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How long have some of your birds lasted? I'm at 130,000 miles and she still runs strong, just minor issues here and there. I once heard that someone was driving around with twice that amount. How about you guys?
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230,000 and almost everything original and NOT rebuilt- engine & tranny included

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well my family has had 4 birds and still has 3 of them

1985 3.8L-sold at 100K
1990 3.8L-116K and still running
1996 4.6-131K still running strong
1997 4.6- 125 still going strong

so i guess milage isnt that big of a problem with these cars
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I'd say mileage isn't a factor until upwards of 160-175k. Right? Like my Dad's '89 Sierra; it ran the first 150k just fine, but when we got into 160k territory, it was like hitting a wall.
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No, I'm just saying, I didn't think 100k-130k is that good a judge.
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Like my Dad's '89 Sierra; it ran the first 150k just fine, but when we got into 160k territory, it was like hitting a wall.
The way my 85 Cougar 5.0 ran till I traded it in at 220,677 miles, and now with the way my T-Bird has been, I'd say hitting the wall is more like 300,000

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How much trade-in did you get for that cougar???
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They gave me $1500 for the cougar, and I paid $11,700 for a one year old 95 T-Bird with 20,000 miles

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My Cat has 333451 kms on her and still going original engine and tranny.
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My Cat has 333451 kms on her and still going original engine and tranny.

That's 207,196 miles for the rest of us.......

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I'm at 130,000 miles and she still runs strong, just minor issues here and there. I once heard that someone was driving around with twice that amount. How about you guys?
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Well, I just bought my second Tbird...a '97 and it has 178,000 on it and shes' still running strong!

My '94 has 130,000 on it and (other than being wrecked) still runs like a champ!

I bought the '97 from the original owner and he had BOOKS of receipts from every service done!

So I'm figuring on 300,000 plus on both!
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Cool

Mine has 180,000 miles on it!! No smoke, no taps, no puddles, and is admired by all who sees her! Plus ours have style!!! You figure, cars are advertised for 100,000 mile tune-ups today. Being computer controlled, with todays tech. and better alloys make it possable. Styling on alot though, leave alot to be desired. Except Ours!!!!
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You figure, cars are advertised for 100,000 mile tune-ups today. Being computer controlled, with todays tech. and better alloys make it possable.
Glad Im not gonna be the poor SOB that has to try to get the plugs out after being in there for 100,000 miles

I dont think most of the cars built today will ever survive to see the mileage on cars like ours. They just arent built to last anymore.
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Glad Im not gonna be the poor SOB that has to try to get the plugs out after being in there for 100,000 miles
Thats going to be me as soon as it gets warm around here. I don't have a history of maintance for my car so I'm assuming they haven't been changed since the car was first purchased, at least it looks that way.
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155,000 and not a problem...

96 Thunderbird LX 4.6L V8
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278,753 miles (448,610km is the current odometer reading; miles were calculated using 1.609344km = 1 mile), and a whole lot of original stuff on it, including engine and transmission (trans was modified a couple years ago). I bought the car on 4/15/97, with the odometer reading 28,032 miles.

It may not be the record, but most of the mileage is mine...
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I just turned 100,000 miles. Looks like I have a lot left in her.
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Just turned 200,000 mi. Everything is original.

I don't use it as a daily driver anymore, and when I started it up on Sunday to go for a drive, the tensioner pullies started squeeking. Well, at least an easy fix this time.

Tranny shudders, the IAC valve needs replacement, and the brakes are crying for the Mustang PBR upgrade. Engine uses no oil yet, and except for the idle variations, runs fine.

Still, a more enjoyable car to drive that anything else we have (03 Mustang, 98 Windstar, 05 Focus ZX4 SES).

A complete rebuild is in store for the bird when I have the time and money (mostly the money), including: 99-04 Mustang GT 4.6 and 4r70W, PBR brake upgrade, New paint, and interior spruce-up.

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I'm going to turn over 150,000 miles this afternoon on my way home from work. I brought my digital camera for the event.

Original motor. Rebuilt transmission (which is still having problems). Running strong! Body rust.

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Wish Id had a camera when the odometer hit 333,333.3 on Sunday. Oh well ill get it at 444,444.4
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This is cool, I didn't know that everyone was driving around with this kind of mileage. I know that no one is thinking of this, but how much is a car worth for over 250,000 miles on it?
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The 94 I sold to my son in law just went over 260,000 miles. Original engine and tranny. Never had any major problems. Still running strong as a daily driver.
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my 95 has 186,000 miles on it still runnin strong. has a few mods but nothing special. still on the stock motor and trans. nothing beats a bird. IMO.
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My best friend drives a 96 v-8 car for pizza delivery of all things. Last time I rode in it it had almost 367K. The engine is original except the intake (PI) and head gaskets which were changed at 81K and the trans that was rebuilt at 127K. He bought the car new and has ran the dogpi$$ out of it but it still runs like a champ. Now he does run fully sunthetic motor oil with prolong oil treatment and premium filters which he feels has a lot to do with the way his car runs. He also stays on top of his maintenance. I remember the guys face when he took it in for new tires and he told the guy it had 356K. The highest I have ever witnessed was 403K on a 91 LX V-8. I feel like after I do the swap to the pi intake my 48K mile 96 will have many many more miles in her to go.
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