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Tweefo (September 10, 2011, 14:10:24 PM):
This week saw my bakkie's mileage clicking over to 384,403 km. This is the average distance to the Moon. How far can a vehicle go? This is now a sort of challenge to me. I will call it a day when the engine or gearbox go - so far so good. Of course there was a few problems like CV joints, shocks the battery and so on but nothing serious. How many of you can claim this or better?
Rigil Kent (September 10, 2011, 17:45:44 PM):
Not me ... I was never able to clock more than 100k without itching for something else. The most I ever managed was with my second car, a 1992 Ford Bantam bakkie. Bought it with 32k on the odometer, and sold it at about 125k.

Your's diesel?

BoogieMonster (September 11, 2011, 22:39:57 PM):
Well I used to have this beetle that had "wrapped around" on the mile-meter. How many digits it was, or what the total was eventually, I'm unsure. But the car was old, very old, and had driven the "Transvaal <-> Cape Town" route often, it was in my family from the start, so I know it's history, being bought in 1969 (long before my birth) until we finally, reluctantly, sold it after me and my sibling had used it as "varsity transport". It was still very much original - now a true "collectors beetle" - around 2003-ish.

I now own 2 bmers, one of which (a 2001 e46) is sitting around 280k, and I have no intention of selling it. I actually recently had it's clutch replaced and the mecchie's jaw dropped when he saw it was still the factory original.

And lastly, my parents have this early-90's corolla that is just refusing to die, my best guess is it must be around 450-500k.

We have a way of making a car pay for itself.
Faerie (September 12, 2011, 07:42:42 AM):
I had a little beaten up Ford laser many years ago, I recall "clocking" it three times, but not the exact milage. The engine finally blew up (literally) in front of a Toyota dealership, and I considered it devine intervention, as I simply walked in and bought myself a little Tazz - which my son is now driving, and that one has been around the clock once too. I'm of the ilk that one should drive a car until it's not able to go anymore, or it becomes too expensive to maintain, whichever comes sooner. With the right care there is no reason a car should'nt last you a good 15 years or so.
Mandarb (September 12, 2011, 14:46:01 PM):
Lol. Only had two cars, first one was a Citi Golf that I bought from my dad at 130k, sold it at 195k because I was itching to get something new that had some oomph. Had that for 4 years now. It's a turbo diesel, so will have to see what happens when I pay it off, and see if I want the risk of a blown turbo. But I've also had a itch for something new, but that is just boredom with the norm.


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