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Wow, just wow. My car is to be a daily driver, and a 'forever' car... So, it's good to hear that it's at least possible... Wonder if there's enough meat on a 6.4 block to get bored out for a rebuild?
 

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Well boys, I've rolled her AGAIN!

My 2010 Challenger SE just rolled over to 200,000 miles. She still looks GREAT, but the engine is rapping like a an old Choo Choo Train. The infamous "valve train" rattle hit me after the car was out of warrant so for the last 98,000 miles, I've just lived with it. It hasn't seemed to affect performance. I'll probably spring for the new design rocker gear, but that will be sometime this winter when I can get some heat in my garage.

Thus far:

122,000 miles - Replaced trans filter and fluid
128,000 miles - Radio (Head unit) started to lose power sporadically. Bought a used one from a board member.
132,000 miles - Replaced all four disks and brake pads again (third set)
137,000 miles - Replaced Timing belt, water pump and accessory belt
155,000 miles - A/C fan starts to make horrendous noises when running. Bought a used one from a junkyard for $75 out of a 300.
192,000 miles - Car failed annual inspection for a bad tie rod on the drivers side. Replaced myself for $58.
197,000 miles - Chipped windshield (Have not replaced yet - second time)

Changed oil every 21 - 25 days.
Put 150 miles a day at least on the car.
Small ding in the roof at the drivers side "A" pillar. My son swears he had nothing to do with it.
When the sunroof is open at speed, the headliner comes loose. Annoying..
Mileage still averages 24-25 mpg.

Greg
Congratulations Greg! Picking mine up this week (hopefully) and I too plan to drive the hell out of it...that's why they make 'em right?
 

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Wow, just wow. My car is to be a daily driver, and a 'forever' car... So, it's good to hear that it's at least possible... Wonder if there's enough meat on a 6.4 block to get bored out for a rebuild?
I'm pretty sure there is plenty of cylinder wall thickness in a 392. With as much power as it makes there should be enough meat to go .030" or .040" maybe even .060".
 

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Some things I have learned:

1. Do NOT "Drive it like ya stole it!" Kiss longevity goodbye and this will no doubt lead to leaks and broken components which leads to "I'm getting rid of this rattle trap" syndrome.
2. Meet ALL of the maintenance schedules when the car in under warranty. Let the dealer do it then (yes it costs more but DO IT).
3. Meet ALL of the maintenance schedules when the car goes OUT of warranty. You can go online to see what needs to be done at what mileages. A reputable shop is better then (if you can't do it yourself) It's less expensive.
4. Change oil often. I go to a place that gives a free car wash with an oil change so my car gets a bath and change every three weeks. It keeps the body happy.
5. Park away from other cars if you can. It also keeps the body happy by not getting parking dings from other cars.
6. When mileage gets high, don't shy away from junkyard parts. I've got a starter and alternator lined up when the ones installed go bad.
7. Keep up with common problems by browsing internet boards (like this one). Other people may have had the same problem you had or will have.
8. Also for maintenance, Youtube is your friend. People will video and post the most mundane tasks and save you big bucks in keeping your car on the road.

So, I'm heading for 300,000 now. This will be the most difficult phase because I know things will just start to go bad from use. Fortunately, I've got a garage and a set of tools and I ain't scared to use'em!

Greg
 

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Wife and I had a first year, first-generation 3.5 in her 1993 Eagle Vision TSi, which was also the first new car we bought together (technically, still the only BRAND new one since my SRT had been titled once even though it only had 1200 miles on it when I got it). We put 250,000 miles on that car before we sold it, and the 3.5 never missed a beat. Still was running great the day I handed it over, although the rest of the car was showing its age. Ultimately it was increasing electrical gremlins that caused us to sell it. The thought of a stranded wife in rush-hour traffic... :-(
 

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Whoa! As a former mechanic, engine builder, and performance parts sales I really don't agree with some of these...


