Well, let's see. My Honda's both got well over 150,000 miles and I would have definitely gotten more if I didn't want to get a newer model. The most I ever got out of an American car through the years was 120 max and that was only one car.
Blown tranny's, blown engines and various other problems along the way. Like I said, Americans would be willing to buy Detroit's product if it had equal to or better quality than a decent foreign automobile...oh, and one other point-vastly superior gas mileage. This is exactly why foreign automakers have been eating their shorts IMO.
I have two newer American cars and both are over 110,000 miles with no major issues. Simple maintnence that is all.
There's no such thing as a pretty good aligator wrestler.
Should be a required read for anybody who wants to blame "greedy unions" or "incompetant management" for the demise of the Big Three.
Some of the numbers are astounding:
In 1962, G.M. had four hundred and sixty-four thousand U.S. employees and was paying benefits to forty thousand retirees and their spouses...Last year, it had a hundred and forty-one thousand workers and paid benefits to four hundred and fifty-three thousand retirees
The American manufacturing operations of Toyota, [has] a mere two hundred and fifty-eight retirees
Companies are already abandonning traditional pensions for 401K's it would seem the next step is to eliminate company sponsored health care.
We have a 1997 Ford Explorer w/ 190,000 miles on it and a 2001 Ford Escape with 140,000. We bought them both new and maintained them well.
"All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind." -- Abraham Lincoln
Running at just over 200,000 on my Crown Vic - thinking about getting something new and turning this over to one of my kids. I figure it will go another 100,000.
R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.