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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #800 on: October 30, 2019, 11:25:33 AM »
I am wondering about getting a new junkyard hood. I have always dreamed of having a two-tone car, a car that says I care nothing for aesthetics, only utility. Maybe my chance has come at last.
Our 2006 Honda Odyssey is navy blue, with a silver-ish liftgate (thanks to me being dumb).  It's ever so slightly embarrassing, but! it's really easy to spot in parking lots.  It kinda looks like an Iron Man helmet.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #801 on: November 13, 2019, 09:29:24 AM »
What's with all the cars from this century? I thought this was an old car brag thread?

Kidding aside, the 1988 Oldsmobile daily driver continues to run flawlessly as we enter winter (knock on wood). Did the front brakes and an oil change last weekend for <$20. Hit the interior with some leather cleaner and will keep driving 'til the wheels fall off....figuratively I hope.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #802 on: November 13, 2019, 02:07:12 PM »
End of the road today for our 2005 Kia.  Water pump belt broke on the highway; girlfriend was driving and she didn't notice the temp gauge rising.  A few miles later she had smoke coming out of her tailpipe and she pulled over.  Blown head gasket, cracked radiator.  Was quoted by where it was towed $2000-3000 to repair "if the engine is savable" and I'm sure it's not.  Car is dead.  152,000 miles.  I just replaced that stupid belt a few months ago and had a shop adjust the tension even more recently.  Oh well.

Any insights as to the belt failure? Improper installation, poor quality belt, or just bad luck? I am always interested in the OEM/aftermarket debate on car parts.

Our 2005 Corolla (171,000 miles) rear ended a Jeep last night. The driver blamed a "brake malfunction" that sounded suspiciously like the normal operation of anti-lock brakes on a slick road. Seems to be all cosmetic damage, including a slightly crumpled hood, and no damage to the Jeep, so lucky us. I will check it out thoroughly this weekend.

I am wondering about getting a new junkyard hood. I have always dreamed of having a two-tone car, a car that says I care nothing for aesthetics, only utility. Maybe my chance has come at last.
No idea.  I had replaced the belt a few months prior.  It was squealing at one point after that, so I had a shop adjust the tension while it was in for something else.  Then it was fine until it wasn't.  RIP.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #803 on: November 13, 2019, 02:43:27 PM »
Sold my 43k mi Corvette -- down to a 215k GX470 and a 270k MR2 now :P

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #804 on: November 18, 2019, 11:09:43 AM »
Hit 333,333.3 km on my Honda this weekend!  What can I say, I like seeing all those numbers line up.  :)

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #805 on: November 23, 2019, 01:37:57 PM »
I'm still rocking a 2000 Toyota Avalon, with 211k miles.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #806 on: November 23, 2019, 06:57:45 PM »
DH drives a 1998 Ford Ranger with 140k miles.  Very few repairs made in the last 21 years.  It’s still going strong.  Purchased for $12k new.  Definitely gotten our money’s worth out of it!

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #807 on: November 23, 2019, 07:36:09 PM »
My husband is driving his 2004 Prius with >200k miles on it. Not going to win any prizes in THIS forum (did I read 475k miles? holy pickles!) but we've been pleasantly surprised that it's still going strong. We haven't had to change any of the hybrid battery cells like many people warned us about.

The interior and exterior are pretty trashed, though- he treats it like a pickup truck since we both drive Priuses (and his is the beater upper of the two). We've moved twice only using that Prius and all kinds of furniture have gone on top of the car and inside it, bruising it up some. He's brought bins of chicken feed and compost filling up the entirety of the space behind the front seats multiple times, and left the windows open in the rain a few times. It's pretty wrecked but still drives strong, so we will keep it until the bitter end- however far away that is!

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #808 on: December 05, 2019, 10:08:33 AM »
DH drives a 1998 Ford Ranger with 140k miles.  Very few repairs made in the last 21 years.  It’s still going strong.  Purchased for $12k new.  Definitely gotten our money’s worth out of it!

Nice ! I'm still driving my 07 ranger with 140k on it. It's something i hope to have for a very long time.

Only question i have for you guy/gals that driver older vehicles - like Mr Cadman with 88 olds - do you consider safety of the vehicle ?

My wife was driving a 88 corolla wagon. No air bags and overall tin can feel of that car and the thought of some 6k lb truck/suv getting into accident with her scared us into her getting a much newer safer vehicle - air bags and better overall srs.

My ranger sometimes feels like i'm in a death trap - lower frontal impact area and overall i think they would fair rather poorly in an accident (especially the overlap test).