1. Do NOT "Drive it like ya stole it!" Kiss longevity goodbye and this will no doubt lead to leaks and broken components which leads to "I'm getting rid of this rattle trap" syndrome. Drive it like you want to, if that is stole it or baby...no need to baby it and never enjoy it. lack of maintenance will kill a car long before aggressive driving
2. Meet ALL of the maintenance schedules when the car in under warranty. Let the dealer do it then (yes it costs more but DO IT). Unless the Dealer is doing it for free there is no reason to go to a dealer, the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act covers you, and allows you to use non factory parts for repairs and maintance. Also mechanics often are trained from the same sources and are jsut as good or better at independent garages.
3. Meet ALL of the maintenance schedules when the car goes OUT of warranty. You can go online to see what needs to be done at what mileages. A reputable shop is better then (if you can't do it yourself) It's less expensive. I will agree here, nothing wrong with keeping the car up and running correctly
4. Change oil often. I go to a place that gives a free car wash with an oil change so my car gets a bath and change every three weeks. It keeps the body happy. Change the oil when it is needed, changing it too frequently just waists money and oil. If you have a question on oil longevity talk to an oil manufacturer or an oil testing business, then can test your oil and tell you the condition as well as the amount of the additive package still in it, no need to over change.
5. Park away from other cars if you can. It also keeps the body happy by not getting parking dings from other cars. dents and dings will always find you, just be wary of your surroundings. Lots of times parking far out and isolated can attract people who will do bad things.
6. When mileage gets high, don't shy away from junkyard parts. I've got a starter and alternator lined up when the ones installed go bad. used and reman parts are always a decent deal
7. Keep up with common problems by browsing internet boards (like this one). Other people may have had the same problem you had or will have. while it is not a bad idea, the forums are full of so much false and erroneous information that it is staggering! As a mechanic, nobody likes to hear "I read on a forum...."
8. Also for maintenance, Youtube is your friend. People will video and post the most mundane tasks and save you big bucks in keeping your car on the road. See above forum statement.

So, I'm heading for 300,000 now. This will be the most difficult phase because I know things will just start to go bad from use. Fortunately, I've got a garage and a set of tools and I ain't scared to use'em!

Congrats on the mileage, and you woudl be suprised, I have seen and had a couple very high mileage cars and they were very reliable in their twilight years
 

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I'm at 17,000 on my 2012. I DD my 2003 Trailblazer that has 160,000. I only have a 4 mile commute and pretty much keep the Challenger to joyriding, autocross, and road trips. It's almost paid for and I don't have any plans on selling it anytime soon. I've upgraded wheels/tires so I'll probably Whipple it next year.
 

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Congrats on making the "200,000 Mile Club" :thumbsup:
 

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Well boys, here's an update. Remember this though;


Rule #1 - This car has 215,417 miles on it, it's PAID for and it still looks GREAT.


Don't forget that.

That rocker arm clickety clack has been driving me mad for over 100,000 miles and it was getting LOUDER. Well, I had to take care of it so I went over to Amazon on line and bought the rocker arms for both sides and gaskets for the intake plenum and valve covers. About $550 for the whole shootin' match. I finally carved out some time to do it this past weekend and I figured several hours to do the job. I started at 10 AM. Got the plenum off and the drivers side valve cover off by Noon. OK, some sweating and cursing involved but no big deal. Rocker arms come complete. Just unbolt the old assembly and bolt on the new one. That simple. Went to replace the valve cover gasket and realized I'd ordered the WRONG one. 1998-2006 valve cover gasket is NOT the same as the 2007-2010. Silly me. Why I didn't catch that I don't know. Anyway, I had to search around and found a set so after two hours, $42 more and a new set of plugs (I had to do that while I had the thing apart), I got back on the job.


