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#1 Ivor

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 07:46 PM

My wife's Fabia estate (1.9TDi) has just trundled through 300,000; whilst there will be some (many) 300,000 mile cars around, how many are 1 owner?  Wife has had the Fabia from new; 2003, original exhaust, original clutch.  serviced at home since we've been together (last 250,000), service is oil and filters change at 15-20,000 mile intervals, cam belt every 80k.  Whilst the car is not perfect, overall it's hard to fault, not sure what else new in 2003 would have been as good for the money, about £12k.



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 08:10 PM

My A4 has now done 276k. Did the clutch last year as I tow with it and it was only £100. Did the cambelt at 200k and I'm not sure if/when I should bother doing it.

I bought the car for £2k about 4-5 years ago on 158k.



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:02 PM

I clocked up around 260k miles in my Fiat 500 1.3 mjd. I owned it from new.



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Posted 18 February 2019 - 02:30 AM

Wowzers. And I thought I was doing well at 191,000 miles.



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Posted 20 February 2019 - 06:50 PM

While not one owner there is a guy at work still using his Bora tdi and well into 400k+ now. Was harrasing me over it using some coolant, after telling him to let it die in peace gave up and looked in the engine bay for him and after repacing the rad still going strong.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 05:45 AM

Dirty derv' s :D

 

Yea, apart from the higher compression they have an easier life than a petrol engine.



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Posted 21 February 2019 - 07:49 PM

While not one owner there is a guy at work still using his Bora tdi and well into 400k+ now. Was harrasing me over it using some coolant, after telling him to let it die in peace gave up and looked in the engine bay for him and after repacing the rad still going strong.

Dirty derv' s :D

The Bora might have the same engine as our Fabia?

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Posted 24 February 2019 - 01:15 AM

My Focus C-max TDCI has hit 260k (admittedly only 40k miles are mine) not sure it will go through the next MOT without £££'s.

 

Its the older 1.8, not sure the modern PSA/Ford diesels will be as reliable, well namely the 1.6.

 

The older VW TDI diesels are definately good for a few miles i remember getting into a skoda octavia taxi still going strong with 460k miles, was a bit of a heap tho.



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Posted 24 February 2019 - 09:07 PM

 

Dirty derv' s :D

 

Yea, apart from the higher compression they have an easier life than a petrol engine.

 

 

Apart from the compression ratio,

the oil soot loading causing 3rd body abrasion,

the high soot content EGR that blocks EGR valves,

intake manifolds and (with low pressure EGR) causes acids,

water and soot to condense in the intercooler

The (for a given emission level) more complicated aftertreatment

higher torque transmission

Higher vehicle weight

 

yes, they have a much easier life  :huh:



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Posted 25 February 2019 - 07:11 PM



Dirty derv' s :D


Yea, apart from the higher compression they have an easier life than a petrol engine.

Apart from the compression ratio,
the oil soot loading causing 3rd body abrasion,
the high soot content EGR that blocks EGR valves,
intake manifolds and (with low pressure EGR) causes acids,
water and soot to condense in the intercooler
The (for a given emission level) more complicated aftertreatment
higher torque transmission
Higher vehicle weight

yes, they have a much easier life :huh:
Re higher torque: wife's car is still on original clutch after the 300k miles, no major components have been changed
Not sure it has an intercooler, but the exhaust is original, so acids can't be too bad? Old model I know
Re soot etc, cleaned it out about 50k ago by accidentally filling it with petrol and driving c 150 miles on petrol ( car was almost empty when I put the petrol in, recovery man ( it ran ok but refused to start when I stopped) said the petrol will have cleaned it out
:)

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 07:29 PM

 

 

 

Dirty derv' s :D


Yea, apart from the higher compression they have an easier life than a petrol engine.

Apart from the compression ratio,
the oil soot loading causing 3rd body abrasion,
the high soot content EGR that blocks EGR valves,
intake manifolds and (with low pressure EGR) causes acids,
water and soot to condense in the intercooler
The (for a given emission level) more complicated aftertreatment
higher torque transmission
Higher vehicle weight

yes, they have a much easier life :huh:
Re higher torque: wife's car is still on original clutch after the 300k miles, no major components have been changed
Not sure it has an intercooler, but the exhaust is original, so acids can't be too bad? Old model I know
Re soot etc, cleaned it out about 50k ago by accidentally filling it with petrol and driving c 150 miles on petrol ( car was almost empty when I put the petrol in, recovery man ( it ran ok but refused to start when I stopped) said the petrol will have cleaned it out
:)

 

 

I'm sure. :) There's loads of empirical evidence of diesel engines outliving petrols.
 



