How long will an engine last?


#1

I have 210,000 miles on my vehicle. Gets the same mileage as on mile 1 and burns no oil and has same amount of power. How mamy more miles can I expect? I would like to go to 300,000.


#2

No one can say. Just keep doing what you’ve been doing.
Speaking for myself and some of my relatives and in-laws, we have gotten 400k+ on a number of vehicles and they were still running well.
Eventually boredom sets in. :slight_smile:


#3

today it is usually something else that causes a vehicle to be discarded, the engines just keep on going, modern engines and better oils, gas etc. the otehr problems, transmissions, struts, suspension etc give out before the engines


#4

Your engine will last to the 300K miles mark but that is many years away. In between now and then your A/C will take a major hit about the same time your transmission dies, and you need a new set of tires anyway. Tough call; you’ll cross that bridge when you come to it.


#5

I got 325K miles on my truck before my wife got into a fight with a retaining wall. The wall won, as always. I was going for 1/2 million, and felt I could reach it. Still, I sold the engine for $800. Still miss that truck. :frowning:


#6

What kind of car? What type of maintenance do you do? What type of driving do you do? Details? I currently have an '89 accord with 430,000 miles on it, I’m going for half a million.


#7

Yeah, it’s called Jiffy Lube. :stuck_out_tongue:
Like with all things, the engine will last until you wreck the car, you lose a bunch of oil all at once, or you get tired of the car itself. Just depends on how much money you’re willing to spend.


#8

How big is your wallet and how is your luck :slight_smile:

At 210k miles I would be gracious for every day the vehicle start and runs without issue at this point. Remember 150k-200k is the period most modern vehicle have without major issue. Your past the point now so don’t expect miracles.


#9

What I mean above is that NEW through 150-200k is the typical period of ownership across all cars without major issue.


#10

Many vehicles go over 300K on their original engine. Keep following the maintenance schedule and watch the miles rack up.


#11

I have 117K on my 98 explorer. I want to keep it a long time. All is well. Very few items have gone wrong. I am trying to find the answer to this: After 120K miles do you start using the service manual from zero miles and fix/do maintenance all over again at the recommanded mileage? My manual runs out at 120K. Are there service manuals made for over 120K miles? Thanks for any ideas. Bruce


#12

300k is plausible however it has to be over a reasonable period of years. Engines seem to have a life of about 12 years/200k miles before major repair.


#13

No one knows but 400,000 is not unrealistic.


#14

LOL. mine is currently 380K miles at 25 years and counting.


#15

All engines are NOT created equal…A 20-22R Toyota or a 318 Chrysler will run FOREVER but a Subaru, maybe not…