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midniteson New Reader
10/13/12 11:05 p.m.

Got a car with high mileage? Year, make, model? If known Whats been replaced? History?

Ive got a 1996 Honda Accord LX 5spd non-Vtec. 255,000 miles. Original Engine/Transmission. A good freinds mom was gonna send it to the boneyard when the clutch went out. I picked it up for $300 bucks. She drove it back and forth from WA state to Indiana, she bought it from a Honda dealer in 1998 with 30,000 miles.

I swapped the clutch out, replaced the radiator, front axles, brakes/rotors, plugs/wires, Timing belt and water pump, Poly swaybar bushings. Ive got less than $1000 bucks into it and drive it daily. 30 mpg, and It Runs great! When this motor goes,(Hopefully not for a long time) i think im gonna go with a H22 swap.

DoctorBlade SuperDork
10/13/12 11:09 p.m.

Ooh. My 1992 Nissan Sentra XE. 204k. So far I've replaced a couple of alternators, three batteries, some brake parts, and it needs shocks. Otherwise, it just runs.

N Sperlo
N Sperlo PowerDork
10/13/12 11:17 p.m.

95 F150. About 210K.

Replaced the transmission (due to an unbalanced driveshaft cracking the bell housing). Replaced the drive shaft and transfer case extension housing (due to a bad u-joint). Replaced the clutch fan. Replaced the leaf springs. Re-did the rusty exhaust system. Other than that, its just been regular maintenance for me (plugs/wires/oil/brakes).

curtis73 SuperDork
10/13/12 11:20 p.m.

My wife's MB E300 turbodiesel had 231k on it when we sold it. Honestly - brakes, tires, a couple brake light bulbs... it never had a failure. As of when we sold it, it started to exhibit signs of the duovalve (in the climate control) start to fail but only occasionally. The power steering pump had a slight whine to it when it was really cold.

Edit: and it also had the original 1999 battery in it that was never replaced.... which is a good thing since they cost a few arms and legs.

curtis73 SuperDork
10/13/12 11:23 p.m.

Oh... I had a 62 Caddy that had over 500k, but I only owned it a couple years and it soaked me hard

mikeatrpi Reader
10/13/12 11:38 p.m.

95 Mazda 626 DX (stripper model), 2.0L, 5spd standard. I bought it in 2000 with 69k on it... today its got 205,500. Rust is slowly devouring the car. Otherwise, its been fantastic. Original engine and trans, I've done the brakes, CV half shafts, exhaust, clutch and struts.

driver109x HalfDork
10/13/12 11:56 p.m.

93 Infiniti G20 325xxx miles. Been driving it without 5th gear for 100xxx+ miles. Just last week the clutch went out (2nd one since I owned it). Im trying to find a cheap trans for it but most likely Ill junk it and get another beater dd.

87 BMW 535is 301xxx miles my only driver at the moment. Was a back up and weekend car. Dreams of a future LSx swap.

LopRacer HalfDork
10/14/12 12:48 a.m.

89 Civic Si 335,xxx miles bought at 200k and have driven hard ever since. It's had most everything replaced along the way but then I was building it into a track car.

90 Geo Prizm 198,000 timing belt water pump alt. just the nornal stuff so far.

86 GMC van 158,000 258,000 358,000? only a 5 digit odo. but it was unmolested until I blew the head gaskets and cracked the heades 2 years ago.

fasted58 UltraDork
10/14/12 1:15 a.m.

Dad had a '71 Catalina w/ a 350 that had 205K when he traded it in. Routine maintenance, brakes, exhaust replacement and one water pump... heads were never off the engine.

EvanB UberDork
10/14/12 1:46 a.m.

My recent Volvo 745 turbo had 230k on it when I sold it, also had a Mercedes W123 diesel with 260k-ish.

Travis_K SuperDork
10/14/12 1:57 a.m.

1992 nissan sentra, bought with ~50k numerous clutches and cv joints, water pump, transmission rebuild, wrecked at 335k and was going to need a transmission rebuild soon.

1995 neon, 365k miles, needed fuel pump, alternator, one set of brakes, 4 or 5 sets of tires, and new valves in one cylinder shortly after the first timing belt change since it was done by the dealer and they didnt replace the water pump. A washer from a previously broken clutch cable jammed the flywheel and locked the engine solid at 365k, didnt realize that until we already got another engine and swapped it in, now its sitting in the driveway either needing a lucky guess and $ 20 in parts or $1000 in work at a shop to pass emissions testing.

1996 subaru legacy, bought with 150k miles, now has over 400k. About 5 alternators, 5 fuel pumps, one cat, replaced the engine at 380k with another used one due to excessive oil consumption, still running now but leaks more than a quart of oil every 100 miles, and needs tie rods, tires and a new transmission (probably not going to happen)

1983 mercedes 300SD, purchased over a year ago with the odometer stopped at 376k, the owner said it worked the last time he drove it, it wasn't working when i drove it, and no one had driven it in between so I have no idea on the actual mileage. I have a feeling it has had lots of work done over the years, the only thing i have done that wasn't either normal maintenance or replacing cosmetic parts with nicer parts from the junkyard was a full front suspension rebuild.