On the passenger side, everything came apart as expected, but then, my luck ran out. See pic. Can lobe on that side is pretty badly gauld from rocker arm free play. So I sat for a while sipping iced tea and nibbling on marshmallow Peeps (Sugar high). What to do? In a perfect world I'd halt the job, order a new set of cams and replace them. More money and more time. In MY world, Rule #1 applies and I've got to have this thing running before tommorow.


So, I installed the NEW rocker arm on the BAD cam and said a Hail Mary knowing this is not a good thing to do. I got everything buttoned up by 10 PM, crossed my fingers and fired her up. She fired right up! She clicked for a split second and settled down to run and quiet as you please. In fact, now she runs so quiet I can hear the "whirrrr" from the alternator. Road test the next day and she runs like a champ. No clicks, nothing.
For how long? Again, refer to Rule #1 . If I make 300K miles, I'll call it good. Oh, during my road test my 11 year old son did me the honor of tagging my car by throwing up in the back seat. Rule #1 ....


Note: When replacing the "Millenium Falcon" intake plenum, tip it back a bit and insert the EGR pipe BEFORE bolting it back onto the intake. Your life will be much easier if you do it that way.


Greg
 

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Great thread and I also have high mileage on my car as well 136,000 and going.the only issue I have is my rear side markers don't work I've found water inside of both of them replaced both bulbs nothing lights up gotta take it in to the dealership to see if I need new wiring
 

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Good write up!Waiting for the 300k update.
 

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Well boys, this is all she wrote. She’s crossed over and it’s time to pick up a new ride. I bought my SE Memorial Day weekend in 2010. Back in those days, Challenger owners would wave to each other because there just weren’t that many on the road then. A whole lot more now! Anyway, I’ve treated her well and she’s treated me well. Never failed to start or not get me to work (her primary mission). And she did it looking REAL good. Some thoughts on things I’ve done over the years.



  • Replaced rocker arms myself. Camshaft on passengers side was gauled and still is. Engine ticks because of that. No effect on performance.
  • On her third timing belt and water pump. First replacement by dealer at 100K miles. Second replacement by me at 200K. Due for another one. Won’t be me.
  • Cleaned throttle body at 220k
  • Replaced air filters every 30K miles.
  • Oil change every 3000 miles (or 21 to 28 days). Included free car wash.
  • Third windshield
  • Second radio
  • Fourth set of tires plus one set of winter treads on separate rims.
  • Third dipstick (they break easy)
  • Replaced headlight bulbs four times.
  • Replaced taillight bulbs four times.
  • Replaced drivers side tie rod.
  • Fifth set of front brake rotors and pads. Second set of rear brake rotors and pads.(All replaced by me)
  • Replaced coolant twice.
  • Replaced spark plugs at 200K.
  • Replaced transmission fluid AND filter twice (At 100K and 200K).
  • Had Diff refilled (was overfilled at shop and caused a leak on the passenger’s side rear axle seal. Still there, don’t care).
  • Replaced blower motor
  • Heater “mixer” not functioning properly. Heat and cooling only comes out of vents when car is on the move. Don’t care anymore.
  • Recharged A/C 230K miles.
  • “Clunk” sound from transmission tunnel when in Drive and stepping on the brake pedal. No effect.
  • After rocker arm replacement, throttle body light and traction control light would come on sporadically. Traced to possible air leak between EGR tube and intake manifold. I smeared silicone sealer around the port. Lights went out and stayed out but still come on once or twice a year. I just pullover, shut down car and restart. Problem goes away. Don’t care anymore.
  • Check Engine light came on last month. Tightened gas cap. Light went out.
  • Power window on drivers side is slower than passengers side.
  • Accessory belt changed with timing belt.
  • Small rust bubble on passengers side rear wheel well.
  • Adjustment knob broke off of drivers power seat
  • Headliner flops down when sunroof is open
  • Still has original battery, starter, alternator,struts, A/C compressor, power steering pump, throttle body, coil packs, steering rack, radiator, thermostat, brake calipers.
  • Needs driver’s side air bag replaced. Recall item. Don’t care anymore.
  • Rubber trim seal surrounding engine compartment and hood came loose. I pulled it off. Don’t care now.
  • Rubber trim seal around trunk is loose. Don’t care.
  • Inside door window trim is cracked on both sides.
  • Wiper blades replaced three times
  • Sunglass' compartment door sprung. Won't open or close properly. Don't care.
  • Wanders a bit going down the road. Requires more effort to keep her in a straight line.
  • Slight buzz coming from dash under the steering column.
  • "Thump" from front suspension when going over bumps and potholes
  • Replaced key fob battery five times in seven years.
I think that’ll flat get it. I’ve been driving since 1973 and I will say, this is the BEST car I have ever owned. Still, it’s time for her to go. I’m thinking about an AWD Charger. My kids aren’t small anymore so I think I need four doors.

