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post #606 of 971 (permalink) Old 2nd September 2011
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Re: Highest Mileage Car.. post your mileage

Originally Posted by David1704 View Post
A related question my wife and I have is: how long will our automatic Scenic, August 2001, go on for? It has clocked up all of 51k miles in 10 years and seems to be running well, although there have in the past been transmission problems, now cured. We maintain it well mechanically, but have never attended to dents, scratches or falling off hubcaps. It has become more reliable with age, probably like its owners. Any thoughts on how long we might keep it, or any tips on how to prolong its life? Thanks.
Given that it's probably worth very little, keep driving and see how it goes. If it starts causing problems and marooning you on the hard shoulder, get rid of it, but if not, just continue to enjoy cut-price depreciation-free motoring for as long as you can.
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Re: Highest Mileage Car.. post your mileage

Hmm... my megane is the highest mileage vehicle I've owned, and it's just squeaked past 98,000 miles before starting the current death rattle.

I'm sure if it was a little higher mileage for its age (11 yrs), suited my needs a little better (slightly shorter & slightly narrower to better fit in my garage*, slightly longer geared so it doesn't bend your ears off on the motorway**, slightly easier for a home mechanic to work on***), and oh hadn't been run into by an idiot such that it's now a write-off, it'd be more worthwhile doing the repairs and it'd easily last as long again... but for now I'd be chuffed for it to make it all the way through to 2012 and 100k. That was always my initial "if it manages that, I won't care any more" point anyway, as that'd represent 3 years motoring for 1000 plus about as much again in repairs, far cheaper than my friends who are still paying down 10k or more on what were brand-new Fiestas, Ibizas, Fabias etc.

* my bike is insured as being kept in the garage, and as it's light enough for two strong pikeys to lift onto the back of a transit flatbed after bolt-cutting the security chain, you can bet that's where it's going to sleep; but the heads of the residents association of my new home are somewhat forthright on the site rules regarding cars being kept in the provided garages... so everything has to get crushed in there, and even a fairly compact Meg-I is just a few centimetres too porky for this to be a comfortable proposition.
** I tried, oh god how I tried to get something with a wider ratio box when the old one started to give up the ghost (the torque band is so wide that having 4th = current 5th and 5th = 25% higher, with 1st-2nd-3rd being more spaced out would not cause performance issues), but thanks to the mongolian cluster-love-in that is renault gearbox coding, all I could ultimately get was a straight replacement. 75mph at 3500rpm is nightmarish. Worse even than my Polo which was geared for 70 at 4000rpm, because that at least was engineered to not get properly loud until 131.1km/h...
*** There are important components on this car that have barely a screwdriver blade's clearance which on previous ones I could easily reach past - IE a whole arm's width of working space or better. It makes things kind of difficult, and e.g. requires removing half the freakin' engine just to get at the cambelt tensioner. Puts the garage bills up quite a bit as well, even though they probably already have all the stupidly specialised tools (e.g. camshaft locking thingy... why couldn't the shafts have stuck out an extra millimetre so I could just use a couple metal rulers spaced by a pencil? They wouldn't have fouled on anything, are usually covered by plastic guards, and I haven't got a metal-bashing workshop available to me).
All this together makes the possibility of intergalactic mileage somewhat reduced.
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2007 Clio MK3 with 50,612 at present.

Hopefully it does as well as my dad's Y-reg Skoda Octavia SDI which has just went past 507,000 miles.(pics to follow).
Amazingly, it's never broken down since the day he bought it new, even after the engine came off its mount whilst driving along a horrific road in central Edinburgh. Parked up, off to garage, engine lifted back on to its mount and new bolts fitted - car back to normal.
The paintwork however leaves a lot to be desired.
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51 plate 1.6 laguna just about to hit 72k
bought it 3 years ago with 31k, but only cost seem to be wear and tear items.
bit underpowered but just been to france and it cruises nicely at 75-80
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Re: Highest Mileage Car.. post your mileage

Mines an 02 lag tourer and has just gone over to 191K
Passed its mot last week with just the drop link and wishbone needing replacing. 73 later and she's back on her feet and purring just as she should
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