This thread was started just by a random member, not by the site owners or by a moderator. no rules here, but owning just a high mileage vehicle is nothing to be proud of.Where are those rules listed? I don't think I saw them prior to praising our fellow member.
Then, why you keep that problematic vehicle? 🤔My family always, always, always got rid of a car nearing 100,000 miles. We never kept it for more than 80,000. My ex husband's family, any car nearing 50,000, it was time to go out and get a new car. My dad worked on our cars too. So, coming from that background, you can't fault me for thinking this way.
They aren't listed anywhere because they don't exist.Where are those rules listed? I don't think I saw them prior to praising our fellow member.
Keeping a vehicle in good maintenance order is what really matters.....I would not hesitate to hop in it tomorrow and take it on a 500 mile trip.
So while I am not the original owner and don't claim to have put all the miles on this van.... Lets just say high mileage on vehicles don't scare me very much.
I've been guilty of running my mini with my beloved little Brussels Griffon in the car with the A/C running. He goes with me EVERYWHERE. We are hardly ever apart and I can't leave him alone, horrible separation anxiety.Some people gauge their cars and their components "wear" on miles, others gauge by hours. Not sure how accurate the miles theory is, since in crowded areas vehicles may spend hours idling on the freeway. The engine may see wear but not the rest of the drivetrain or suspension. Compare the data on police or other vehicles that have seen extensive idling time, and many 50K cars can show the equivalent of 200-300K mile of driving time. Now, this actually may not be bad, as I will explain why.
Now let me throw this out there. It has been shown that pretty much all engine wear occurs between startup until the engine hits operating temp - at that point they show immeasurable wear. The main reason for graphite head gaskets is primarily because the aluminum head and iron block grow at different rates, resulting in the head changing size, which slides the head across the deck and wears out conventional gaskets. One of the main reasons for torque to yield head bolts is they maintain more constant clamping pressure as the head grows and shrinks. But once the engine hits operating temp, that type of wear stops. The pistons have grown to their proper clearance. To over simplify - for the most part wear stops when the thermostat opens, due to everything being in it's intended range and the oil is cleaning itself and everywhere it needs to be.
So at that point - wouldn't "run cycles" a more accurate way of gauging wear that miles or hours? I have seen 40K mile engines flat wore out from short trip city driving, where the engine never came up to temp. The oil never got hot enough to burn off the condensate water and acids that build up during startup. There were a lot more "wear cycles" than a low mileage engine normally sees. On the other hand, I've pulled apart 250-300K mile engine cores to rebuild that were high mileage for the year - most likely highway miles - that still had good bearings and ring seal, and probably would have lasted a lot longer before actually needing service. They had far fewer heat cycles for their shown mileage would suggest.
So this is a brief (?) explanation why I don't always shy away from high mileage vehicles. The price is usually heavily discounted due to the miles, and properly driven and maintained can give a lot of service for the money. Not trying to start a huge debate - just tossing out a little info about mileage vs wear.
Hondas have a really good reputation. AND, my mother had a Chevette that she loved, that thing had over 200,000 miles on it. That was THE ONE CAR that we had in our family that we didn't get rid of at the 80,000 mile mark. I think because mom loved it so much. She liked little cars. Easy for her to park and move around and she could actually see over the dash without having to sit on anything. Mom is a SPEED DEMON, by the way. Doing 75 in a 55 and she has gotten pulled over. Anyway, that little thing was nearly invisible. I don't think she pays any attention to the speedometer when she's driving, but she gets on dad when he's driving too fast. Shame, shame.High mileage doesn't really scare me either.
I recently bought my mom a Honda CRV that now has almost 314k on it. According to the previous owner, it's supposed to have mostly highway miles. There is surprisingly little wrong with it, and most everything appears original. The few things I've found wrong with it would have normally gone bad 200k ago if it was just driven locally. And except for finding that it has a remanufactured transmission in it, my Chevy truck is pretty much the same at 242k.
I'd rather have a high mileage vehicle with no rust than a low mileage rust bucket any day.
Only problem I ever had with a Chevy was defective shocks on my 1996 Chevy pick up, and those shocks were not made by Chevy.Chevys were good too. That Chevette was among the last good Chevys. Engine reliability started to decline in the 80s, death trap ignition switch went from early 90s until a few years ago, production of small engines was moved out of the US to Korea in the early 2000s, and a lot more reasons why not to buy a modern Chevy. For a reliable Chevy, make sure it came from the factory with a carb.
GM took Chrysler's 90s reputation and said "hold my beer". Now they make pretty cars that barely last the warranty, if that. Remember the 57 mile Corvette anyone? Got a customer at 600 miles until the end of her warranty that needed nearly $1,000 in work. Thankfully I got her into the dealer before she ran over the miles so it didn't cost her anything. Another Camaro owner doesn't want to sweat this year because his heat is stuck on full blast. We have to remove the windshield and dash to open the air box to replace a $20 air door that broke. His bill, if he chooses to go ahead with it will be around $1,500. He's 1 year out of warranty. I could go on for days on why modern Chevys are crap.