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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #850 on: March 13, 2020, 11:51:45 PM »
We have a '99 civic at like 165k and a 2011 prius at about 110k. Yea baby!

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #851 on: March 21, 2020, 11:27:23 PM »
We have an 07 Chevy Cobalt with 185k miles.  Runs good, needs some front end work. 
Also have an 04 Ford Ranger.  Truck was free to me, cost about 5k to get running again and in like new condition.  111k miles currently.

Wife's 07 Cobalt with 195k miles died last week.  Timing chain broke and killed the rest of the engine.  Rather than try to find a replacement engine, we bought a 09 Ford Fusion from wife's sister for $2500.  It has 175k miles on it and if we can get it to 200k miles, we will be happy.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #852 on: September 22, 2020, 09:50:39 PM »
Not sure if I can call it overly old, but the other week I picked up a 2002 Holden Barina with 111,000km for $3000.

It's got plenty of space for the driver for a small hatchback, and the 1.4L engine has plenty of go.

Let's see how long it lasts :)

I've got a photo of the odo at 111111 as well :)

Still running well at 146000km (91000 miles). The first service was expensive (timing belt), and I had to replace the pedal box a couple of years ago as something bent when I pressed the clutch, but aside from that itís been fine.

Should be good for a while yet, but I wonder if I should sell it in a year or two while itís still got some value left in it and buy something a few years newer. Waiting for the third gen Prius to get cheap enough, but I may not drive enough to justify it :)

Currently at 159000km. I spent about $1500 back in May to replace the clutch.

There's a bit of an issue where the heater doesn't work all that well and I think it's losing a bit of coolant. I'm hoping it's not a leaky head gasket, but the temp gauge is fine so probably not. My guess is that the radiator has sprung a leak.

The plan is to replace it in 6-12 months (after I move), probably with a second gen Prius (the city fuel economy is appealing). I'm getting over driving a manual transmission in traffic. It'll be due for a timing belt at 180000km, and I plan on being rid of it well before then.

Now at 171000km, hasn't been driven all that far lately thanks to COVID, maybe 500-600km in total since early July?

Replacing the radiator didn't fix the coolant leak, and I think the other leak is from the waterpump. I'm ready to move it on, but used cars are really expensive at the moment, so I'll keep it running a little while longer.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #853 on: September 23, 2020, 06:43:38 AM »
The DH's 2004 Acura wouldn't start last week.  First time ever.  Turns out it still had the original spark plugs.  Our DD is learning to drive on it so it is getting a lot more turning on and not going very long while she learns how to start a manual and get moving. 

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #854 on: September 23, 2020, 07:06:40 PM »
I've had my 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid for ten years now (bought new, yeah, I know). It has 88,000 miles on it now and it's still going strong. I put 18,000 miles on it in the first year when I had a clown commute, but I've averaged about 7500 miles a year with it since then. It's impossible for me to bike to work, because it's 16 miles all highway each way and I got the job after I bought my house. Recently, I had to do the first real repairs on the car. Had a problem with a valve in the evaporative system that was stuck open and needed to be replaced. Also needed to replace the rear shocks and a blind spot system module on the right side of the car. Other than that, it's been a trouble-free car. Hoping to keep it at least another ten years if not more.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #855 on: September 23, 2020, 08:18:46 PM »
DW heads up a homeschooling co-op in our area.  I'm currently teaching the teenagers some basic car maintenance stuff.  Last week, our two vehicles, which between them have over 425,000 miles, got oil changes, performed by teenagers who had never done anything like that before! :)

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #856 on: October 19, 2020, 07:51:23 AM »
DW heads up a homeschooling co-op in our area.  I'm currently teaching the teenagers some basic car maintenance stuff.  Last week, our two vehicles, which between them have over 425,000 miles, got oil changes, performed by teenagers who had never done anything like that before! :)

That is great. Hands on is the best way to learn!

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #857 on: October 19, 2020, 01:53:59 PM »
I'm replacing suspension bushings on my MR2 with....maybe 265k miles? The speedometer was broken for a while, so I don't really know how many miles are on it. The front ball joints are looser than I'd like so I'm going to replace those too.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #858 on: November 02, 2020, 10:35:25 AM »
Most of my co-workers love to talk about buying new or very fancy cars.  Have had many poke fun at me as the poorest guy they know.  As moustachians I thought we could maybe use this thread to brag on our high-mileage cars (since no one else will ever envy them!). 

Me:
I have a 2000 Toyota Sienna with 215k miles as our family car.  Still running strong and we did a cross-country trip 2 years ago from coast to coast and back (my job paid for the trip which was a vacation for my family!!).  Only major repair has been the AC compressor.

For my farm truck (and what I use to haul building materials when building my house) I have a 2001 Ford F-350 with 260k miles.  Bought used in 2008 for $7k and kbb is more than that even now...  Bad mpg but I only use it for hauling and towing (very good money-maker).  Wouldn't recommend it from a MMM perspective due to somewhat poor reliability but a steady diet of parts keeps it running!

2012 Honda Accord.  on track for 110K miles and is just as tight as the day I bought it. Regular maintenance: Oil brakes, etc I do my self.
Car has ANOTHER 150K in it, does not burn oil, does not leak oil.     
I used to buy american cars, always took good care of them. Every american care I owned, would get 80-90k miles on them and something major would always go wrong: Head gasket, trans, etc and the all leaked oil .    NO more,  Honda's only for me. 

