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Old 09-15-2005, 17:01   #1 (permalink)
trotzo
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What's yer mileage?

OK,
I wuz lucky enuff to find a 97 GT with only 49,000 miles and wuz
wondering about how many miles I can get my pony to muster b4 I can
expect to replace major stuff. Here's the question, how many miles do
you have, what have you replaced and at what mileage? Any 200 k's out
there? How bout 300 k's? (I realize 300 k is a really optimistic
number)

Trotzo

"I reject your reality and substitute my own" -Adam Savage "Mythbuster"

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Old 09-15-2005, 17:01   #2 (permalink)
trotzo
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Re: What's yer mileage?

Oh yeah, regardless of model, year, etc.....

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Old 09-15-2005, 18:01   #3 (permalink)
Mike Lenker
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Re: What's yer mileage?

1986 Mercury Capri 5.0L 5spd. 151,000 mi. Daily driver for 17 years,
never garaged. "Miss Scarlet," my other woman.

Not counting misc. self-inflicted or other damage (i.e., non-wear
associated):
rebuilt T-5 @ 55,000mi
on it's 3rd clutch (repl. @ 55,000 & 130,000)
fuel pump @97,000
water pump @125,000
Radiator @126,000
AC system overhaul @93,000
heater core @116,000
lots of little things here & there (brakes, tune-up parts, weatherstripping,
etc.)
can't think of anything else major
always passes inspection, always starts right up

Been very dependable over the years, can't fault it. Outlasted my sister's
Celica and her Acura, consecutively (yes, I rub it in). I still have it
because I have no reason to get rid of it, and it's bucket loads of fun.
Bought it in 1988 with 15,000mi on it, it's been paid off for like 13 years.
"Cheaper to keep 'er." It's older than all the rice boys around and they
have no idea what it is. Usually they only get a rear view anyway.

I plan to keep it at least until my 8-year old can drive it. Should be over
200K by then. I'll be seriously disappointed if it doesn't make 200K, I
fully expect it to get there.

MKL



"trotzo" <trotzo@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> OK,
> I wuz lucky enuff to find a 97 GT with only 49,000 miles and wuz
> wondering about how many miles I can get my pony to muster b4 I can
> expect to replace major stuff. Here's the question, how many miles do
> you have, what have you replaced and at what mileage? Any 200 k's out
> there? How bout 300 k's? (I realize 300 k is a really optimistic
> number)
>
> Trotzo
>
> "I reject your reality and substitute my own" -Adam Savage "Mythbuster"
>



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Old 09-15-2005, 18:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: What's yer mileage?

"trotzo" <trotzo@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:1126825697.380119.222000@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> OK,
> I wuz lucky enuff to find a 97 GT with only 49,000 miles and wuz
> wondering about how many miles I can get my pony to muster b4 I can
> expect to replace major stuff. Here's the question, how many miles do
> you have, what have you replaced and at what mileage? Any 200 k's out
> there? How bout 300 k's? (I realize 300 k is a really optimistic
> number)
>
> Trotzo


My 183,000 miles is probably irrelevant, since I have a '93 5.0, while
you've got a '97 4.6. Hardly the same engine. To answer your question,
though, I've never had the engine opened. Replaced peripherals, sure, but
never had any engine work.

But the '97 is now 8 years old, and even 160,000 miles on the clock would be
pushing it. You need to hear from other 4.6 owners with high mileage, but
I'd be shocked if any were over 200K (let alone 300K).

dwight
www.tfrog93.com


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Old 09-15-2005, 21:01   #5 (permalink)
Snowy Rose
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Re: What's yer mileage?

