198K trouble-free (for the most part) miles
By Old time on Friday, May 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 198,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Like riding on a cloud, very nice handling, ..."
Cons: "What to replace the thing with?"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this SUV new in Dec 2003. And, hit the road almost, immediately. The failures are listed below, but the Rainier was there when we needed it. And, it has been coast to coast, several times, plus north and south. The service guy says that the brakes are far from needing work (mostly highway miles). I have never had problems in weather (summer or winter) or in the mountains (it does get up the hills). Too bad they quit making the thing. I'm looking but am not sure what to drive. In the meantime, I intend to run this as far as it'll take me. Of course, I have been regular with service plus tire replacement. I had the transmission serviced at 100K (what is the workhorse?) and then at 170K. Plugs? I actually waited until 134K and kept records (performance did increase a little after that - the plugs were still serviceable). I waited on the belt until 150+ (still looked good, but that is a crucial part). It is funny. I did have the O2 problem which dealt with the first few minutes of warm up but did not get that fixed for a couple of years. Why? I knew what the code meant. Beside,it was not rich enough during warm up to worry. Since it was fixed (two years ago, the problem has not re-occurred). On the other hand, when the dash unit went, I had to get that taken care of (we did, for a couple of short trips, judge speed with a stop watch and milepost markers). Of late, the battery went dead (second one) and the mode actuator froze (coincidental?). But, other than those things, it has hummed along. I have been using this vehicle for studying longevity (blog, etc.). ... Lots of the miles were Interstate (open country). Is that a major factor? One day we drove 16 hours, taking a quick break every 4 hours. Cannot ask for more than that. ... Aside, I'm an experienced driver who accelerates in a controlled fashion, brakes similarly, and never has had the tach above 2.4K (except for a few circumstances where it was necessary - you can actually climb hills (mountains) without straining the engine)."
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