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Old 09-14-2005, 08:41 PM
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Which cars last longer?

American cars seem to last 100,000 miles... but Euro and Asian cars seem to last 250,000 miles. In General, what car would last longer if both maintained the same... Mercedes or Honda?
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Old 09-14-2005, 08:47 PM
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American cars seem to last 100,000 miles... but Euro and Asian cars seem to last 250,000 miles. In General, what car would last longer if both maintained the same... Mercedes or Honda?
Hard to say....Hondas easily see 250K to 350K miles when maintained well...

But then its apples and oranges..some people will put more into a benz to keep it going since it cost more...and Hondas well some don't need much..but its not a pricey car so its the younger guys that get them and work them up to keep them going...

Both are good cars when taken care of....

Lots of american cars last way past 100K......and many have better quality than Benz these days. Per JD Powers.
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Old 09-14-2005, 09:09 PM
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I have maintained the wifes '97 Honda CRV just as I would a MB and I will say that after 175k miles it does not have any rattles nor has the check engine light ever come on. I will probably need to replace the valve guide seals over the next 25k miles because it does seem that it uses a quart of oil (Mobile 1 synthetic) between 7500 mile oil changes. Other than a brake job and new front axles we have never had any issues with the vehicle.
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Old 09-14-2005, 09:59 PM
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Howdy All,
I put 115,000 miles on my 86 Dodge Colt then sold it and the people said it lasted till 320,000 miles and they didn't take good care of it and drove it in the ground.
Unimogs seem to last a while too :-)
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Old 09-14-2005, 10:19 PM
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The car that is maintained will outlast one where maintenance is neglected.
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Old 09-14-2005, 10:43 PM
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American cars seem to last 100,000 miles...
Our fleet:

217k - 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis
Burning oil, probably valve stem seals. Daughter is driving it around town, we're adding oil...

207k - 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix
Son's beater. ABS quit a year ago, rear struts freeze up (literally) in the winter, it gets him to work and back

198k - 1992 GMC Suburban
Only the door handles have 198k. Reman. trans at 90k, r&r radiator, water pump, etc and finally a reman. engine at 150k. Used for heavy hauling, or taking neighbors 6 kids to school as a favor. Otherwise, with fuel at $3.00 a gallon and a 5.7L that gets 13mpg around town, it stays parked

91k - 1999 Chrysler Sebring Limited convertible
Wife's toy. 'nuff said!

31k - 2001 Lincoln Continental
My new long-distance commuter, replacement for the dead 1986 300SDL.

U.S. automobiles can easily top 100k miles with relatively few problems, but seems very few people want to. Or, they don't sell them until they're dead!
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:19 PM
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'80's Mazda 626. They wont die naturally and you can't kill them.

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Old 09-14-2005, 11:28 PM
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I work with a guy that killed one, and it only had like 150,000 miles
What did he do, drive a stake through it heart and plant garlic over it?

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