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At 200,000 miles, how long can I reasonably keep going?

Hello, I bought my 2004 Scion XB 3 years ago at 140K and I reached 200K last month. Just the last weekend I put 2500 alone on it past 200K. The history report showed the majority of the mileage was racked up over a few short years so I suspect it was highway miles, which is the same thing that I did to rack up so many additional miles.

I keep it maintained, It's had some issues, the only serious one was the alternator bracket bent itself somehow and busted the alternator, but that was an easy fix. It's survived to this point on synthetic oil changes, though I am considering moving to high mileage.

I am a roadtrip junkie. I love driving all over the US in my Scion. It's served me great. My father is convinced that I should stop traveling so much as I am gambling with the devil. Does anyone here have experience with an XB running well past 200K miles? Thanks!

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Apologies, I think I misunderstood oil changing so I don't think I mean "synthetic." I've survived on whatever the normal stuff is you buy at the store or get at the shop. I've changed my oil but I just bought whatever was cheapest. I don't know how to refer to it.
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Re: At 200,000 miles, how long can I reasonably keep going?

There are a number of 1NZ-FE engines from the xB, xA, Yaris, and Echo that have gone past 300,000 miles. High mileage oil isn't necessary unless you have consumption or leaking - it can help condition brittle seals and the like. If high mileage oil helps you worry less about your ride, it won't hurt anything. Really, our engines aren't picky about oil - as long as the conventional oil you're using is API or ILSAC certified and changed regularly, you'll be in good shape. Even the store brand oils from the parts stores and big-box retailers are fine - they're all bottled by major players, and have the appropriate certifications. Stay away from the true no-name oils - the state of New Jersey just banned a bunch of them after testing revealed they were contaminated with all kinds of stuff. It looks like many of them took recycled oil and re-bottled it without refining it again.

Make sure you keep up on the other fluids, especially coolant and ATF (if yours is an automatic). Do those things and the engine will outlast the rest of the car.
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Re: At 200,000 miles, how long can I reasonably keep going?

/\/\.. Ditto on this !!! My son has just over 200,000 on his and still runs very well !! He has maintained it and still hits the road without worry !!!
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Re: At 200,000 miles, how long can I reasonably keep going?

I'll be ticking over 200k this week or next. Outside of normal items, and modifications, I just did the lower control arms with ball joints, since the steering wheel started shaking at highway speeds. I also had to do the Axles since one of hte CV boots tore, due to being about 1.5" lower than stock. I did the MT oil at 116, and 160 with the axles, and probably won't do it again until 250k, if I can help it; full synthetic Mobil 1 MT oil. I also just did the spark plugs with NGK Iridiums for a prius, since they're gapped at 0.044mm. Other than that, the clutch still feels good, although I can smell bits burning off every once and a while, and the engine still runs really well!

I also bought this car at 116 because I read that this engine is good for 300k+, and it has a maintenance free timing chain.

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Re: At 200,000 miles, how long can I reasonably keep going?

I actually just purchased a one-owner 2000 Toyota Echo that has currently 313K on it as my winter car. You would never know this car has 300K+ on it. As Steve mentioned, the 1NZ-FE has been known to exceed well over 300K with no major issues as long as normal maintenance is performed regularly. I consider it one of Toyota's most reliable engines currently out there.

I would be more concerned about body corrosion than a mechanical engine failure on these vehicles. The Echo I bought is showing signs of typical corrosion being exposed to the salt belt for many years.


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There are a lot of Toyotas around here that look really bad but they just keep rolling down the highway just like the new ones !!!!
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I actually just purchased a one-owner 2000 Toyota Echo that has currently 313K on it as my winter car. You would never know this car has 300K+ on it. As Steve mentioned, the 1NZ-FE has been known to exceed well over 300K with no major issues as long as normal maintenance is performed regularly. I consider it one of Toyota's most reliable engines currently out there.

I would be more concerned about body corrosion than a mechanical engine failure on these vehicles. The Echo I bought is showing signs of typical corrosion being exposed to the salt belt for many years.
I love Echos! Friend had one with 265k before he slid into a stopping truck and totaled it New tires would've saved it.
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/\/\.. That is a shame but hopefully he was not hurt !!!!
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Re: At 200,000 miles, how long can I reasonably keep going?

Echo is on the short list of cars for my son. He wants my xB when he turns 16 next year, but I'm not ready to give it up!

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I don't blame you Steve !!!
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Re: At 200,000 miles, how long can I reasonably keep going?

driving mine daily with no issues at 305K
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/\/\.. Are you the original owner ???
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no it was at 275K when I bought it.
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Cool... My son has an 05 and he just turned 200K himself down in Georgia !!!!
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Re: At 200,000 miles, how long can I reasonably keep going?

Thanks for the awesome replies. I'm glad I can have more confidence in my car and perhaps I can use this evidence to convince my father, who is a car mechanic, that 200K doesn't mean I'm playing with fire. Of course regular maintenance is a must, and the car will see a tune up soon. Can't wait to get back on the road. I'm on a mission to visit every county in the US. It might take a lifetime, but my cousin did it so I know it's not impossible! The xB is the perfect car for it. It's a fun ride in the middle of the boonies where I'm sure I get lots of stares.
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Re: At 200,000 miles, how long can I reasonably keep going?

a few weeks back I actually saw a scion xb at a dealership with 425,xxx on it. It was an 06 5 speed and it was said to be original motor/trans with 1 owner! I've never had any major problems with the boxes I've had, I just acquired an 05 5 speed and i'm about to buy an automatic for my other half. It gets her off her damn civic kick! lol
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Re: At 200,000 miles, how long can I reasonably keep going?

There is a guy in Wis. who has an 04 model with stick had over 425,000 !! It was reported that sometime in the past 2 years that his tray died but the engine was still going strong !!! He simply wore the tray out !!!!!
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Re: At 200,000 miles, how long can I reasonably keep going?

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...tray died ...
Please tell me that "tray" is not short for tranny, which is short for Transmission lol

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Re: At 200,000 miles, how long can I reasonably keep going?

I bet it's an autocorrect thing...

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My bad... Tranny !!!!!
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