Here's the question, how many miles do
> you have, what have you replaced and at what mileage? Any 200 k's out
> there? How bout 300 k's? (I realize 300 k is a really optimistic
> number)


any make, model, year you say?

well....

my parents, before the Land Yacht was purchased had a 1977 Granada they had
special ordered. Big black thing, 2 doors (most were 4), 8 cylinder engine,
auto tranny on the floor (most were on the steering column). that metal
tank had damn near 300,000 when my mom finally sold it for 100 bucks to the
guy across the street about a year ago (I'm so glad I wasn't awake to see it
flat bedded away when the guy found out it was too much money to make it run
again... I would have cried, I wanted it!)

over the years... the transmission was rebuilt... twice.
some engine work (at some point, only 6 cylinders were firing, but that got
fixed in a hurry).
master cylinder went a few times
radiator got replaced once
erm... that seems like the only major things... that I remember at least...
aside from the engine catching fire once on I-95.

Moral of the story: when one is a mechanic, one's car lasts many years.
pity the mechanic got sick and wouldn't let anyone fix his car when he
couldn't do it anymore. >_<

::sigh:: it probably would have been cheaper to restore that car than to buy
what I drive.


patricia


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Old 09-16-2005, 00:01   #6 (permalink)
Garth Almgren
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Re: What's yer mileage?

Around 9/15/2005 4:08 PM, trotzo wrote:

> OK,
> I wuz lucky enuff to find a 97 GT with only 49,000 miles and wuz
> wondering about how many miles I can get my pony to muster b4 I can


Congrats on the find, but come on! "Was," "enough," and "before" too
tough to write? Don't be lazy now...

> expect to replace major stuff.


Anywhere from now to 150,000 miles. It really depends on how your car
was and will be treated, and your luck.

> Here's the question, how many miles do
> you have, what have you replaced and at what mileage?


118,000 miles on the V6stang, and other than regular maintenance items,
all I've needed to replace is the water pump, radiator, and valve cover
gaskets. Oh, and I had the carb rebuilt once at about 90,000 miles.

Despite the relatively low mileage, V6stang is starting to get tired;
too many years of Grandma driving at 25 MPH to church and back once a
week, I guess. I definitely need to replace the main seals, and probably
do a rebuild (if I don't end up doing a full swap).

You said regardless of model or year? OK: I'm currently giving V6stang a
break and driving the Tan Van, a 1991 Voyager with 138,000 miles. Other
than regular maintenance items, the head gasket has blown and been
replaced. Twice. Once at 100,000 almost on the nose, and again at about
125,000. I've heard that engine blows gaskets like clockwork after
100,000, so I've probably got another 11,000 to go on the current gasket...


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Old 09-16-2005, 00:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: What's yer mileage?

Don't know my '66 coupe only has a 99.999 milometer they didn't expect much
in those days did they ? ......


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Old 09-16-2005, 07:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: What's yer mileage?

The 4.6 is a pretty stout engine. While there may not be many Mustangs
out there pushing 2 or 300K, think of all the taxi cabs, police
cruisers, and trucks that are doing so.

You can't really say "regardless of model year", since 93 and prior GTs
have the venerable 5.0, and 2005+ has the new 3V and a new auto
transmission...even the 99 and up has different heads.

I'll just focus on 96 - 98 Mustangs. I drive a 98, Automatic GT, with
110,000 miles on it, and roughly 250 drag strip passes. I have never
so much as had the valve covers or intake manifold off, but I've also
maintained the car very well. Change your oil every 3000 - 5000 miles,
keep the car clean, and service it regularly, and you SHOULD get at
least 100K out of the drivetrain before anything "major" pops up. One
thing you shoudl watch is the coolant crossover on the front of the
intake manifold, if it hasn't been replaced with the updated version.
Stock is plastic, ford had a recall, which replaced it with aluminum,
as the plastic was prone to cracking.

It's all in how well the car was taken care of by the previous
owner(s), and how well you take care of it. You can beat on these
engines pretty hard for quite some time, as long as it's properly
maintained.

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Old 09-16-2005, 07:01   #9 (permalink)
Robert A. Plourde Jr.
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Re: What's yer mileage?

