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Woman Retires Car With 576,000 Miles: How Many Miles Does Your Car Have?

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For many of us, getting a vehicle up to 100,000 miles is a pleasant milestone, but probably the last significant one it will see. Hitting 200,000 miles is a rarity. For 93-year-old Rachel Veitch, 200,000 miles is ancient history. Her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente has more than 576,000 miles, and she'd keep driving it if macular degeneration hadn't rendered her blind.



Veitch ran a red light in March, and officials decided she was no longer capable of driving, but she's just happy the thing lasted through three marriages. She told Fox News, "They don't have to take it away, I would not dream of driving that car again. I have taken it in stride. I don't have cancer, I don't have Lou Gehrig's disease. I am lucky ... I've never been a destructive person and I've just taken care of everything, except my husbands." She hopes Jay Leno will take the car off her hands, because her kids "couldn't take care of it like I did."

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  • Picasso's Cat 2012/04/03 14:53:10 (edited)
    50k-100k
    Picasso's Cat
    +7
    That 1964 Mercury Comet had a 144 cid Thriftpower straight six with a single-barrel Holley carburetor which produced 90 hp.
    There were virtually no computer electronics in that car as we think of them today.
    You could clean the plugs, and clean the points with a nail file. And change the oil very easy.
    That car was built to last forever if taken care of, and obviously it was taken care of.

    Todays automobiles are so computer driven, they won't last 1/4 the time the 1960's automobiles do, because computers break down, and computer parts don't last in the environment exposed to the elements. When your points act up you can't just pop them out and file them down with your finger nail file, todays points are a chip that blows out, or a computer component that just stops working, nothing to file down and be on your way. you can't take out your car computer and open it up to fix your car, it's a sealed unit!
    You want a car that will last the rest of your life???
    Buy an old 1965 Dodge Dart with a slant 6, they are, as they say "Bullet proof" lol!

    1965 dodge dart

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  • James McIntosh 2012/10/09 21:36:13
    More than 150k
    James McIntosh
    My name is James McIntosh. I have a 1994 Ford Ranger pick-up truck that has over 301,000 miles on it and is still running strong. It is a 4 cylinder with a 5-speed transmission.
  • Firefly 2012/04/09 01:02:50
    More than 150k
    Firefly
    +1
    Honda,

    250,000 plus an'

    sailin'down the highway

    at 95 juuuuust fine ;0 )
  • redhorse29 2012/04/08 21:16:13
    100k-150k
    redhorse29
  • belle 2012/04/07 23:27:54
    10k-20k
    belle
    +1
    MY sweet little Sissy is nearly 7 years old, with about 17,000 miles. She was the 2005 PT Crusier Dream Car and she is still my little Dream Car. I try to take good care of her.
    Yes I name my cars.
  • S. Gompers 2012/04/07 11:16:34
    More than 150k
    S. Gompers
    +2
    I am pushing 300k on one of my 4.
  • CHUCK - Liberal in Seattle 2012/04/06 22:33:51
    More than 150k
    CHUCK - Liberal in Seattle
    +1
    197,482 and counting!

