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Oct 24, 2001 (6:19 am)
Al, you beat me to it, unless the seller has spent a lot of money reconditioning the vehicle you can always tell when a vehicle has had a lot of stop and start driving, and Alcan in post 238 has outlined two of the most obvious, there are others such as badly worn rubbers on the pedals or in the other instance brand new one,s on a car with high miles.
Ther are many other ways to determine city and highway miles and that is the reason a professional inspection is the best money you will ever spend.
Oct 24, 2001 (8:30 am)
Miles are still miles, and a car has to wear out sooner or later. So if a car has 200K on it, it's pretty worthless since its predicted life is like ZILCH. It MAY run a long time yet, but statistically, it won't. Of course, if it has been rebuilt or reconditioned this may not apply
Oct 24, 2001 (11:22 am)
I agree that a car with 200,000 miles is worth nothing and at that point it matters not how the miles were accumulated but you are missing the point here entirely.
The advice asked for was in regard to buying cars that had anywhere between 70,000 and 100,000 thousand miles and in that instance miles are definitly not miles.
A well maintained car with 100,000 highway miles has as much or more life left in it while a well maintained city car with the same milage is definitly well past its use by date, city miles are hard miles and no matter how well maintained it will wear out a lot sooner than a car that has mostly highway miles.
Oct 24, 2001 (12:27 pm)
Yeah, I could buy that argument if one could verify these "highway" miles and if one could aslo verify that the car was maintained. I don't think that "highway miles" per se would make me jump at a high mileage car is what I'm saying. A big fat maintenance record would be more persuasive to me that the type of road the car ran on.
Oct 24, 2001 (1:10 pm)
I tend to prefer the opposite. An older car, perhaps a few extra years, with less mileage. That's where you find the well preserved gems, IMO. My 1993 Miata had just 27k miles when I bought it last year, for about 1/3 the cost when new.
Oct 24, 2001 (2:18 pm)
My XT6 was like 11 years old with 52K miles. And I got it for $1K
It runs like a top, juice even drove it once (and that was before I tuned it up)
Oct 24, 2001 (2:39 pm)
I didn't mean I preferred high mileage cars over low mileage ones ...lol! Hardly.......
Of course, really really low miles on a ten year old car can be a problem too, but that's really another topic.
Oct 24, 2001 (4:28 pm)
Obviously the less miles the better I am not a fan of high milage cars and I agree I would also like to see a maintenance record.
But some Folks are buying cars with a lot of miles and the best advice is still have any!!! prospective used purchase checked by a professional that you trust.
This would not apply in the case where not a lot of money is involved.
Juice I agree a deal like you got is the way to go little roadsters like the Miata are usually a summer toy and do not as a rule rack up a lot of miles, but methinks there are more rocks than gems out there concerning older cars and low miles.
The xt6 that you found Mike is the exception rather than the rule.
#249 of 280 Wouldn't the miles/year
Oct 25, 2001 (6:08 am)
be an indicator? It's difficult to put 30K miles/year driving in the city. Just a thought.
#250 of 280 Hard Miles
Oct 25, 2001 (7:57 am)
I dunno I put on a lot of city and hard miles on my Rodeo. 2.5years 120K miles. It still looked like new when I traded it in. Dealer couldn't believe it had 120K on the clock. So milage may be a good indicator, but not absolute.