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1 Car and 540,000 Miles....They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore

Most people consider themselves lucky to get over 200,000 miles out of today's engines. For Rachel Veitch however, the 200,000 mark has long since passed and her car is still running strong.

Her vehicle is a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente that she bought off the lot for a mere $3,289.30. For that price, it came with all the creature comforts and, as Ms. Veitch reveals, enough power to get the Comet up to 120mph. Rachel has given her beloved car the nickname Chariot, which is fitting considering it has safely carried her over 540,000 on the original engine.

Her secret? She is always on the lookout for lifetime warranties on parts, and when she finds one she makes sure to use it. Not to mention she refuses to leave Chariot's side during servicing and inspections. She also makes it a point to show the mechanics a diagram outlining all the lubrication points on the car.

Those half a million miles also included a trip to Rachel's 70th class reunion. A trip that added over 3,000 miles to the already astonishing odometer reading.

Our best wishes go out to Rachel and Chariot as they keep racking up the miles.  Check out the interview with Rachel, and her car, at Growing Bolder

George Delozier
Motorized Innovations
InventorSpot.com

Comments
Jun 26, 2009
by Anonymous

Hello GM, Chrysler

Adopt her Ideas & planning into Your Next Models.
& maybe Boost sales.

Focus on:

Post Sales Service
Customer appreciation
Ideas
Brainstorming
Hire New (non auto Blood) but Pro auto.

Then see GM Turnaround.

We Lose, U lose.

Make the call GM.

Change Auto Servicing forever via:

o One stop total Auto Service
o Prices compete with Indie garages
o Local
o New focus staffing
o Modernize Auto service
o On site Auto Customizing-- see Galpin Auto Sports.
o Hi Tech Auto services
o NO surley Auto Techs,

Or GM can lose BIG Time.

Your call

Jun 27, 2009
by Anonymous

they don't make them like that any more?

What a dumb statement. I grew up with 'sixties cars, and owners felt very fortunate to get 50,000 miles out of one, despite the constant time and expense of keeping one on the road. Spark plugs, ignition points, belts and hoses, bulbs. Alternators lasted 4 years, water pumps maybe 3. These cars would never, ever go a month without needing some work. If a car reached 100,000 miles (as two of my family's did), the proud owner would usually take a picture of the car as the odometer turned over to 00000. Past 50,000 miles, a 'sixties car was either a lavishly kept baby, or a worn-out rag. More power to the people who lavished that level of care on a car, but with a modern car you can drive and drive and take the thing for granted if you want.

Jun 27, 2009
by Anonymous

they don't make them like that any more?

I agree that these 60 cars were a lot less reliable and durable, and todays cars which are designed for 150,000 miles (I speak for Ford where I was an engine engineer), will last much longer.

But I see too many people today assume they don't need to have the oil changed (5000 miles), or their brake pads replaced (~50,000 miles) or in the case of a lot of Japanese engines, their cam belts replaced (~125,000 miles). Ford uses chains which last longer, on V6's and V8's.

Jul 28, 2009
by Anonymous

nissan is the best

nothing can out run a nissan or toyota i have a 92 nissan hardbody it has 768000 miles on it also have 2 98 99 toyota corolla's with over 340000 miles and i only do regular tuneup and oil change