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What is it you want? #4642581
01/22/18 07:40 AM
01/22/18 07:40 AM
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 3,045
SE British Columbia, Canada
Snagglefoot Offline OP
Snagglefoot  Offline OP
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 3,045
SE British Columbia, Canada
Just wondering, what is it that everyone wants from their vehicle? With all these discussions and opinions on motor oil, what is the general expectation for their car? I'll tell you mine. I want my car (or truck) engine to last 200,000 miles. I do not want the vehicle to end up as a oil burner, or have any strange ticks or knocks. If the vehicle makes it to 200,000 miles, it's time to get another one. I don't bother trying to go beyond 200,000 miles. Since getting 200,000 miles varies with the amount of driving, I'm thinking for most people this would take around 8 to 10 years. How many of us are willing to keep a vehicle that long?

I'm finding you can run virtually any brand of oil, conventional or synthetic, and virtually any weight and still get 100,000 miles from a modern engine. So, if someone is leasing a car and trading in, every 3 to 6 years, they might not see 100,000 miles, yet they will argue vehemently about which brand xxW-xx they run. I get a kick out of that!

However, this forum is one of the more interesting ones around and I like seeing all the opinions and heated discussions.

One thing for sure. When I hear of a car getting 3 or 400,000 miles, you get my total respect!

SF


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642584
01/22/18 07:47 AM
01/22/18 07:47 AM
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 2,385
VA
Gebo Offline
Gebo  Offline
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 2,385
VA
300k is my minimum bar. I'm expecting 400K minimum out of my '98 LS400. I don't care about how old it is. I simply go for total miles.


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
'09 Lex IS350 85K
'07 Lex GX470 60K
Amsoil in all engines, transmissions and differentials

Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642585
01/22/18 07:49 AM
01/22/18 07:49 AM
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 17,842
Deplorable in apple valley, ca
Chris142 Offline
Chris142  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 17,842
Deplorable in apple valley, ca
Our shop truck has 425k on it. It gets whatever oil is on sale. Usually proline from pep boys. I change it when I remember too.

I expect my stuff to run forever without any major mechanical issues.


02 Wrangler carlube 5w30
87 F250 traveler 15w40
07 fjcruiser Chevron 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40
Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642589
01/22/18 07:52 AM
01/22/18 07:52 AM
Joined: Feb 2017
Posts: 79
NY
2dogs Offline
2dogs  Offline
Joined: Feb 2017
Posts: 79
NY
I hear you Snaglefoot....200,000 miles without a major repair, not burning oil, and not a rust bucket. After that, I'd probably be bored and want a new car.

Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642597
01/22/18 07:59 AM
01/22/18 07:59 AM
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 1,803
Crawfordville FL
SilverFusion2010 Offline
SilverFusion2010  Offline
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 1,803
Crawfordville FL
At least 300k without major repairs. So far so good, just regular maintenance. If you do the regular maintenance, the items that tend to cost big money to repair, are far less likely to break.

173k Iíve changed oil, transmission fluid, coolant, air filters, brakes, 4 sets of tires and a PCV valve. Oh and spark plugs around 120k. All regular maintenance items, car starts right up and takes me where I need to go comfortably.


Edit: also a few light bulbs and cabin air filters, wipers etc

Last edited by SilverFusion2010; 01/22/18 08:13 AM.

2010 Ford Fusion SE 3.0L V6, 181 miles M1 HM 10w-30
Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642604
01/22/18 08:04 AM
01/22/18 08:04 AM
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 4,565
Storrs, Connecticut
jeepman3071 Offline
jeepman3071  Offline
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 4,565
Storrs, Connecticut
Something fairly reliable, fun to drive, somewhat practical, and I can maintain myself.


2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (181k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (36k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X
Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642606
01/22/18 08:08 AM
01/22/18 08:08 AM
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,095
Lakeside, CA
Blkstanger Offline
Blkstanger  Offline
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,095
Lakeside, CA
I "want" my Jeep to last forever. It's at 181k right now. I hope it goes 300k. Some do.


99 Jeep WJ 4.7 192,000 Maxlife 10w30, Fram Ultra.
Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642608
01/22/18 08:10 AM
01/22/18 08:10 AM
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 512
Northeastern Vermont
littleant Offline
littleant  Offline
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 512
Northeastern Vermont
200,000 to 250,000 miles works for me. Most important to keep it from rotting away. So far no rot. Not used in Winter if I can help it. 2010 Mountaineer 4.0 68,350 miles. QSUD 5W30 Fram ultra. Wife's 02 jeep 165,000 miles 4.0. Every day is a gift. 3 season vehicle. Summer used for Maintenance. Still runs great.


