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Unless I've missed a thread, we're devoid of a place for obligatory speedometer photos featuring nice round, high numbers.

 

Seeing as my trusty Avensis ticked over 200,000 miles today - let's see some current and past 'High Milers'.

 

We could get a limited run of badges/stickers done too if there's any interest? Bronze for 200k, Silver for 300k and Gold for the big Five Oh Oh.

 

Here's my plucky 1999 Avensis SR in Tuscany Plum(!)

 

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Apologies for the self quote, but a couple of landmarks yesterday.

 

238,855 was achieved yesterday morning halfway between Newark-on-Trent and Worksop.  Now, for the first time ever, I have a car with "Lunar Mileage"  Then, on the way home from Newcassell we ticked over 239,000.  

 

No pics as it was darker than a dark thing.

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My latest purchase to keep me on the road until I can find a cheap lift pump to replace my leaking one, 2006 Octavia tdi dsg, wcpgw (€300 so dont mind with 3 months test and tax worth at least that, flywheel a little rattly but not bad and drives literally as a 100k one)

Have done 5000km in this and it still plods on; Volvo back today and this has to go; advertised it all week for €300 and not a call, offered it yesterday for scrap money €120, no takers, so it's the bridge this afternoon for it

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No longer in my possession, sadly, but both still going strong are the two Audi's I owned. A 1994 80 TDi estate, I sold that on with 240k on the clock and it still drove like new and returned over 50mpg even if you drove like a complete loon. I also sold on a 1997 A4 TDi estate (essentially the same engine) with over 290k on the clock - again it was fine.  That VAG diesel engine, the 1Z and its various derivatives, is a seriously good engine to rival the diesel Mercs of the 70's and 80's in terms of longevity. 

 

Not sure if anyone saw this, the presenter is an irritating cock womble bumbleboob but its interesting to see the value of regular servicing:

 

 

The local garage to me at work proudly have an N reg Peugeot 405 Turbo Diesel estate in each year which now has over 500k on it. I've regularly heard of these things easily getting over 300k if regularly serviced. If I had to have one car for the rest of my life, it would be a diesel Peugeot! 

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So what’s the most folk have done in a year? The most I have managed is just over 30k on a VFR750F when I was 24, I lived on it that year and was commuting to Bracknell from Warwickshire for a few months which helped bump up the miles. Most in a car is a mere 25k. One of my mates is a electronics service engineer and he swaps his company car in every two years and they always have 100-120k on them.

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I think my best was on my GSX14, I managed 35k one year on that. I don't think I got off it much.

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In 1982 for a few months, I rode my Honda 500 Eurosport from Covent Garden to Buxton every Monday,

Wednesday and Friday night , to deliver artwork. The round trip was just about 350 miles and it was getting serviced every 3 weeks at R.A.T in Goswell rd( service manager had a Matra Bagheera) .

It dropped a valve at about 40k miles at just over a year old, it was parked in the MD"s shed on Wimbledon Common as he was asset stripping the company to shut it down, maybe it's still there ... OYE92Y.

Anyway, I was given a Granada instead and became a chauffeur, the only thing I've done since. A 35 year career defined by a Plastic Maggot valve failure.

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Anyone who commutes to work, particularly early in the morning as I do, will quickly realise you see the same people at the same time in the same place on your journey.  You make up names for them, and even mumble to yourself "oooh he's running late" if you happen to see him on the A414 rather than the A1.

 

Every week, I see this dude in a Mk4 Golf GTi.  He lives in the next village to me, but often overtakes me some 30 miles down the A1.  When I realised he's doing similar mileage to me, I decided to have a perv at his MOT history.

 

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I love how similar the mileage is each year!  I think he's doing North London and back Mon-Fri but nowhere else.  Purely a commuting tool.  I'm not often surprised by high miles; after all it's far far better for cars to get properly hot each journey.  What I AM interested in, is how this  would have fared like for like over the years against the equivalent diesel.  Repairs vs Fuel efficiency etc.

 

Anyway, well done "Golf Dude"

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I probably do about 25K a year.  When I got my Golf it was on 48,000.  Now it's on about 112,000 and I got it in May 2016.  So fair mileage.  Will probably be less now that I live closer to work.

 

Regarding seeing the same people each day, my drive to work is half-an-hour drive down a B-road.  I see the same five or six people each day, including one chap that used to work with me but doesn't any more going to his new job.  There's an hilariously barried Rover 100 and a MKIV Golf hatchback in anthracite grey that has French-style yellow headlamps.

 

I quite like it.  I also see the same people walking to work each day and catching the bus.

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I was talking to one of my passengers who's a mobile security guard and he covers an area stretching between Crewe and Barrow-in-Furness northwards. He shares a van with another guard. His Transit Connect covers just under 5000 miles a week! 700 miles a day. Seven days a week.

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Anyone who commutes to work, particularly early in the morning as I do, will quickly realise you see the same people at the same time in the same place on your journey. You make up names for them, and even mumble to yourself "oooh he's running late" if you happen to see him on the A414 rather than the A1.

 

Every week, I see this dude in a Mk4 Golf GTi. He lives in the next village to me, but often overtakes me some 30 miles down the A1. When I realised he's doing similar mileage to me, I decided to have a perv at his MOT history.

 

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I love how similar the mileage is each year! I think he's doing North London and back Mon-Fri but nowhere else. Purely a commuting tool. I'm not often surprised by high miles; after all it's far far better for cars to get properly hot each journey. What I AM interested in, is how this would have fared like for like over the years against the equivalent diesel. Repairs vs Fuel efficiency etc.

 

Anyway, well done "Golf Dude"

The GTi will likely cost £100 more a year to tax and they usually do circa 25-30mpg Vs 45-50mpg on the diesel models, on 25k a year (Ignoring insurance and maintenance differences) it's probably upwards of £1500 more expensive I'd guess.

 

He probably ought to think about changing it for a TDi, that being said the 1.8T will be far nicer to drive.

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