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Offline Mitch

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What is high mileage?
« on: April 03, 2014, 12:07:03 PM »
Call me old fashioned, but I assume anything between 80-100k is high mileage. But, my opinion has been unchanged since my first car purchase back in 1995. Lots of technology has been put into cars since then.

1st part: Without a known make or model of vehicle for comparison... What is your opinion of high mileage on a gasoline powered daily driver? Which vehicle(s) are most reputable for "lasting" in your option?

2nd part: Does age of a vehicle have more of an impact on longevity than the mileage? For example: Does a 2004 or 2006 with 50,000 miles seem like a better deal than a 2012 or 2013 with 130,000 miles? Use New England as a location to determine wear and tear when considering.

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Offline Axle

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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2014, 12:36:59 PM »
more than 15,000 a year?
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Offline jerry k

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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2014, 02:31:57 PM »
I thought high mileage was when you smoked a fatty and drove around aimlessly for hours because your sense of direction went out the window a long time ago.

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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2014, 04:32:11 PM »
I feel new cars are losing reliability with all the crap put on them.   I'm not saying get something with a carb, but think long and hard about the components in a vehicle. 

If you are saying what to buy, in New England age does matter.  Miles also do matter.   So my .02 is that 50-75k is a nice mileage for a hard car in the 08-10 year range. 

That said you can often get a new cheap car for short money and have years of good driving. 

In the end the more options/features the more to break.   So I think if you drive high miles go new and cheap, and less miles you should go used. 
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Offline 05rckymtn

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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2014, 04:38:34 PM »
I DD a 2010 crown vic and it just rolled 115k.  Thing runs strong and hasn't had any serious issues. 

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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2014, 05:27:34 PM »
its all in the maintenance
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Offline jerry k

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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2014, 06:35:44 PM »
My diesel has 210k on a 7.3 its feels better than ever. An xj with less than 130k is practically considered low mileage. I'm assuming this is due to how long ago jeep discontinued them.
..if you dont mind tinkering and maintaining a vehicle then buy something older with some character American made. Like Bob said, a well maintained vehicle can prove to be less of a headache down the road.
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Offline Casey L

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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2014, 10:31:57 PM »
170k-250k is high mileage to me.


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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2014, 06:12:26 AM »
I think the longevity of "newer" vehicles is not so much the amount of technology in the motor but rather the technology in the lubricants.  Thats not saying the technilogical advancements in the motor are contributing to longevity.

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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2014, 06:24:18 AM »
My dad put just under 400 k on his 1989 Buick
Like Axle said.... Its all in the Maintenance
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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2014, 11:25:36 AM »
I think fuel injection, tighter tolerances, and roller cams have a lot to do with longevity
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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2014, 11:26:21 AM »
I have 184,000 on my 83 cj7
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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2014, 03:00:32 PM »
id say it all depends on up keep and what the vehicle was used for.  I bought a 05 gmc 2500 w/55k about 2 years ago, at first it was great but then [censored] hit the fan.  blew 2 brake lines within a month of each other, exhaust started leaking, and other odds and ends.  the truck was previously only a plow truck...didn't know this at time of purchase.  it sat most of the year except for when the guy needed to plow or move something with a truck.  loved the truck but it didn't make it a full year of ownership in my hands before I was sick of putting money into it. 


new vehicles do have a lot of technology in them, and what ive found is that if you get a high end car with all the bells and whistles you are going to have problems.  but if you get a low end vehicle with just the basics, you will be fine.  my girl had 12 grand Cherokee base model, with zero problems, where as my neighbor bought the same jeep but fully loaded and has nothing but problems.  I just bought a 14 ram with some options but basically barebones, and all day long I work on fully loaded 14 rams with stupid electrical problems....I have had zero issues with mine...so in my personal opinion/experience its a crap shoot.  good luck
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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2014, 04:26:20 PM »
I'd keep your receipts for the brakeline work, they will likely be recalled in the next few years.  Any mid 2000's chevy truck will blow the brakelines by 10 years old.
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Re: What is high mileage?
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2014, 08:35:09 PM »
I'd keep your receipts for the brakeline work, they will likely be recalled in the next few years.  Any mid 2000's chevy truck will blow the brakelines by 10 years old.

The 2006 Chevy 2500 work truck that my boss got rid of had quite a few issues.  Completely corroded brake lines was one of them.
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