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While checking out the Carfaire, I spotted a 1967 Mustang available for sale and, out of curiosity (since I’m younger than the vehicle) looked over its mileage. I nearly fell over when I saw 900,000 miles written on its description.
That must be a misprint, I thought. But this article in the Mercury News shows that around fifteen percent of Californians (never mind the rest of the nation, which would probably increase the numbers) drive cars a decade or older, racking up easily over 200,000 miles. And when the owners are asked about their high-mileage vehicles, like why do they continue to maintain them, the answers are as interesting as the miles are daunting (though I didn’t see any mileage numbers that came close to matching this Mustang's.)


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      • 9 Years Ago
      When I was 16 I learned to drive in my mom's then-decade-old '77 Chevy Nova. It had major rust rot in the rear quarterpanels, but the straight-6 in that car was bulletproof. My mom finally got rid of the car in '91 or so, after it had been in a minor accident whose damage wasn't worth repairing. By that time it had, I think, 186,000 miles on the clock, and that engine was still going strong. I think my mom sold the car to her mechanic, who knew how trouble-free it had been, and I actually wouldn't be surprised if it was still tooling around somewhere.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Impressive mileage, but I'll bet the Cubans could easily top that. As soon as the embargo is lifted, that country is going to be an auto collector's dream!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Alexis, the number of cars listed doesn't equal to 15% of California's population. What you're looking at was just a sample. Also, the imports from the early 80s were just as unreliable as the domestics.
      Clyde Batter
      • 9 Years Ago
      Interesting that over 92% of the "high mileage club" vehicles are imports.

      WAKE UP, DETROIT!
      • 9 Years Ago
      That's one thing that I love to see when I visit California, all the old cars running around. Here in rainy, snowy, salted, hilly, pot holed Pittsburgh you seldom see cars or trucks older than ten years. The weather here is just brutal to sheet metal.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Nobody can top that guy with the 1960s Volvo that has two MILLION documented miles on it (he is the original owner).

      As for the Yugo (haha), I've heard that they aren't actually that unreliabile, since they are quite simple mechanically-but the timing belt snaps on cue soon after the 30,000 mile (I think) recommended replacement interval (ruining the engine), and most people never bothered to replace it, so there are a lot of dead Yugos with like 35,000 miles on the odometer.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm guessing it is a typo since the Mustang's odometer only has 5 digits. My '68 said 65,000 when I sold it, but I'm going to guess it was 265,000.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a 1999 Ford Mustang Convertible. It runs great with the V6 engine.
      I have just crossed 240,000 miles on it and it still running just like when I bought it back in 2000.
      Funny story is when something made a hole in the exhaust. My car sounded like a Harley motorcycle and people would turn heads to see what is coming :) I had to fix that and minor repairs (oil change, tires, gasket).


      • 9 Years Ago
      My brothers' Ford Taurus made it to 207,000 miles before he sold it. I believe that it is still running.

      900,000 miles is pretty amazing for any car. It goes to show you that with "religious zeal" maintenance just about any car can exceed expectations.

      Perhaps even the Yugo?
      • 9 Years Ago
      And my car is at an ESTIMATED 275,000 miles (known 203,500, but that odometer is broken) on what appears to be the original engine, original tranny, most of the original body components (it and Carfax both show evidence of a frontal collision in its past).

      Of course, it IS an import... a 1985 VW Jetta diesel...
      • 9 Years Ago
      My 1996 Toyota Corolla just turned 200k this morning. I was like a proud Mother, taking pictures and telling everyone I saw about this "milestone" I had reached. Call me a dork but this is a pretty cool achievement.
      Chrystal
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a V6 1999 Ford Mustang with 225,000 miles. The engine & trans are perfect. Had a new starter put in last year, and just replaced alternator last month. I've had it for a year now and have treated it well with regular oil changes. It doesn't use oil, it's decent on gas and it's beautiful.
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