View Full Version : 1/2 life?

02-21-2008, 05:24 PM
99' Jeep Grand Cherokee still runnin strong! /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/driving.gif

(it better, its just payed off) /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wall.gif



02-21-2008, 05:29 PM
thats great, top 206,000 on a 2003 toyota 4 runner and its paid for too nothing but oil changes and 2 timing belts

02-21-2008, 05:32 PM
Ok whats yer TOP Odometer reading people? /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/thirsty.gif

I had a 81' Mercedes 240d with close to 348k, when I sold it.
It's prolly still percolating! /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/banana.gif

02-21-2008, 05:34 PM
99' Jeep Grand Cherokee still runnin strong! /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/driving.gif

And I'm driving the 65th Anniversary Edition of the Jeep
Wrangler. I'd say the entire Jeep breed has a strong
bloodline and a glorious heritage. The Mrs drives a fancy
Jeep. My other car is a Six. (edit: w/ 137,000 miles on it)

Keep on Jeepin' !!!

another 100K /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/banana.gif


02-21-2008, 05:37 PM
Diesela's a "Mooner". /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

02-21-2008, 05:40 PM
I can't top kodanja's Mercedes, but I thought 280,000 on on a '65 VW flatbed P/U was pretty good. Yeah, I built more than one motor for that one -- but the last one was real sweet! It finally rusted to bits. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif

02-21-2008, 05:53 PM
Gonna turn 200,000 next month on a 95 Roadmaster wagon; think I'll treat it to it's second tune-up ever /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Previous "LBC support vehicle" had an estimated 250,000 when I junked it, never had the heads off. Not bad for a car that Consumer Reports ranked one of the "10 Worst" in the US !

No idea what ol TS39781LO actually had on it when it was wrecked, but I had rolled the odometer over apparently for the second time, years before. But it had a successsion of engines & transmissions, mostly due to my mistakes (and total lack of money) over the years.

02-21-2008, 05:56 PM
Ok better yet'

Whats the highest odometer reading ever on a LBC?

my 72' mgbgt had 102k when it rusted away....

(not all my miles)

02-21-2008, 05:56 PM
Got 214,000 on my 99 Tahoe. And, got 110,000 on its last set of Michelins!

02-21-2008, 06:05 PM
Highest was 23k - then I traded it...

LBC is at 200 since the engine rebuild.
It's had ~issues~

02-21-2008, 06:09 PM
My '93 Ranger had 217,000 when sold. It's for sale again with bad tranny. Body is bad after a few accidents being used as a delivery truck. I guess that explains the tranny too.

02-21-2008, 06:09 PM
dont all LBC's all have some issues!? /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/angel.gif

02-21-2008, 06:23 PM
Had near the "quarter" on my first B before it finally succumbed to the rust mites. Alfa has over 180K but a 1750cc transplant about 80K ago. A friend got an '85 Civic new and pushed it past 250K on the original engine.

We BOUGHT Diesela with 250K showing. "Rattle ON, Sister!" /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

Don Elliott
02-21-2008, 06:29 PM
My 1958 TR3A reads 78023 on the speedometer but it's been around once so it really is about 178023 miles. I write "about" because when I bought this TR brand new in May, 1958, it came with a 3 month, 3000 miles guarantee. I drove almost that far in the first month, so I reached up under the dashboard and disconnected the drive cable so it wouldn't go over 2900 miles on the clock. When I took it back for the 3-month check-up, I re-connected the cable before I arrived at the dealer's shop. Also I rallied my TR quite a bit in its first life from 1959 to 1964 and connected the speedo drive cable to a Halda Speedpilot. I also remember that I drove the car for about a year with a broken cable where the mileage didn't move. I could guess the MPH by watching the tachometer. So I'd guess I must have about 10,000 miles more than what the speedo reads.

I do know for sure that since I finished the restoration in 1990, I have driven it 97,688 miles. The photo was taken at VTR 2007.

02-21-2008, 06:30 PM
My TR4 has 107,000 on the original driveline. Body has been enhanced.

02-21-2008, 06:35 PM
My first MGB had 99,900+ on it when it turned over. Unfortunately, I didn't roll the odometer, but the whole car.

I had a 85 Dodge Ramcharger with 290,000 miles when I gave it away because it refused to die. Original engine (318) w/rebuilt heads (twice) and rebuilt transmission (twice) and rebuilt A/C (countless times). The last time it burned a valve, I replaced only the burnt valve -the machinist picked a used one off the floor and put it in after I convinced him that I was not doing another 'proper' rebuild.


