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high mileages vehicles.
Monday, February 14, 2005 7:37 AM
looking ato buy a high mileage vehicle. like around 70-100k on it. to me its alot becuase i travel 90 miles a day. what maintenance should i look to do so that i can make sure i have a reliable ride without swapping out a new engine? im thinking of getting a new tranny and a new head. what would you guys do in this situation?


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Re: high mileages vehicles.
Monday, February 14, 2005 8:02 AM
My parents have an 80's mercedes turbo diesel...it has almost 400,000 miles on it and it is still running pretty strong.





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Re: high mileages vehicles.
Monday, February 14, 2005 8:13 AM
i dont think swapping the head would be worth it until something breaks...same with the tranny...you might as well wait until something in it breaks until you replace it....I would suggest a full tune up coolant flush new plugs and wires maybe new waterpump oilpump timing belt or chain suspension bushings......things that will hurt the car more when they break....its pretty much on a case by case basis...do what needs to be done


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Re: high mileages vehicles.
Monday, February 14, 2005 8:19 AM
get a diesel; batman pretty much summed it up.





Re: high mileages vehicles.
Monday, February 14, 2005 8:30 AM
All depends on the type of car you are buying (search online reviews regarding durability) and how that particular car was cared for.

I've looked into higher milage LS1's... 100K or so... and it is really hit or miss. Like a gamble, really. While the engine itself may still be strong and willing to take a beating, other car componens wear badly over time and the quality of the car itself is greatly diminished.

For your purposes, if you are only concerned with a daily driver (gas milage and reliability), just make sure the engine is a ROCK and you are good to go. Have it checked thoroughly by your mechanic and of course get it certified/tested according to your state laws.







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Re: high mileages vehicles.
Monday, February 14, 2005 10:34 AM
go with a 5 spd saturn sl2

my mom has 214k on her 93..we've had to replace the waterpump at 163000 and it needs a clutch now...

that's all we've had to do to it...



Re: high mileages vehicles.
Monday, February 14, 2005 10:38 AM
get any honda 4 cyl car. my mom works at a dealer. a lot come in with 400 + k miles. My old 1990 hatch 1.5 had 224 k miles, needed head gasket replaced, and a new shift fork.


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Re: high mileages vehicles.
Monday, February 14, 2005 11:04 AM
thanks for the input guys. i was lookin at a 2000 Solara 5 spd.


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Re: high mileages vehicles.
Monday, February 14, 2005 11:12 AM
some may disagree maybe but iv had nothing but good luck with s10/blazers either the 2.8 or 4.3 are really solid motors imo and the 2.8 5 speed 2wd s-10 that i had got really good gas mileage as well. BTW that s-10 had 260,000+ on it and still running like it came off the showroom, but this sounds a lil older then what you looking for



Re: high mileages vehicles.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 9:52 AM
a 2.2 5spd OHV cavalier is also a car thats gonna run forever....

i know a few friends w/ 2nd gens that have well over 120,000 miles, one of them are almost at 200K



Re: high mileages vehicles.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 10:45 AM
a jeep with a 4.0 will run forever

my buddy just bought a 1990 wagoneer with 175,000 on it and there are no leaks, noises, anything. runs like brand new and the guy he bought it off of beat the @!#$ out of it offroading








Re: high mileages vehicles.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 10:53 AM
Brown eye wrote:

a jeep with a 4.0 will run forever

my buddy just bought a 1990 wagoneer with 175,000 on it and there are no leaks, noises, anything. runs like brand new and the guy he bought it off of beat the @!#$ out of it offroading


Definitely agree with Brown Eye. My girlfriend is taching around 160,000 on her 4.0 HO Cherokee. The thing still runs like a beast, just needs routine maintenance and it runs like a champ.

My Cavalier had around 180,000 miles before I sold it and it was running strong too. As long as the car was properly maintained and kept up to date on tune ups, you should be fine.

Have a good one,
Justin


Re: high mileages vehicles.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 1:02 PM
Gotta agree.

My Olds Alero (no, that doesn't make me AleroMatt ) has about 200,000 Kms (or about 160miles) and while I do have the dread Intake manifold gasket problem, I did buy the car and do the following:

1. Purge, refill and bleed the Brakes
2. Exchange the coolant (went from DexCool to prestone)
3. purge and refill auto-trans fluid
4. change oil with Mobil 1, and added in redline (not my decision)
5. change serpentine belt
6. Change Spark plugs
7. new brake pads & shoes
8. Alignment.

total was about $1200 with labour (replaced 2 tires, wheel bearing and a tie rod end also, to make safety) but well worth it. Everything is humming along nicely. I figure I can stave off the Intake Manifold Gasket replacement until spring/summer anyhow. Other than that, I plan to get the car painted and detailled.. but that's it.




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Re: high mileages vehicles.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 3:01 PM
...anything with a 225 slant 6





Re: high mileages vehicles.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 3:55 PM
My Toyota has 193,000+ miles on the original four banger.

I would think that a Solara with 70-90K on it should be fine, even without replacing the tranny and head. Maybe just change the timing belt, all fluids, and consider throwing on a TRD supercharger


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Re: high mileages vehicles.
Thursday, February 17, 2005 1:02 PM
yeh. i like the solara. its big but such a sweet lookin car. i dont see that many of them tricked out either.


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