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How Long Should An Engine Last? by AutoReportNG: 8:55am On Apr 20
How long an engine lasts requires a long list of variables to consider before a time frame or mileage can be given. I have seen engines last less than 40,000 miles and others that lasted more than 300,000 miles. When it comes to the time an engine will last you, look at mileage per year or how the vehicle is stored if there is very low mileage on the engine.

Think of a 1916 car engine that is driven only 100 miles a year and put in storage after each use. After 100 years the engine will only have 10,000 miles on it. This motor may last a few hundred years before it would need rebuilding or replacement. This is why we use mileage to rate how long an engine will last.

Most engines on the road today are designed to last well over 100,000 miles. An engine will last much longer if the engine is not abused in any way and all maintenance that the manufacturer recommends is done on or before it is due. All repairs should done as soon as possible without damaging the engine by waiting to get repairs done, like overheating the engine from a failing water pump. If you take great care of the engine then it will last a long time for most manufacturers. Some manufacturers of engines made their engines from lower quality parts or materials and these engines may not last that long even if they are taken care of well.

Abusing the engine, no matter its quality, can and most likely will shorten the life of the motor. When you do not change the fluids and filters when recommended by the manufacturer then you will cause excessive part and component wear on parts like bearings, pistons, valves, or timing chains and gears. If the engine is overheated and driven till the engine stops because of ignoring the temperature gauge or warning lights, it can cause irreversible internal engine wear or damage. If the engine is used for towing all the time, like pulling a trailer everyday or hauling extra weight all the time, your engine works much harder than usual.

It’s like you walking ten miles every day wearing a heavy backpack versus not having the backpack on. You will get more tired and worn out with the extra load on you and over time may get problems with your body that you may not have gotten had you not been carrying the extra load. The same holds true with the engine. If it does less work it will last longer and require less maintenance and repairs.

The engine will last longer in most cases if you do not overload it all the time and keep up on scheduled maintenance. Make sure you get repairs done as soon as possible. Drive the vehicle normally without abusing the engine by over-revving it or overloading it.


Source:
http://www.autoreportng.com/2017/04/how-long-should-engine-last.html

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by AutoReportNG: 8:59am On Apr 20
Your engine, your car, pls take good car of it.

Read more here..

http://www.autoreportng.com/2017/04/how-long-should-engine-last.html

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by nurey(m): 9:33am On Apr 20
This looks like a front page material

my ODO is in 3xx,xxxKM and still steaming in the morning. Yes i drive a TOYOTA and i am proud of her

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by AutoReportNG: 9:45am On Apr 20
nurey:
This looks like a front page material

my ODO is in 3xx,xxxKM and still steaming in the morning. Yes i drive a TOYOTA and i am proud of her

Did I see 300K KM? Oga go and buy another one before the car vex for you

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by nurey(m): 9:54am On Apr 20
AutoReportNG:


Did I see 300K KM? Oga go and buy another one before the car vex for you

THIS IS A GOOD IDEA seems you are interested in footing the bills, my interest for now is a Mini cooper clubman i await your generous gift

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by eghuan1(m): 11:19am On Apr 20
My uncle drove the Volkswagen Santana he bought in 1985 till he diedin 2006. That's 21 years. We knewwe could not maintain the car so we sold it after his burial.

He loved that car.

Maintenance culture is what keeps a car going.

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by colossus2: 2:34pm On Apr 20
nurey:


THIS IS A GOOD IDEA seems you are interested in footing the bills, my interest for now is a Mini cooper clubman i await your generous gift
cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy
Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by PaperLace: 3:09pm On Apr 20
nurey:
This looks like a front page material

my ODO is in 3xx,xxxKM and still steaming in the morning. Yes i drive a TOYOTA and i am proud of her
So, after admiring fast cars, you go back to your TOYOTA. I hope it's not that old Toyota Crown sha... grin

OP, I think it's all about maintenance.

