what's the longest time you have owned a vehicle?

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 at 15:12
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Just been browsing through some old photos and found one of a Packard that a old aunt owned for 33yrs.

Only travelled from Guildford to Parramatta NSW each day, and a trip to Parkes every year so maybe not a massive mileage run up on it,

But the talk within the family was always about the reliable way it fired up each time every time. Good old straight eight. Have another ten years to go with the old landrover to equal that , If the driver holds out that long Lol.

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Reply By: GarryR - Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 at 15:40

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 at 15:40
The Missus (Judy) just sold her first car that she had bought - KE Ford Laser Ghia 1985. We only used it as a shopping trolley into town a couple a days a week in the last 8 months, as it was her daily drive until she fully retired at 71 yo age. We really miss the old girl. It was complete and a driver, but we decided to retire her and not re-register it. We could not find anyone who wanted it to restore her.
I Just sold my old HZ 1 tonner I purchased from new. Nothing original except the motor that was rebuilt.
3 transmissions, 2 diffs etc etc but over a millon k's. My early job required me to drive up to 70k a year, so easy to clock up the K's. Does that count as a long time
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Follow Up By: axle - Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 at 16:25

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 at 16:25
G/Day Gary.

Over a million ks has to count for something..lol....The golden oldies were good in their day but with the pace of life now it would be hard to imagine how they would hold up, goes for everything i guess.


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Follow Up By: mike39 - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 16:58

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 16:58
Saw a 60 series Toyota recently with over a (claimed) mill. clicks up. Looked in top condition, had been a wide load pilot vehicle most of its life.
My HZJ75, bought new in Feb 1997 has 400k. A 9psi Garret turbo was installed around 75k, still on original injectors and clutch with no mechanical or elec. problems in the mix.
Just arrived home from a 7500k. round trip to Cooktown, towing a 1850kg. Supreme Getaway and an av. fuel consumption of 15.4l/100 at my snail speed of 80-85kph!
Twenty four years, not ready to let the old girl go yet.
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Reply By: Member - Warren H - Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 at 17:24

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 at 17:24
I had my Ford Maverick (tb42s) for 23 years. Initially it ate front wheel bearings, 2x replacement lhs, 1xrhs within 20K km then it was still on the replacements 310K km later so go figure that one! One by water pump, 1x fan and clutch. Still on original clutch and all hydraulics. A/c worked very well despite not having been topped up for 10+y (R12). One pair of rear wheel seals. About 3xsets of brake pads. Main component failure was the mechanical fuel pump, every 80K km like clockwork until it was converted to lpg. It was still a good reliable if thirsty vehicle when I sold it as 330K km. A few oil seeps from the gearbox/transfer case area, but the engine did not use a drop. The main reason for disposal was the dual fuel lpg conversion. Lpg was and is now even more scarce in the bush and 60L of ulp didn't get you very far. I still miss the old beast for its simplicity and reliability.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 11:30

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 11:30
Warren.
The wheel bearing issue is not hard to figure out at all. Either the originals where not quality bearings, they were fitted by Ford bean counters after all, OR the adjustment and/or lack of lubrication will destroy any bearing in a short time. My HJ61 LC had hardly any grease in front hubs from new. Some later LC had not much grease and some new vehicles purchased and taken on long hot runs, seized the bearings onto the axle tubes. Toyota didn't like having to replace front swivel hubs AND whole rear axle housing on a vehicle under 2000km.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 14:16

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 14:16
RMD, in this instance it was Nissan (re-badged GQ), I reckon there was a dodgy batch of bearings in circulation at the time. The first failure was at about 10K km and less than 1yo, it could have easily killed the whole family. Just out of Morree, I passed a truck and as I was pulling back in there was a severe wobble in the front end. I just took my foot of the accelerator and coasted to a stop. The bearing had collapsed and the wheel was at an angle. It destroyed the entire assembly, axle, free wheeling hubs etc., so cost Ford a bob or two and me 5 days accomodation for the family while the part came by camel train from Melbourne, via Brisbane and Toowoomba. I should have picked it up at the re-fuel in Morree, as in hindsight I had heard what sounded like a bearing, but with a virtually brand new vehicle and the young kids squallabing in the rear, I dismissed the noise.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 19:28

