The cover story in the October Consumer Reports is MAKE YOUR CAR LAST 200,000 MILES, a worthy goal indeed. I got just under 195,000 miles out of a Toyota Celica back in the Pleistocene era, and had it not lost half of its steering gear in a supermarket parking lot one day, two hundred K would have been a snap. A subsequent owner did get it over the mark, and it might have gone much farther had it not been T-boned in a hit-and-run one sorrowful evening in Cleveland County. That old 20R engine was somewhere between bulletproof and grenade-resistant.
Gwendolyn has about 98,200 to go, and she’s in better shape now than the Toyota was at that point, so unless I am completely overcome by vehicular lust or another damned Representative of Random Fauna springs out of nowhere into her path she should make it easily. (My standards of maintenance have advanced over the years, roughly commensurate with my ability to pay for it.)
Not incidentally, this practice is one reason why the CAFE standard doesn’t work so well: if you never trade, you never get one of those more abstemious vehicles the Congress keeps insisting be built.
Meanwhile, guess what CR thinks is the appropriate vehicle to illustrate this cover? Hint: it’s not a Jaguar.