One thing I've noticed is folk are obsessed with "low mileage".
Does low mileage actually guarantee trouble-free motoring?
A car that has covered 200,000 motorway miles, is better than one that has covered 120,000 miles in the city, in stop-start conditions.
With regular servicing, there's no reason why a high-mileage car isn't a good buy.
My Audi RS4 Sedan has covered 211,000 miles, still on its original engine, clutch and exhaust system.
The engine has never even had the cylinder heads removed, it uses no oil between servicing, and the engine's as smooth as one with less than half the miles.
I've always based my purchase of a car on its overall condition, rather than mileage.
A client of mine runs a 1991 Audi Coupe S2.
It's just clocked an astounding 544,000 miles!
All it's had so far:
A clutch at 503,000 miles.
A cylinder head gasket at 477,000 miles.
A turbo at the same 477,000 miles, it was getting noisy.
An exhaust rear silencer at 539,000 miles.
A water pump during the last timing belt replacement, at 493,000 miles.
The rest has just been the usual consumables, like tyres, brake pads / discs, serpentine belts, timing belts, bulbs etc.
One thing to note is:
Cars do not like storage, and short trips.
Storage may keep the mileage down, but it brings its own set of problems:
1) Oil degrades quicker if the car only covers very little annual miles, as condensation breaks it down.
2) Exhaust systems corrode from the inside out, as they don't get hot enough on a regular basis to keep them dry.
3) Brake pipes corrode from too little use.
4) Rear brake calipers seize up, the brakes still work, but the handbrake mechanism fails.
5) Clutch mechanisms seize up. On hydraulic systems, the master / slave cylinders generally spring leaks, if moisture is not dissipated from them by regular, hard use.
6) Electrical systems, especially wiring, degrades over time, and become high resistance, leading to major voltage drop to various components.
7) Engine oil seals harden, and break up. The result? Blue smoke.
There are several reasons why a higher mileage car is a better buy, also consider the fact, a lower mileage may NOT be the true reading!
It's not uncommon for a car showing 150,000 miles on the odometer, to have had a defective speedo for 40,000 of those miles, or the owner could have unplugged the cable / transducer.
So, please post your mileage and history, nothing more.
You can post a picture of your odometer if you wish.
use the format as shown below, I'll start:
Car: 1996 Audi A4 quattro.
Mileage when purchased: 201,000 July 2007.
Mileage as at now: 211,000 miles.