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.
My father was always a Ford man. He bought a 1993 Ford Ranger Splash 4×4 brand new. He passed away in 1995 and I got the truck… It had 43,000 miles at the time. He used it to haul wood, trailers, and to off-road. Well the truck currently has 453,122.2 miles. And its never needed a thing except for routine maintenance. I can honestly say I beat the snot of the old girl. But the old 3.0 v6 still ticks along.
That either shows the power of routine maintenance or this guy lucked out by getting a truck that just won’t quit. Then there’s the story of the million-mile Honda. Crazy stuff.
I hope I’m as lucky and that my little car keeps plugging along during its next 100,000 miles. Which I’ll start just as soon as I replace that headlamp.
Do you have a car, or know of one, that just won’t die?