Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

My car, mileage over 100,000 km

last weekend.

Seven years and five months, from January 30th 2000 to now.

I am going to sell it after 200,000 km :)
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 9th, 2007 3:03pm
100,000km.  Just getting started!

I've done 200,000 miles in my Honda before selling it.  In great shape too, it will make 250k easy for the new owner.

Ward and Dennis who are both notoriously cheap and braggarts to boot will be all over this thread!
Permalink zed 
July 9th, 2007 3:08pm
>Ward and Dennis who are both notoriously cheap and braggarts to boot will be all over this thread!

Bwahahaha. Awesome.

My commute car has 244,000km.
Permalink DF 
July 9th, 2007 3:09pm
SUCK ON THAT BITCHES!
Permalink DF 
July 9th, 2007 3:09pm
There's no reason to sell a car based on an arbitrary mileage. 

Some cars are ready for the junk yard after 100,000 km; some will last much longer.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
July 9th, 2007 3:12pm
We have a 1990 Mazda 323 which has a couple hundred thousand km on it, but has been parked for a year - we should just sell it...  The car we drive is a 1994 Nissan Quest which a couple hundred thousand miles on it (originally a US car).  At 2000 miles per trip, driving to Vegas adds up fast.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 9th, 2007 3:13pm
My Honda's got over 100,000 miles and it's 11 years old.
Permalink Send private email Philo 
July 9th, 2007 3:14pm
Congrats, Rick.

While cars are probably the 2nd most recycled product sold in the US (behind aluminum drink cans), driving an older car that still meets emissions tests is one of the best things you can do for the environment.

All those people driving hybrids with their batteries full of nickel and toxic chemicals do not understand this.
Permalink xampl 
July 9th, 2007 3:14pm
All those people driving hybrids should read this:

http://www.hybridfest.com/MotherJones.htm
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 9th, 2007 3:16pm
>>> My Honda's got over 100,000 miles and it's 11 years old.

Wow, that's totally average, good work.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 9th, 2007 3:16pm
> My commute car has 244,000km.

> The car we drive is a 1994 Nissan Quest which a couple hundred thousand miles on it

I rule!  Naturally this is a case of takes one to know one....
Permalink zed 
July 9th, 2007 3:16pm
But you were wrong about the "cheap" part - at C$1.13/litre, the Nissan is expensive to run.  OTOH, we've made one or two marginally necessary trips across the border to get the cheaper gas, so I guess you're mostly right.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 9th, 2007 3:18pm
"There's no reason to sell a car based on an arbitrary mileage."

Other than to avoid thinking!
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 9th, 2007 3:19pm
marginally necessary?  You were already there for the blackjack and hookers, so why not fill up the tank?
Permalink zed 
July 9th, 2007 3:23pm
True "arbitrary mileage" shouldn't force you to sell a car.  However, at 230,000 miles, stuff starts breaking all over the place.  So you have to ask yourself -- as maintenance costs rise (as stuff wears out) and the car becomes a "fix as you go", would you rather have a new car at that point?

And that's a Toyota -- other cars have different mileages where "stuff breaks a lot".
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 9th, 2007 3:24pm
My '93 Mazda 626 just rolled over 240k, but very little of it is mine - I only did about 4,000km in six months of ownership. Short commute, no need for regular long trips any more...
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
July 9th, 2007 3:25pm
Like, "lets go to the Memorial Day sales," even when it's already noon and will take us a couple hours to get ready and get across the border.  (although we've been saving some time by buying a bottle of water at the duty free going down)
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 9th, 2007 3:26pm
"True "arbitrary mileage" shouldn't force you to sell a car."

With one exception.
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
July 9th, 2007 3:26pm
But 200,000 miles is more like 320,000km, so I rule!
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 9th, 2007 3:34pm
There are old-school Merc cabs still working in my town that have over 600,000km on the clock.

They feel a bit agrarian, but solid.
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
July 9th, 2007 3:39pm
"Agrarian"?  What, like they've been rusting in a field for 20 years?

Like they date from the pre-industrialized age?

Interesting descriptive term.  I almost know what it means.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 9th, 2007 3:40pm
Um. Try driving an E28 BMW 5-series back to back with a '90s Japanese car, you'll know what I mean.

From the passenger seat it's mostly the vibrations - the engine mounts will have been shot by this point, but very few cabbies bother with replacing all the rubber bits, especially in a car that old. Plus a taxi Merc is usually a manual, even though old-school Merc manuals are truly woeful. I once volunteered to parallel-park a W124 for a lady who didn't think it possible - spent five minutes trying to find reverse. In addition, the old diesel will usually roar mercilessly. Doesn't mean it's in bad nick, these old Mercs really will go on forever, but it does get annoying.

Agrarian is a combination of the vibrations, engine noise, suspension action, and the overall feeling like you're manhandling the car into staying on the road or getting up to any sort of reasonable speed. Whereas my Mazda, by no means a sporty car, feels like I tell it where I intend to go and a bunch of leprechauns do the rest.
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
July 9th, 2007 3:53pm
"Agrarian" means "Agricultural"

1. relating to land, land tenure, or the division of landed property: agrarian laws. 
2. pertaining to the advancement of agricultural groups: an agrarian movement. 
3. composed of or pertaining to farmers: an agrarian co-op. 
4. rural; agricultural. 
5. growing in fields; wild: an agrarian plant. 

Now, while I do find that a descriptive term when applied to a Mercedes, and while your explanation seems to imply by "Agrarian" you mean "old", since you entirely left out any agricultural reference in your explanation, and ignored both my possible explanations, I'm left STILL not knowing what you REALLY meant by using the term "Agrarian".

But you're the tech writer, I must admit it sounds cool.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 9th, 2007 4:01pm
I regarded old straight-six Holdens as "agricultural". You could sit on the mudguard with your feet in the engine bay and the electrics were dead simple.
Permalink trollop 
July 9th, 2007 4:36pm
In the context of a car, agrarian means that it is like driving a tractor.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 9th, 2007 4:39pm
Fair description of the Holdens of the day. Wishbone and leaf suspensions, no synchro on first, vacuum servo wipers and rust.
Permalink trollop 
July 9th, 2007 4:52pm
Ah!  "Like driving a tractor".  See, I KNEW there was a simple explanation for "Agrarian".  Very nice.

Damn, English has SO many ambiguities.  I'm sure there was a more direct way of asking for clarification, but damn if I could figure it out.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 9th, 2007 7:10pm
Oh yeah, and I wish I could claim credit for the usage, but it's commonplace in British car mags. :)
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
July 10th, 2007 12:50am

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