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11-28-2012 09:40 AM
jburkey28 Agreed. I've got a 98 Chevy C1500 with with the 350 in it, still runs strong. I think it just pushed over 225k of HARD miles.
My buddy uses it as his DD while his truck is in the shop, and I drive it in the winter.. Gotta keep my SS out of the snow :)
11-28-2012 09:38 AM
doubles as with any car or truck do maint as recomended and fix the things that need fixing and the car can last you a lifetime. i to this day still have a 95 chevy dually sitting out back i dont use it mush other than pulling my camper it has the 454 engine with just minor repairs tune up and oil changes i have never done any real big maint on it as i have no trouble with it. it has over 400k on it and still runs and drives great and would not hesitate to jump in it and drive around the US with it. other than gas prices as of now lol
11-28-2012 09:30 AM
jburkey28 As long as you keep up on your maintenance, you should reach 200k.
Definitely do the timing belt between 125-150 though.
11-27-2012 06:56 PM
Edgenet This is like asking how long do people live???

I find if you follow basic maintenance any car will give you trouble free service for at least 10 years. If you decide to spend some cash on suspension components you could stretch that to 15 years.
11-26-2012 12:44 PM
kwolo302 2002 zx3 with 204,000. bought it from my father at 112,000 with no major repairs done by him. the clutch was replaced 30,000 miles ago. both cv axles replaced 1,000 miles ago. all wheel bearings replaced within the last 3 months. Shift cable end replaced 1 week ago along with another slave cylinder. I'd say those were the major repairs. Minor ones being, thermostat and thermostat housing, a couple different coolant hoses, O2 sensor lower, haven't done the upper yet but it needs to be done and as of right now I need to more than likely replace the alternator and/or battery. Kept up on regular maintenance and the engine runs great. If you can do your own work do it and repairing the car will make keeping it worth it.
11-24-2012 01:16 PM
PLRX Mine got 224,00 miles and I'm finishing my second clutch. These have been hardcore miles. I've never babied this car.
11-22-2012 06:15 AM
Originally Posted by Stlouis1 View Post
My daughter in Maine has a 2005 Focus with 240,000 miles on it. Eats tires though. But no major mechanical work.
Cars with high miles eat tires when rubber suspension control arm pivot bushings tear and/or wear out from age and ozone rot. This causes the control arms to flop around and wheel alignment is totally lost. This makes for noise, poor handling and tires wear out fast.

You can replace the whole control arm with bushing already installed for about $125 each, or you can get real thrifty on some cars and replace the $20 bushings themselves using a hydraulic press. This is a problem on everything from a base Honda to a $150K mercedes. Bushings need replaced about every 100K mi on average. The front suspension bushings in my BMW need replaced about every 60K mi and the rear goes bad every 100K or so. Throwing new tires on the car every 20K mi to get chewed up is just plain nuts. This costs FAR more than a proper repair. Cars with bad bushings handle verey bad plus they shake and make a lot of noise when hitting bumps.

Replace the control arms on your daughters car instead of buying $400 worth of tires every 6 mo.
11-19-2012 02:00 AM
amc49 160K on two ATX zetecs, Walmart straight 30 weight and 7500 mile changes. Both run well and use no oil. Can't kill 'em.

I remember the days when a 2 liter was dead at 100K, motor couldn't hardly move car, think Pinto. For all the added complexity these are definitely better built cars. Even the bodies seem to hold up longer.
11-18-2012 05:59 AM
fresh1dougie 122,000 '05 ZX3 Amsoil from the start. All original parts with the exception of front brakes. Battery still servicable. Living in Detroit area very hard on suspension-great car very good experience so far!
11-18-2012 04:56 AM
whynotthinkwhynot I didn't really have to do anything to the ZXW until the axles went out. I'm approaching 150k, and I expect that the factory clutch will go within the next 25k. The only mechanical issue I have that's not wear related like the clutch is the tumble flaps. Tumble flaps are little flaps that close off the intake runners according to throttle position and engine speed to provide more torque on the low end and more hp on the top end. Sometimes the little bushings on these wear out, and the flaps make a loud clacking noise. It sounds like the worst case of bad valves you've ever heard except that if you put a stethoscope on the valve cover- you get nothing but the whirring of a valve train in proper operation. Put it on the intake, and you'll find your clacking. That's the case with mine. More information to come later when I remove the intake manifold. Tumble flaps are on engines 05+ , and 03-04 PZEV motors. I don't know if there are tumble flaps on 12+ GDI engines or not.
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