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Subject: Re: Car Age vs Mileage Date: 5/8/2001 11:18 AM
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I find this fascinating. I have a 1996 Lexus with 137,000 miles on it. Is it possible to keep this car going for another 5 years? I regularly change the oil every 7000 miles (All but 1% of my driving is Highway). I drive 25,000+ miles a year and really like this car. My budget doesn't allow for a replacement for a while, but I can change the budget if this car is going to develop problems at 200,000.

You might actually bring your Lexus down into the low cost per mile range if you keep driving it this much.

If all the parts were precisely aligned before it rolled off the line, you can stretch a car that gets driven 25,000 + miles per year out to about 300,000 miles, providing you continue maintaining the fluids, suspension, tires and steering. Beyond that, I would expect an engine and transmission rebuild unless you have diligently followed some stringent life extension techniques right from the start. If it isn't burning oil now, I would recommend using a good synthetic like Mobil1 from this point forward.

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