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The RFD elite : the 300,000km+ car club.

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CanadaMaple wrote:
Feb 11th, 2018 10:04 pm
Finally replaced the starter on my truck yesterday. Had to replace the battery terminal connectors as well. Converted it from side mount to top mount while I was at it.

Now at 475,761

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What kinda truck? Was it the ford expedition?
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Feb 11th, 2018 11:15 pm
What kinda truck? Was it the ford expedition?
Nope, this is my 1994 GMC K2500 6.5 diesel. Not my daily driver but gets driven a fair amount.
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My previous car was a 1994 Jetta I bought with 190k and went to the grave about 4 years later with 353k on it (actually 53km since the odometer rolled over at 300k).

My current 2004 Corolla I don’t think will make it after 14.5 years. I just hit 250k, but I had to do the catalytic converter about 3 years ago and I think it has got a hole in it again so I would need to replace it again in about a year for the etest + the clutch has been slipping for awhile and I’m not sure i’ll Want to spend the coin on both given the age and and anything else could go at anytime. Otherwise i’ve Only had to replace the battery and an o2 sensor but I’m feeling the itch for something new. It is a shame Toyota has held off on CarPlay/Android Auto I may look elsewhere.
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kukayla wrote:
Feb 7th, 2018 3:29 pm

Also have a 99 F150 4.6 with 445k, original engine/tranny. In the last 5 years I've only replaced thermostat and brakes.
That gives me hope. I have a 2002 F150 4.6 with 189,000 km. Body is rock solid. Maybe I'll get another 20 years out of it!
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Just hit 390,000 km on my 2002 Jetta TDI.
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smacd wrote:
Feb 11th, 2018 11:46 pm
That gives me hope. I have a 2002 F150 4.6 with 189,000 km. Body is rock solid. Maybe I'll get another 20 years out of it!
You'll get there. The body on mine is also 9/10. Just keep with with the routine fluid changes. I am almost certain it's running the factory spark plugs in the engine. Will have to change them in the spring, not looking forward to that but otherwise everything is solid.
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I find this thread very interesting, to see what lifespan people are getting from different vehicles. Keep the updates coming in.

I'm driving a 2008 GMC Canyon, 3.7L, 4x4. I bought it 6 years ago, when I was 22, with 14,XXX km. I put a 4" lift in it at 42,XXX km and did not really think I would keep it much past 200k. But, life changed, and I'm still driving it with 207,XXX km.

I'm not sure if I want it to run forever, or get something new before seeing 300k. I've got near 10,000km of towing my little teardrop trailer around Ontario planned for this summer alone. So, if the reliability goes downhill, it might get the boot sooner than later. I know people have taken these trucks well north of 400k though.
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rkjredflag wrote:
Feb 12th, 2018 3:28 pm
I find this thread very interesting, to see what lifespan people are getting from different vehicles. Keep the updates coming in.

I'm driving a 2008 GMC Canyon, 3.7L, 4x4. I bought it 6 years ago, when I was 22, with 14,XXX km. I put a 4" lift in it at 42,XXX km and did not really think I would keep it much past 200k. But, life changed, and I'm still driving it with 207,XXX km.

I'm not sure if I want it to run forever, or get something new before seeing 300k. I've got near 10,000km of towing my little teardrop trailer around Ontario planned for this summer alone. So, if the reliability goes downhill, it might get the boot sooner than later. I know people have taken these trucks well north of 400k though.
Sweet.. I actually like the Colorado. Not many small trucks anymore...
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What's the point of driving a vehicle for so long? To save a few bucks?
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Walch1102 wrote:
Feb 13th, 2018 3:14 am
What's the point of driving a vehicle for so long? To save a few bucks?
It's not just a few bucks I'm saving. The cost of financing a new vehicle is much greater than keeping my current car on the road. I haven't had any major issues with it other than the standard wear and tear. Why spend extra money that I don't need to?
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Walch1102 wrote:
Feb 13th, 2018 3:14 am
What's the point of driving a vehicle for so long? To save a few bucks?
What's the point of wasting money on a new vehicle? Wouldn't you rather spend it on more important things?
I have no monthly payments, a healthy savings account, and I have spent less on all of my vehicles, than some people buy a 5yr old vehicle used for.
Some people decide to buy new, or newer, I have no issue with it. It's all personal choice.

My old high mileage vehicle, gets me anywhere I need to go, just the same as a 2018 model would. I also put more mileage on my vehicles than most. I wouldn't buy a new car to just destroy it with the mileage I do; or get hit hard by depreciation.
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Walch1102 wrote:
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What's the point of driving a vehicle for so long? To save a few bucks?
I paid $1600 for my Echo 2.5 years ago, put a 60 dollar part into it for actual maintenance (I never count oil and filters as that applies to every vehicle), so drove 100,000 kms with no monthly payment, for a monthly cost of $1660/30 = $55 per month. Hard to find a new purchase for that, especially as my monthly cost goes down the longer I keep it (assuming no major part fails).

On the other hand, my bought-new Suzuki Grand Vitara costs me $360 a month, going on 6 years (out of 7), no repairs so far, and I plan to keep it for at least 5-7 more years. Granted, my SUV is nicer and a better drive, but you can't beat the economics of it. $300/month * 30 months = $9000 savings by buying my Echo instead of another new vehicle the same cost as my GV (which was 24K OTR, so a pretty common vehicle price). I know potential recoup from selling softens that expense, but it's still a good financial move.
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Walch1102 wrote:
Feb 13th, 2018 3:14 am
What's the point of driving a vehicle for so long? To save a few bucks?
Its not always finance.
People are emotionally attached to their vehicles sometime.
I drove my 2003 Accord from Toronto to Winnipeg when i moved here last month.
Mechanic didn't pass safety . Lower Ball joints and cat heat shields were replaced for approx 800$ total.
Someone told me , why are you spending so much on this old vehicle , why not just sell it. I told them, if I wanted to sell it, why would I drive it from Toronto to here at first place.
I have created stories in this car. Just can't sell it. Only different about my car is that it is near mint and in no way it is piece of shit like many other old vehicles I see on.Road. I wouldn't touch them...
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Yea. I could never buy brand new.
I've owned only 2 vehicles. Acura RSX-S. Brand new is 36k plus 12%. Bought it used at 17k. Great fun little car. Definitely not worth 40k OTD.

Venza 45k brand new? Just bought one used for 15k.
Also definitely not worth the MSRP.
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Only advise I would give to this elite club is that members must have made min 100K kms of those 300k themselves.
There shouldn't be any pride in buying a car with 280K kms and at 300K , this club certfies them as elites...Grinning Face

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