What are we to expect out of this engine in terms of longevity?
A friend-of-a-friend is an Toyota mechanic, and I asked his opinion. He gave a guarded response, probably because I own one.
I know this is unscientific, but I thought I'd plant this as a seed to see what you guys thought.
- not one of Toyo's best
- 150k w/o any problems should be easy (gee, I would expect the same out of a Dodge Neon)--again, totally subjective.
- If you ever start having engine trouble, get ride of it--he suggested that problems with this engine "snowball" into other issues.
I personally bought this car because of the following reaons
1) Toyota repuation for quality and durability
3) one of the lowest per-mile ownership costs (I commute 2 hours per day)
I've made no secret that I pretty much dislike the aesthetics of the car, much preferring the current (not new) Jetta TDI, but stayed away from it because of poor quality and ownership costs.
If this thing winks out at 150k, I'll be hard pressed to buy another Toyota.
I've got 55k on my '04 already, with no problems. I'd like to see 250, or even 300k, before she gives up. I have mostly highway miles, use Mobil 1, change at every 5000k, and even let the dealer rape me once every 30,000 miles.
What's a reasonable expectation?