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View Poll Results: How many miles do you have?
00-15K
2
7.41%
15K-30K
3
11.11%
30K-40K
0
0%
40K-50K
1
3.70%
50K-75K
1
3.70%
75K-100K
2
7.41%
100K-150K
8
29.63%
150K-200K
7
25.93%
200K-300K
7
25.93%
300K +
0
0%
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Miles on your Daily Driver

Old 01-22-2017, 07:15 AM
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My '98 S10 Blazer has over 170,000. Wife's '09 Mitsubishi just hit 80,000. No rust on either one.

When I was young, a car/truck with 80,000 was pretty much done for. They last a lot longer now.

I've seen plenty of Fords with rust. The key is to wash frequently and get the complete wash. Of course, getting a car wash when it's below freezing is a bad idea.
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by cr422 View Post
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When I was young, a car/truck with 80,000 was pretty much done for. They last a lot longer now.......
Perhaps. With all the electronics telling owners there's a problem.
I've had my share of late '60's early 70's vehicles and most had over 100,000 on them. Go to cruise ins and you'll still see plenty of that vintage iron out there.

The muscle cars were treated like dirt in most cases and still survive. I recall articles about even those, taken care of, w/over 200,000 and the occasional story of those making it over 300k.

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Old 01-22-2017, 07:38 AM
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2004 chev Silverado 115,000 mile
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Game Stalker View Post
Perhaps. With all the electronics telling owners there's a problem.
I've had my share of late '60's early 70's vehicles and most had over 100,000 on them. Go to cruise ins and you'll still see plenty of that vintage iron out there.

The muscle cars were treated like dirt in most cases and still survive. I recall articles about even those, taken care of, w/over 200,000 and the occasional story of those making it over 300k.
It's hard to pin down the difference. When I was in grad school in the 70s, I drove a cab for money. The cabs were Checkers, built in Kalamazoo. Only the body was Checker. Mechanically, they were regular Chevy sixes. They were serviced regularly and it was not unusual for them to get to a couple hundred thousand miles. And we didn't baby them either.
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Old 01-22-2017, 08:01 AM
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Originally Posted by cr422 View Post
.....When I was in grad school in the 70s, I drove a cab for money. The cabs were Checkers, built in Kalamazoo. Only the body was Checker. Mechanically, they were regular Chevy sixes. They were serviced regularly and it was not unusual for them to get to a couple hundred thousand miles. And we didn't baby them either.
Now that you mention it, I seem to recall reading an article in either Car Craft or Hot Rod magazine about those old cabbies. They were a Cabbie force to be reckoned with and the article backed up the Checker/Chevy connection. Time flies!
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Old 01-22-2017, 09:17 AM
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Flags, For the reason I posted. The bodies rot out here. I don't think you can compare Ohio rust and Colorado rust. I've lived in both. Get on youngstown Ohio Craigslist if you wanna see some rust. There's a reason we have car lots that only sell "Southern Cars!" or "Western Cars!" They pay to truck them in and sell them because they're much cleaner than an Ohio vehicle. They don't call it the "Salt belt" for nothing. And I've read the new chemical they spray on the roads before a storm is corrosive and eats cars for dinner. Don't know if it's true or not, but have read it.
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Old 01-22-2017, 11:48 AM
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I like new trucks and hate to put money into tires and on the worn out stuff that always comes about after 5 years in the north country. I trade every 3 or 4 years and always have something I like to drive and when you figure out the actual cumulative costs of owning a 40K to 50K truck after 10 years and add up the almost total depreciation and the maintenance costs the saving aren't as much as people like to think.
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Old 01-22-2017, 02:03 PM
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I like new trucks too. However, I don't like vehicle payments and while I could buy a new truck cash, I would not take that big of a chunk of saving to buy a truck outright. I would rather use someone elses money and keep mine in the bank. I paid more for my truck than I paid for my home which boggles the mind. My Chevy Avalance truck is an 07, that makes it 11 years old since it was made in and I bought it in 06, it has 78 K on it and I have not put a cent into it except for normal wear and tear, brakes running light bulbs etc. It has been paid for for since 2009 and the body, paint and engine are in very good condition since I am vigilant in changing oil and other maintenance. I have always driven my vehicles till the wheels fell off, well over 150K because after a few years the trade in value falls drastically. I turned 70 this year and I am hoping this will be the last truck I have to buy and that doesn't mean I plan to drop over any time soon. BTW Flags, PA uses a lot of salt and snow melt on our roads and there is not a speck of rust on my truck or any other GM product I have owned. Car washes are great to periodically wash the fender wells and chassis of vehicles. Living near the ocean is a different story and rust can be a problem with all makes of vehicles.
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Old 01-22-2017, 02:54 PM
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I have always bought new and traded at the 3 or 4 year level. Counting the ones I bought for my 3 daughters and wife I am over 40. It seems like a lot but in the 90's I used it on my management job and traded every 2 years due to mileage. During that time my wife owned a real estate company and she put a ton of mileage on so she was always trading. Buying a new vehicle never bothered me. Normally when it comes time for new tires I am shopping. My wife trades as often as I do. Now the kids are all buying their own thank goodness.

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Old 01-22-2017, 04:36 PM
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I purchased a new Chevy S 10 base model, 2.4 cyl, 5 speed in 2002 and I'm still driving it today. 152,000 miles. I know that's not very many miles for that model but I only had to drive 2 miles a day for work but it got used a lot when my girls were in college. It still runs and drives great but is showing some rust along the rocker panels.
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