What do you all think about this ? Not trying to sell you on a newer vehicle but you have to admit they are safer !


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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #809 on: December 18, 2019, 04:57:02 PM »
In the '88 Olds, I've never felt unsafe. True, it lacks airbags, but it does have 3-point belts, door guard beams, crumple zones, disc brakes and amazing visibility. And in today's traffic it's certainly a small car. But safety is a sliding scale. During the summer I sometimes commute in a car that predates seat belts, has 4 wheel drum brakes and there's a giant metal spike ready to pierce my chest.

That said, there are a lot of dicey 80's vehicles, especially foreign, that I remember well and would NOT want to drive on a daily basis. Most rusted away years ago around here, but somebody pulled out a mint '86 Subaru GL wagon a couple years ago and was driving it daily where I work. It had that tin-can vibe with lots of hard, black plastic interior parts, hollow sounding doors and rock hard seats. By year 3 there wasn't a lot left.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #810 on: December 23, 2019, 10:41:48 AM »
I drive a 2013 VW Golf with 88,000 km.  When we purchased this vehicle we planned to own it for 10 years then reassess.  But then something happened last month....I accepted a position at a group of car dealerships.  I will soon be getting rid of the VW hatchback for an SUV from my new employer.

On the one hand the position comes with a $50,000 increase in base salary which will allow me to retire earlier.  On the other hand everything else about working for dealerships is anti-mustachian.  Do I deserve a face punch, or do my retirement goals trump anti car culture concerns?

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #811 on: December 23, 2019, 12:02:17 PM »
You are responsible for your choices, and their consequences, regardless of your employer or the culture there. Out of curiosity, why does the job change require you to change not only your brand of vehicle, but also supersize it?

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #812 on: December 23, 2019, 01:45:07 PM »
You are responsible for your choices, and their consequences, regardless of your employer or the culture there. Out of curiosity, why does the job change require you to change not only your brand of vehicle, but also supersize it?

There's no official requirement to upgrade my vehicle, it's a personal commitment I made when evaluating the offer.  For the money they are offering me and the position I'm coming in at, it wouldn't feel right to drive a vehicle from a competitor.  A larger vehicle is a necessity because they don't carry any hatchbacks, and only a few cars.  My question was kind of tongue in cheek.  Accepting the job was the best decision for my family and I, it just comes with some unmustachian elements :)

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #813 on: December 23, 2019, 03:56:15 PM »
You are responsible for your choices, and their consequences, regardless of your employer or the culture there. Out of curiosity, why does the job change require you to change not only your brand of vehicle, but also supersize it?

There's no official requirement to upgrade my vehicle, it's a personal commitment I made when evaluating the offer.  For the money they are offering me and the position I'm coming in at, it wouldn't feel right to drive a vehicle from a competitor.  A larger vehicle is a necessity because they don't carry any hatchbacks, and only a few cars.  My question was kind of tongue in cheek.  Accepting the job was the best decision for my family and I, it just comes with some unmustachian elements :)
So.....GMC?  :D

If your new employer doesn't manufacture small hatchbacks, are they really competing? (sorry, couldn't resist.  Congrats on the big step up(in job, not vehicle)!)

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #814 on: December 24, 2019, 09:03:11 AM »
You are responsible for your choices, and their consequences, regardless of your employer or the culture there. Out of curiosity, why does the job change require you to change not only your brand of vehicle, but also supersize it?

There's no official requirement to upgrade my vehicle, it's a personal commitment I made when evaluating the offer.  For the money they are offering me and the position I'm coming in at, it wouldn't feel right to drive a vehicle from a competitor.  A larger vehicle is a necessity because they don't carry any hatchbacks, and only a few cars.  My question was kind of tongue in cheek.  Accepting the job was the best decision for my family and I, it just comes with some unmustachian elements :)

So buy a 5 year old whatever from when they DID make whatever it is you need? Congratulations on the new job, but my sympathies on the lifestyle inflation before you've even started!

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #815 on: December 30, 2019, 12:03:26 PM »
2012 Honda Accord.  99k completely problem free miles.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #816 on: December 31, 2019, 11:40:56 AM »
2002 Accord.
230K plus miles and running.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #817 on: December 31, 2019, 11:52:04 AM »
2003 Forrester.....she's going to roll over 260K Km today (~161K miles), she's got a few wrinkles, but she's in better shape than I am.....  :-)

Unlike many on here, I buy my cars new, get exactly what I want, then keep them forever.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #818 on: December 31, 2019, 05:00:36 PM »
I did a service on our 2001 Holden Astra yesterday.  300,000 kms.  It needs a new engine mount and I was quoted $271 by Holden.  Amazon has it for $50. I think I will get the $50 part.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #819 on: January 02, 2020, 07:58:14 AM »
My husband is driving his 2004 Prius with >200k miles on it. Not going to win any prizes in THIS forum (did I read 475k miles? holy pickles!) but we've been pleasantly surprised that it's still going strong. We haven't had to change any of the hybrid battery cells like many people warned us about.

