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what is the life span of a modern day mustang?

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Old 02-12-2014, 08:35 AM   #1
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Default what is the life span of a modern day mustang?

I had a 98 v6 and had over 220k+ miles and the only thing I had to fix besides regular maintenance was a right front bearing hub assembly.

I heard from some people that modern day car's are worse than older cars and usually die from 150-200k miles, is that true? I would think with all the new technology they should last much longer? how many miles would the average s197 last?

My 06 gt has about 30k miles on it, and I decided to try to drive around as little as possible and try to put like 417 miles a month on it or less.

If I take care of my car, do you think I could make it last until I die? (I'll be 25 in april)
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:38 AM   #2
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You might want to wait another 10 years then ask this question again?


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Old 02-12-2014, 08:52 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Cruzinaround View Post
You might want to wait another 10 years then ask this question again?

in 10 years prolly be alot more miles, so do you mean it will probably die around 100k+ miles?
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Depends on so many things man. Where you live, how you care for it, random acts of god. If you take care of it, you'll have no problem hitting 200k.
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Depends on what you mean by die.....you can replace anything mechanical and keep it alive forever. Now if you are referring to engine wear, in the 60's and such, an engine lasted for 60-80,000 miles with good care and needed a rebuild. These should last 150,000 or more before that kind of work is needed. There are always exceptions to this too. Also, one person sees it as dead, another sees it as a chance to build it there way.
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I think there's no point in owning cars like these if you're going to try to drive it as little as possible. If I'm going to be paying out the *** for my mustang, I'm driving it. The more miles you put on it the more enjoyment you'll get out of it. Winter's an exception otherwise, drive the hell out of it.
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How you use it and care for it, where you park it, and maintenance you give it is the key. The harder you use it, the more intensive the maintenance it will need. Police depts. run CVPIs for 150-200K, then a taxis operator buys it and runs it to 500K.

I have a buddy whom I've known since childhood, in 1972 he bought a slightly used 1970 Plymouth Baracuda "Cuda" 440 6 pack 4 spd with the small "Gran Coupe" option that had overhead console and small rear window. Drove it to college some, we cruised some, he still has it, oem paint looks good, it's covered in a garage, gets out maybe twice a year now .... but he'll have it forever. Hasn't tripped 100K miles yet.

He also has a 1986 Buick Grand National he bought in 1987 that stays in a garage, but no cover, it get's out a few times each year. Like new.

His DDs sit or roll in the sun / rain / snow / etc.
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i had a normal van that went 500 000 miles trouble free with just a handful of services..it died due to cambelt snapping..
i rekon a mustang could do the same...
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Like others have said it is all how you take care of it. In my '95 I had to replace the HGs twice, the rad cap, water pump, 2 alt., and clutch by 150k. I ended up replacing the engine at that time due to sever oil leaking out the the front end. My '85 on the other hand has close to 190k and have had very little issues (carb issues, and starter go out).

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+1 on how you take care of it. That being said, why the hell would you have a Mustang and not drive it?(417 mi. per mo) I love my mustang, therefore I love driving it, and I drive it as much as possible..... Sheer enjoyment factor. It is an 07 and has 90,000 miles on it. When something wears out on it, I will fix it. I do not want to get rid of it.
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