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The High-Mileage Used Car: Yes or No?

September 25th, 2012
1997 Honda Accord

200,000 miles? Might as well aim for 400,000 in one of these!

For sale: 1997 Honda Accord. Power everything. Sunroof. Air conditioning. CD player. Cloth seats. Great condition! $3,000.

I had to call, just out of¬†curiosity. It seemed like a decent deal. But one detail wasn’t mentioned…

Me: What’s the mileage?

Seller: Oh, mileage doesn’t matter. It’s a Honda. These things run forever.

Me: Right, but what’s the mileage?

Seller: Well, just past 200,000.

Me: Ouch. That’s a lot. Proper maintenance?

Seller: Regular oil changes, timing belt done at 170,000, tires and brakes done as needed.

Me: Everything else is stock?

Seller: Yes. Like I said, these cars run forever. I use it as my daily driver, no troubles.

Me: Hmmm…

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Cars That Won’t Die: Do You Have One?

June 11th, 2012
2003 Ford Ranger

Over 400,000 miles and still going

My car turned past the 100,000-mile mark this weekend. I’d been fretting over that number as it approached, wondering if things would suddenly start falling apart.

I’ve never had a problem with the car. It’s always started on the first try and always purred along without trouble, and it doesn’t seem to have lost anything in the way of performance or power. Still, it’s not a car exactly known for its longevity, so I’m nervous. My nerves weren’t calmed when I started my car for the first time since I crossed that magic number. Rain fell from the dark sky, and I flipped on the headlights in the parking lot at Fantastic Sam’s. The reflection in the building’s window told me only one headlamp illuminated.

Great. While a headlamp isn’t a big deal, I wondered what other problems were programmed to start now that I was into 6 digits. So far, nothing. But I’m still nervous.

Then I read stories about vehicles that are still going strong after trudging over 400,000 miles without much more than a battery change.

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