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Old 12-15-2013, 09:27 AM   #15
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0 - 25,000: Feels, looks and smells like a new car. The glory miles.

25,000 - 50,000: Road noise increases, a few minor noises appear. The steering and suspension has lost a small increment of tightness from the new car days. Still reliable and nice though.

50,000 - 75,000: A nice reliable ride that satisfies, but when you see a new shiny model go buy, you begin to wonder. The car is really broken in now and feels looser in the suspension. Bumps are noticeable, noise is up. it smells a little funky inside if you aren't careful. Stains in the carpet won't come out. The windows don't have that crystal clarity any more. The rubber trims don't look as nice.

75,000 - 100,000: You experience the first major repair. Memory of the new car feel is gone. It's going to cost how much? You begin to calculate all your future maintenance. It still drives nice but has more noise, more road feel and the suspension, like arthritic bones, continues to loosen. You take your first test drive in a new car and are jolted by how quite and tight the new one is compared to yours.

100,000 - 150,000: Diehard territory. Car still runs good, but needs small repairs that are measured in hundreds of dollars unless you have an exotic car and then multiply by 10. But you like the car and are determined to drive the wheels off it.

150,000: The moment of truth. A major repair is needed.....
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:43 AM   #16
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Spend some time on model specific forums and find out what breaks on your particular make and model. You will quickly see what are the problem areas because that is why most folks go to a forum. If you can't fix stuff yourself buy a new truck with a warranty and sell it before the warranty runs out.

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Old 12-15-2013, 09:47 AM   #17
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So True!!!!! Well stated!
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:12 AM   #18
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Not to mention that towing a heavy load for long distances puts a lot of extra stress on the vehicle. I would think especially the engine, transmission, drivetrain, brakes, and suspension. This would certainly accelerate failure of some part of an older well worn tow vehicle. I'd hate to be stranded by the side of the road with a busted tow vehicle 100 miles from nowhere, and much further from a authorized repair facility. Cost to tow, repair, tow Airstream, wait, etc will add up real fast and uncontrollably.
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:28 AM   #19
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A little common sense, knowledge of the specific vehicle (which is incredibly easy now) and some mechanical knowledge/tools go along way. There are some great deals from the "worn out after at 100k" crowd. I am in the airplane business where many airframes are in service 50 years later. Of course this is not a direct comparison, but a little know how and diagnostics when you buy will get a decent vehicle. If you want to only change the oil and drop it off at a dealer to get repaired,don't get a used vehicle. If you want a paid for "tool" to do the job you can get some incredible deals.

I run a 1996 F250 powerstroke with 159k miles. Paid 5200 for it. Put a carpet kit and leather seats in it, and along with a thorough look over/compression test/blow by it is a pretty strong rig. Changed the brake pads and front ball joints, but those are consumables, not show stoppers.

I have been stranded in a sailboat in the middle of nowhere South America and with my tools, known spare parts, and a little knowledge- always got home.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:07 PM   #20
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My 2004 Nissan Titan just clicked past 160k and it stills runs like a top. Did put $1800 into the exhaust system but that is the only major repair. The Titan brand never did catch on big time but it is very solid with a bulletproof V8. They are cheap on the used market and after 2006, all the little bugs were worked out (for example; my rear seat belts are poorly designed and lock up).

I'd buy another one and actually plan to next year when they put the 5 liter Cummins in it.

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Old 12-15-2013, 01:56 PM   #21
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There is really no limit to miles. We have vehicles in our fleet with over 500,000 miles. I have known people to drive automobiles 400,000-500,000 miles. I have driven a pickup to 250,000 miles.
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:10 PM   #22
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Several years ago I rented a compact car with about 30k from a major rental company while on a family vacation. I ran poorly and ran through its tank of gas in about 100 miles. Next morning it didn't start but things smelled burnt. Popped the hood and found the oil nearly dry. Called for the company to bring me a replacement car. Their driver then admitted they don't service their cars till they're sold. That rental was running on the dregs of its factory oil. Pity the second or third owner of that car.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:11 PM   #23
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One of the best trucks I've had was a '94 Chevy 1500 2wd. I bought it four years old in 1998 with 163,000 miles. Paid $7,000 for it. Drove it to 202,000 and when I couldn't sell it because no one would even look at it because of the miles, I gave it to one of my sons in 2003. He still drives it, it runs great, and it looks really good. I knew the reputation of the person who drove it for business (all highway miles) and knew he didn't skimp on maintenance. IMO that is the necessary element in deciding to buy high miles vehicles.


If you can't verify the quality of maintenance then you've got to buy really cheap and take your chances. If what you buy cheap turns out bad, used engines or transmissions are not cost-prohibitive. Of course this assumes the body and interior is in excellent condition.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:37 PM   #24
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I have had many cars and trucks that had over 200k on them. Last year I sold a 02 Forester with 193k. I put 90k on it and it was still running and looking great. I have a 09 Grand Caravan with a 159k. It runs and ride like a 40k mile van. My work van is 04 Dodge Sprinter it has 340k on the orig motor and trans. I put about a 160 mile a day on it. I take good care of all of my vehicles and never beat on them. My brother is a car wholesaler and over 75% of the car he buys and sells have over a 100k. People are hanging on to there cars longer. Low mile used car are getting hard to find and they are going for top dollar. Saying all this means you can get a much better deal on a well cared for vehicle with over a 100k.

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Old 12-16-2013, 05:00 PM   #25
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I think that I am going this route: Dodge Ram 1500 to pull my 22' Argosy. Any objections before I pull the trigger?
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:45 PM   #26
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Sounds like a great combination to me. Go for it! Enjoy it!
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I would be careful of the Dodges. I know of several people that have had Dodges that the side of the engine has blown out.
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