Nice! This is like my two Escort GT's I had. First was a brand new 1986 GT
that I put 186,000 miles on it before I grew tired of it. Still ran good
when I gave it away to my sister who ended up selling it. At that time, I
got a brand new 1993 GT that I put 137,000 miles on it before I bought
something else and gave that car away to a friend. Never did ANYTHING major
to either car, just brakes, bulbs, belts, and simple stuff. Both cars still
had the original clutches in them, for all those miles too. Lots of fun!

Now I have a 2002 Mustang GT vert and I hope to put many many miles on that
car. The kids are 11, 12, and 13 and they hope to be driving it when they
get their licenses. We shall see.

Rob

"Mike Lenker" <lenker@skyweb.net> wrote in message
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> 1986 Mercury Capri 5.0L 5spd. 151,000 mi. Daily driver for 17 years,
> never garaged. "Miss Scarlet," my other woman.
>
> Not counting misc. self-inflicted or other damage (i.e., non-wear
> associated):
> rebuilt T-5 @ 55,000mi
> on it's 3rd clutch (repl. @ 55,000 & 130,000)
> fuel pump @97,000
> water pump @125,000
> Radiator @126,000
> AC system overhaul @93,000
> heater core @116,000
> lots of little things here & there (brakes, tune-up parts,

weatherstripping,
> etc.)
> can't think of anything else major
> always passes inspection, always starts right up
>
> Been very dependable over the years, can't fault it. Outlasted my sister's
> Celica and her Acura, consecutively (yes, I rub it in). I still have it
> because I have no reason to get rid of it, and it's bucket loads of fun.
> Bought it in 1988 with 15,000mi on it, it's been paid off for like 13

years.
> "Cheaper to keep 'er." It's older than all the rice boys around and they
> have no idea what it is. Usually they only get a rear view anyway.
>
> I plan to keep it at least until my 8-year old can drive it. Should be

over
> 200K by then. I'll be seriously disappointed if it doesn't make 200K, I
> fully expect it to get there.
>
> MKL
>
>
>
> "trotzo" <trotzo@earthlink.net> wrote in message
> news:1126825697.380119.222000@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> > OK,
> > I wuz lucky enuff to find a 97 GT with only 49,000 miles and wuz
> > wondering about how many miles I can get my pony to muster b4 I can
> > expect to replace major stuff. Here's the question, how many miles do
> > you have, what have you replaced and at what mileage? Any 200 k's out
> > there? How bout 300 k's? (I realize 300 k is a really optimistic
> > number)
> >
> > Trotzo
> >
> > "I reject your reality and substitute my own" -Adam Savage "Mythbuster"
> >

>
>



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Old 09-16-2005, 13:01   #10 (permalink)
walt peifer
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"USMCStang" <mwelker@ctnet.com> wrote in message
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> The 4.6 is a pretty stout engine. While there may not be many Mustangs
> out there pushing 2 or 300K, think of all the taxi cabs, police
> cruisers, and trucks that are doing so.
>
> You can't really say "regardless of model year", since 93 and prior GTs
> have the venerable 5.0, and 2005+ has the new 3V and a new auto
> transmission...even the 99 and up has different heads.
>
> I'll just focus on 96 - 98 Mustangs. I drive a 98, Automatic GT, with
> 110,000 miles on it, and roughly 250 drag strip passes. I have never
> so much as had the valve covers or intake manifold off, but I've also
> maintained the car very well. Change your oil every 3000 - 5000 miles,
> keep the car clean, and service it regularly, and you SHOULD get at
> least 100K out of the drivetrain before anything "major" pops up. One
> thing you shoudl watch is the coolant crossover on the front of the
> intake manifold, if it hasn't been replaced with the updated version.
> Stock is plastic, ford had a recall, which replaced it with aluminum,
> as the plastic was prone to cracking.
>
> It's all in how well the car was taken care of by the previous
> owner(s), and how well you take care of it. You can beat on these
> engines pretty hard for quite some time, as long as it's properly
> maintained.

my 97 XR7 has 166k and is still going strong, regular oil changes as well as
other filters go a long way. i average around 16mpg in town and over 20 on
the open road. car will still chirp the tires going into second if i hit it
to hard


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