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#4615052 - 12/26/17 07:10 PM What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles?
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Registered: 04/29/17
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Loc: Orange County CA
And by that I mean, what is it that last or is not replaced to make a car qualify for the title of lasting X number of hundreds of thousands of miles?

Or maybe another way to ask it is, what needs to be replaced or worked on for the car to qualify for NOT haveing lasted X number of hundreds of thousands of miles.
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#4615064 - 12/26/17 07:17 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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#4615067 - 12/26/17 07:18 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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Engine or transmission rebuild/replacement is what I would consider.
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#4615068 - 12/26/17 07:19 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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Live south of rust belt is the most important. Most engines will go 200k with decent maint. To get the transmission to 200k you have to start with a decent transmission and then maintain it with synthetic ATF.
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#4615071 - 12/26/17 07:23 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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check my sig, Im am the original owner. all syn fluids and reg maintenance. No tranny , motor or clutch work
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#4615072 - 12/26/17 07:24 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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Originally Posted By: MichaelRS
And by that I mean, what is it that last or is not replaced to make a car qualify for the title of lasting X number of hundreds of thousands of miles?

Or maybe another way to ask it is, what needs to be replaced or worked on for the car to qualify for NOT haveing lasted X number of hundreds of thousands of miles.


Years ago, if it was the same VIN tag it qualified, even if you swapped the engine 20 times.

Now, i would say original engine (untouched) for sure to be considered.
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#4615079 - 12/26/17 07:28 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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I would say any engine work would disqualify it,because the engine is the heart of the vehicle.
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#4615089 - 12/26/17 07:37 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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Not everyone read the full question.

I'm in agreement with first Nissan.
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#4615095 - 12/26/17 07:40 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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If your engine and transmissions have been rebuilt or replaced, it doesn't qualify.
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#4615105 - 12/26/17 07:45 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: FermeLaPorte]
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Originally Posted By: FermeLaPorte
If your engine and transmissions have been rebuilt or replaced, it doesn't qualify.


For sure that would cost way more than a new car!
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#4615107 - 12/26/17 07:46 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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To say it without qualification? Original, undisturbed long block in a body/chassis that, for the most part, has only had usual wear components replaced. Ball joints, shocks, tie rod ends, etc. Most auto transmissions will require repair in that time frame.

But don't get me started on why on earth people seem to think "actual miles" or "original miles" on a <20 year old car with a 6-digit odometer means anything.
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#4615125 - 12/26/17 08:00 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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Like many things, it's not exactly well defined. I'd say the head(s) would have to stay on, original bearings in the bottom end, and trans not opened up for anything other than a clutch on a manual transmission car. 200k with that, and I think it was a decent run.

But it gets dicey going from there. Original ball joints? tie rod ends? We tend to think of struts and shocks as being wear items, but are the springs wear items? or are they items which it doesn't matter either way, too easy & cheap to replace to care?

I think it's more admirable when the owner bothers to go to crazy miles. 3 full rebuilds and 700k would be more impressive to me than a 200k vehicle. I mean, that's commitment, regardless of how much wrenching it took!
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#4615144 - 12/26/17 08:18 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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Whatever the odometer says.
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#4615152 - 12/26/17 08:23 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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It's simple. As the owner of a 1984 Civic wagon with 440K+ miles, it takes only a few things to get over 250K miles.

Reliable vehicle
Good weather, parking inside is a bonus
Conservative driving style
Routine maintenance
Some basic knowledge about vehicles
A good mechanic for things you don't do
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#4615171 - 12/26/17 08:50 PM Re: What constitutes a car lasting 200 or 300k miles? [Re: MichaelRS]
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Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 1656
Loc: South Dakota
I would say original untouched drive train. But, likewise, u respect an owner that rebuilds and pushes a vehicle to the high upper limits, 500k+
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