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Warren.
Perhaps not quite what you believe. A rebadge isn't just changing the badge, it involves the company able to fit substandard parts and still trade off the original design name, ' cos it looks like it. Oldhen had Crummy doors and Toyota used them as Lexcen, BUT the reverse happens. lexcen's outlasted the Oldhen product, the doors had different better quality rubber seals, something I had experience with, and body fit and finish was better. So Toyota made Commodores better for a short time. GM used Isuzu for a long time and although badged to GM marque they fitted lesser quality bits where they could. Isuzu had no trouble with suspension rubbers and oil seals, where GM in the RG, fitted seals which leaked. Same motor, different components.
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 09:05

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 09:05
100 Series Landcruiser for more than 12 years and 300,000 + Kms. with no major issues or replacements. Shortest time was a Toyota Corona, less than 6 months, back seat wasn’t wide enough for the three child booster seats, lost money on that one.

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Follow Up By: axle - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 09:56

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The 100s was a good vehicle Macca no argument with that, although i've owned a few toyos and like them, i've never really had a good run with them ,one of those things i guess. The Latest being a Aurion that was great to drive smooth and good power ,but always niggling annoying little problems , replaced it with a Honda ,so far very happy.


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Reply By: Member Kerry W (Qld) - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 10:07

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 10:07


Have kept this RB30 petrol GQ for 21 years and 400,000k beause it simply has been the most reliable and capable vehicle I know of. Noisy and rattly admittedly but I have no fear of it letting me down and its "field servicability" would be another reason its a keeper these days. Original engine gearbox and drive train - no rust just good general maintenence, sensible modifications and quality lubricants. Goes like a steamtrain once you know how to get the best performance out of one of these and they are known reliably to do over 500,000ks without issues...

I have always chosen vehicles based on the reputation of the engine - except when I bought this one 21 years ago - it was cheap because it had "an unpopular engine"! Underpowered, high revving, thirsty? Turns out people just didnt understand it.

I still have no intention of letting it go.

But I did buy a V8 Y62 just in case ....
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Follow Up By: axle - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 10:20

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 10:20
Looks good for age Kerry!, a good friend of mine who runs a sandstone quarry has a GQ ,had it from new,

a lot more dings in it than yours though lol.


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Follow Up By: Member Kerry W (Qld) - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 10:33

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 10:33
Ha, Yes Axle, It just had a coat of paint to remove the bush pinstripes not long before that photo, needless to say the pinstripes are coming back but at least it looks respectable enough.
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Reply By: Member - Jim S1 - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 15:09

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 15:09
I owned a tiny little lime green Suzuki 500 once.
It certainly felt like a very long time.

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Reply By: Gbc.. - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 16:35

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 16:35
80 series cruiser. I bought it in 1999 with 60kms on it. Dad has had it since 2003 and it has 400xxx kms on it now. Mechanically still fine.
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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 17:29

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 17:29
The missus has a 2000 model Ford Festiva - she's clocked up a whopping 60,000 k's in 21 years

You could just about put it back on the showroom floor !

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 18:24

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 18:24
Saw this on the beach at Coral Bay a few years back.
I doubt the odometer worked. but it was still registered.


We acquired our 1994 OKA in 2003 from a tour operator who had not maintained it particularly well. It had 330,000km on the clock and we have added another 250,000km, many of which have been in pretty tough country.
It has many more years in it yet.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 21:51

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 at 21:51
Really, something like that Troopy should not be registerable. Fine if not leaving private property as a paddock basher, but to be out in public, be it on a road (which registration permits) or on a beach or some other place shared with "the public" I think it's wrong.

Yeah, yeah, there'll be people that say that the rust in the panels is only cosmetic and who's to know what mechanically beautiful, perfectly maintained diamond resides beneath. Unlikely, IMO. I bet the only thing that slows that jalopy down is the sand in front of the wheels.

Though I don't like the fact that NSW is unique in that it requires annual roadworthiness/safety inspections for rego renewal for vehicles over 5 years old , I think it is actually right in doing so. It just shouldn't be unique among the state and territory jurisdictions.

Flame suit on.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Friday, Sep 17, 2021 at 15:45

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Dunno what your'e on about Frank. After all, he's put a new bonnet on it, hasn't he?
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 at 09:07

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Depending on which state you are in, it doesn’t need an inspection to renew the registration.

