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Old 02-23-2014, 10:18 AM   #1
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Which vehicles will last 200,000 miles? Top 10

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If you want to own a vehicle that you can drive into the ground -- and then wonder why it refuses to die -- then maybe you should be driving a big truck or SUV.
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All of them will last 200k miles or more if you maintain them to a high standard. Now if the interior, electronics or accessories last, that is another story, and usually related to the price class of the vehicle, as well as how well you take care of it.
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I'm sure I didn't make the list but our 99 deville has 190,000 and still is going strong.
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I was a auto mechanic for 40 years and I believe that most anything will go the distance with proper maintenance. I used to work with a guy that had an old Saturn that was getting close to 300,000 miles on the original engine,of course the rest of the car looked like it should be in a junkyard,but it was just his work beatermobile.
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How in the heck did they leave out the Wrangler?
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There are cars that are known for long life , Volvo and MB diesels come to mind first, . In some cases they will give you a new one free , if you top out the recorded record to date. I had a friend in the early 80s who had a MB diesel wagon, she was a stick sales person catering to motels, hotels , etc.which required trips all over Florida, .at 500,000she decided to retire , but , kept that MB wagon for many more years as a grocery runner
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They need to do their research in Russia, Cuba, or Mexico. There you will find the cars that can go the distance. We are a throw away society.
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My 05 VW has 225,000 and still purrs. I plan on selling it at 300,000
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How in the heck did they leave out the Wrangler?
I know how if you notice that was in the "money" section of the site.
Writers in these money section usually know finance MUCH better than they know motor vehicles. Yahoo is bad at it but the animals at Consumer reports have a total cranial rectum inversion about cars and truck.

My 99 Jeep Tj has a 165K on it. Not one U joint in the drive shafts have ever been replaced, it even has the OEM starter,ALT,PS pump & steer box, and Water pump, Fuel pump,and Even the CLUTCH is the one its had since it was new. It has used the usual consumables like 3 batterys, a set of new rotors, a few set of tires and wiper blades every 2 years.
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Sorry, but windcrasher is 100% right, they all could make it that far and even farther if you maintain them like the book tells ya to, I owned towing company for a little over 12 years and drove a towtruck for the best side of 25 years. If everyone that bought a new ride, read the owners manual they would drive a lot of the towing companys out of business. Number one problem is no one follows the rules when doing oil changes, I'm sorry, the oil WILL NOT Last forever, 2nd problem is ignoring the check engine lights and or warning lights. I have owned several Gm cars/trucks and they all went way past 200k and are still running to day. The best one i had was a Olds Cutlass Sup. w/350C.I. we put somewhere around 325k miles on it and the poor car had no floors to speak of, but it ran great, Thank You Mich. for the rust. Bottom line, Read the Book!
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Sorry, but windcrasher is 100% right, they all could make it that far and even farther if you maintain them like the book tells ya to, I owned towing company for a little over 12 years and drove a towtruck for the best side of 25 years. If everyone that bought a new ride, read the owners manual they would drive a lot of the towing companys out of business. Number one problem is no one follows the rules when doing oil changes, I'm sorry, the oil WILL NOT Last forever, 2nd problem is ignoring the check engine lights and or warning lights. I have owned several Gm cars/trucks and they all went way past 200k and are still running to day. The best one i had was a Olds Cutlass Sup. w/350C.I. we put somewhere around 325k miles on it and the poor car had no floors to speak of, but it ran great, Thank You Mich. for the rust. Bottom line, Read the Book!
The rust out IS important too , its all part of the car or truck. Up here in da UP all cars will start the process of returning to mother earth somewhere around 4-5 years old., some sooner. It does make a difference where the car "lives" most of the time. If my floorboards are becoming transparent to the asphalt below ,....well I care a lot less about some stinkin engine dash light !
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Most auto power trains produced by the well known auto makers today will easily achieve 250,000 miles. Here's why.

1- Engine designs have improved dramatically.
2- No more tetra ethyl lead in our fuels.
3- Today's engine spin at very low RPMs when cruising. This translates to very low piston travel per mile.
4- Engine oils are excellent and can go 25,000 mile OCIs.
5- Engines typically run cooler.
6- Metallurgy has improved.
7- Engines have better machine tolerance control. They fit together better.
8- The auto owner tends to maintain the power train better.

My newest vehicle is my 2001 BMW motorcycle. Cars etc. are all older, circa 1995.
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We're headed from Houston area going to Arizona for a few days. Last night when I shut down the odometer read 203,120 miles on my 1998 Monaco Executive. We're going to Alaska for the 13th time again this summer so by the end of the year it should be around 225,000 miles. The only repairs I've done so far to the M-11 is replace the exhaust manifold gaskets three years ago, and the turbo five years ago. Other than that I give it a front to back yearly maintenance and keep going.
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Most auto power trains produced by the well known auto makers today will easily achieve 250,000 miles. Here's why.

1- Engine designs have improved dramatically.
2- No more tetra ethyl lead in our fuels.
3- Today's engine spin at very low RPMs when cruising. This translates to very low piston travel per mile.
4- Engine oils are excellent and can go 25,000 mile OCIs.
5- Engines typically run cooler.
6- Metallurgy has improved.
7- Engines have better machine tolerance control. They fit together better.
8- The auto owner tends to maintain the power train better.

My newest vehicle is my 2001 BMW motorcycle. Cars etc. are all older, circa 1995.
While I agree power trains "today" do require less maintenance , I do question some of your statements, in general.
" Engine designs have improved" ? not sure what you mean by that, do you mean quality control ? casting procedures ? , fewer reject units ?

No more"lead" ? Lead is a cushion, that helps from increased friction and metal distortion under heat. ( Newer engines have been designed to run lead free for quite a while, but thats for other reasons)

" Engine spin " actually engines run at Higher RPMs in order to get the same HP from smaller cu in. displacement.

" engine oils" Yes big improvements , so big that many people tend to have their vehicles serviced less. I know of many leased vehicles where the oil is never changed before the lease is up and its "traded" back in for the next model.

" engines run cooler " ? Quite the opposite. More output can be obtained with a hotter engine, the problem has always been the cooling system. By raising the PSI pressure the boiling point of the coolant increases. Today engines run sometimes over 210 degrees , in older vehicles the norm was under 180 degrees due to the lower pressure system.The main reason for the higher temps has more to do with emissions than anything else.

" Metallurgy " Yes , lighter wt. metals like aluminum have made great strides the last 30 years. The problems with lighter metals was a problem in older engines due to the increased wear factor, and the poor ability for heat transfer/ corrosion when combined with other metals, like cast iron.

I don't want to dispute specific cases, as there are many factors that come to play depending on MFG companies and their reasons for what they do. Its mostly a cost factor. Most newer engines do not use gaskets, which could be a good thing. However the use of O rings has increased along with the failures of these products used under high compression / heat conditions.

Almost everything I have said can be disputed when it comes to overall reliability. I was just pointing out the specifics as they relate to your post.
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