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Obtuse1
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
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Dam, that’s incredible.


The only problem with super high mileage tires is the rubber compounds used tend to be rather hard and sacrifice grip.

The best "touring" tire I have found for sedans used in high mileage application is the Michelin Premier A/S. The classic problem with tires is as they wear the grooves become more narrow this is due to the required draft in the mold so the tire releases. Michelin figured out a way to actually make the grooves wider at the base so the water evacuation ability of the tire stays constant with milage instead of steadily dropping. It does exactly what it says, I used to be able to "feel" when a tire needed replacing fairly easily now I actually have to monitor the tread depth on these.

They call it Evergrip:

Michelin EverGrip Technology adds Expanding Rain Grooves around the tire's circumference and Emerging Grooves across the shoulders. As the tire wears, the Expanding Rain Grooves widen while Emerging Grooves open up across each shoulder block to help retain more traction in wet and wintry conditions.



I have been through 4 sets now and 100% amazed and happy with them, usually get 65-70k miles out of them.


VetteGuy
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Member since Feb 2008
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
No, that's not a given.

I am assuming he wants no downtime. A new vehicle is absolutely the best option for this.

He can buy a new car and roll out of it in 3-5 years and have it easily paid for via his stipend.

Chances are his driving situation will change before then anyway.

Plus, in the meantime, he's driving something new ( it is also his family car).


AncientTiger
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Member since Sep 2016
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
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I drive roughly 2500 miles per month, so leasing isn’t likely a good idea, and buying is just as bad.


BMW offers HIGH MILE leasing up to 100K mile contracts @ only .15 cents per mile over 15K miles per year. So you could do a 3 year lease w/ a total of 100K miles allowed. Best deal in the business for a HIGH MILE driver.


Mikey P
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
Used Toyota is the answer you are looking for


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Gorilla Ball
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
I’m glad I’m not coming to you for financial advise.


SECdragonmaster
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
Buy what the market does not want.

For instance, new vehicle sales are about 30% sedans and 70% crossovers/minivan/trucks.

That means used sedans will be your best value.

Look for a 4cylinder Accord or Camry with over 100,000 miles that has records of regular oil changes and transmission services.

Reason: 6 cyl has a timing belt and the 4 has a timing chain that does not need replacing.

You can find them for $7500 and then drive them to 250k and sell them for $3000.


Geauxtiga
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
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Obtuse1


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VetteGuy
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
Ok, so OP is putting on about 30K per year, right?

So in 3 years, that's 90K ( which is where I would trade, over 100K kills value).

He trades at 3-4 years ( or, sells outright) his car still has decent value, as opposed to a 5-6 year-old car where the value is really reduced.

In addition, he has had much-reduced maintenance and he has driven a newer car, mostly in OEM warranty.


Geauxtiga
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
oh ok. ow I understand what you meant.


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VetteGuy
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
I'm glad I'm not riding on your 100K tires.


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Obtuse1
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
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Reason: 6 cyl has a timing belt and the 4 has a timing chain that does not need replacing.


This is a man who has given thought to high mileage cars! While timing belts have gotten MUCH better and are less of an issue with non-performance cars with lower valve spring rates it is something to consider. At the very minimum if you are going to buy a car with a belt and plan to push the replacement intervals make sure it is a non-interference engine. This means that if the belt (or chain) breaks or jumps several teeth there is practically no chance for the valves to meet the pistons, which if it happens you are gonna have a bad day.


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Sweltering Chill
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
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BMW offers HIGH MILE leasing up to 100K mile contracts @ only .15 cents per mile over 15K miles per year. So you could do a 3 year lease w/ a total of 100K miles allowed. Best deal in the business for a HIGH MILE driver.



I haven’t leased in a long time (thankfully) but the reason i stopped doing so is because i *hated* being charged money for driving it, above 12k or 15k or whatever the mileage limits were at the time.. if they’ll let you have unlimited mileage then i’d do it, otherwise no way.


VetteGuy
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Member since Feb 2008
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
I used to be 100% against leasing and still am for 95% of applications (always have a car note fo sho'), but leasing has a place.

If it's a high-dollar sports car and a drunk rearends you on the Causeway, you fix it and turn in the keys at the end of the lease. The leasing company deals with the diminished value and the Carfax.

Nobody wants a "story" car.


Bayou
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Arizona Desert
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
Used Accord. You should get 300,000 miles.


VetteGuy
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
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Used Accord.


Most boring car on the planet, besides a Camry.

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You should get 300,000 miles.

True.

But the AC fans and compressor will fail, the clearcoat will lose adhesion to the base coat, and the power steering pump o-rings will have to be replaced.


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wickowick
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
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he said that was 2500 miles every month which is 30k a year


Like I said, that isn’t shite for a high mileage driver


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brgfather129
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Member since Jul 2009
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
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Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?


Two words: King frickin' Ranch


TheOcean
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
I drive ~2k/month. Here's what I did:

1. Buy a Tesla
2. Engage Autopilot
3. Sit back and relax


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BobABooey
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Parts Unknown
Member since Oct 2004
5636 posts

re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
Get a certified pre-owned TDI diesel from VW.


Hammertime
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Member since Jan 2012
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re: Need advice from High mileage drivers. What do you do?
Boss's boss got mad that I was hitting them up for $0.58/mi, and they gave me a company truck with a gas card

Get a bigger car like an Avalon or Maxima


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