much over 100,000 miles myself. Either the car starts to need too many big ticket repairs or the harsh winters here in my neck of the woods usually kill them.

 

High mileage on a used car has always been a deterrent for me. Right now, I have a 2000 Corolla that I bought about a year ago that had only 34,000 miles on it. I don't drive it that much, so, I've only managed to add about another 4,000 miles to it over the past year. But, judging from what I've been reading, I've got a long, long, long way to go............hopefully!!!! :)

 

Anyway, best of luck to all of my fellow Corolla owners!!!!!! :D May they all last for many, many more miles!!!!

 

Regards,

 

timkedz

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My bit of advice to anyone that wants to go the distance is to use good quality oil and not overheat under any circumstances.

 

I drive my cars a long time if they are worthy of keeping in the fleet.

 

I had a nice clean low mileage 1998 Ford Ranger 2WD truck that I couldn't wait to get rid of after a year.

 

Prior to that was a $1600 1989 Grand Marquis that I loved and drove til 250K miles. I got rid of "The Livingroom" because she was letting me down too often at the end of her life.

 

This 1995 Corolla appears to be bulletproof after almost 100K miles. Pretty much all I do is change the oil. It's not sexy or exciting but surely the most dependable car I have ever had.

 

Jay in MA

 

Hello,

 

I am impressed with the mileage you guys have accumulated on your cars! I personally have never ran a car much over 100,000 miles myself. Either the car starts to need too many big ticket repairs or the harsh winters here in my neck of the woods usually kill them.

 

High mileage on a used car has always been a deterrent for me. Right now, I have a 2000 Corolla that I bought about a year ago that had only 34,000 miles on it. I don't drive it that much, so, I've only managed to add about another 4,000 miles to it over the past year. But, judging from what I've been reading, I've got a long, long, long way to go............hopefully!!!! :)

 

Anyway, best of luck to all of my fellow Corolla owners!!!!!! :D May they all last for many, many more miles!!!!

 

Regards,

 

timkedz

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