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Old 05-15-2015, 12:11 AM   #127
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These issues aren't "high mileage" issues, they are age issues. Old vehicles require repairs due to age deterioration, weathering, or UV exposure. This can occur on a 25 year old automobile with 25,000 miles on the odo just as easily as the same automobile with 250,000 miles.

Yes things wear out as the miles increase and things need to be repaired or replaced. To me mechanical integrity is of primary importance, cosmetic items are not so big a deal.

I just put $750 in front suspension components and a salvage yard differential in an 03 F150 with 251,000 miles. Throw in $800 for new BFG tires and another $300 for an O2 sensor, (proprietary Ford) vacuum hose and some fuel system service and she runs and rides like new. That's $1,850 in the past six months which is the first repair and maintenance other than regular oil changes since 2012. A bargain compared to buying a new TV.

Recent data shows the average car payment is $482 per month with an average loan period of 66 months.
That puts my repair costs in the order of less than four average car payments in the last 23 months.

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At those terms I can live with the maintenance and normal wear and tear. I understand where you're coming from but to each their own.
Hi, this is correct; I'm not necessarily talking about fleet vehicles that get 100,000 miles per year, but those owned by average people who drive an average of 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year. [or what ever the new average is now days]
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:04 AM   #128
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My Nissan Pathfinder and Mazda B2000 are personal vehicles that are really old and have really high miles and look even nicer than fleet vehicles- one driver-
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:05 AM   #129
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Well here is my position in a nutshell, a 50, 60, or $70K tow vehicle is a proposition that is close to insanity.

My 21K very basic 2008 1/2 ton is likely to be the very last new vehicle I will ever own. Things have gotten way out of hand, I make this stand on principle.

Same with a new Airstream, too much money, too much depreciation. I looked at new Airstreams a couple a three years ago, and at this point By not buying new I have paid for my trailer and its rebuild on what I would have thrown away on depreciation.


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But you don't have a heated steering wheel....
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:21 AM   #130
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But you don't have a heated steering wheel....

Lol, I don't even have power windows... And I am cool with that!

(I am obviously in gadget rebellion.)




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Old 05-15-2015, 12:55 PM   #131
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Heated steering wheel is a bit over the top for me. It usually comes in an option package at a price point out of reach for my anemic budget.


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My donkey does not sweat on my cloth seat...

Heated steering wheel..... Just a big "why" for me... gadget for the sake of gadgetry?

Then again, I have been driving down the road and thought,,, dang, wouldn't it be super cool if I had a heated steering wheel?

(Actually it never crossed my mind)


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But the cooled seat would get your attention. Did mine.
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Hi, my Lincoln has heated and cooled seats [front] but no heated steering wheel; While in Southern California, during the summer, the steering wheel can burn your hands. No heated wheel needed.
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I need an upgrade. My 12 year o!d Ford has a dial for heat.
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Hi, this is correct; I'm not necessarily talking about fleet vehicles that get 100,000 miles per year, but those owned by average people who drive an average of 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year. [or what ever the new average is now days]

Neither am I. I am referring to my personal vehicles that log around 19,000 miles per year and used as trucks which includes hauling the occasional overloaded bed full of stuff, pulling shrubs from the flower bed and of course tow trailers. Not fleet vehicles and not babied, but well used and maintained.
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:33 AM   #138
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I remember back in the day when Japanese imports were getting all kinds of bad press, and owners had to tell 'fishing stories' to try and justify their purchase... "I get 40 miles to the gallon, and I haven't done a thing to her... just oil changes and gas!".
But, under a little cross-examination, you find out "gas and oil" was actually head gasket, main bearing, CV joints, strut mounts, engine mounts, blower motor... etc. etc.

I think the "I've got 300,000 miles on my daily driver, and there's a total of $15 in repairs" crowd is the new 'import-syndrome'...

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Three batteries.. Maybe four
New Alternator
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New front hubs, wheel bearings
One heater door actuator
Repair passenger power window
Two or three sets of front brake pads..
Repair FWD switch in dash.

At 203,000 miles I changed the 4.8 engine for a 5.3 engine for better towing.... The 4.8 still ran good.

The alternator listed above went south when I was out of town. My wife took it to the dealer, cost me about $850..

The rest I did myself, at a cost of less than $2,500...

To the best of my recollection this is a true representation, my recollection about such things is pretty good.

Over 11 years I spent less than $300 dollars a year on average for repairs, (less than $30 per month on average).

This just is, no exaggeration or embellishment.
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I need an upgrade. My 12 year o!d Ford has a dial for heat.
I wouldn't, electronic heat controls are known to have a mind of their own. My 2004 2500HD has electronic heat controls and it sometimes starts putting out HOT air on one side when your going down the road in 100 degree heat. I have to pull over and shut the truck off and restart and hope it starts working correctly.
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