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High mileage heroes


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I've seen a fair few cars on Scotty Kilmer and Car Throttle which look in decent shape despite having huge mileages at 400k plus in a couple of case.

This would have been unheard of twenty years ago and it seems to reflect a step change in build quality around the late 90s / early 00s depending upon company.  Or step decline for Mercs!

I generally keep my cars for ages as the longer I have them the more I like them and so get the mileage out of them.

I had however to give up on my 1990 Escort at 12 years / 125k miles because it was failing left right and centre and every time I had something replaced it wouldn't be long before another failed; most of the electrics, driver's seat, fuel tank, alternator, water pump and belt. I still felt I'd had good value of it even so.

My current car, diesel Leon, has trounced that mileage at coming up to 180k at 11 years old and bar a couple of minor faults that I can't be bothered correcting still drives, and stops, absolutely fine with no indication of age such as declining mpg.

The primary reasons for changing cars that you own these days seem to be accident write-offs or wanting a change; yet in the 1980s 60k was seen as being a high mileage at which it was not unusual for a car to start failing.  Jags and Granadas going to the scrappers at 60k was not seen as being anything out of the ordinary.

I had thought my current mileage was pretty high but based on what I see on YouTube a high mileage these days is 300k and not 100k which is absolutely par for the course for any car these days.

 

Poll added to see if we have any high mileage heroes.  It doesn't need to be your current car.  Mine is noted above as the poll setter doesn't get to vote.

Edit: it's changed; I do get to vote.

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It's not the presence of electronics that's the killer - it's your average garage's unwillingness to do anything but replace what they see as black boxes. Open up your failed electronic part and you'l

My first car was an ancient Austin Mini which I picked up for £50. It was on about 220,000 when I got it and about 240,000 when I sold it a year and a half later. Stuff went wrong all the time but in

Worst car I ever had was an 90's Escort, it was just a wrong'un. It was problem after problem for the entire time I owned it. As @The Idiocrat said, the best thing you can get in a car is co

Peugeot 205 XLD. Mileometer and speedo stopped working at 276k, I kept the car for another 2 years and at the time the speedo  stopped I was driving 20k pa. Driving into a towbar on a car backed up on a blind bend ended the cars economic life sadly, I was probably driving faster than I thought xD. Had a couple of 205 XLDs, best cars I've owned.

No engine repairs other then usual service parts and one new radiatior. Original clutch.

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I had a Mk5 Transit that was on about 340 000 when I sold it. It was around 6 or 7 years old and fairly tidy looking  when it went. I priced it according to the mileage and had to switch my phone off because the calls were non stop from foreigners wanting me to put it on a transporter to London or Birmingham, where they were presumably going to clock it and sell it on for a couple of thousand profit. It went to some pikey who turned up with cash and spun some elaborate story about taking it to Ireland, I'm guessing it was back on the market with 220 000 less miles on the clock a few days later.

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I love old, reliable cars. have a 15 year old Subaru Legacy on 110k miles and a 20 year old Mazda MX5 I used for a recent trip to Paris and Normandy. It was too old to get breakdown cover for a reasonable price so I went without - my lady companion thought I was reckless for doing so and seemed to be expecting it to break down at any moment, but I had total confidence in it, most reliable car I've ever had (worst was a brand new Audi A4, never again). There's not a lot of electronica in those cars, and neither have turbos, and I think that accounts for their reliability (rust is the issue with the Mazda, got sills replaced). 

Agree late 90s, early 00s was peak. 

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Cars generally have true mileages since odometers became slightly more complicated to alter, and DVLA records mileage, being able to look up MOTs, and so on.

Even simple folk like The XYY Man can check a vehicle history on their phone in minutes.

Prior to these changes, often cars were sent to the scrapyard showing 60k on the clock.

Their true mileage being twice, three, or even more times, that figure.

A look on Autotrader shows how average advertised mileages have massively increased.

This apart, it used to be that the majority of MOT failures were due to rust, which is less of a problem now, since galvanisation.

Replacing engines and gearboxes used to be commonplace but cost is now prohibitive.

I believe most cars are now scrapped due to expensive electrical failures, emissions, or uneconomic to replace parts, such as ECUs and sensors.

