Date registered: Mar 2007
Vehicle: 1987 300E, 1955 Plymouth Belvedere, 2005 Silverado 4x4
Location: Savannah, Georgia USA
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My 124 is 25 years old, 230,000,miles. Still on original front suspension members, well actually I'm changing them out right now. It didn't take a warning letter from MBUSA or NHTSA or the State of Georgia to tell me that the suspension parts were tired, it took common sense. If my car was a rust belt car, I would be suspicious of any undercarriage parts over 100,000mi because of the effects of road salt and potholes. My car has spent it's entire life in Georgia and Alabama so the undercar weathering is limited to a light coating of road grime that washes off with water. but after 25 years, it's a safe bet that parts are worn. It'll cost around $600 to do the front end, and will probably replace some parts that are still OK, but I'll know it should be good for another 200,000mi.
Do we wait until our Oil Level light comes on or our Oil Pressure Gauge to stop registering before we do an oil change? No we check the level weekly and change it at 3000-5000mi. or every 6 months. If we adopt the "drive it till it break"s mentality, our cars wouldn't last very long.