View Full Version : Is it possible - a 4th gen with 430k miles?

12-08-2010, 04:53 AM
I made the usual stop today at the Food Lion on my way home from work to pick up a few things.

So I'm coming out and about at my car when this other car comes up and is backing in the the spot next to mine. I stopped short as on the first attempt this car is like 6 inches away from mine and I was getting a bit nervous. I was relieved when the car made a second approach and backed in better. I got nervous a second time when the driver just swung the door open within inches of my paint job.

It was then that I noticed it was a 4th gen Celica. It was dark but I think it was a GT because it had the wing on the trunk. It was white color but very dirty on the exterior - even if on closer examination the body seemed to not even have even the smallest dent.

So I' need to put my stuff in the passenger side of my car so I wait for this person to park. This rather large lady wearing a fuzzy purple shirt and patent leather shoes gets out and I looked at her and said hello. She has a purse the size of a duffel bag and I figured that she was no "enthusiast".

As she turned her back and went to walk into the store I said out loud "what is that - an '89?" Much to my surprise she turned around and gave a big smile and said "Mo - it's an '88. What year is yours?" When I told her it was a '92 she asked me how many miles I had on it. I replied that I had 243K (my ST) - quite confident that she would just be astounded and suitably in awe.

To that she replied that she had 432K miles on her fourth gen! And that with a very perceivable indication of pride in the statement.

I'm rather skeptical about that - that would put that car near the running for the Guinnes book of world records.

Though if it was not so dark and cold I might have asked to see the engine (and to sneak a peak at the odometer).

I see people from time to time with Celicas - and on occasion in parking lots will try to strike up a conversation. My observation is that most of these people from many different walks of life share a common attribute - they are passionate about their cars.

12-08-2010, 05:19 AM
my 4age has 400k km on it... its possible if its properly maintained

12-08-2010, 05:50 AM
I have a friend with a 93 Corolla with 878,000 KMS

12-08-2010, 06:56 AM
My couriers ode stpped working at 383 something miles and I drove the snot out of it for another six years......had to of had like 400 k something....motor was still running when scrapped due to seized front drums

12-08-2010, 08:55 AM
The world record was over a million miles... on a GM

12-08-2010, 09:02 AM
wasnt that al bundy.........lol

12-08-2010, 09:14 AM
Still makes the 185k I got on my 7th gen look puny.

12-08-2010, 01:18 PM
Sure it is possible. When my grandaddy still had the lumberyard we had 45X,XXX on an '88 f-150 4wd 302 auto that was used as a delivery truck (and I mean used, I put several times, so much weight in it that the axle was on the frame). Only thing besides maintance work ever done to it was the radio burnt out at like 300K and front wheel bearings at like 325K. When we got rid of it we sold it to some guy that drove it for at least another year, and he only did minor things and then the motor finally just lost compression

Hipster Lawrence
12-08-2010, 04:01 PM
The record is in a volvo i think.

And it's 100% possible. I think 1,000,000 miles is possible in a toyota. My brother has an 89 pickup with 400k and it's a v6.

I love that Bundy ep. But he drove a dodge.

12-08-2010, 08:40 PM
My 165 shows 222k on the clock, no signs of stopping.

I called and asked if this was a mistake, the guy said no, those are the actual miles:

And, yeah Al Bundy drove a dodge. A Dart if Im not mistaken

12-08-2010, 09:54 PM
so...it was a dodge. it was also red not green.

12-09-2010, 12:55 AM
The world record was over a million miles... on a GM

Yea - I think that was some cab driver in Detroit with a Cadillac who rarely drove it over 40 MPH.

12-09-2010, 02:36 AM
Yea - I think that was some cab driver in Detroit with a Cadillac who rarely drove it over 40 MPH.

Those are hard miles on an engine, it would have been less impressive if it was all long freeway drives.

12-09-2010, 03:28 AM

12-09-2010, 03:32 AM
i saw that video haha! very nice guys on the mileage.....gives me hope for my 5th gen gt with 177k on it!

12-09-2010, 07:51 AM
There's a Toyota in Edmonton (I think, definitely was in Alberta) which earned the owner a new car -- when it hit a million kilometres.

Can't find the news story, but here's one dealership with two vehicles over the 1M mark: http://www.celicatech.com/forums/showthread.php?50962-Is-it-possible-a-4th-gen-with-430k-miles

12-09-2010, 08:16 AM
theres a few 22r-x series vehicles that have gone over a million miles

my 85 gts was running fine with no oil leaks at 312k when the trans poo'ed but it was bad the whole 5 years i drove the car, i just bandaid fixed it with fequent gear oil changes of 85w140

12-09-2010, 08:24 AM
The world record was over a million miles... on a GM

bahaha that episode was priceless...

12-09-2010, 04:48 PM
Short answer, yes it is possible. Long answer, there is not enough information in this particular case. Was she talking chassis miles, or motor miles? Was she just pathologicly one upping you? I have seen cars like redblock volvos and toyota trucks break the 400-500 mark. I can't say that I 've heard of any 3sfe's breaking 300 though? IDK it's hard to say.

12-09-2010, 04:59 PM
257250 miles as of today on my 91 original 5s. I was happy to hit the 250k mark but 400k that's a lot of driving.

12-09-2010, 05:32 PM
theres a guy on the 3rd gen boards that has 430,xxx miles on his 85 and its all original body and drivetrain

12-09-2010, 08:45 PM
with the wing i'd more than assume gts not gt. and on either motor, properly maintained, it isn't that hard to do.

12-11-2010, 11:43 PM
I had a fifth gen with over 430,000km a while ago.. Ran like a top too.

Can't be sure if it was the original engine but I wouldn't doubt it.

Mileage is irrelevant in my opinion. I've had vehicles with under 200k that were beat up and ran like shit, then I've had some with over 350k that ran very well.

It all depends on how the vehicle was treated throughout its 'life'.

12-12-2010, 12:48 AM
Those are hard miles on an engine, it would have been less impressive if it was all long freeway drives.

Certainly agree with that - stop and go miles are much harder on a car than freeway miles.

Note that "Joey's" car above is an ST - and you can tell its a 4AFE motor when he lifts the hood.

As I said - my ST has right now 243K MILES - and aside from a clutch that is beginning to slip badly and a few instrument problems when cold, still has great power, shifts well, an uses only about a quart of oil every 3K-5K miles or so.

400K MILES? That's pretty extreme reliability!

12-12-2010, 01:24 AM
shit i just hit 69k on my 87 sfe.......damn 400k, ill be driving this forever......might still be driving it when i die.

Hipster Lawrence
12-12-2010, 03:24 AM
My brothers truck was our dad's. He bought it new. The engine has never been opened up. The transmission was replaced only when it was broken in a crash.

Regular maintenance and almost all 400k miles were on the highway. My brother just drove it from Nola to atlanta to PC. No issues.