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Old 06-30-2011, 10:25 AM
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not to mention fixing problems when they are small costs alot less!
Yes do this, I will give you a prime example. My wife has a saturn, A while back I heard the front wheel bearing going, she put off getting it done till a couple weeks ago. The wheel bearing was 20.00 plus labor. By the time she took it to her relatives shop to get it fixed, It was both bearings, hubs, ball joints rotors and brake pads AND due to the bearing issue, It wore down that tire to no tread. So yes, take care of the minor things right away and dont let it get to the point where this example did
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:40 PM
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I have a 99 extra cab 3.0 with almost 300k miles on it. Drips a little oil but I change my oil every week or every other week due to me driving 630 miles a night in it. It has never left me stranded.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:41 PM
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100 mile round trip every day.150,000 on the clock, runs like a champ.
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Old 06-30-2011, 01:41 PM
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Been commuting to Charleston, SC to move 287 miles one way, 103xxx on the clock...she's taken me through 17 states, towing a trailer...fill 'er up and cruise away!
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:05 PM
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well Iam not alone I put 76 miles a day all highway, I went with the payment plan becouse of the junk that I was commuting with, always under it on weekends.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:27 PM
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178000 on mine, and I don't have a highway commute it's 40 miles one way. Regular oil changes and maintence is all I do and just fill her up with gas off we go. Not a single major problem yet and don't plan on any. Just wish the A/C worked, just haven't gotten around to putting a clutch in it yet.
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:51 PM
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Yes do this, I will give you a prime example. My wife has a saturn, A while back I heard the front wheel bearing going, she put off getting it done till a couple weeks ago. The wheel bearing was 20.00 plus labor. By the time she took it to her relatives shop to get it fixed, It was both bearings, hubs, ball joints rotors and brake pads AND due to the bearing issue, It wore down that tire to no tread. So yes, take care of the minor things right away and dont let it get to the point where this example did
newb question, but what does a wheel bearing sound like when its going bad? Is it a constant noise or can you only hear it at certain times like when youre turning or something like that?

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Old 07-01-2011, 03:58 PM
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newb question, but what does a wheel bearing sound like when its going bad? Is it a constant noise or can you only hear it at certain times like when youre turning or something like that?
constant hum...sounds like really loud mud tires
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:10 PM
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130k on my 99 and just made an 8 hour round trip up to the mountains while having a boat on the ladder rack, towing a jet ski, and a bed full of gear on steep mountain roads. Not a single hickup! Drive that bitch till it dies!

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constant hum...sounds like really loud mud tires
The pitch of the hum will change according to your speed as well.
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:33 PM
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^yea forgot that
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:55 PM
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High mileage in and of itself is nothing to be afraid of - so much more depends on how well taken care of the vehicle is.

Steady highway miles are generally easier on a vehicle than intermittent stop and go city miles.

Any car can leave you stranded, even newer ones.

Most vehicles seem to be "passed along"/sold when their current owners get tired of them or "possessed" by that "new car urge".

Practically speaking, it is cheaper to keep whatever current vehicle you have drivable than it is to buy a brand new one, until you run up against high dollar tranny or engine repairs - and by that time, most people are tired of downtime due to lots of small repairs and just get tired of it all.

As for Ranger reliability, it all really depends on the owner doing proper maintenance and repair - given that, it can (and will) last hundreds of thousands of miles.

BTW, I currently have ~460,000 km on mine - that's 270,000 + miles - no major tranny or engine work required so far, with regular routine maintenance done according to requirements or exceeded.

I'm even on most of the original exhaust, with only 2 gaskets replaced and a repair flange emplaced between the last catalytic converter and muffler - but then, I make it a point to spray the exhaust with high temp paint every month or so.

So your truck will last if you let it - just keep up with the maintenance.

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Yes do this, I will give you a prime example. My wife has a saturn, A while back I heard the front wheel bearing going, she put off getting it done till a couple weeks ago. The wheel bearing was 20.00 plus labor. By the time she took it to her relatives shop to get it fixed, It was both bearings, hubs, ball joints rotors and brake pads AND due to the bearing issue, It wore down that tire to no tread. So yes, take care of the minor things right away and dont let it get to the point where this example did
This is excellent advice - fix the small stuff immediately so it doesn't turn into big stuff.

BTW, things don't generally just "give out" - when something's about to fail, you'll find that it was usually preceded by some sort of clue that you could have, or should have, sensed (something you can hear, see, feel or otherwise sense) - pay attention to that and you can intercept a lot of small problems before they become big ones.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:47 AM
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Odometer stopped working today at 211,626 miles.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:52 AM
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195k miles, 80 mi per day commute.
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Mazda 4.0 liter 4x4 daily driven 313,000 miles drive 50 miles round trip never replaced water pump or oil pump would drive this truck across the country still see 16 mpg regularly
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:40 PM
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Well I'll play since the thread is back.

I've got 140,550 miles as of today. I bought the truck around July or August of last year with 132k. I drive around 225 miles a week or so. I haven't had anything major happen yet, the truck runs and drives good. The only big thing it's ever had was the valve seals replaced at 27k under warranty by the original owner. I'm hoping to drive it until it has 200k miles.

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