CCC063: How Can I Get 200,000 Miles Plus?

How Can I Get 200,000 Miles Plus?

To start this episode, I want people to take a reality check. Most of us are too optimistic when it comes to our futures. I’m all for positive thinking, but we most often expect the future to be better than our pasts. This isn’t always the case.

This concept is illustrated by a Prudential Insurance ad where they ask people to place magnets, one each, for something that happened to them in the past and, one each, for something they expected to happen in the future. Good things were represented with yellow magnates and bad things were represented with blue magnates. For the past it was pretty even good and bad, but when looking into the future, people anticipated much more good than bad coming their way.

Click here to view the Prudential commercial.

What does this have to do with cars. Well, most people buy cars on credit and base the payment on at worst their life not getting any worse and at best getting a promotion, raise, or some other type of monetary increase. This leads to all manner of problems  and people over extend their income.

Be realistic about your future. Expect the best, but plan for the worst. That way, you will always be prepared.

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My friend Ellory Wells, has been telling me for a long time I should recommend specific vehicles to my listeners. I have resisted because I want to teach the car buying process. I want to teach someone how to fish, not give them a fish.

Having said all that, I have come across two articles that help me point my listeners in the direction of some vehicles that will with the best chance to go over 200,000 miles.

Ever wonder what vehicles can go 200,000 miles most often?

If you are like me you have. I want to know that my vehicle has the oomph to last. No car is cheap and we all work too hard for our money to just throw it away.

Luckily, there are a couple of articles that share some of the vehicles which most often make it past 200,000 miles.

One is from our friends at Consumer Reports, Best cars for making it to 200,000 miles, 10 models most likely to run for the long haul.

Consumer Reports’ Top 10:
Toyota Prius
Toyota Camry
Honda Odyssey
Honda Pilot
Toyota Corolla
Honda Accord sedan (4-cyl.)
Honda CR-V
Toyota Sienna
Toyota Highlander (V6)
Honda Civic (non-hybrid)

The next article is from I See Cars. Their article, Top 10 Longest-Lasting Vehicles in Study Are All Trucks and SUVs. I didn’t know much about I See Cars, but they are a site that allows one to search and compare cars. They also have a research tab.

Top 20 Longest Lasting Vehicles:
Ford F-250 Super Duty
Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Chevrolet Suburban
Toyota 4Runner
Ford Expedition
GMC Sierra 2500HD
Chevrolet Tahoe
GMC Yukon XL
Toyota Sequoia
GMC Sierra 1500
GMC Yukon
Honda Accord
Dodge Durango
Subaru Legacy
Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Avalon
Ford Explorer
Ford F-150
Lincoln Navigator
Chevrolet Silverado 1500

I See Cars also had lists that excluded trucks and another that was only listed with cars.

These two studies came at the information from very different points of view. I would recommend checking out both articles for all the details.

Give this episode a listen!


Ellory Wells:

Consumer Report – Best cars for making it to 200,000 miles 10 models most likely to run for the long haul:

I See Cars Article – Top 10 Longest-Lasting Vehicles in Study Are All Trucks and SUVs

Prudential Commercial:

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  • Chris Huntley

    We have always been frugal about cars. Purchasing second hand and paying it off as soon as possible – but it’s amazing to think a car could 200k miles. Amazing.

    • Thanks Chris! Sounds like you and your family are way ahead of the pack with your strategy. My truck is about to hit 170,000 miles in the next month. I still trust it to take me anywhere I want to go. Thanks again for commenting!

      • Chris Huntley

        Wow! I am truly impressed. That is amazing. I guess you would have to start with a really great automobile to get to that point. Have a good weekend James.

    • joeaverage21

      I have had several cars that lasted beyond 300K miles. The key is finding a car that was used gently when new, quality parts and fluids used during maintenance, and one that was washed/wax/vacuumed regularly.

      And you don’t need to buy a HD truck to accomplish this – my best successes was with four cylinder engines. And most of my four cylinders work for their dinner – light offroading, light towing, mixed driving in town and highway, etc.

  • My wife and I have also always been frugal about buying cars. It is hard to go wrong with buying a used Toyota and running it to 250K+ miles before getting antoher used one. Our 2004 Sienna just broke 200,000 miles in stride!

    • James Kinson

      Awesome Derek, that is an inspiration to me and should be to many others!