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 at 09:13

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That was my point, Macca!!!
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Reply By: Vernon B - Friday, Sep 17, 2021 at 15:29

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For almost 12 years and 300,000 kms, I've had no major troubles or replacements on my 100 Series Landcruiser.
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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Friday, Sep 17, 2021 at 16:20

Friday, Sep 17, 2021 at 16:20
Bought a GQ Patrol tray top new in 1988 and sold it in 2005 with 650,000 almost trouble free k's on it - super reliable albeit slow - even towed a HJ75 across the Simpson with it one year - oh what a feeling lol

It's now a roo shooting vehicle in NSW with well over a million k's on and still going strong last I heard !

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Follow Up By: axle - Friday, Sep 17, 2021 at 17:07

Friday, Sep 17, 2021 at 17:07
They were good Gazz, a builder mate of mine did about the same with his GQ tray top, and his servicing was nothing to get excited about i can tell you!..lol.


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Reply By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Friday, Sep 17, 2021 at 20:32

Friday, Sep 17, 2021 at 20:32
Had a 1984 Peugeot 505 STI which we bought in 1991 with 170.000 K on it. Sold it on in late 2018 with 765,330 K on it ....was utterly reliable and damn comfortable on a long trip with Australian Woolmark seat covers in it....even tho it was fully imported. The French know about quality it seems.

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Reply By: Svet K - Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 at 01:56

Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 at 01:56
In 1995 I've got an old fashion peugeot 405 from my grandfather (second hand), which last with me for additional for 16 years, (Until it got a total loss accident).
It was too much of a gas consuming machine anyway.
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Reply By: Member - lyndon NT - Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 at 10:27

Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 at 10:27
2004 Troopy, FTE. Bought it new. So 17 years old. Was still in my 30's back then. I'm hoping it will see me out!
Serviced every 5k or 12 months by yours truly.
Now has a WHOPPING 103k LOL

Yep, 103,000 in 17 years. Never been used as a daily drive, just for trips.

Had 2 x 1HZ before, great vehicles but a bit slow! I have been happy with the FTE, just never realised how lucky! Over the last few years, mechanics during rego inspections and 70 series V8 owners have be saying, WOW, you've got one of those, best motor Toyota has ever made!

Never realised how lucky I was. Now if I can just prevent the "locals" from stealing it. Yeah, they broke in the other day, left EVERYTHING, I mean everything.
Didn't take the GoPro, Tablet, Laptop, Full bottles of spirits, nothing................MMM, what were they after I wonder..................., most likely the keys
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 at 19:16

Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 at 19:16
We bought a peugeot 406 diesel in 2002. It started every time the key was turned. We replaced it with another Peugeot and gave the 406 to grandson number one 14 months ago he has passed it grandson number two. An utterly reliable and economical comfortable machine.
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Reply By: Member - PhilD_NT - Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021 at 10:37

Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021 at 10:37
I'm glad the subject is OWNED, not driven.

I used to have a 1974 Ranger Rover that I bought 2nd hand in 1979. Finally had to pension it off about 3 years ago. So although I had it for about 39 years for a while before it departed it was unregistered as it failed Rego inspection. Who would have thought that a Landrover product would leak oil.

Leaking oil was normal but to fix the final issue got to be too much work and would have led me down the path of a total rebuild. Found someone who wanted a 2 door body to put on a refurbished chassis etc so they took it away.

A guesstimate would have been 300,000+Km driven as the speedo had too few digits back then and had gone around a couple of times and wasn't the original anyway. It still had the original uni joints, clutch, wheel bearings (oil bathed from Diff's which was regularly replenished), noisy gearbox and 7 cyl engine with added 1 cyl air pump.

The new owner got some extras to service and transplant to the new vehicle such as the Fairey overdrive unit and the 2 Roberts Diff locks which ultimately were taken over by ARB.

Sale deal was he got the car for free but had to take all my extensive spare parts acquired over the decades, but only if he paid me for the Recaro seats.

Despite the reputation RR's had/have it was a very reliable vehicle overall. Even when the starter motor failed it was easy to start with the crank handle, although that did get some strange looks when I did it, once deliberately for the fun of the looks.

One of the great things about it was that it had only 2 truly electronic items, the radio and the aftermarket electronic ignition. My current 4x4 spent 6 weeks with the Dealer tracing a "limp home mode fault" which is more time than the RR spent in it's registered life in a workshop, at least while I owned it.

The current vehicle is almost solely used for towing a caravan and I wouldn't put it over corrugations like the RR loved, such as the Old dirt Stuart Hwy from the NT Border to Pimba.

I do miss it, but it wasn't automatic and I bought this one as it also didn't have power steering. Also with the replacement seating there was no way the wife could have driven it, even though because I did have it I ended up getting her in a way.
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