02-21-2008, 06:39 PM
Top car in the stable here is the Bimmer at 178K. Runs like a top. no smoke. I'm guessin it's got a lotta life left.
My 67 Galaxie (that my great uncle bought new) had 235K on the 390 when I tore the engine down for the first time. But it was totally shot by then, and it diden't see any more miles after that.

02-21-2008, 06:43 PM
https://https://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee300/poolboy_album/100_0460.jpg . A little over 300k on the diesel, '91. and nearly 98k on TR6,'

Geo Hahn
02-21-2008, 06:57 PM
Our '84 VW Westy has 230K+ and is still our vehicle of choice for long rides.


Our longest trip in it (so far) was 24,287 miles and took 281 days.

02-21-2008, 07:29 PM
1972 AMC JAvelin AMX - 298,000 when sold...

1969 TR-6 245,000 when sold...

02-21-2008, 07:56 PM
Our '84 VW Westy has 230K+ and is still our vehicle of choice for long rides.

Geo's got the right combo! My '91 Westfalia has 254,000 miles on it and keeps going and going. It's had a few problems along the way but so far I think it has been my lowest problems per mile car. I'll keep it 'til there's nothing left to keep! My TR6 has about 67K on it, of which about 25k are mine. No world records there.

02-21-2008, 09:01 PM
when I bought this TR brand new in May, 1958, it came with a 3 month, 3000 miles guarantee.

Don, I was surprised when I read that. I have the original warranty when my '59 TR3 was sold, Dec 26, 1959, from Brucks Oldsmobile and Imports, and it sports a 3 year/36,000 warranty.....

02-21-2008, 09:13 PM
Not an LBC, but my 1984 Datsun 300ZX had a little over 246,000 miles on it when I parked it a couple of years ago. Bought it new, changed the oil once in a while and drove it everywhere.

02-21-2008, 10:49 PM
100,000; just got it broke in then; time to change the oil I'd say!

02-21-2008, 11:39 PM
My '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee just flipped over to 150K miles last week. I've replaced tires and a serpentine belt. This is my fifth jeep in about 15 years. Probably won't buy another one. Resale has never been great. Just to many of them out there.

02-22-2008, 07:30 AM
My 89 Porsche has 151,000 on it and doesn't use a drop of oil. I bought it 12 years ago with 55k.
No way of knowing how many miles are on the TR3, I know it was rebuilt with whatever was around. It has a TR4 block, a TR3 gearbox and an early TR2 or 3 rear axel with 10" brakes.

02-22-2008, 10:09 AM
"it came with a 3 month, 3000 miles guarantee"

Don, that's very interesting. Was that typical of all new cars in Canada? My 1st new TR a '67 4A came with a 12 month 12,000 mile warranty. But I drove almost 20K the first year.

I would be intersted to know what warranty others got with their new TR's. Please let us know.

02-22-2008, 02:39 PM
Mine came with a 30-30 guarantee"

30 feet or 30 minutes !!!


02-22-2008, 05:16 PM
Sorry to digress, but my 1977 Toyota Celica
with a 20R four cylinder engine delivered into the...
well, let's see... bought it with just over 100,000
miles from a previous owner.

Turned the odometer over twice while I owned it.
So, if you do the math, I know it sounds incredible.
Same engine. Same transmisssion.

I totaled out my '76 Celica (all body repairs), then
bought the used '77 figuring the engine would die and
I'd switch over from the '76 cause the miles on it were
way low.

Drove that '77 very, very hard. Tried to destroy the
engine, almost for kicks. That car just took it and
never stopped.

Finally sold the old parts car ('76) to the tow truck
driver for $50 to get it out of my side yard for
landscaping purposes.

Hard to believe, but true. That '77 Celica still sits
in my back yard where I drove it and shut it off.
Every time I walk by it, I tip my hat in salute.

02-22-2008, 06:30 PM
I would be intersted to know what warranty others got with their new TR's. Please let us know.

I bought a new '69 TR6, and it came with a 1 year/12,000 mile warranty.

02-23-2008, 07:53 AM
At least 1/2 life and it still looks shiny and "current". I got 320k on my '94 burb and it still would go 3.5k without adding oil. It did take 3 transmission and 2 additional A/C compressors and 3 alternators. Hope my Dura Max will do as well.