19885 shelby charger, about 225k miles, it had sat a long time before i got it and was really unreliable and was like to get over 20 mpg most of the time. I sold it because i couldnt figure out how to get the ignition to stop cutting out, and after probably 6 times on a tow truck it wasnt much fun anymore.

10/14/12 2:36 a.m.

1984 Honda Civic Hatchback 1500x, 256,000 miles. I bought the car new and still has my name on the title, My son drives it now. He came home from the hospital as a new born in this car! Still gets 30 plus mpg and has never been in a crash. Just recently the timming belt broke with only 58,000 miles on the belt, replaced 4 ex. and 2 int. valves all for less then $ 300.00 bucks. Still running down the road!!!!!

Hungary Bill
Hungary Bill HalfDork
10/14/12 3:45 a.m.

1966 Impala. Unknown mileage (but the girl is 50 years old so I'm guessing shes been "around the block")

Basic maintenance (plugs, point, cap, rotor, brakes, clutch, etc) and someone put on a chrome valve cover... Transmission was swapped due to a bad 2nd gear synchro and the paint was changed from "piss yellow", to "I'm important black". Still my daily driver.

I just sold my Toyota 4X4 with 300k. blew the motor and transmission at 200K on the dot. (yes, it was worth it)

SillyImportRacer HalfDork
10/14/12 6:57 a.m.

My '95 Accord has 257xxx

The trimming belt, water pump, clutch, battery, drive shafts, & she sheet metal have been replaced.

It gets regular abuse as a DD & I've used it as a truck from time to time. I hauled 25 cinder locks in the trunk once.

It's starting to have starter issues, the left. Front window has to be helped up to stay on track, and the clock can't be set. Other that that everything works as it should. ... The a/c is week. I was told an expansion valve would fix that.

ZOO SuperDork
10/14/12 7:28 a.m.

My Miata has 286000 on it. Kilometres, however. It should turn over 300k by June of next year, especially given that my son is turning 16 and he will want a car to autox and track.

Ian F
Ian F PowerDork
10/14/12 7:42 a.m.

My current '03 TDi is at 298k and will hit 300k in a couple of weeks. I've owned it since new and have done all maintenance on it to the letter. It still runs well and I generally like the car, so I'll probably keep driving it for another 300k. I've replaced the front brakes once, rear brakes twice, two timing belts, about a dozen sets of tires. Otherwise, its mostly original. The clutch is original.

My '95 Cummins has 265k, bought with 248k back in early '07.

My E30 has about 212k but most of that was put on by the previous owner. I've only put about 1500 miles on the car since buying it in 2010. I originally bought it for autox, but don't really like driving it otherwise.

My last high mileage car was a '91 Integra that I bought with 74k and traded in with 229k.

Curmudgeon MegaDork
10/14/12 7:43 a.m.

Our LeMons '86 Civic Si shows ~220k on the odometer, but the cable was missing when we got it, no idea of how many it actually has. Water pump had seized, broke the TB and munched a couple valves. Rock Auto to the rescue, ~$165.00 and we beat the cowboy crap out of it. We shift when the rev limiter kicks in which is ~7500 RPM, more or less.

Armitage Reader
10/14/12 7:44 a.m.

My Galant has 225k. Just about everything mechanical has been replaced at some point. She's had a hard life starting out with a few years of drag racing every week followed by a decade of RallyX with some AutoX and HPDE thrown in the mix.

EricM SuperDork
10/14/12 7:49 a.m.

179000 on my jeep xj, prolly not in the high mileage club yet.

Woody MegaDork
10/14/12 7:51 a.m.
LopRacer wrote: 89 Civic Si 335,xxx miles bought at 200k and have driven hard ever since. It's had most everything replaced along the way but then I was building it into a track car.

I had an '89 Civic Si that I bought new and put 300k on. The original engine remained in place the whole time and the first clutch lasted over 200k, in spite of autocross use. I had to replace very little over the cars lifetime, but rusty rockers finally claimed it, at least as far as I was concerned. I still managed to sell it for $1800.

SVreX MegaDork
10/14/12 7:55 a.m.

My daily driver has 435K on it. That's nearly double most of you lightweights! I've been driving it since it had 225K.

1999 F-250 Super Duty with a 7.3L turbo diesel.

The only mechanical repair I've ever done other than tires, brakes, and oil changes is new injectors. Compression ratio is still within 3 lbs. of original OEM factory spec on all 8 cylinders.

I did some body and glass work when it was hit by a tree.

The transmission makes some disturbing noises, but it has been that way since I bought it. The price was low enough I figured I could replaced it when it croaked. That was 210,000 miles ago!

Curmudgeon MegaDork
10/14/12 8:05 a.m.

My DD Trooper just rolled over 190k. I bought it in 2002 at ~65k with a seized motor (previous owner did not understand preventive maintenance!) bought a boneyard motor and dropped it in. That motor runs great but it sprang an oil leak at the rear of the driver's cyl head, dunno why. Replaced both HG's, the hydraulic lash adjusters and rocker shafts. Uses about a quart between oil changes, more if towing.