    97 honda prelude
  • roboto-pwcm-jla 2012/04/06 10:02:31
    More than 150k
    roboto-pwcm-jla
    +1
    215,000 on the 07 Suburban, but the 82 MC9--it's still running great with somewhere between 2 or 3 million turns. mc9
  • John 2012/04/05 17:58:37
    More than 150k
    John
    +1
    1.6 litre Astra 16V going to 165000 miles (In Europe), Rost will stop the car http://t2.gstatic.com/images?... (a car like this)
  • Spyderman739 2012/04/05 15:47:51
    Less than 10k
    Spyderman739
    +2
    I don't own a car any more. However, my first car, 36 years ago when I was 16, was a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente just like this one. Sure brings back a lot of memories!
  • jacktown kid 2012/04/05 14:51:59
    More than 150k
    jacktown kid
    +2
    235,000 miles
  • Timetraveler 2012/04/05 14:32:32
    50k-100k
    Timetraveler
    +3
    the secret to making a car last is change the oil! my secret to a long lasting car is Marvel Mystery Oil! I put it in my manual transmission, my axles, my engine oil and my gasoline. my Suzuki Samuari doesn't burn a drop of oil between oil changes, I add four ounces of it to every ten gallons of gas and it gives me two more miles per gallon. I add it to my diesel fuel in my RV, amazing stuff!
  • CHUCK -... Timetra... 2012/04/09 11:29:10
    CHUCK - Liberal in Seattle
    That's good stuff, used it back in the day, didn't know it was still around.
  • Timetra... CHUCK -... 2012/04/09 12:50:40
    Timetraveler
    +1
    one of the oldies that they haven't cheapened or changed.
  • Jenna ☮♡ッ 2012/04/05 13:22:41
    More than 150k
    Jenna ☮♡ッ
    +1
    My 01 Grand Am has about 167k miles and runs great.
  • laureenf 2012/04/05 13:18:47
    More than 150k
    laureenf
    +1
    1996 Ford E-150 cargo van...over 230,000 miles and purrs like a kitten.
  • Jay0Byrd 2012/04/05 13:09:13 (edited)
    100k-150k
    Jay0Byrd
    +2
    1989` Hurst Crown Vic: one of 178 produced: Dad bought it new in Dec. 1988 in Reno, Nevada, it has 226,569 on the clock and not the engine or Transmissions has ever been rebuilt, it does Not burn or leak oil and I've only used Valvoline 10-w 30 Synthetic the past 12-yrs. and fram filters... and it gets 24-mpg on the open road and it's a Cobra Proto 302-V8 or AKA: the 5.0 H.O. C- type 315-horse power... 89Ford 89CRN89
  • LarryFine 2012/04/05 12:14:17
    100k-150k
    LarryFine
    +1
    Best I can claim is 173,000 mile on a 1993 Saturn SL-2. Sold it to my brother-in-law who put another 60,000 on it before scrapping it.
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2012/04/05 11:59:53
  • mblack 2012/04/05 05:56:45
    More than 150k
    mblack
    +1
    220,000k 03 acura tl. no signs of giving out anytime soon.
  • HillaryLover 2012/04/05 04:38:56
    More than 150k
    HillaryLover
    +1
    197537 on my 1992 Volvo 740. It goes everywhere I go in the USA - vacations, family visits, reunions, etc. Of course we have a newer and more luxurous for my wife to drive around in, but we don't take it everywhere and, I doubt if we will keep it for twenty years.
  • lia 2012/04/05 04:16:05
    10k-20k
    lia
    +1
    My little 2001 Chevy Cavalier runs really sweet! I baby and maintain her. Great MPG and all paid for. Yea for me!! 2001 chevy cavailer
  • Ruger 2012/04/05 03:34:30
    More than 150k
    Ruger
    +1
    180k 1987 Honda Accord
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/04/05 03:27:18
    50k-100k
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    +2
    My '98 Ford F150 runs like the day I bought it.
  • Daniel S 2012/04/05 02:46:14
  • Bibliop... Daniel S 2012/04/05 06:22:37
    Bibliophilic
    +2
    That car was once considered futuristic.
  • Houston 2012/04/05 01:51:26
    More than 150k
    Houston
    +2
    last car had 305k, and this one is at 203k.....I don't need a new car just as long as the one I have gets me to where I am going...
  • niviongo R ☮ P ☮ 12-20 2012/04/05 01:38:43
    Less than 10k
    niviongo R ☮ P ☮ 12-20
    10K, for the last 4 years; the odomenter is working, I drive it daily.
    I cant explain it either.
  • Ed 2012/04/05 01:29:01
    More than 150k
    Ed
    +1
    The remarkable thing is that an engine from 1964 lasted this long. Today's engines are designed to tolerate high-mileage, but in 1964 if your car had 100k miles on it, it was usually about cooked. There are exceptions (this being one), but that was the rule of thumb.
  • Seeker of Truth - War Wizard 2012/04/05 00:16:01
    Less than 10k
    Seeker of Truth - War Wizard
    Less than 3k...
  • Ron 2012/04/05 00:13:45
    50k-100k
    Ron
    +1
    I have a 1999 Dodge Dakota with just over 53,000 actual miles on it.
  • Georgia50 2012/04/04 23:44:17
    100k-150k
    Georgia50
    97 Dodge pickup: 187k
    99 Dodge Stratus: 310k
    02 Toyota Sequoia: 149k
    05 Lexus LS430: 148K
  • TheNightFly 2012/04/04 22:23:40
    More than 150k
    TheNightFly
    +1
    At least the loan is paid off.
  • rknothead 2012/04/04 22:17:08
    20k-50k
    rknothead
    +1
    My current favorite vehicle is my 1973 Triumph TR6 which has 33,000 original miles
  • Ron rknothead 2012/04/05 00:16:47
    Ron
    +1
    That must have been lost somewhere for a long time.
  • rknothead Ron 2012/04/06 16:38:08
    rknothead
    +1
    happened onto it a couple of years ago in the FL keys. An older fellow had taken a couple years to restore it, even though it had only 28,000 original miles, and had already purchased a vintage Harley that he wanted to restore...so I bought, and drove it up to N Michigan....without any problems!
  • Captain-Morgan 2012/04/04 21:16:52
    50k-100k
    Captain-Morgan
    Elroy, has 68,845 miles and is a 1995 Jeep wrangler..
    Leroy, has 127,586 and is a 1975 Chevy S10 pickup..

    http://images.sodahead.com/pr...
  • TheNigh... Captain... 2012/04/04 22:17:23 (edited)
    TheNightFly
    That is a very peaceful looking place. Must be awesome at night when the mountains are black and the stars are out.
  • Captain... TheNigh... 2012/04/11 21:00:59
    Captain-Morgan
    +1
    YES IT IS.. :^)
  • twocrows 2012/04/04 21:10:21
    Less than 10k
    twocrows
    +1
    2 years old and less than 5k. and that includes a trip from Clearwater to Tallahassee.
    smart car
    I truly hate, loathe, despise driving and much prefer to take this out whenever possible.
    golf cart
  • 4570GOVT 2012/04/04 20:49:29
    More than 150k
    4570GOVT
    .... Mine Has A Quarter Million Miles ( 250,000 + ) . It is a 94 Chev. Suburban , 5.7 liter ( 350 c.u.) Average M.P.G. 16 ...... Gets 20+ Highway and still going strong !

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