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Old 08-28-2020, 05:42 AM
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Default Most reliable car you ever owned?

As a flip to the worst cars ever made, what was the most reliable car you ever owned and how far did it take you?

I had an 2009 Infinity G37X for over 12 years 225,000 super HARD miles. Many of my miles are at 75% or more throttle. And probably equal to 3X a normal drivers foot. Original struts went all the way. Engine never lost a beat the 0-60 was as fast at the end as they day I got her!

And we had a 1970 Dodge van. That vehicle was cast iron. Had this over heat/oil problem. If you spilled oil on the engine the oil would catch fire. And that would sometimes catch the carb on fire. No problem...just smother it, turn engine over, drive on!!

So this is the time to tell us how well your best ran. As I've told people you could have bought the worst car in the world, but it ran forever for you. There is no shame in saying your----- was actually exceptional!!!
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Had a 2003 Z71 Tahoe I out 140k on in 3 yrs......towing / hardly cared for.....never missed a beat
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I've had numerous Toyota Tacoma trucks that I have driven like motocross bikes. Literally slamming gears and catching air. Not one has left me stranded.
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Wife has a 1999 Lexus LX 470, I damn near had a heart attack paying $80,000 for a SUV but is still runs like a champ with 443,000 miles and she won't get rid of it. I have a 2002 Ford F350 with 7.3 at 440,000, nuff said.
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Toyota Tundra. 220,000 miles and lots of towing. Spent $1500 on a tranny rebuild at around 180,000. Motor still runs like new with 2nd set of plugs. Looking for a new truck but can't bring myself to sell this one.

Year 2002

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Old 08-28-2020, 05:56 AM
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We have a 2007 Honda Ridgeline that has 292k, needing only routine maintenance and one new starter (earlier this year). I wish Honda would build a full-size pickup.
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1989 chev P/U 4.3 with manual 5 speed. 345k miles. Replaced one alternator, one water pump, one radiator hose, both cv shafts No required work on engine internals, original clutch. It did get a little rusty LOL
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I still have it after over 20 years. 96 Tahoe 4x4 that has an honest half million miles on it and runs and drives better than new (thanks to a suspension upgrade). The only major repair ever was replacing the transmission after 440K. The tranny still worked, just was noisy and I didn't trust it with the boat. The other gearboxes have had new seals, and a single new axle bearing in the rear, but beyond that it's nearly all original. The heads have never even been off the engine. I got it a couple years old used and have put nearly all those miles on it myself. I'd trust it to get me to Alaska and back if I needed to.
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For me the car with the least problems was a Jeep Wrangler, the second one I had....when they went to the 4.0 FI engine. Think she was an early TJ. Only thing that gave me a hiccup was the fan speed switch for the heat...it was either off, or high. Lost its low and medium. Towed a few boats with it frequently to the boat launches....towed utility trailers moving, and dump runs. Took her off roading with some Jeep 4x4 clubs I was in.

Back in my ....early 20's or so, I also had a Toyota Celica...ran forever til one super cold winter, my radiator froze (not the cars fault, but obviously mine for not having enough af in there). Was driving home one morning at like 3am....heard the host blow..and steam pouring out my hood. Temp guage soaring. Pulled over, got a ride home. I was just about to trade that in on another car, already had my trade in value done from the sales guy at the stealership. So....the day I was to pick up my new car (Pontiac Fiero)....got dropped off at this car, replace my radiator hose, filled up..and drove right to the dealership (about a 15 minute drive). The head had warped from the overheat..she was sorta running on 3 cylinders...very rough. Pulled into the parking lot quickly going to the back and turning it off soon as I could coast to a parking spot, so the sales guy didn't hear the rough sounding engine. Drove out in my Fiero..which I loved for a few years, it was a later model when they got rid of the issues the early one had. That car was actually reliable for me too, traded her in for my first Jeep when Jeeps still had the carter stepped carb 4.2 liter.





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Early 80’s (I think) Ford Escort hatchback. Manual everything, no radio. Bought it used with 12 k miles, and sold it 5 years later after putting 100k miles on it. I abused that car, treated it like a truck, and never did anything other than routine maintenance and tires.

Current ride, 2014 Tundra, is in the same category. Bought it new, now has 88 k miles, nothing but routine maintenance. Hope to get another 5 years out of it at least.
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Originally Posted by jko2004 View Post
I've had numerous Toyota Tacoma trucks that I have driven like motocross bikes. Literally slamming gears and catching air. Not one has left me stranded.
I've had a Toyota Tacoma sitting in my driveway since 1998' The first one being a 1998 was a commuter that I used for about 5 years. Beat the hell out of thing and I didn't do anything to it expcept change the oil and brake pads. Ended up getting into a accident and it was totaled. I have a 2018 sitting in my driveway now.

Top Gear had a feature on them, they tried to 'Kill' one and couldn't.

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94 Miata and 76 244 with a b230ft swap. Always ran. Easier before all these dang electronics.
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I bought a 95 Nissan Sentra with 140,000 miles on it in college for 1200 dollars. The grill was busted and it had a valve gasket leak so you had to add oil every time you added gas.

I put 60,000 miles on it with no issues whatsoever. The reliability to cost ratio of that vehicle was pretty good.
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2002 Toyota Tundra
bought new, still have it as my daily driver. I still park it way out of the way and treat it good. Brake bleeds, steering rack bleeds, full tranny bleeds, rear end fluids, timing belt change, water pump. I stay ahead of things.
last week I had to go to dealer and buy a 17.00 new key because I wore out the original and it wouldn’t allow the key to turn past the acc spot. It’s starting fine now. The truck outlasted the key. I will probably own this truck for a longtime coming. I have the means to replace it but what’s the point?
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Toyota Tundra. 220,000 miles and lots of towing. Spent $1500 on a tranny rebuild at around 180,000. Motor still runs like new with 2nd set of plugs. Looking for a new truck but can't bring myself to sell this one.
what year?
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2001 f250 7.3 powerstroke. it's still towing stuff almost every day. Had to put in a transmission at 120k.
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Add me to the Toyota crowd.

I had a 88 small pickup that took me to the base. It had a 22RE engine that suffered the timing chain loosing so I had to replace the head gasket, chain cover and plastic guard. Nothing other than routine maintenance after that. I was coming home in the rain one day and ended up sliding across I-64 after I swerved to miss an accident in front of me, ended up facing the wrong way against the guard rail on the other side. The truck hit the guard rail in the front and because I was spinning around I smashed out both side and tail lights. The cop who was at the original accident looked at me, gave me the thumbs up, i returned the thumbs up. He stopped traffic so I could pull around and I was back on my way! Three accidents and about 175k later I let her go.

Next was a 02 Sequoia, nothing other than routine maintenance, just sold it at 265k, loved that truck. My youngest was a softball player so it was filled with memories of traveling up and down the east coast with a load of gear and back seat full of girls going to some tournament.

New truck is a 19 Tundra.
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1993 Toyota single cab 4x4 5 speed with a 22r. 280,000 miles and all I ever had to change is a water pump, wheel bearings, and front suspension.
Still wish I would not have sold that truck

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I have a 2002 Ford F350 with 7.3 at 440,000, nuff said.
I have an Excursion w a 7.3 and 280k and runs like a champ. Would crush me to try and sell it for what others think it is worth.
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1972 Super Beetle

Car went everywhere, always, dirt roads, fire roads, no roads! Got nearly 2000000 miles out of it then sold it to someone who probably got another 200k from it! Got vapor lock once or twice but you could jump start it, went through mufflers a bunch but they cost $19. I think I put plugs in it 3 times that's it!

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