The highest mileage car I know, is a W plate, Vauxhall Vectra 1.8LS Estate, since new it has covered 240k. 

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Over 20 years since I was on the private hire and company cars would be high mileage.

Always Fords for company cars, they give the most miles per quid. A firm I was with would buy high mileage 4 yo cars from the auction at Brighouse and they would be worked until too old to get another plate. (9 years old.) 500+k from a Mk V Cortina wasn't uncommon.

I rented a diesel Escort from a guy who offered to give me the car if I continued to rent it until it's last plate expired. Which I did.

When it came time for me to sell it, the clocked showed 8k. The guy who bought it assumed that it had done 108k. It had done 408k.

 

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1 minute ago, Bedrag Justesen said:

I believe most cars are now scrapped due to expensive electrical failures, emissions, or uneconomic to replace parts, such as ECUs and sensors.

The highest mileage car I know, is a W plate, Vauxhall Vectra 1.8LS Estate, since new it has covered 240k. 

Yes, failed electronic tat is now the killer.

My mate's Landcruiser Series 80 had over £250k on it and he sold it, as it still worked.

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1 minute ago, jm51 said:

Over 20 years since I was on the private hire and company cars would be high mileage.

Always Fords for company cars, they give the most miles per quid. A firm I was with would buy high mileage 4 yo cars from the auction at Brighouse and they would be worked until too old to get another plate. (9 years old.) 500+k from a Mk V Cortina wasn't uncommon.

I rented a diesel Escort from a guy who offered to give me the car if I continued to rent it until it's last plate expired. Which I did.

When it came time for me to sell it, the clocked showed 8k. The guy who bought it assumed that it had done 108k. It had done 408k.

 

Wow.

Maybe my Escort had had a hard life when I bought it at eight years; it was one thing going wrong after another for the last year of ownership.

It did have a six digit odometer so the 125k was displayed correctly.

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Had an Audi A6 V6 estate that had been LPGed, it had done 160k and was running as sweet as anything, still the best car I've ever owned although others might suggest either of my much-newer and more powerful Subarus were better, but the Audi was my favourite. I could drive the whole day and get out of it without any aches or stiffness, it was extraordinarily comfortable, and everything seemed perfectly designed for someone my size, which figures as I look a bit Krautish. Modern Audis don't do the same seats any more, big mistake IMO. 

Unfortunately LPG is hated in Switzerland, so I gave it to a relative who ignored what I said about servicing being essential, and the LPG system blew up and made repairs uneconomic. I reckon that thing could conceivably still be running now if it it had been serviced correctly, the engine was super-smooth at 160k. 

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1 minute ago, Frank Hovis said:

Wow.

Maybe my Escort had had a hard life when I bought it at eight years; it was one thing going wrong after another for the last year of ownership.

It did have a six digit odometer so the 125k was displayed correctly.

I blew up the Mk2 Ford Escort company car at 65k. Obviously I can't comment on the previous drivers.

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4 minutes ago, Chewing Grass said:

160,000 miles out of a Citroen Berlingo 1.6 Diesel, never failed an MOT and only had a new starter motor at 140K ish other than normal servicing stuff.

Just checked its last MOT online and it went straight through again and now has at least 172K on the clock as last MOT was February.

That's good news as I have that lined up as my next car as they readily convert into a small camper.

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10 minutes ago, Chewing Grass said:

160,000 miles out of a Citroen Berlingo 1.6 Diesel, never failed an MOT and only had a new starter motor at 140K ish other than normal servicing stuff.

Just checked its last MOT online and it went straight through again and now has at least 172K on the clock as last MOT was February.

Well underrated cars, amazing load space for its footprint.

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22 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

Wow.

Maybe my Escort had had a hard life when I bought it at eight years; it was one thing going wrong after another for the last year of ownership.

It did have a six digit odometer so the 125k was displayed correctly.

Worst car I ever had was an 90's Escort, it was just a wrong'un.

It was problem after problem for the entire time I owned it.

As @The Idiocrat said, the best thing you can get in a car is confidence, I've had ones with 100,000 plus I had full confidence in and ones with 40,000 I didn't. For me once confidence in a car is gone it's then it gets moved on, regardless of the mileage.

 

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