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Best bang for your buck car to last 200000 miles Family sedan good gas mileage can fit two car seats.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Fuel economy / Ride smoothness

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 60000
Maximum age: 10 years

Maximum price: US $ 16000

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Response from mabepossibly

4:39 pm March 19, 2017

Most modern drive trains will go 200k. in general, your best bets are with high production cars, in a low trim level at the end of its production run.

Also 5 years is about the limit of most fluids. Time kills as much as miles. it is better to buy a 2 year old car with 80k than a 10 year old car with 10k on it. I always look for salesmens cars. 1-3 years old and averaged 35k+ per year. highways miles are easy on a car.


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Toyota Camry

Response from Dnslater

7:37 am March 20, 2017

I agree with Mabe, that finding a car that has been on the market for a few years is helpful, so the kinks will be worked out. Also, turbo chargers can sometimes be problematic at high mileage, so perhaps consider a naturally aspirated car. A used Camry or Accord might fit the bill well.

The key to high mileage cars is staying on top of maintenance. Don't prolong service intervals or use improper fluids.

Driving habits play into this as well. Be easy on the car during the first 5-10 minutes of driving so the oil can properly warm up before increasing rpm's. Hint: most dash thermostats measure coolant, which warms up much quicker than the oil. Take it easy on the brakes and coast up to lights in stop and go traffic.....


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Honda Accord
Toyota Camry
Mazda Mazda6

Response from mkaresh

2:34 pm March 31, 2017

Very hard to argue against the Honda Accord with your criteria. A Camry should be at least as reliable, but not as fuel-efficient as the latest (2013 and up) Accord. A Mazda6 is about as fuel efficient as the Honda, and more attractive and more fun to drive, but might have slightly worse odds of getting to 200k.


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Response from NormT

7:44 am July 12, 2017

The early 2011 or 2012 Buick LaCrosse would go the distance all the while providing the utmost comfort for you and passengers. Also offers AWD where smaller sedans do not.


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Buick LaCrosse
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Cadillac CTS
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