The interior and exterior are pretty trashed, though- he treats it like a pickup truck since we both drive Priuses (and his is the beater upper of the two). We've moved twice only using that Prius and all kinds of furniture have gone on top of the car and inside it, bruising it up some. He's brought bins of chicken feed and compost filling up the entirety of the space behind the front seats multiple times, and left the windows open in the rain a few times. It's pretty wrecked but still drives strong, so we will keep it until the bitter end- however far away that is!

Mad respect for having a Prius full of compost!  Warms my tree-hugging heart!

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #820 on: January 02, 2020, 10:03:14 AM »
Just passed 200k in our 2001 Volvo V70.  Runs great, just finally needs some suspension love after driving down our long shitty driveway before and after every drive.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #821 on: January 05, 2020, 05:12:50 AM »
My 2008 Hyundai i30 is now at 185000km (116k Miles). It is starting to show its age, acoustics are getting worse.
But: Insurance is down to 240€ per year now because I have a flawless driving record since 2004 and I reduced the coverage to liability only, since the car has a book value of about 1.5k € now. If I hit a deer, I'll get the next car.

In March, I hope to get it through the mandatory safety check with one repair (steering cuffs), regular maintenance and a new set of summer tyres. If more than these known flaws need repairs, I need to re-evaluate if we are keeping it. Starting tomorrow, we will share this car for getting to work, since DW has a new job and can drop me off at my job on the way.

Over 45 months of ownership and 70000km of driving, that car has cost me 2,100€ in repairs and maintenance. Some of that I did myself (cylinder cover seal, headlamps, tyres). I think that is ok. Let's see how far it can go.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #822 on: January 06, 2020, 02:43:58 PM »
155,000 miles now on our 2012 Prius v (wagon).  It is the workhorse vehicle of our family.  Also have a 2010 Prius liftback with 110,000 miles. 

I'll have to say that both of our Prius vehicles have been the most reliable ones we have ever had. 

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #823 on: January 14, 2020, 09:43:12 AM »
I am hanging onto my 1999 Toyota Corolla. Husband will sometimes say I should get a new car, but I figure I'll just keep driving this one because it costs next to nothing to run and I don't drive much anyway. Car has only 27,700 miles.

Mechanics at the shop always tell me to give them a call if ever I want to unload it. Something about cars without computers, plus they know it's been pampered with a garage and good care. If I hold onto it a little longer, maybe I can give it to one of my grandsons.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #824 on: January 14, 2020, 10:29:39 AM »
I am hanging onto my 1999 Toyota Corolla. Husband will sometimes say I should get a new car, but I figure I'll just keep driving this one because it costs next to nothing to run and I don't drive much anyway. Car has only 27,700 miles.

Mechanics at the shop always tell me to give them a call if ever I want to unload it. Something about cars without computers, plus they know it's been pampered with a garage and good care. If I hold onto it a little longer, maybe I can give it to one of my grandsons.
Your mechanics are 100% right.  A late 90's Corolla with low miles?  That's a mustachianmobile.  Economical, easy to work on, cheap to acquire, and reliable.

FWIW, your car *does* have a computer, but it's only connected to your engine/transmission.  No connections to your stereo, power windows or locks, headlights, HVAC, steering wheel buttons, or any sort of fancy display where your odometer is.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #825 on: January 14, 2020, 10:31:55 AM »
2014 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI. ~135,000 milles. Averaging 40+mpg and just passed another inspection free and clear of any problems.

(The Anti-Mustachian Mobile) 2014 Audi Q7 TDI. ~135,000 Miles. Averaging 30+mpg, also passed another inspection free and clear of any problems.

Love my diesel powered engines!

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #826 on: January 14, 2020, 11:47:22 AM »
1998 Honda Accord with just shy of 300,000 miles on it. Bought it new before I even got pregnant with our son. The bumper sticker layers are an archaeologist's dream.

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Re: Brag on your MMM high-mileage or old car
« Reply #827 on: January 17, 2020, 11:36:40 AM »
2012 Honda Accord.  Will hit 100k miles tomorrow (as I drive in to work for 8 hours of overtime).  car has been 100% problem free.