The 200,000-Mile Club: Tell Us Your Story!


We now have proof that almost any car can pass the 200,000-mile mark.

Earlier this week we were a little put off by a list of cars likely to last 200,000 miles that included only Toyota and Honda vehicles. We posted a response on our blog asking for help in proving that claim wrong. We know we have a dedicated group of proud drivers as readers, because we heard from dozens of folks who have proudly taken their vehicles most of the way to the quarter-million-mile mark and beyond.

Keep reading for some examples of cars that have effortlessly travelled hundreds of thousands of miles. Can you guess how many wear a Toyota badge?


For some people, approaching 200,000 miles is more a source of pride than worry. Getting to that point means the car has been properly loved and has served its owner well. Don, a commenter on this blog, wrote to say that he had a 2004 Mercury Mountaineer with 215,000 miles on the clock. He loved the car so much he traded it in for a 2010 model that’s only 58,000 miles young.

Other American cars can last just as long.


Jeff, another CarGurus reader, has a ’98 F-150 with 250,000 miles behind it.

Facebook reader Shaun England Harris has a Ford Focus with 198,000 miles, just shy of his dad’s Focus, which has 220,000.

Gary Tavares has a Dodge Magnum with 210,000 miles.

Jeff Leeper has had great luck with Ford vehicles, saying, “I’ve owned a couple of Ford Escorts with 1.9l engines, a couple of Ford Contours with 2.5l engines and a Mustang with a 4.6l all go well over 200k.”

Steven Critchfield, a Google Plus reader, has a 2000 Mercury Cougar V6 with 172,000 miles. It’s just a baby compared with the rest of  these!


General Motors trucks seem to last a long time, too. We heard from numerous owners of 2001 and 2002 Tahoes and Yukons that have eclipsed 200,000 miles.


Of course, plenty of drivers have foreign cars that are still rolling with 200,000 miles or more. There’s the ’97 Subaru Legacy Outback with 240,000, the 2002 Volkswagen Passat with 260,000, the ’98 Mazda MPV with 202,000, and an ’89 Mercedes-Benz 300E with an incredible 306,000. The champion of this round, though, is a 2001 Toyota Corolla in Toronto with over 1,000,000 kilometers. That’s about 621,000 miles.

I guess we shouldn’t diss Toyota too hard.

What’s the highest-mileage car you’ve ever owned?


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  1. I had a 1995 Saturn SL’2, ‘made by Saturn, not G.M,’ that I bough new and traded it in with 198,000 miles on it. Nothing major went wrong. Only a minor repair here and there. The car always ran very well and consistent.

  2. I have a 1993 f-150 217,000 miles all new body parts. Engine runs and sounds like the day I took it out of showroom.

  3. I am the original owner of a 2005 ford t bird 50th anniversary edition it just turned 200.k.miles is in excellent condition runs great

  4. I will be turning 200000 on my 2005 Nissan Altuma tomorrow. Castrol Titanium every 5K since 100000 with Fram filters. Castrol and Fram from mile 1. Rust on the underside and small dings from sand and salt used in NJ. Looking to buy a new 2016 soon but keeping this one as an extra.

  5. My ’06 Nissan Frontier has over 268,000 miles aiming for the 368,000 mark. So far no problems.

  6. My ’96 F-250 has almost 300,000 miles on it and my ’94 Nissan PU has over 288,000. Both are still going strong!

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