If you plan to buy a new car and drive it until it dies, the good news is that cars are lasting a lot longer than they used to.
Consumer Reports recently released a list of the 10 cars that most often last their owners for 200,000 miles or more. And the list was made up entirely of Hondas and Toyotas!
Are you in the 200,000-mile club?
As Clark’s Facebook fans have pointed out, with regular maintenance, there are many more cars that have passed this milestone — and here are just some of your success stories!
Nonna: My dad has a 2000 Toyota Tacoma 740k miles!! Original engine, original transmission. The guys at the emissions place are always taking pics of his mileage. I think Toyota should give him a new truck when he hits 1,000,000 mi!
(Editor’s note: Actual mileage is 708,084. Click here to see more photos!)
Mary Ann: My husband and I bought a 1999 Toyota Sienna new and we put every bit of 237,000 miles on it, NO rust and still going strong. Would buy another Toyota product again.
Kimberly: My 2000 Toyota Camry is headed toward 500k!
Hyundai Santa Fe
Leslie: I have a 10-year old Hyundai Santa Fe with 211,000 miles. Runs like a dream. Nothing but the normal maintenance. Best car I have ever owned….and made in Huntsville, AL.
Randy: I have a 06 Hyundai Sonata with 288,000 and never been tuned up. It still runs great.
Doug: 2010 VW Jetta TDI 246,000, 40 mpg daily still runs like and looks like new. No reason any modern vehicle cannot go over 200,000 it is all about regular maintenance.
Rennelle: 2002 Chevy Trailblazer… I will have her fifteen years in October… She will hit 300,000 next week; still rides smoothly.
David: 322,000 on my 94’Silverado, and still going daily!
Bob: I have 2 Dodge Caravan 2001 & 2002 with over 200,000.
David: My ’99 Dodge Ram is over 300,000 right now. Original engine. Tranny finally gave out at 226,000, so I rebuilt it. Been going strong ever since.
Charity: Jeep Cherokee…240,000 miles and still going strong!
Rick: 2006 Mazda 3 just turned 250k yesterday.
Penny: My 2000 Ford Expedition made it to 316,000 with hardly any problems and I sold it in 2011.
Stephanie: My 98 Ford Mustang has 475,000 miles on it and still going. Original motor and transmission. Take care of the vehicle and it will keep going.
Richard: My 2000 Ford Ranger has 229,895 miles and still going strong keep oil changed motor clean replaced radiator 1 brake cylinder fuel pump that was a job but I did it myself I don’t even use high dollar oil or fancy filters still rolling baby.
Dara: I have a (2005) Nissan Altima with 402,000 and I drive her every day.
Jill: 2001 Nissan Pathfinder (this was taken in June 2014, it’s now at 229K!)
Margaret: My ’91 Prelude (Honda) has 250,000+ and still turns heads….
Mandee: My 1999 Honda Accord had over 200,000 miles when we traded it in in 2009. I now have a 2004 Accord with 160,000 and it still runs like a new one!
Jeanne: My 2006 Honda Element is @ 250,000 and going strong….
Pontiac Grand Prix
Mark: 380,000 on my ’99 Pontiac Grand Prix and still going just fine. Religious about regular oil changes by a good mechanic shop that also checks everything else each time when I’m there too.
Aside from saving money by having no monthly car payment, older cars can be cheaper to insure.
You should always have liability insurance, but if your annual premiums for collision and comprehensive coverage exceed 10% of the value of your car, consider dropping them.
If you have an older car that’s worth very little, it may not make sense to carry collision coverage.
Read more about cars:
- The ‘Clark Smart’ steps for buying a new car
- Should you ever lease a car?
- These are the most and least expensive cars to maintain