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Old 12-31-2007, 03:03 PM   #1
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Maybe some of us have had one, maybe we know someone who's had one, but the fabled animal does exist. My ZXW doesn't seem likely to fall into this category because at 60k miles it needs a steering gear.

I have a friend who has been lucky to own two. His 89 Ford Probe has over 300k miles on it, the back hatch leaks, and the slave cylinder leaks. This amounts to some stinky smells, and every 4 months or so I gravity bleed the slave cylinder. It's nothing you'd want to let anyone ride in, but the darn thing still runs and drives.

The second is a 97 Explorer, 4.0 SOHC, with an unheard of 240k miles and counting. I recently repaired it because it wasn't idling- a massive vacuum leak in the PCV circuit. The spark plugs and wires look stock, I don't think anyone has ever worked on this engine. The worst problem it has right now is a transmission pan leak.

Working on vehicles like this makes me wonder if we are the cause of our vehicle's problems.


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My Dads old Econoline 1992 Diesel E350 a whopping 550 Thousand kilometers ... engine ran like a clock a good clock like a rolex or an invicta... Body was rusting to shit but hey no ones perfect... Brakes went on this van every 8 months thou.. but thats probably due to a tone of milage and an extreme amount of load and a heavy foot...

I dunno its all how you take car of your car... If you treat them nice and you dont abuse them do regualr maintance then they last a long time... But if you beat the everloving snot out of them well there gonna break its like everything else in the world
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Maybe some of us have had one, maybe we know someone who's had one, but the fabled animal does exist. My ZXW doesn't seem likely to fall into this category because at 60k miles it needs a steering gear.

I have a friend who has been lucky to own two. His 89 Ford Probe has over 300k miles on it, the back hatch leaks, and the slave cylinder leaks. This amounts to some stinky smells, and every 4 months or so I gravity bleed the slave cylinder. It's nothing you'd want to let anyone ride in, but the darn thing still runs and drives.

The second is a 97 Explorer, 4.0 SOHC, with an unheard of 240k miles and counting. I recently repaired it because it wasn't idling- a massive vacuum leak in the PCV circuit. The spark plugs and wires look stock, I don't think anyone has ever worked on this engine. The worst problem it has right now is a transmission pan leak.

Working on vehicles like this makes me wonder if we are the cause of our vehicle's problems.

I'm not sure about the Probe and Explorer, but isn't the Focus assembled in Mexico? That may have something to do with it.
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Old 12-31-2007, 06:08 PM   #4
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my friends grandparents had a 1993 ford ranger with the 2.3 and it had like 440k miles on it before it pooped out
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I had a 1982 EXP that had the water pump fail. The engine in the first Escorts was an "interference" engine. So, basically when the water pump went it took out the timing belt (dumb to run the water pump off the timing belt isn't it?) and the pistons came up and bent the valves. I drove it with bent valves for over 3 years. It idled smoothly and drove ok. It burned about a quart of oil a week. It always started on the first click. I finally sold it for $500 (actually my Mom was driving it at that point and she sold it). That car was indestructible in my book.
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Have to say my 89 ranger is indestructible. 180,000 and its running strong.
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In my car selling days I saw a '70s F150 with 520K miles on it. Started, ran, smooth and nice. Older gentleman obviously took good care of it, but it had been a work truck in it's younger years. Amazing.
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Wow, amazing stories about all these cars. My favorite ford out of many I have owned, was my 1987 Mustang GT 5.0. This car was a tank! In 1993 while driving thru Texas at night (around 65mph), I ran over a deer with it. The car flew into the air, and landed. I assumed the whole front end had been wrecked. I pulled over to the nearest service station and got my flashlight out and checked the whole underneath of the car. Other than dead skin, fur, and blood & guts, there was not one leak under the car. No major damage. Just a few scratches! Once I hosed the animal flesh off underneath the car, I started her up and drove the rest of the way back to California. The only other time I crashed it was when I ran over some "black ice" and crashed into a tree. This time, the whole front end was shot: bent frame, radiator busted, etc. I had it towed to a body shop and I had them straighten the frame. Then I added the parts (used from a boneyard) to the car and since the colors didnt match it looked like a "frankenstein" mustang. Once I replaced the radiator, fan, hood, and left fender, plus all the headlights, a new belt, new hoses, I started her up and she took off like a rocket! No stumbling or hesitating at all! And I had been working on it for almost a month! This beauty ran to over 210,000 miles with origonal engine and AOD tranny. Never a rebuild. And when I sold it in 1999 the guy thought it had only 110,000 miles! Just minor maintenance. I regret selling that car. Best one I ever had. Ran low 14's in the quarter and got 25-26 mpg on the highway. (only mods were K&N filter, 65mm TB, catback exhaust, and 3.55 gears, otherwise stock everything else).
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My parents had a 1988 Aerostar van. We drove that on a cross country trip twice (I lived in New York and we went to California) hauling a trailer through the mountains. 9,000 miles were put on it in one month. From all the salt in New York, the whole body rusted except for the fiberglass rear door. The engine still ran fine, the tranny was solid, and the frame surprisingly was still good. That was when vans were still body on frame type, rear wheel drive vehicles. THAT was a tank as well.
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