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    Dave T.
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    Longer life by not abusing the car?

    A car salesman once told me that whenever a certain customer borrowed a loaner car, he'd break something. He suggested that owners' behavior can affect longevity.

    Recently, I was behind a car waiting for the stop light to change. Their windshield wipers were on the supersonic speed setting. It was so light drizzle that their wipers were wiping 100 times for every one I was doing.

    I also avoid potholes and even manhole covers. The secret is to just remember where they are, at least for familiar streets. It doesn't take last second swerving but just gentle maneuvering around them.

    Doors are not slammed. Brakes are applied lightly. I do take advantage of driving at the 60 mph speed limit on entrance ramps to highways, though. I heard that the yellow sign is just an advisory speed, not the speed limit.

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    Jay
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    Oh for sure.

    I never use the highest setting on the windshield wipers, avoid potholes and manhole covers. I do drive aggressively, but only because other people are stupid, so I do brake hard more than I'd like to. But I'm at 61K on my factory front brake pads and the last time I looked at them, in March, they still looked fine. Most of my driving is in suburban areas so I also use the transmission to slow the car down as often as possible. On familiar streets I avoid bad sections of the street, like intersections where the road has wash-boarded. Some of our roads in such bad shape that sometimes it's a matter of deciding which pothole(s) you can hit and which ones you're going to avoid.

    Doors are not slammed on mine either. It's a rule.

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    Ian Scott
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    Aside from gentle shifting, I hoon the hell out of my cars. I brake check tailgaters, gun it through turns, launch over rail road tracks, run the blower and wipers on full speed etc etc. Perhaps, in 60 years, I'll treat my distant future Lincoln Town Car like you guys. It'll smell of mothballs. So will I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirsch View Post
    I do drive aggressively, but only because other people are stupid ......
    That was you back there ?!?




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    Renato Piereck
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    I drive aggressively but smoothly too. The key is to be smooth, in my opinion. Jerking the wheel, slamming the brakes, dumping the clutch, etc all cause unnecessary wear and tear, annoys passengers and are generally not good.

    I pride myself in being a good driver, I always speed and have never gotten one speeding ticket. I see speed limits as made for the lowest denominator: a crappy car with a crappy driver. I am usually 10-20% above the limit. If there are people, especially if there are children, I'll slow down to a bit below the limit or lower.

    I also don't slam doors and the only thing I allow to be consummed inside my car is water or foods that don't crumble, like gummy bears and such.

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    Scott Hutchings
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    Hmmm ... I use my Saab everyday ... for everything. I put stuff in it, on it, and even behind it. I drive it the way it was meant to be driving ... the way a DRIVER wants to drive their car.
    I have no issue taking it cross country (Toronto to Copper Mountain, Colorado - 1500 miles each way - 2 days there, 3 back - all for a Saab convention).

    I take care of it, but I do not baby it.
    Car has over 225,000 miles on it now. Clutch, exhaust, turbo, engine, suspension (except rear shocks) - all original.

    The farther this car goes, the happier it seems to be!

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    Jay
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    225K on the original clutch? Thats pretty damn impressive!

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    Renato Piereck
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    According to the previous owner of my 8v the car still has the original clutch too, 250,000 km and counting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirsch View Post
    225K on the original clutch? Thats pretty damn impressive!
    225K miles clutch ?!? [coughs] BS. Maybe his flywheel is just unusually sticky

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