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Posted 27 February 2019 - 09:40 PM

 

 

 

 

Dirty derv' s :D


Yea, apart from the higher compression they have an easier life than a petrol engine.

Apart from the compression ratio,
the oil soot loading causing 3rd body abrasion,
the high soot content EGR that blocks EGR valves,
intake manifolds and (with low pressure EGR) causes acids,
water and soot to condense in the intercooler
The (for a given emission level) more complicated aftertreatment
higher torque transmission
Higher vehicle weight

yes, they have a much easier life :huh:
Re higher torque: wife's car is still on original clutch after the 300k miles, no major components have been changed
Not sure it has an intercooler, but the exhaust is original, so acids can't be too bad? Old model I know
Re soot etc, cleaned it out about 50k ago by accidentally filling it with petrol and driving c 150 miles on petrol ( car was almost empty when I put the petrol in, recovery man ( it ran ok but refused to start when I stopped) said the petrol will have cleaned it out
:)

 

 

I'm sure. :) There's loads of empirical evidence of diesel engines outliving petrols.
 

 

 

No, there are a lot of higher mileage diesels than petrols. That doesn't mean they last longer, it means they are a better choice for high mileage driving. Very few people are picking petrols to drive 100+ miles a day. Don't confuse correlation for causation. 



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Posted 28 February 2019 - 10:04 AM



Dirty derv' s :D

Yea, apart from the higher compression they have an easier life than a petrol engine.
Apart from the compression ratio,
the oil soot loading causing 3rd body abrasion,
the high soot content EGR that blocks EGR valves,
intake manifolds and (with low pressure EGR) causes acids,
water and soot to condense in the intercooler
The (for a given emission level) more complicated aftertreatment
higher torque transmission
Higher vehicle weight

yes, they have a much easier life :huh:
Re higher torque: wife's car is still on original clutch after the 300k miles, no major components have been changed
Not sure it has an intercooler, but the exhaust is original, so acids can't be too bad? Old model I know
Re soot etc, cleaned it out about 50k ago by accidentally filling it with petrol and driving c 150 miles on petrol ( car was almost empty when I put the petrol in, recovery man ( it ran ok but refused to start when I stopped) said the petrol will have cleaned it out
:)

I'm sure. :) There's loads of empirical evidence of diesel engines outliving petrols.


No, there are a lot of higher mileage diesels than petrols. That doesn't mean they last longer, it means they are a better choice for high mileage driving. Very few people are picking petrols to drive 100+ miles a day. Don't confuse correlation for causation.

I guess we'll know in 10 years time when we all switch back to petrol...

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 10:02 PM

Just out of curiosity has anyone exceeded 500K?



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Posted 02 March 2019 - 01:52 PM

Just out of curiosity has anyone exceeded 500K?


My family in Austria still have a BMW- forget which model- which has done about 900k km. For some reason they still keep it on the road and my uncle recently did a 400km trip in it. It was around when I was about 13 years old and I'm 45 now! Triggers broom me thinks.

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 04:53 PM

 

Just out of curiosity has anyone exceeded 500K?


My family in Austria still have a BMW- forget which model- which has done about 900k km. For some reason they still keep it on the road and my uncle recently did a 400km trip in it. It was around when I was about 13 years old and I'm 45 now! Triggers broom me thinks.

 

 

Double wowzers, is it on the original engine block?



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Posted 02 March 2019 - 06:01 PM

there was a post on lotus facebook page the other day

 

he had done 264k miles, still original engine, but just had a new clutch

 

still uses it daily and its standard 1 owner car



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Posted 10 March 2019 - 02:24 PM

there was a post on lotus facebook page the other day

he had done 264k miles, still original engine, but just had a new clutch

still uses it daily and its standard 1 owner car

We use ours daily, one owner, 301k now, still original clutch

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 02:26 PM

Just out of curiosity has anyone exceeded 500K?

We're aiming for 500k km next, year or so from now I guess assuming she keeps going

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 03:47 PM

 

Just out of curiosity has anyone exceeded 500K?

We're aiming for 500k km next, year or so from now I guess assuming she keeps going

 

 

You'll have to have a party when it makes it!

 

Just goes to show how people "throw" their old cars away far too prematurely. My current goal is to get to a "humble" 200,000 miles, only 7000 miles to go :)

 


Edited by Nev, 10 March 2019 - 03:54 PM.





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