It was once a huge red flag: When a car’s odometer would hit 100,000 miles, but thanks to improvements in car design and maintenance, the milestone of 100,000 miles now means something very different.
Although some cars are ready for trade-in at that threshold, many others can travel twice as far without major repairs.
What allows one car to pass the 100,000-mile barrier with few repair bills, while another is ready for the junkyard? It’s all about preventive medicine.
“It’s just like when you get to be 70 and everyone tells you the same thing: exercise, eat right, take care of yourself,” says Lauren Fix, author of “Lauren Fix’s Guide to Loving Your Car” (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2008).
Feeding your car the right things and taking it for regular checkups will make all the difference.
Open the book
The key to keeping your car running smoothly is probably tucked at the bottom of your glove compartment, under the spare napkins and ketchup packets. It’s the owner’s manual, which most people ignore at their peril.
“There is a schedule in the manual that runs well over 100,000 miles,” says Fix, and it lists when to replace parts likely to be wearing out. The list will vary for different cars, so check yours and follow it.
Newer cars may have the maintenance schedule built into an internal computer. A blinking light or a beep will announce that it’s time to replace certain parts, says autoeducation.com founder Kevin Schappell.
“Things like the water pump and timing belt should be changed before you notice a problem,” Schappell says. Replacing them won’t be hugely expensive, but “if that belt breaks, it can cause internal damage to the engine, or if the water pump fails, you can overheat the engine and warp the cylinder head.”
That’s when things get expensive.
“Typically, around 100,000 or 120,000 miles there are some major preventative maintenance things that need to be done,” Schappell says, so it’s a great time to catch up if you’ve been lax until now.
Get fluent about fluids
The liquids that go into your car (gas, oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, etc.) are crucial to its survival. To extend the life of your car beyond 100,000 miles, these experts suggest frequent oil changes and fluid checks done at dealerships or full-service auto centers.
Find the right shop
Ask friends and neighbors, and search online for reviews of repair shops. Once you’ve chosen one, get to know the staff and ask questions. Sticking with your car’s dealer can be a safe choice, because the staff will be trained to work on your car.
The type of miles matter
It may seem surprising, but highway driving puts less stress on a car that tooling around locally. It requires less quick braking and acceleration, and moisture under the hood has a chance to evaporate. Local driving in colder climates can also cause buildup of ice and snow under the car, which may contain corrosive chemicals.
These small investments will add years to the life of your car.
Have questions about the maintenance on your vehicle, give our service department a call at 609-448-1411.
The Chevrolet Avalanche has a unique Midgate design with an ability to transform from luxurious 5-6 passenger SUV into a tough full-sized pickup truck. It is the vehicle which is incomparable due to this unique Midgate feature. It has created the benchmark giving combination such as spacious interiors, powerful fuel efficient engines and Midgate feature.
Chevrolet Avalanche Levels: LS, LT and the high-end LTZ
Operated Engines: 5.3L V8 engine powerful enough includes Active Fuel Management™ to help increase the fuel economy.
Automatic Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission; first gear is sharp for excellent off-the-line performance; sixth gear is tall overdrive for smooth, efficient highway cruising.
Wheel Drive system: 5-link rear suspension design delivers a smoother ride while standard StabiliTrak with Proactive Roll Avoidance and a locking rear differential provide superior traction and control in all driving conditions.
Other Key features: Standard head-curtain side-impact air bags for safety; standard Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist; Rearview Camera System. Upgraded 2010 model has audio systems with USB port for the connection to playback music devices.
The F-150 was latest updated in 2009 with a face-lifted exterior which is carry forward in 2010 with F-150 SFE model with some efficiency enhancements.
F-150 Levels: XL, STX, XLT, FX2, FX4, Lariat, King Ranch models.
Engines operated: 4.6L 2-valve V8; 4.6L 3-valve V8; 5.4L 3-valve FlexFuel V8.
Automatic Transmission: 4.6L 2-valve V8 have 4-speed automatic transmission; 4.6L 3-valve V8 and the 5.4L V8 engines include 6-speed automatic transmission.
Wheel Drive system: Drivetrain includes rear-wheel drive or parttime four-wheel drive; Harley-Davidson models include an all wheel-drive system.
Other Key features: Optional Sony audio system; SYNC; with voice activation for Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and MP3 players; reverse camera system that displays the picture in the rearview mirror or the navigation system screen; Solution package to keep track of all the tools working in the truck with the help of computer and radio-frequency tagging system.
Ridgeline is designated as truck for them who require small cargo bed with 5000-lb towing capacity. It is more common with passenger cars than tough pickup trucks.
Honda Ridgeline Levels: RT, RTS and RTL
Engines operated: 3.5L SOHC V6
Automatic Transmission: 5-speed automatic transmission.
Wheel Drive system: all wheel-drive system.
Other Key features: dual-action tailgate opening like a standard tailgate and swings to the side like a door; unique waterproof in-bed trunk; RTL model offers in-dash navigation system; Bluetooth and rear view camera.
Toyota Tundra comes with multiple changes in year 2010 includes new exterior with redesigned grille and tail lamps; two new optional audio systems is added with the three existing systems.
Toyota Tundra Levels: Regular, Double and CrewMax cab models
Engines operated: 4.0L V6 available in Regular Cab; all-new 4.6L V8 and a 5.7L V8 with FlexFuel version in 5.7L V8 engine.
Automatic Transmission: 4.6L and 5.7L come with a 6-speed automatic transmission; 4.0L V6 comes with 5-speed automatic transmission.
Wheel Drive system: all wheel-drive system.
Other Key features: New Work Truck package contains vinyl seats and rubber flooring available in Regular and Double Cab models; new Platinum package contains luxury features such as heated and ventilated seats, a sunroof and wood grain trim.
In 2009, Dodge was introduced Dodge Ram focusing on power, fuel economy. “RamBox” storage compartments integrated into the sides of the cargo bed and a coil-spring rear suspension was altogether a new feature. But the RamBox is expensive and reduces cargo bed capacity. There was a coil-spring suspension that gives a smoother ride but again at the expense of payload and trailertowing capability.
Dodge RAM Levels: Regular, Quad and Crew Cab models with 5 trim levels ST, SLT, TRX, Sport and Laramie
Engines operated: 3.7L V6; 4.7L V8; 5.7L V8
Automatic Transmission: 3.7L V6 come with a 4-speed automatic transmission; 4.7L V8 and 5.7L V8 comes with 5-speed automatic transmission.
Wheel Drive system: part-time system and an on-demand system
Other Key features: In 2010 version has integrated trailer brake controller and an iPod connection in the glove box