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Old December 14th, 2011, 10:25 AM   #21
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Right now I drive 26,208 miles a year to and from work. Add on the trips to everywhere else and I am pushing 30k easly.... I too need a econo box!
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Old December 14th, 2011, 10:38 AM   #22
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So far you win the 2011 Saudi Donation Award.

Damn...56k is crazy. That's an average of 153 miles a day. I know you live quite far from work, but what else do you do? That's an average of 138 miles a day for the DD and 192 average on your "second vehicle" assuming a 5/2 kinda thing.
Back and forth to work alone is 120 miles a day. Thats work, lunch, home.

Add in a trip to town (a few miles north of home so even if I go to town on my way home from it adds miles) for daycare, groceries, gas, gym, etc.

I bought my stupid duty Mid December last year. I drove it on snowy days, home depot, skiing/snowboarding with the kids, etc. This summer I made at least 10 trips to Boyne Highlands to mountain bike with the kids/family, which also usually included a stop in Traverse City to mountain bike some good trails on the south west side of town.

I took the family to Marquette for a week, so figure 450 there, 450 home, plus another 200-300 sight seeing, biking, rock climbing, etc.

Add in 2 trips to snowshoe west virginia for DH bike races, a trip to Seven Springs PA for a bike race, that's another 3,000 easy before you even figure in dinner, hotel, and driving to the resorts while there.

I made a trip to St. Helen with a few guys to go rzring this spring and I towed.

Any time I mountain bike locally I had to take my truck (see greasemonkey car thread, couldn't fit a bike in the car) and we usually went at least once a weekend. Went to places like mayberry state park in northville area, poto in pinkney, etc. almost 100 miles round trip.

Xander raced at the bmx track almost every weekend this summer, thats another 100 miles.

Add in a camping trip with the fam here and there.....it added up quickly.

When I bought the truck I estimated we'd put 10k a year on it.

Next summer my mileage will be even higher, I am trying to race the Gravity East Series, the closest race is seven springs PA, which is 800+ miles round trip, a snowshoe trip, and then the rest are over in upstate new york and are all about 600-700 one way. 7 races....so it's gonna add up again.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 10:38 AM   #23
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Im on my way to over 50k this year with the new job, which is a 130 miles a day commute. Plus i travel a lot for work with my personal vehicle. Previously i was driving around 20k a year.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 10:40 AM   #24
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i put 6k on my truck this year and only 3k on my winter beater a year.

i always have to change the oil due to age not for milage reasons.

a lease actually sounds good to me right now.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 10:40 AM   #25
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10,700 miles and one oil change? I hope you don't mind replacing the engine at less than 100k.
why?

My grand prix had the oil management indicator deal that tells you when to get a change and I could get 10k out of an oil change easy. Spoke with a lot of respected gl4x4 members who work at GM in the powertrain group and they said run with it. Same thing in my silverado.

Silverado didn't use a drop of oil between changes and I was at 50k when I sold it. Grand prix was at 107k when i sold it, and it didn't use a drop either.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 10:44 AM   #26
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why?

My grand prix had the oil management indicator deal that tells you when to get a change and I could get 10k out of an oil change easy. Spoke with a lot of respected gl4x4 members who work at GM in the powertrain group and they said run with it. Same thing in my silverado.

Silverado didn't use a drop of oil between changes and I was at 50k when I sold it. Grand prix was at 107k when i sold it, and it didn't use a drop either.
I'd do the first one at around 3k just to flush out all the junk from the manufacturing process, after that I'd go by the factory recommendations, but I intend on keeping my car for way past 100k miles.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 11:12 AM   #27
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I'd do the first one at around 3k just to flush out all the junk from the manufacturing process, after that I'd go by the factory recommendations, but I intend on keeping my car for way past 100k miles.

It's a brand new car. It has a warranty. Everyone swears by the oil life monitoring system on it. I also don't use cheap oil, in the viscosity specified. If we have any issues, you better believe I will fight.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 11:20 AM   #28
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37K on my 08 HHR Panel I bought just before Halloween 2007.


So, yes, less than 10,000 miles / year.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 11:34 AM   #29
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37K on my 08 HHR Panel I bought just before Halloween 2007.


So, yes, less than 10,000 miles / year.
So they market these leases to old people that live 4 blocks from work and travel 9 months out of the year? :)
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Around 15k miles a year on my DD. My ZJ sees probably 2-3k and 90% of those miles are from Oct-Jan during hunting season when I drive it every weekend. My wife drives 6 miles a day round-trip to/from work and we still put over 10k a year on her car, but it's also the car we take on all our road trips including our trip back to MI in July which was roughly 3,000 miles round-trip.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 11:56 AM   #31
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So they market these leases to old people that live 4 blocks from work and travel 9 months out of the year? :)
Pretty much.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 12:03 PM   #32
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Hasn't even been a year on my Blazer and put 11,000 on and have 3 1/2 months till I find out how many exactly. That is only driving the blazer and doesn't count my second vehicle.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 12:04 PM   #33
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not sure mileage but looking at my quickbooks between april 11th to current i have spent 16,692.01 on fuel.

I guess you have to spend a little to make a little bit of cash.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 12:14 PM   #34
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Me = 25 - 30K per year
Wife = < 10K per year
Motorhome = 7K per year

RE oil changes, I had the same input as Kickstand from people that know more than most of us. Trust the oil management. My changes average 8 - 9K. I sell all of my trucks < 100,000 mile warranty. None of them have ever given me problems or leaked or burned oil.
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Hmm, maybe I'll look at leasing? I only put 3 miles on my car so far this week.

And I'm not even a 99%'er
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Hmm, maybe I'll look at leasing? I only put 3 miles on my car so far this week.

And I'm not even a 99%'er
3 miles a week, you should just walk.
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3 miles a week, you should just walk.
I do. From my bed to my desk.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 01:07 PM   #38
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I put heavy miles on my cars.
Why? Are you fat or something?
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Our vehicles:

2006 Toyota Sienna, we've owned it for 63 months, its has 23,000 miles on it. *Shrug* my wife stays home during the day, so its just travel around town to take kids to school, shopping, etc.

2009 Ford F-150, we've owned it for 26 months, it has 22,000 miles on it. I drive it daily, 11.5 miles to work and back.

So, yes, all of our cars see less than 10k miles per year.

Prior to the F150, I had a Ford Fusion with a 10500 mile per year lease, which I was under miles after 3 years when turned in.

Prior to that, a Ford Focus with a 10500 mile lease per year, which was under on miles when turned in.

So, for us, since 2003, we've not put more than 10k on any car per year. All that time is living in Oxford or Orion, and working in Auburn Hills.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 01:33 PM   #40
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Just for driving back and forth to work I do 21,902 a year. Now that does not cover any of my other driving.
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