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Jul 29, 2013 1:42AM
Change all fluids. Some owners manuals say lifetime fluid, such as transfer cases and differentials. Don't believe it. Some don't have intervals for brake fluid or power steering fluid (many are fly by wire now, but older models are not (power steering). You can do a poor mans flush too, in between the real flushes. For power steering, go underneath and pop a line off. Turn the wheel all the way in both directions (with engine off) then put line back on and fill, then bleed the air out, also by turning wheel back and forth, the first few times off, and a bit easier if front wheels are slightly raised. Also, there is the turkey baster method, and then too, they have the MityVac, which you can pump fluids in and out with. There is also a grease gun sized tool for moving fluids. Caution with brake fluid, make sure to use a baster or vacuum tool that is not contaminated with anything but brake fluid, as all rubber components in the brake system cannot tolerate the other fluids and that can be a costly mess. There are plenty of honest techs out there. Go for one tech that will check your vehicle completely and accurately and honestly. That is key. You don't want a tech that cannot or will not check a vehicle completely, accurately and honestly. I am one of those techs, and I used to train others in the business, from top to bottom, operationally. Hope this helps.
Jul 28, 2013 10:25PM
My honda civic 86 still  running major repair.Odometer: 286,00.

Jul 29, 2013 12:11AM

I have a Chev Lumina 260,000 BELIEVE IT...TRUE!!!!!


Jul 29, 2013 2:53AM
Just buy anything other than a piece of garbage Detroit produced Cadillac with that failure of an engine, the Northstar V-8.
102,000 and blown headgaskets.

This is GM's excuse for a luxury car. I suppose they figure if you can afford a Caddy, you can afford the $2500 repair when the car hits 100K.

My old Towncar had 170K on the clock when I sold it, the guy I sold it to is still driving it.

Regular fluid checks and changes and not driving it like you stole it are the best ways to keep a car on the road.

Best way to reach 200,000 plus buy a Toyota.  I have 157,000 with NOT one problem! Regular oil changes, tires and regular maintenace
Jul 29, 2013 1:29AM
Best way to reach 750,000 is buy a Cummins.
Jul 29, 2013 1:48AM

77 Chevy 3/4 ton C20 pickup 347,000miles.. wont spill your coffee off the engine block!

2002 Mercedes E320 144,000... Never a qlitch.

2001 Chevy Silverado Z71  167,000 Bassboat towing miles... Never a problem (Brake pads)

Jul 28, 2013 11:06PM
I drive an 02 Civic that already reached 200k and it still runs as good as new,and haven't had any major headaches with it,only minor problems like changing belts and replacing old parts because it's an eleven year old car.Honda has a reputation of going over 400k with good maintenance.
Jul 29, 2013 1:31AM
2001 Chevy silverado. 225000 and still going strong. Only problem is the stupid ABS sensors in the front hubs. Every two years they need clening or replaced. Best fix, pull the ABS fuse and have old school brakes.
Aug 24, 2013 8:54AM

Can't quarrel with the advise given in the article, but no amount of regular servicing, sniffing, washing, etc, will sidestep all of those annoying, premature part failures which amount to real dollars being spent, and the frustration and discouragement of having the vehicle constantly in the shop.  I'm talking about the window operators, door locks, heater core, leaking radiator, worn out steering components and suspension parts, cracked brake hoses, frayed cables,  exhaust systems, wheel cylinder leaks, vacuum leaks, cracked cooling hoses, body metal "cancer", and a whole host of other gremlins which will, no doubt, plague any high mileage vehicle.   Unless you're a real ACE mechanic with a shop full of the necessary tools for that particular vehicle, most likely you'll be dropping it off at the local shop far more times than your really want.   It's the FRUSTRATION of being without the car/truck for a day or more, bumming a ride to work, and the anxiety of waiting for the final bill to be calculated is what usually sets limits for may owners as to how long they really want to deal with an old hack.  Furthermore, unless the owner is so much in love with the car/truck that he/she can't imagine being without it, usually the boredom of long-term ownership, with visible wear and tear everywhere,  causes many drivers to contemplate a replacement which promises far less annoying downtime.  For all those who swear that they have a maintenance "peach" for 100K+, consider yourself an extremely fortunate person.  As for me, previous experience has taught that throwing gobs of good money after bad has never proven to be prudent.  Ten years, or 100K on the odometer, I call it QUITS!  I don't need the hassle, the frustration and the constant inconvenience and expense!  That's how I see it after nearly 50 years of driving and vehicle ownership. GOOD LUCK to all the rest of you! 

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