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Old 04 October 2018, 18:43   #21
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In Australia the Ford Falcons have a problem with the odometer. It goes up to 999,999 km (621,370 miles) but even that is not enough sometimes.
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That's interesting. since it's American made it'd normally be in miles. To change to kilometers the odo gear in the transmission is changed to smaller ratio for faster readings.
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Since I was a mechanic in a trade I can tell you that the cars in the olden days have worn out rings around the 80K mark. Same with the rod bearings.

How do you tell? It smokes and it knocks.
I guess, it depends on the car.

The smaller 6 cylindre engines by BMW and Merc of the 70s/80s are usually good for at least 200.000 - 300.000 miles.

The diesel engines by Mercedes of that era are almost indestructable, especially the 5 cylindre ones (eg. in a MB W123 300D). Everything else of the car will be broken long before the engine quits the service.

My best guess for a car starting to smoke after just 80.000 miles would be a cracked head gasket. Worn out piston rings and/or rod bearings are, as far as my experience goes, pretty unusual at that mileage.
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That's interesting. since it's American made it'd normally be in miles. To change to kilometers the odo gear in the transmission is changed to smaller ratio for faster readings.
The Ford Falcon was made in Australia.
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Still an American brand yes?
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Why would an Australian subsidary of an American brand put mph instead of kmh on their cars?

Even cars that were manufactured overseas have been made to use kmh for sale in Australia. Otherwise people would do 100mph and say to the police "Well I was doing 100... the sign didn't specify kmh or mph".
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And most companies manufacture for multiple markets and so simply fit an instrument cluster to match the target market. You can even go to a dealer and buy a different panel for many cars if you wish to change it from miles to km or vice versa.

As for smoking prematurely, it's true that most engines would typically last far longer than 80,000 miles, but sometimes there are exceptions. The Volkswagen-Audi Group had a 1.4 engine about 10-15 years ago that had Teflon coatings on some wear parts (valve stems IIRC) and would prematurely start wearing around 60-80,000 miles. This caused them to start burning a lot of oil, causing smoke and a failure of the annual emissions testing, ultimately requiring a costly top-end rebuild. It could be avoided by using the exact Quantum engine oils specified, but they were expensive and never used by most independent garages and so there were lots of these cars facing major repair bills for smoke at less than 10 years old.
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Well, it's a Volkswagen.

I wouldn't expect any of them to last longer than 60.000 miles.
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LOL, the cars I was talking about were in the 60s and 70s. Those are the smokers and knockers.

Most modern cars if not all have dual readouts on the speedo panel. It'll show both mph and kph.
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Hmm, so a small block V8 from the 60s and 70s didn't last for more than 80.000 miles?

I beg to differ. Even if some of them had just few rod bearings, those engines had never been optimised for performance. Give an old Ford or Chevy engine some oil and it'll last forever.
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I made my living as a mechanic and I've seen a lot of them. Most likely because of the negligence of maintaining the car.

Don't get me wrong. They'll keep going as long you keep putting oil in em. As for rods knocking, they'll go in time. There's no patching them.

We get a lot more rebuild jobs back then.
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Well, it's a Volkswagen.

I wouldn't expect any of them to last longer than 60.000 miles.
That 1.4 engine is a bit of an exception (and the issue was remedied in later revisions of that power unit), but in general they're pretty reliable, especially their diesels. My Golf GTI had 160,000 miles on the clock before the rust finally killed it - and the engine went on to be transplanted into a weekend track car. My Seat Leon Cupra R had 138,000 on it and was running perfectly when it was written off in an accident (My favourite car so far ), and I only recently sold an Audi A3 with 140,000 miles on it, still running perfectly.
And I had a road trip across Europe and back a few years back in a diesel Jetta that had 260,000 miles on the clock. 100,000 miles is a walk in the park for these cars.
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I had a VW T4 Multivan with a 2.5l turbodiesel engine a couple of years ago. Almost everything of that motor broke (turbo charger, ignition, etc.) except the engine block itself, before it had run 50.000 miles and I was not the only owner who had massive problems with the 2.5 tdi.

My experiences with Volkswagen aren't the best.
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