Originally posted by lght1:
100,000 no problem..
200,000..with care ...
300,000... he was more equivical..and said "occaisionally some do make it, but who wants to keep a car that long anyway..?"
I personally doubt oil and plug changes alone were responsible for any that did manage to make it.
As for the rust issue... obviously not in your soft climate..but bring one here. Cancer will make it challenging to inspect annually as it approaches 7-10 yrs old. The closer to the coast..the worse they are.
As to the tech's response to your question, I'd say that his response pretty much applies to how any
modern engine will hold up given good care.
I'm not the one who does maintenance on the wife's friend's car, but I've heard her bragging on several occasions about how she's had no problems with that Max. I've been in it a couple times before, and it's a very nice car.
Lastly, don't forget, the Gulf of Mexico is in fact, a little ocean.
My house is about 3/4 of a mile, maybe a tad less, as the crow flies from Escambia Bay (brackish-to-salt), and about two miles up/in from the Gulf itself. We have beaches, of course, but obviously, no road salt. Our five year old Sequoia has been to and on the beach (where appropriate, of course) on many occasions. We certainly don't drive it in the surf, but it's been covered in salty mist and sand dozens of times. Still not a hint of corrosion anywhere
, including the underneath, which is as easy to inspect (and I do, regularly) given the clearance, as it was when new.
Respectfully, your picture of the rusty 70s Toyota is not a fair portrayal of the present product. I was back in New Hampshire for 10 days last Christmas, and didn't see roads dominated by old domestics. Just a couple years ago or so, my step-mother traded in her old Honda Accord -- a 92 or 93 that had lived its whole life outside, and was still as solid as a rock. EDIT: I don't know the miles she had, but they were extreme, well into six-figures. She travels at least 2x per week from southern NH to Portland ME, Burlington VT, or Strubridge MA (all several hour drives).