Oil change time again. At least that’s what we went in for. But now a new water pump is called for and the oil pan needs to be resealed. At 185,000 a new water pump is not outrageous. It’s the original water pump on our car, a 2000 Camry, that needs the replacing. The oil pan resealing is not an outrageous repair either for an old car.
We were thinking of a new car this fall. The mechanic thinks we have at least three more years on the car. The body is in good shape. The suspension has already been replaced. The tires are new. We’re precisely at 185,055 miles. The mechanic drives a 1996 Rav 4 with a Camry motor, back and forth from Wisconsin each day to go to work. He’s at 250,000 miles.
And Irv Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800S is almost at 3 million miles. Yes, you read that right—3 million miles! (He has the records to prove it.) He has about 34,000 miles to go to reach this literal milestone. The engine has been rebuilt twice and he carries all possibly needed parts in the trunk (figuring if he has them, he won’t need them). Clearly Gordon takes excessively good care of his car which cost him $4,150 in 1966, his year’s salary at the time. He paid $10 extra for the AM/FM radio.
Alright, what’s a water pump, a little resealing, in the larger scheme of life? When it comes to mileage, I have put on quite a few myself. Though my personal odometer is not at 185,000, my pumps and pans could probably use a little resealing. When it comes to vital fluids, for self or car, it’s always a good idea to tune-up.
Onward to 200,000!