I can't prevent getting old but I REFUSE to grow up.
2010 Mountaineer 4.0
2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ 4.0
Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642617
01/22/18 08:21 AM
01/22/18 08:21 AM
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 5,123
North Carolina
rooflessVW Offline
rooflessVW  Offline
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 5,123
North Carolina
I want a car that's nice to drive. The only things that kill my cars are boredom or collisions.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642623
01/22/18 08:28 AM
01/22/18 08:28 AM
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 3,987
Southeast Texas
gfh77665 Offline
gfh77665  Offline
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 3,987
Southeast Texas
I want 300K for sure. Given we drive mostly highway, I think thats reasonable.

Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642630
01/22/18 08:38 AM
01/22/18 08:38 AM
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 10,355
Upper Midwest
kschachn Offline
kschachn  Offline
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Posts: 10,355
Upper Midwest
Not all vehicles age the same of course. The amount of work I've had to do on my BMW to get it to where it is today is easily more than the other three combined, but it is also the oldest one on a calendar basis. The interior of the BMW engine though is by far the cleanest, it has no visible varnish or sludge in the valve train whereas my old Sienna looked worse at the equivalent mileage. Climate has been far less kind to the BMW, it has well-known rust issues in the doors which I partially mitigated this year with four rust free doors I painted myself and installed. There still isn't any visible exterior rust on the Accord nor the Sienna, there's some clearcoat breakdown but that's about it.

What I've always wanted from any of my vehicles is to be able to get into any of them at any time and drive anywhere I want to go. That's what I shoot for.


1994 BMW 530i, 238K
1996 Honda Accord, 266K
1999 Toyota Sienna, 407K
2000 Toyota ECHO, 280K
Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642631
01/22/18 08:40 AM
01/22/18 08:40 AM
Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 2,818
Balearic Islands , Spain
FordCapriDriver Offline
FordCapriDriver  Offline
Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 2,818
Balearic Islands , Spain
I expect to never sell my Capri, it currently has 306k miles and going strong, the engine has 100-120k and it's absolutely ok and after a valve stem seal change burns no oil.


1975 Ford Capri II Ghia 3000 V6, - Shell Helix HX3 20W-50 w/ 20% Rimula R4X 15W-40 HDEO.

1988 Ford Escort Mk4 Xr3i Cabrio, - Shell Rimula R4X 15W-40, w/ 30% Helix 3 20W-50.

Finnish expat in Spain.
Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642632
01/22/18 08:40 AM
01/22/18 08:40 AM
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,000
Pennsylvania
Boomer Offline
Boomer  Offline
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,000
Pennsylvania
I keep my cars 10+ years at which point I usually have just over 100,000 miles. Last one I got rid of was a Saturn L-300 I had for 13 years with 132.000 miles on it. By then, I am bored with the vehicle and replace it.


2013 VW Passat TDI SE, 61,200 miles Castrol Professional VW507 5W-30
2017 VW Golf All Track 18,370 miles Castrol Professional VW505 5W-40
Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642633
01/22/18 08:41 AM
01/22/18 08:41 AM
Joined: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,553
Indiana
farrarfan1 Offline
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Posts: 1,553
Indiana
Something my wife and I will enjoy driving for 2-3 years before trading it in on another new one.


If laughter is the best medicine, then why do sick people go to doctors instead of comedians?
Re: What is it you want? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4642637
01/22/18 08:45 AM
01/22/18 08:45 AM
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 400
Michigan
khittner Offline
khittner  Offline
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 400
Michigan
I tend to keep vehicles until the OEM and aftermarket parts suppliers don't really support the vehicle any more. We drove my wife's last car, a '98 Isuzu Oasis minivan (really a re-badged 1st-gen Honda Odyssey) until, at 13 years 265K miles, and it needed a transmission rebuild, it leaked rainwater through the tailgate door seal, and at least one of the spark plugs seemed firmly rooted/seized in the aluminum cylinder head. Isuzu had gotten out of the U.S. car business, and I had to use a phony Odyssey VIN to get any parts out of my local Honda dealer for it. I still have its nice OEM Enkei-made alloy wheels (refinished once, about 11 years ago) on the '02 Camry (266K on it) that my college student son drives. I've owned my '95 Dodge Dakota truck since it rolled off the truck at the dealer 221K miles ago.

Last edited by khittner; 01/22/18 08:48 AM.
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