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Re: Racking up the miles

My '84 4000S has 460,000 miles on it.  I just replaced the engine for the
third time and expect to hit the half-million mark in mid-1998.  My first
engine was rebuilt at 160k just because I was nervous about the high milage,
it was running fine.  That rebuild lasted 80k due to an oil pump failure.
I put in a factory remanufactured engine which was still running fine at
225k, but burning a quart of oil every 700 miles.  I just replaced it with
another factory remanufactured engine a couple of weeks ago and I'm ready
to cruise again!

The point being that these cars can last "forever" if you want them to.
The rust prevention is so good that I barely have any rust on this car
and none on the underbody.  Components seem to last a while as well.  My list
of still completely original subsystems includes the fuel injection system
(except for the fuel pump which was first replaced two months ago to get rid
of the bees (-: ), the air conditioning, the power steering system, power door
locks and the 5-speed trans.  Other components (brakes, struts, water pump, etc)
all lasted longer than what I consider "normal" life expectancy.  My brown
velour interior still looks pretty good except for the spider cracks in the
dashboard and a worn out drivers seat cushion.

Keep on truckin'!

> From: Sargent Schutt <foundation1@earthlink.net>
> Date: Thu, 06 Feb 1997 14:49:42 -0800
> Subject: Racking up the miles
> Just out of curiosity, how many of you have 200k+ miles on your cars? I
> have 150k miles on my 91 200q, my dad has 190k miles on his 91 200q. The
> rest of the list? How long can I expect this car to last without
> drivetrain failures (given proper care/maintenance)? 300k miles? Id
> like to hear from other high-milers out there to get an idea of what
> lies on the road ahead...