newer car with high mileage or vice versa

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by itsme, Sep 16, 2005.

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    itsme Guest


    If I have a budget of $12000 and I wanna buy Accord, which one should I
    try to find

    1- Newer model with high mileage
    2- Older model with low mileage

    and why?

    itsme, Sep 16, 2005
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    Elle Guest

    Meaning it's likely been driven on the highway a lot, which is preferably to
    getting all that mileage on via stopngo city driving.
    Meaning one cannot tell whether the low mileage was due to infrequent
    highway (or whatever) driving or frequent city, short distance stopngo
    If you can ascertain that the older low mileage car was mostly driven on
    highways, I'd say it's the way to go.

    If there's no way to tell, I think you just roll the dice with either. Maybe
    use other factors, like which has a maintenance record, which had the most
    recent timing belt change (or other major work), etc. has good guidance on used car pricing, according to mileage
    and year, etc., BTW.
    Elle, Sep 16, 2005
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    Keith Loyd Guest

    Other things being equal (and this is a great many things), choose the newer
    car with higher mileage.

    It turns out digital odometers are easier to roll back than the old kind by
    the right people. This can be done for $30-50 by some people you can google
    search. It is apparently legal in Germany, so many German websites have you
    mail them your speedometer assembly and they set it to whatever you like.

    Some people who know more than me have estimated 1/3 to 40% of used cars for
    sale on lots have been rolled back. You are more likely to get what you pay
    for if the odometer admits to being driven 40k miles per year for a year or
    2 on your budget.

    Keith Loyd, Sep 16, 2005
  4. Newer car with high miles.

    Miles are not the only enemy of a car. Time is an enemy. In fact, I'd
    say that in a modern Honda, miles are much less the enemy (if the car
    was properly cared for).

    All things rot with time.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Sep 16, 2005
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    Pars Guest

    If the car has a Standard Transmission, a newer high-mileage car would be
    preferable over an old low-mileage car. Most modern engine can handle the
    extremely high mileage (especially Honda). Also, a car that gets driven
    regularly will be in better condition then one that's dormant over extend
    period of time. In the case of Civic, the 96 and up seems to be noticeably
    more robust when compared to previous models. So, investing in the better
    technology (that attributed to newer models) is also a bonus.

    High mileage on an automatic transmission can be a costly repair. If the
    engine is maintained properly, it can easily last the life of the car (or
    until the car becomes too expensive to maintain), but the automatic tranny
    will burn out much sooner then the engine. Rebuilding an Automatics
    transmission will cost more then twice that of the Standard Tranny. So, if
    the car has over a 100,000 miles, the type of transmission can be a key

    Pars, Sep 18, 2005
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    jim beam Guest

    that fear of 100k is /so/ detroit mentality pars. honda automatics,
    when drivers are not being suckered into premature replacement by
    unscrupulous dealers, or are not part of the odyssey fiasco, will last
    200, 300, or even 400k miles. if you really think that's premature
    expiration, well, you've never worked on any ford, chrysler, gm,
    mercedes, vw...

    truth is, many manufacturers /do/ design with 100k end of life in mind,
    but honda is [or was] not one of them. nor toyota.
    jim beam, Sep 18, 2005
  7. The trans in my ES300 crapped out at 125K miles.

    I suspect, though, that the culprit was the local gas station's
    "transmission flush" that the previous owner had done.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Sep 18, 2005
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    jim beam Guest

    wouldn't surprise me. my friends with the 360k automatic accord had
    /never/ changed the tranny fluid. kinda scary, but it means there was
    never any screw-ups!
    jim beam, Sep 18, 2005
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