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Old 01-08-2010, 04:04 PM   #61
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Toyota is still the first in reliability but they're too damn boring for me.
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That's for sure. I had my corolla for 11 years and was always reliable and safe. Never had any major mechanical issues with it at all. It still ran great when I sold it last August and had many more years of life to it. Boring, yeah, Toyota is gonna be that car that takes you from point A to B. Comfortable and economic enough, but I would never just go "cruising" in it. Though they do race Camry in Nascar, Kyle Busch drives one but you'll never see that edition on the market haha.
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:36 PM   #62
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Awesome thread. I hope mine will make it to that kind of milage trouble free as well. What is your driving style like?
I don't take this car to the track but when I can I dog it that's why I'm surprised it's held up so well. When I do my work miles I go easier. This car gets more wear and tear when I'm in town driving 8 miles than probably a 1000 mile road trip. Let me emphasize this car is not babied. But I don't drive it stupid (i.e. drop the clutch at 3k, etc,).
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:41 PM   #63
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just hit 60k on my 06 and it's running like a charm! should change the oil and brakes but it's too freakin cold atm!
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:33 PM   #64
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wasvette - at what mileage did you swap the RP synchromax in your transmission? mine seems to get smoother and smoother after the swap.

my gf had to sell her 7-series BMW for salvage because the transmission failed and it would cost more than book value to fix. she drives a corolla now...
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Personally, I'd be disappointed if it DIDN'T make it to 160K. Still, Im impressed that you havent had to do very much with it. It makes me wonder how much wear and tear is chalked up to time as opposed to mileage.

I have a 71 GMC with a 250 i-6 and 120K, and the vast majority of issues I would say stem from its age as opposed to its mileage.

my experience with mileage unfolds like this:
87 f150 302. Blew a head gasket at 130K when a heavy footed neighbor was toeing in high wind. No other mechanical problems

86 bronco II 2.9 auto. head/head gasket went at 211K. Still was used daily for several months after until the starter went in it. It went through two teen drivers, and was used primarily off road for 3 years. It did have a few issues, including a valve knock for a lot of its life. With a new starter, it should still run. I should do that one day. Best little truck EVER

86 fullsize bronco 302. 160k My daily driver.... AC doesnt work. replaced water pump. Its the best starting vehicle in the galaxy. I dare you to find a better starting vehicle. 5.0 is AWESOME. Tranny sounds like its dying... has sounded that way for 4 years and 10K... so who knows if it will ever die.

91 Toyota 4runner, 3.0 165ishK. Still runs, but wasnt reliable enough to keep going. Everything but the rear window and power mirror still work. Massively underpowered, but a great truck. Has an itermitent starting problem that hasnt been diagnosed. I assume fuel pump.

97 f250 5.4. 150K. One engine replacement, three rear ends. Everything works fine and it runs great.... Engine was replaced before we got it 7 years ago, both rear ends were done on warranty that first summer of ownership.

81 Z28 350 4speed. 135K. Pretty much everything is starting to die. Engine burns TONS of oil... mostly due to me taking it to a horrible mechanic that dumped dirt into the motor and didnt tell me. Still runs like a champ, and I was REALLY hard on it. I love that ol' 'Maro

My uncle has a 90ish cavalier, 88 f150, and a mid 90s cavalier ALL over 200K, but I think they are pretty much run into the ground at this point.

We had a Honda CRV for a while I think it had 140K or something on it when we traded it in. Engine was great, but there was a knocking somewhere in the drivetrain that no one seemed capable of finding, let alone fixing

reliability depends on the specific car and its owner more than it does on the brand. I think the record holder is a Volvo P1800 that has well into the millions on the clock. Before that it was a VW beetle. The thing I find funny is that ever time I add a mile to my stang I feel guilty. Every mile I add to my 160k Bronco, I feel pride, lol.

Thus concludes my completely pointless, and painfully long post
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WOW, 160,500. That's 158,000 more then mine has. (Mine has 2,500).
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Thus concludes my completely pointless, and painfully long post
That's OK, was fun to read.

