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My newsfeed today had a list of the 14 cars most likely to make it to 200,000 miles. It said only 1.6% of all cars do.

Is it really that low? Here I was thinking 200K was normal for a well maintained car. Now I’m wondering if I’m living on borrowed time for 2/4 of my vehicles. I mean as long as you don’t wreck it, let it run out of oil, drive in a salted road state or lose your transmission it should keep on rolling....right?

I think the main issue is not that the cars would not last, but that repairs and even sometimes even maintenance becomes something that people are not willing to spend on a car that is basically worth nothing. I mean how many people (normal people, not LBMYer's) would spend $1500 on repairs for a 150,000 mile car that might be worth $500-1000...or even put $500 worth of tires on it. Most high mileage cars are not one owner so by the second, third or fourth owner no one knows the history of it and looks at it as a ticking time bomb waiting to break down.
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