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(Car and Driver)   Minnesota couple somehow racks up 414,000 miles in a Mitsubishi Mirage   ( divider line
    More: Unlikely, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota, Minneapolis, work hours, Janice Huot, Huots' love, Prince, Mitsubishi Mirage  
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409 clicks; posted to STEM » on 02 Dec 2020 at 1:41 AM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2020-12-01 9:10:40 PM  
My first car was a 1993 Saturn SL. It had 93,000 miles then nine years later it had about 240,000. The odometer quit working around 206,000 and the mechanic said in his nice way it was not worth inspecting anymore. Then I got a new vehicle.
2020-12-01 10:56:43 PM  
351000 on a 2012 hyundai accent

So far.
2020-12-02 2:56:24 AM  
See, they install that TruCoat at the factory, there's nothin' we can do, but I'll talk to my boss.

/Jerry really did have your back
2020-12-02 7:04:59 AM  
Mirage, that's all you are to me
Mirage, something I only see
2020-12-02 7:48:46 AM  
The impressive thing here isn't the miles - racking up highway miles is pretty easy on the engine/transmission as long as you're doing routine maintenance.  I actually stay away from ridiculously low-mileage vehicles as it suggests a lot of short trips (engine doesn't warm up fully) and a lot of sitting idle (seals dry out, parts that should be moving start to oxidize, etc.).

But damn - sitting in a Mirage for several hours a day sounds like hell. Those are not built for comfort.
2020-12-02 8:21:17 AM  
I wouldn't want to spend that much asstime in a Mirage.

My record is 265,000 miles in an '02 Chevy Avalanche. I finally had to let it go after too many Michigan Winters worth of road salt took their toll on the frame
2020-12-02 8:51:45 AM  
Daily high mileage mostly on highway? Yup.
They got the miles in before age set in. Both contribute to vehicle breakdown, so if you're just going hard on one, you can get pretty far with good care and luck.
2020-12-02 8:54:03 AM  

fat boy: 351000 on a 2012 hyundai accent

So far.

Accents, and Hyundais in general, are damned good cars.

Back in the 1990's when Hyundai started selling cars in the US, they had a deserved reputation for being shiat cars.  They were cheaply built, and had some serious reliability issues.   I remember test driving a new 1997 or 1998 Accent back then, and it was like driving around in an empty Pepsi can powered by a one of those glow plug motors on model airplanes.  What wasn't tin plate was plastic that felt like it would melt on a hot summer day.  I passed.

Fast forward 4 or 5 years, and I needed a fuel efficient car because I just got a job that was 50 miles away from my house.  I looked at the hybrids available at the time, but they weren't actually as efficient as you'd think:  They shine at city driving, but most of my new commute was going to be at highway speeds, and the relatively slight fuel efficiency over a conventional economy car was never going to pay back the purchase premium over the life of the car.

I went to the Hyundai dealer not expecting much, but I was impressed.   I drove a 2002 Accent, and it felt solid and it was comfortable, had a lot of actual room inside.  Four adults could sit comfortably inside, though the ones that would sit in the back had to be spry because it was a 2 door hatchback.  And it was rated for 36 MPG highway.  And it was just $10k, half what a Honda Insight or Toyota Prius cost at the time.

I bought it.

I ended up getting around 38 MPG, and I could edge up to just under 40 MPG if I was careful how I drive.

That car lasted me 178,000 miles, and I only got rid of it because someone had totaled it by backing in to me.  Car was still perfectly drivable, it just had a crumpled quarter panel.  So I took the check from the insurance agency, and drive it for another year or so.  Then it started to need some exhaust work before I could get it inspected, and I didn't want to put hundreds of bucks into a car worth $200.

So I got another Accent, this one in 2010.   It lasted 10 years with only minor repairs and regular maintenance.  Then it got a transmission leak.  So I sold it and got a certified used 2017 Accent, which is my current car.  Bad timing though:  I got it about 2 weeks before every thing went President Madagascar this year, so I could have held off for a few months and not made car payments on a car I wasn't using much.

As for our "family car", the distaffbopper and I used to have a Chevy Mailbu.  It was OK, but the brakes sucked.  That car ate rotors.   And there were times when the anti-lock would come on in completely dry conditions, with moderate braking.  I never completely trusted the brakes on that thing.

After a drunk driver failed to make the corner and hit it while it was parked in our driveway, throwing it up against the house and totaling it, we went looking for a new mid-sized sedan.  After we couldn't find anything we liked at a price we were willing to pay, I said "Hey, let's go see what they have at the Hyundai place".   We ended up getting a new 2005 Sonata.  That car lasted us, again with just minor repairs and regular maintenance, until 2017.   It had about 170,000 miles on it, and the power steering pump went.  We figured it was time, so we ended up getting a 2017 Sonata.   Haven't had a lick of trouble with it.

Hyundai is a case of a car company with a well-deserved shiat reputation for making crappy cars that turned itself around and became essentially the equal of the more expensive Japanese car manufacturers like Honda and Toyota.
2020-12-02 8:59:48 AM  
70% is from winter wheel spin without actually moving anywhere.
2020-12-02 10:44:11 AM  
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