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As Cars Are Kept Longer, 200,000 Is New 100,000

The New York Times -- HOW far can a modern car really go? Given the increasing age of vehicles on American roads, we may be on the verge of finding out. As a stubborn recession made drivers wary of new purchases for several years, the average age of vehicles on the road in the United States stretched to a record 11.1 years in 2011, according to the research firm R. L. Polk, which tracks vehicle sales and registrations.

Multiply that number of years by the annual miles driven — the E.P.A. uses 15,000 for the cost calculation on fuel economy labels — and it becomes evident that one pearl of conventional wisdom has become outdated.

In the 1960s and ’70s, when odometers typically registered no more than 99,999 miles before returning to all zeros, the idea of keeping a car for more than 100,000 miles was the autom


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:13:33 AM

with better products to keep the cars running, it's no surprise they last longer.
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sparky808
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 1:25:48 PM

Thank you for posting.
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clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:26:26 PM

interesting
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rrtr
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 9:40:32 AM

I'm driving my Mercedes Diesel Van to the junk yard (or when it will cost me more to fix than its worth) it gets great mileage and has a LOT of room
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335d1
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 6:40:24 AM

I plan to keep mine awhile.
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Tigercat88
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 6:08:06 AM

My cars are just getting broken in at 200,000 miles.
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nomad228
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:32:06 AM

cheaper to buy a classic and fix it up than buy any of the new junk their putting out.
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jrschl
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:15:36 AM

Had a 94 Jeep Grand Cherokee just got rid of it last year with 275,000 miles. Had to go because drivetrain and tranmission were becoming questionable.
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frostyWV
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:15:24 AM

cheaper to fix old than buy new.
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millerin
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:13:02 AM

the good one is new one, some good man said...
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aukxsona
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:07:25 AM

my car is 21 years old and well over 200k in miles. I'm hoping it holds out a little longer.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:07:07 AM

My 1968 F-100 (predecessor to the F-150) held up past its 30th birthday and ran out of years before its miles really hurt it. Aside from a few long trips, it was a short trip, hard working vehicle, retired at ~160k. I expect my 1998 F-150 to do as well and with less maintenance work. It should be the last truck I will need to buy.
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Harry813
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:04:28 AM

If they didn't rust out , they would last longer!
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jim27106
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:03:11 AM

Trouble is that it becomes a matter of diminishing returns on the maintenance.
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OWENALOTT
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:01:21 AM

OK
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truckguy115
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:59:28 PM

both of my trucks that i owned i had for 10 years and 138,000 miles on it and my current truck has 118,000 on it and it's doing great and it's an 04.
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mrbee
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:58:15 PM

We have to keep them longer. Can't afford new.
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jango28
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:57:33 PM

Good maintenance makes that happen
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30mpg80
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:56:02 PM

Have driven several over 200,000 after buying new.
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melvindale
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:54:41 PM

If they had a clue about used vehicles, they would know.

When I was a teenager, you never saw cars over 100,000 miles. Used cars with only 60,000 miles could be $250 junkers.

Today, junkers get $2000 and 100,000 miles means nothing. At 150,000 a car could still be good or could be junk - it depends upon how it was taken care of. 200,000 is becoming more common among the low end of used cars.

I bought a new car in 1987 that I drove 192,000 miles. It still looked good. It was only running on 3 cylinders and would have cost over $2000 to repair. It wasn't worth $2000, so I sold it for $250 to someone who was going to drive it as is. (Everything else was good - brakes had new rotors, tires were OK, etc. The real issue was it was embarrassing because it sounded like an old VW Bug.)
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txkrb
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:53:20 PM

Cars get better gas mileage than they did 30-35 years ago and the engines usually last longer
It was pretty rare in the 70s to get over 100,000 out of a vehicle, but I have my last 2 vehicles (Chevys) and so has my brother (GM & Mazda)
My wife has over 75,000 on her Saturn and the engine uses no oil and has no issues

[Edited by: txkrb at 3/18/2012 11:53:55 PM EST]
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drobbbb
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:53:08 PM

ok
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SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:53:06 PM

Time will tell... Good maintenance goes a long way...
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idigau22
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:52:48 PM

Every vehicle I have owned reaches well over 225,000 miles! Take care of your vehicle, it will take care of you!!!
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seahawks
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:52:12 PM

lot people are making their vehicles last longer this days!!!
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granitestater
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:51:29 PM

Cars last longer and they rust less...
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mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:51:16 PM

My 2004 Toyota Echo has been trouble free. All I do is follow the manufacturer's maintenance schedule.
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KhelbenArunson
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:49:43 PM

I could only hope my G6 makes 500k.
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:47:32 PM

My sprinter will easily go 500k
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:41:36 PM

Hoping for 250,000 on our Highlander.
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blazerbob91
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:38:07 PM

Sold my last Blazer at 247K.
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:34:07 PM

mine just clocked 210000
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DirtDauber
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:34:06 PM

What a trite saying.
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fenster66
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:33:27 PM

still hanging on to my 1999 Honda Accord....
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:33:11 PM

I'm at 192,000
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ratones1
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:31:04 PM

my honda 140,000
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:29:09 PM

192,000 on my 1994 GMC Safari Van. Runs just fine
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:27:01 PM

Still driving the 91 F-250 360,000K, sometime I think about getting a newer used truck, maybe an 2001 F-250 with the new body style...
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ghostNC
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:24:24 PM

I've put 60,000 on my 2010 insight (honda) and I'm always worrying about not having a warrantee, I hope that I can push it to 200,000 miles, we will see if honda is as "reliable" as they say
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lyons_coop
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:20:45 PM

169,000 on a 2003 Dakota 4WD. Pretty much trouble free driving... except for the gas.
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tidalwave3
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:20:32 PM

Besides the investment vs savings on fuel... I'm finding out that these new cars have all kind of "Big Brother" devices on them. :(
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:18:57 PM

OK!
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JagXKR
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:17:52 PM

On my way to 200000 miles myself. The car doesn't owe me anything. Proper maintenance is the key.
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DEG
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:15:44 PM

My 1989 Corvette lasted 270,000+ miles before I let it go.

All four of the vehicles that my family owns has over 100,000 miles each.
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abcdMA
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:15:29 PM

if its running without major repairs---keep it!
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serrog
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:14:13 PM

old cars = wasted gas
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cisson
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:14:10 PM

I want a new one so bad, but with the economy the way it is, I hate to fork over the money.
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tippybuddy
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:11:34 PM

my car runs just fine so no need to get a new one yet
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:11:15 PM

good luck
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sljbc475
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 11:10:35 PM

Car are designed and manufactured to last longer.
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