SFR: How many miles on your truck?

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  1. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member

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    I'm just clicking over 170k on my 2000 xterra. Yeah, that's right it's not a truck damnit. But, I'm in the market for a long bed truck for purely utilitarian/fishing/light towing purposes. How many miles do you have on your rig? What's the total maintenance cost been? What's the secret to your long life?
     
  2. flybill

    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    Just turned 200,000 on my 2000 Tacoma last week! Secrets, just take care of it and it takes care of you.. most of my maintenance has just been regular stuff over the years and it's been paid off for quite a while. Need new tires and will get them soon...
     
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    Old406Kid Active Member

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    2004 GMC 3/4 ton, 130,000. No problems.
    Secret of maintenance: Stay close to the gas pump
     
  4. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

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    Jesse, how is a body-on-frame X-Terra not a truck?

    Anyway, my 2013 Subaru Outback truck substitute has 4k miles. Fricking awesome vehicle. It's going to some lakes near Coulee City tonight.
     
  5. fixj

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    1993 Ford Explorer 144,000. Like Willie Nelson says in a song "nothin' lasts forever, but old Fords and a natural stone"
     
  6. RustE

    RustE drifting about

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    Long-life any more is being smart about the routine stuff. The owners manual is a guideline and works fine for some items but not for others.
     
  7. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    My 96 Chevy Blazer is just about at 200k, and doing just fine.

    My brother bought it a few years ago with 140k. I got it from him last year and have kept putting on the miles. All it has needed is routine maintenance. Oil changes, belts, brakes, the usual stuff.
     
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    2001 F150 SCrew Cab 4x4. A pickup not a truck. Rolled over 200K recently. Maintenance cost has not been too high for me on this truck. Last year I spent about $1,200 to have a local shop do the front brakes, lower control arm, and tune up. First time I've paid someone to do work that I was capable of. Still, I dropped it off in the morning and picked it up after work and it was done. 2 years ago I had to replace a couple injectors and that was about another $1,000. Other than that yearly maintenance has been about $100 every 3 months for oil changes, wipers, etc. That is a high guess to be sure I account for everything. Tires and shocks (I always replace both at the same time) ran me about $1,200 for all 4 the last time I put them on. That was for Toyo All Terrains and Gabrielle shocks (don't like the shocks). Fuel economy isn't great. I average between 15 - 17 mpg. This is higher than I've seen most other people claim. More typical for this truck is 13 - 15 mpg. I've added some after market components and drive pretty mellow. When I tow my travel trailer I average about 8 mpg and that sucks! Especially with a single 22 gallon tank. The truck is still in very good condition. The interior has been kept clean (I like a clean interior) and the drive train is in excellent condition. The rear leaf springs squeak and honk like a Canada Goose stuck in a barbed wire fence and that is driving me nuts. Have to take care of that this summer maybe. Engine runs strong and no oil drips. It does seem to burn a bit of oil when I haul my oversized travel trailer over the pass.

    I recently rented a brand spanking new F150 SCrew Cab 4x4 equipped with ECO Boost (whatever that is) while on a business trip for a week. Running it back and forth from Augusta, GA to Aiken, SC and back every day it averaged right about 16 mpg (it had a digital readout in the dash that kept track of your average mpg). So, it seems even the newer F150 with technology that is supposed to improve fuel economy isn't much different than the older one. From my limited experience anyway.
     
  9. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Shoot, I have an 2006 F350 Crewcab that's averaging 15.2 running around town and 12 mph with an 11' camper and a 3500 lb boat.
     
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    RustE drifting about

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    The newer F150 with EcoBoost engine seems vary significantly on fuel economy. Some are reporting 20 to 25mpg and others 15 to 20mpg. I think these have a transmission that "learns" as one drives, so resetting the computer from time to time might help.
     
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    Right now 1,300. Just got rid of a 2002 Tundra with 214,000 and still running strong.
     
  12. Donald Johnson

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    2000 Tundra, just turned 100K. Runs great.
     
  13. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    Our 1997 Jeep Wrangler is just about to reach160K and we've had only a couple minor things happen over the years that have needed repaired. So just mostly routine maintenance costs. We've probably spent much on tires as anything else with it. Our other car, that is also a fishing rig when I don't need to go bouncing down rough dirt roads, is our 2000 VW Golf and it's right at 170K. We've had more things go wrong with it than the Jeep but our Mechanic says we should easily be able to get at least 250K out of it before an engine rebuild might be necessary. We plan to run both into the ground but we've got money saved for two new ones whenever that day arrives.
     
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    Last pickup was a 2001 Ford F150 4x4 Supercab. I put 218,000 miles on it and the engine ran as good when I traded it as the day I got it. Dropped a tranny out of it going down Shoemaker grade but, that was my fault. Regular maintenance, tune ups and oil changes most vehicles will last over 200,000 easy. Current vehicle is a 2007 F150 in the same config as the last one. It currently has 80,000 on it with no issues.
     
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    I come from an aircraft maintenance background so my rigs get better than average attention. My 94 Ram (factory ordered) only has about 140,000 on it by now but has been mostly trouble free. In 19 years it has used a starter and a fuel pump. The original brakes went to 108,000 miles despite towing a 21' fifth wheel for the first 15 years. Good maintenance is really the only secret and that involves replacing things before they fail such as belts, hoses, plug wires (a biggie), flush the brake lines periodically, a steady diet of Mobil I on all my rigs since 1977 and routine flushing of the torque converter every 40,000 miles or so.

    The old dear still has zerk fittings so it gets regular lubes. I took it in for a laser alignment when it was about 15 years old and it only required minor adustment. The tech said all the ball joints and suspension components were still tight and nothing needed replacement.

    Keep it clean, maintain it at a level that you could get in it tomorrow and drive to Maine and back with nothing more than a fillup and tire pressure check and any modern rig will last an easy 200,000 + miles.

    Ive
     
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