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by nurey(m): 3:26pm On Apr 20
PaperLace:

So, after admiring fast cars, you go back to your TOYOTA. I hope it's not that old Toyota Crown sha... grin

OP, I think it's all about maintenance.

i am just wondering how much that Toyota crown would cost now, if we hadn't lost her to RUST grin

We all dream of fast cars (human wants is insatiable) the op is giving out cars to those whose engine has exceeded 300,000km, if you are among ask for your heart desires.

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by mili3kid(m): 3:45pm On Apr 20
nurey:
This looks like a front page material

my ODO is in 3xx,xxxKM and still steaming in the morning. Yes i drive a TOYOTA and i am proud of her
hehehehe my boss is here oooo
Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by nurey(m): 3:58pm On Apr 20
mili3kid:

hehehehe my boss is here oooo

Baba I throw way salute oooo.

Op is giving out cars to those whose engine has surpassed 300,000km, abeg this awoof no go pass us by even if nah legedisbenz smiley baba tell the op your choice grin

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by mili3kid(m): 4:30pm On Apr 20
nurey:


Baba I throw way salute oooo.

Op is giving out cars to those whose engine has surpassed 300,000km, abeg this awoof no go pass us by even if nah legedisbenz smiley baba tell the op your choice grin
i follow collect d salute o jare....
baba na dt type ur mini I want too jare.... mak I follow resemble my oga... hehehehe
Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by diportivo: 7:05pm On Apr 20
It’s like you walking ten miles every day wearing a heavy backpack versus not having the backpack o

pls o

what is a backpack?

and is it available in Nigeria
Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by watchworldpro: 7:55pm On Apr 20
My car mileage is about 320,000km. Still running fresh. Maintenance topnotch....

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by lampard01(m): 7:17am On Apr 21
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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by mikeycharles(m): 7:18am On Apr 21
If carry out good maintenance practices, the engine should last for a very long time
Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by IamAkinzy: 7:19am On Apr 21
Wetn consign me? Abeg wu sabi aw dem dey check d people wey dey like one's comment on Nairaland? cry e get diz Babe wey I suspect dey 4low me about on my Comments & post cool ani epp? cheesy

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by tstx(m): 7:20am On Apr 21
Saving this page... when I buy motor it may come in handy

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by mikeycharles(m): 7:20am On Apr 21
IamAkinzy:
G
G for G wagon

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by topgear(m): 7:20am On Apr 21
Benz - "forever"

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by Sanuzi(m): 7:22am On Apr 21
It depends on maintenance ooo

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by SmartchoicesNG: 7:23am On Apr 21
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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by IamAkinzy: 7:23am On Apr 21
mikeycharles:
G for G wagon
I don change am tongue
Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by begwong: 7:24am On Apr 21
It's all about care/maintenance.
My director in the office still uses his 504 Peugeot for over 25 years and retired still using it.. Lol

NB:He never gives a lift or ride to anyone when on transit to/from office oooooh. A loner for that matter...

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by femi4(m): 7:24am On Apr 21
My engine don die....I dey do oil top up for about a yr now. A little above 160,000 miles sha...e don try
Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by seenter84: 7:27am On Apr 21
Benz day 160k and still firing like it was bought brand new yesterday.
Maintenance is key

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by dpete1(f): 7:28am On Apr 21
tstx:
Saving this page... when I buy motor it may come in handy

A Abeg no buy motor o, na car make you buy... There is difference between car and motor... Volkswagen Passat na motor, honda crosstour na car. grin

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by mikeycharles(m): 7:30am On Apr 21
IamAkinzy:

I don change am tongue
na booking things

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by SmartchoicesNG: 7:31am On Apr 21
AutoReportNG:


Did I see 300K KM? Oga go and buy another one before the car vex for you
I have a 534000km w202 Mercedes c180

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Re: How Long Should An Engine Last? by tstx(m): 7:35am On Apr 21
dpete1:

A Abeg no buy motor o, na car make you buy... There is difference between car and motor... Volkswagen Passat na motor, honda crosstour na car. grin
lwtmb... OK. I go but car

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