Greg
 

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Yeah, I fell for it too. I was expecting to see total chaos and destruction as you spun in at 140mph, did a triple gainer and landed on a Prius. Well, maybe next time. I have a 392 IE with 17k on it now, so I figure I'll roll it sometime in the spring of 2059 or so. I'll be sure to post a picture. Good going on your first successful rollover.
 

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Well boys, she ain't dead yet!

She's tired, real tired. I've been trying to pick up a new ride but finding the right Charger Pursuit Hemi AWD has been a challenge. Meanwhile, my baby just keeps on going but she's telling me the end may be near:


  • "PRND" indicators under the tach disappeared.
  • Window is chipped and was fixed
  • Failed inspection - had to replace right lower control arm
  • Left lower control arm is indicating it needs replacement
  • Key fob is acting up. Trunk pops open when putting keys in my pocket. Windows roll down by themselves. Cleaned inside of keyfob but problems have returned.
  • Check engine light comes on periodically. "P03050" code. Misfire on cylinder 5. Possible injector, coil pack or sparkplug problem.
  • All indicators (Lightning bolt, etc) no longer function. It's dark under there.
  • Traction control light came on at low speed in a parking lot and the engine died. Restarted immediately.
  • Low pressure on some tire keeps giving a warning even after I've checked and put air in all tires.
  • Rust spot on rear wheel well is getting slightly larger.
325,000 miles. 2010 SE. Original battery keeps on kicking.
 

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Greg55_99,
That is awsome mileage and she's stick ticking on rule#1.

I have set a 2018 Challanger on the same path as your DD 100 plus miles round trip per day commute. In 50 miles maybe 5 stop signs to get thru town then 75mph the whole trip. 2 weeks and 1800 miles now. 25 to 35k miles per year we will see how it holds up.
Of course I'm not into rule #1 yet I'm still in the, this car is the nicest car I've ever owned stage. 3 coats of wax on it already. Can't stand it getting dirty phase. LOL
Congrats and keep us updated she's been good to you.
Here's a pic of mine hope she holds up as good as your has.
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Well boys, the end has come. After nine good years and over 347,500 miles I let her go to a new home. I'd had a hankering for an All Wheel Drive Hemi car and finally found a 2019 Dodge Charger Pursuit in Springfield Missouri. The new Charger was in so the Challenger had to go. She was getting tired. I'd replaced the lower control arm on the drivers side, the wheel hub on the passenger's side, got a new battery, wife accidentally backed into the left rear putting a "boop" on the bumper. Thought she'd hold out a little longer but the rocker arms went from a tick-tick-tick to a RAP-RAP-RAP. I knew the passengers side cam was giving up. Pulled the cover to check and yep, it was REAL ugly. With that in mind, I put her on Craigslist and got a hit after a couple of days. I gave the gent that showed up ALL of the info her and showed him pics of the good AND the bad. Didn't want him to be surprised about anything. $4500 changed hands and he drove her away. that's life isn't it? Endings and new beginnings. It's been good boys, but I had to move on. She was the best car I'd ever owned and that's me going back to my first in 1974.
 

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