Friend of mine in Belgium has a 98 Expedition (5.4) with close to 300K miles on it...
It's been running on Propane since the 50K mark though. He did rebuilt the tranny last year but everything works and it's a DD.
He also has a 96 full size Bronco with a 351 (the 302 is just too small in those) with 200K miles that shows no signs of weakness.
It is pretty much an off road toy now and often gets broken suspension parts but always make it home after a long weekend of abuse...
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wasvette - at what mileage did you swap the RP synchromax in your transmission? mine seems to get smoother and smoother after the swap.

my gf had to sell her 7-series BMW for salvage because the transmission failed and it would cost more than book value to fix. she drives a corolla now...
I think around 110K; I didn't notice much difference on mine
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There will always be a car or 2 that YOU own of a given make that will provide high mileage reliability. But with certain makes, hitting the 150,000 -200,000 or more miles with little to no non-preventive maintenance costs is a rarity. With other makes, it's normality. And then there are those makes where to even think that you can acheive that kind of reliability is lunacy.
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There will always be a car or 2 that YOU own of a given make that will provide high mileage reliability. But with certain makes, hitting the 150,000 -200,000 or more miles with little to no non-preventive maintenance costs is a rarity. With other makes, it's normality. And then there are those makes where to even think that you can acheive that kind of reliability is lunacy.
I agree.
Not all models in the same brand are equally reliable...
And for me, reliability is not only the drivetrain but everything else that makes a car.
As far as Ford, the F150 has been great while the Lincoln LS has been a joke (at least the first generation). No windows would stay in good working order on that car with less than 20K miles, lol.
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Nice. I love reading about everyone's high mileage vehicles in here. I've got a '95 F150 XL with 133K miles on her and she still runs like a champ. I have to add about a cup of coolant every two weeks or so, but that's due to a leaky water pump gasket that I just haven't bothered to fix yet. Oh yeah, this truck went through KATRINA!
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I had a teacher a few years ago that had an early 90s Chevy truck, and I was one day talking about my little Bronco II and was feeling smug and proud about its 190K mile mark. He just sort of shrugged as though it was common and said "My truck has 250K on the original motor and drivetrain" I was astounded that his daily driven truck had that many miles on it. Id never heard of a domestic truck doing that. I declared "Wow.. Thats a damn reliable truck!" He looked slightly offended and told me that it had been nothing but trouble lately and that it should have been working flawlessly for a lot longer than that. Apparently the truck had been rolled at one point, too.

I personally feel like if a vehicle DOESNT hit 160K, it's a lemon. Fuel pumps, water pumps etc probably wont last that long, but the power train damn well better. Im still pretty disgusted that our 87 f150 went down as early as it did.
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...I personally feel like if a vehicle DOESNT hit 160K, it's a lemon. Fuel pumps, water pumps etc probably wont last that long, but the power train damn well better...
The failure of accessories was true for my Chevys, Buicks, Pontiacs, VW's, Saturns and Jeeps usually before 100,000 miles. But for the 6 Toyotas I've owned totaling shy of 1,000,000 miles on 5 of them (1 is fairly new), I'd have to say that I'd have been pissed if I was seeing accessory failures before 200,000 miles. In those 1,000,000 miles on 5 vehicles I replaced 1 failed alternator. In 383,000 mile of clutch driving (2 cars) I replaced 1 clutch. And if I had to replace brakes before 100,000 miles I was annoyed.
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'07 GT/CS just rolled 130,000. ZERO problems other than tires and brakes. Front brakes had 25% pad life left the rears were toast at 120k.
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2005 5 roush sport 170,000 today one owner
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Im with you Nuke. I've owned alot of cars all American, some with issues, with the exception of my 94' Toyota Xtra cab pickup with the 4 cyl 2.4 eng. This Toyota has been the most reliable I've ever owned. I bought it new and have maintained it myself at the proper intervals for every system. All I've ever done to it is a starter recently and replaced the leaky crusty valve cover gasket. It has 208 k miles on it now and I hope to be one of those 500k mile stories one day. I will NEVER get rid of that truck! I do love my vert GT Stang though which is why its not my DD lol.

I do have to give Ford props though because here at work I have two F-150 4X4's, one is a 1998 and the other a 2002 with the 5.4L Triton engines. Both trucks have run emergency traffic most of their lives. Neither truck has had a major engine failure. The transmissions didn't have to be rebuilt until 140k miles which in my opinion is outstanding for a vehicle running emergency traffic every day. The 1998 is retired from emergency traffic with 185 k miles now. Still is used though for other duties occassionally. The 2002 model with 190k miles sees occassional emergency traffic but more non emergency driving now.

I have been very impressed with both Ford and Toyota quality.
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I have to say that I didn't buy this car for the reliability, but seeing all these problem free miles that some have, I'm pleasantly surprised
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2005 5 roush sport 170,000 today one owner
dino1010 - looks like we have a friendly competition going - 170,288 today on the '06
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Makes me feel so much better about how long my car will last with some good prevenative maintenance!
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So to piggy back off of the ranger that were posted with high miles I have one that is a '97 and the odometer went out about 3 years ago ... and it reads 240xxx miles ... and still runs perfect ... has only 2 batterys ... the factory on and the current one ... Just a note I give this little truck hell ... it's a 5speed ha
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