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #859 on: November 02, 2020, 03:00:40 PM »
So, our beloved 2005 Honda Pilot that Iíve commented about above hit 200K miles this past Friday. Best car ever, donít think Iím ever going to let her go.


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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #860 on: November 09, 2020, 11:46:37 AM »
Though my new ski-town roommates are heckling me for it, I just bought a new set of winter tires for my 2011 Civic with 97K miles, instead of replacing it with an SUV or a crossover. Used Subarus with 100K+ miles still go for over $10K here! And from everything I've read, tires are much more important than anything else for winter driving. If there are ever 6 inches of unplowed snow on the roads, I don't think I'd want to be driving on it in anything.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #861 on: November 09, 2020, 11:47:51 AM »
Though my new ski-town roommates are heckling me for it, I just bought a new set of winter tires for my 2011 Civic with 97K miles, instead of replacing it with an SUV or a crossover. Used Subarus with 100K+ miles still go for over $10K here! And from everything I've read, tires are much more important than anything else for winter driving. If there are ever 6 inches of unplowed snow on the roads, I don't think I'd want to be driving on it in anything.

Good snow tires will make nearly any FWD or AWD car practically unstoppable in any typical snow situation.

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« Reply #862 on: November 09, 2020, 12:15:42 PM »
Though my new ski-town roommates are heckling me for it, I just bought a new set of winter tires for my 2011 Civic with 97K miles, instead of replacing it with an SUV or a crossover. Used Subarus with 100K+ miles still go for over $10K here! And from everything I've read, tires are much more important than anything else for winter driving. If there are ever 6 inches of unplowed snow on the roads, I don't think I'd want to be driving on it in anything.

Good snow tires will make nearly any FWD or AWD car practically unstoppable in any typical snow situation.

Yeah, the only reason I briefly entertained replacing my (perfect condition) old car is the extra couple inches of clearance you get with a bigger car. But.... again, I'm not trying to offroad in the snow if I can avoid it, LOL.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #863 on: November 09, 2020, 01:25:04 PM »
I dunno guys, I think I win; not for my planning, but thanks to fate.

Bought a Honda Fit, base model (no air, no power locks, unfortunately and not terribly a lot of fun!) but it's stable, it's simple, and it'll never die! $9500, when it was assessed approximately $13,500. That was November 2018.

Fast forward to July 2020, we saw a typical hail storm for the area; alas finally after 6 years of living here, my car finally got hit. Great news though, unlike other vehicles or other storms this produced the most consistent small hail in years. Since the car is a uni-body design including roof, there was no point in repairing things, so it was a full write off to the tune of $7000. After some negotiation, that became $8300.

My $1200 car now has 53K Miles on it, and has a few golf ball dimples in the hood and roof. Barely noticeable, hasn't harmed the paint and (so to the work of Spalding's golf ball design) supposedly is a faster car for it. It's going to drive for many many years to come...

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #864 on: November 09, 2020, 02:15:04 PM »
I have a Fit too. I find mine ridiculously fun to drive, unbelievably capacious, comfortable, and frugal as hell. Mine's a '12 base model (we previously had an '07 sport but the powertrain is the same so all it gets you is bigger tires and a spoiler).

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #865 on: November 09, 2020, 04:01:30 PM »
Though my new ski-town roommates are heckling me for it, I just bought a new set of winter tires for my 2011 Civic with 97K miles, instead of replacing it with an SUV or a crossover. Used Subarus with 100K+ miles still go for over $10K here! And from everything I've read, tires are much more important than anything else for winter driving. If there are ever 6 inches of unplowed snow on the roads, I don't think I'd want to be driving on it in anything.

I used to drive my Honda S2000 with a set of Dunlop WinterSport tires. Never a problem in your average snowstorm, and it was fun to cruise down the highway with the roof down, the heat cranked, and snow flying over the windshield.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #866 on: November 11, 2020, 09:01:28 AM »
2012 Honda Accord 108,562 miles.  100% problem free.  Bought it new exactly 9 years ago today, Veterans Day 2011.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #867 on: November 21, 2020, 10:17:36 AM »
Been driving a 1997 Subaru Outback Sport with ~170k on the odometer since we returned to the USA in October. Neat little car. It needs some work, but it cost us almost nothing.......#stealthwealth.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #868 on: November 24, 2020, 02:40:13 PM »
(Not strictly a super old or high mileage car, but I do think the story fits here....)

My retired parents were in the market for a new car. They knew the make, model and specs they wanted and got a quote from a dealership. Luckily, they had also grown a habit of always asking me to check before committing to big ticket purchases. A few emails later, I had saved them 5000Ä and gotten them five years of 0% financing.

I could most probably have gotten them an even better deal, but they were happy with that, very much so. I usually go without a car, but they gave me their old one. 13 years old, 300000km and low fuel consumption. Super useful for work on our summer cottage, and now again for avoiding public transport during the covid19 pandemic.

It looks like it still has a few years of useful life in it. Once this pandemic is over, we'll park it at friends near the airport. That'll save us time and money getting to our cottage for shorter getaways.