Did a water pump at ~165 k, TB at same time. Power steering pressure line sprang a leak and the A/C compressor had to be replaced ~175k. Replaced the front axle CV boots (nasty job, that!) at ~180k.

Transmission got a big cooler as soon as I bought it, I change the fluid every 30k since I do tow with it. Transmission mount settled till it finally caused vibration, that was ~165k.

2 sets of brake pads, last set is those Akebono ceramics that really do perform as advertised. Rotors are still factory originals and there's no vibration.

Two batteries. Alternator still original.

On the second set of Michelin LTX M/S tires, the first set went ~115k. Still looked good. I distrust ten year old tires with a lot of sun cracking, so a new set of sneakers went on.

It got the snot knocked out of it three years ago, the ins check was enough to fix it, get a set of the XS wheels and a few other things plus pay off every dime I have put in it. So basically it's a free truck.

Otherwise, I just drive it.

Toyman01 PowerDork
10/14/12 8:32 a.m.

All of them are high mileage, most are over 200K.

The wife's 1999 Chevy Venture, 3.4 V6. 225000 miles, original engine, original transmission. It's had the lower intake gaskets replaced, one alternator, one A/C compressor, one brake booster and that's pretty much it. It's past due for front end bushings. It's been one of the best cars I've ever owned. With pretty much zero maintenance and heaps of abuse from my wife and kids it just keeps on trucking. It was wrecked a month ago and replaced with a Jeep Liberty. Buy back from the insurance company was $430, so it's going to get put back on the road or turned into a Lemons car. I haven't decided yet.

1993 Buick Roadmaster. 248000 miles, 5.7 V8. Engine looks to be original, as does the transmission. I bought it at 240K with no service records, so before then, who knows. I've replaced the coil and the HEI module.

These are my work vans. They are run hard, always loaded and minimally maintained.

1995 Ford E150. 350000 miles 5.0 V8 Original engine, second transmission. The rear axle has been rebuilt. That's pretty much all I've done to it. It's a piece of junk, but it's a back up in case one of the other vans goes to the shop.

1999 Ford E250. 435000 miles, 4.2 V6. I just had to put an engine in this one. The previous suffered a blown head gasket that proved to be terminal. Hydro locked and bent a rod. It's on it's second transmission. It's been through two alternators, and about five radiators. (Don't buy the Chinese junk parts, I can do a Ford E250 radiator in under 20 minutes.)

1997 Ford E150. 285000 miles, 4.2 V6 This one got an engine at 215K. A intake gasket failed and filled the crank case with water. My business partner drove it for a month like that. Needless to say it didn't do the bottom end any good. Other than that, just maintenance.

2002 Ford E150. 324000 miles, 4.2 V6. Original engine, original transmission. I had to replace an axle and bearing a couple of months ago, but it's coming due for a rear axle replacement because the ring and pinion are starting to whine and the shop that did the axle replacement thinks the housing might be bent.

The rest of them are in the high 100s as far as mileage.

1995 Camaro. 160K, 3.4 V6. This is my daughters DD. It had the engine replaced just before I bought it. I've done the clutch, had a rear axle and a couple of wheels replaced after my daughter smacked a curb with it at a high rate of speed.

1983 RX-7. 185K Rotary for now. It's blown up and in the planning stages.

1989 Thunderbird SC. 165K, 3.8 Supercharged V6. I don't know much about this one. I've had it 6 months. I have put a clutch and fuel pump in it so far. There is a chance it may end up being a engine donor for the above RX-7. We'll see.

Just bought is a 2002 Jeep Liberty. 170K. Original engine and transmission. It runs like a top. We'll see how long she lasts. I've never owned a Jeep before, but it looks to be pretty well built. Repairs so far, none and I hope it stays that way.

logdog Reader
10/14/12 8:45 a.m.

Did cars just fall apart at 50k in the 50s or something? I know by the 70s it seemed getting 150-200k didnt seem odd if maintenance had been done. I think anything other than fluids/tires/brakes under 100k is a failure and getting to 200k should be anymore than something like an alternator or some suspension work (although plenty of cars make it needing nothing at all). Ive had several 200-300k cars and it seems that is a common range here. So when did cars just fall apart beyond repair at low mileage?

92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
10/14/12 8:48 a.m.

1992 Celica GT: 253k miles. Motor never touched, i imagine it's not the original clutch, as the car was turbo'd for almost 100k miles and i ran a bunch of nitrous through it. Suspension completely rebuilt by me. Purchased for $600.

1993 Escort GT: 286k miles. Near as i can tell, just clutch, brakes, and a transmission when i bought it. Put 40k miles on it, tore it apart BECAUSE RACECAR. Purchased for $700.

1990 MX6 GT: 197k miles. My daily driver... hard to tell what's been replaced at this point, since i'm literally the 14th or 15th owner. I replaced the ORIGINAL rear brake pads last month, though. Still on original motor and trans despite huge amounts of boost being pushed through it. Purchased for $900.

2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4x4: 186k miles. From what i was told by the original owner, only the cooling system and brakes have been replaced on this truck. Runs like a top. Purchased for $3000.

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