This used to be a fairly common rule regarding car ownership:
Get rid of it before it hits 100,000 miles.
In fact, I once knew people who firmly believed in trading in their cars before the 60,000-mile mark. They were a strict Chevy family, and experience told them that anything over 60K meant trouble.
Of course, that’s just silly today. Cars at 60,000 miles, regardless of the make, are barely broken in and can easily pass 100,000 miles and even hit 200,000 or more.
A recent list from Consumer Reports rubbed me wrong, because it announced the 10 cars most likely to make it to 200,000 miles. They all had one disturbing thing in common:
Every car on the list was a Honda or a Toyota. All of them. Ten for ten. Not only that, but there were 5 Toyotas and 5 Hondas on the list. Anyone else smell something fishy?
I’m the first to admit that I’m a fan of foreign cars, and it’s a fact that Toyota and Honda make some of the best vehicles in the world. It’s true; they are very likely to surpass 200,000 miles when properly maintained.
But so is a Kia. And a Ford. And a Ram. And a Nissan.
Cars like the Corolla, Camry, Accord, and Civic are the easy choices for going 200,000 miles, but I know for a fact that plenty of other makes and models have not only reached 200,000, but passed it on the way to a half-million.
I think hitting 200,000 miles or more in your car says more about the owner than it does the car itself. Toyota and Honda owners tend to be more practical folks who might be more likely to drive responsibly and strictly follow maintenance schedules and procedures. Put those drivers behind the wheel of any car and it’ll last equally as long.
I don’t think that was true even 10 years ago, but cars today will last a long time when proper care is taken.
Who has a car or truck with more than 200,000 miles that isn’t a Honda or Toyota?