What Is Considered High Mileage for a Ford?

Buying a vehicle that will last a long time is typically a major consideration for most car shoppers. People typically judge a car is by its mileage, but that often isn’t as simple as looking at the odometer. You also need to factor in the vehicle’s age. For instance, a 2010 Ford truck with 150,000 miles might have high mileage, but it isn’t really a high-mileage vehicle. However, a 2020 Ford pickup with the same miles would be considered high mileage.

However, assuming your new Ford vehicle doesn’t have a ton of miles, you’re probably wondering how long before you’ll have to buy another car.

How long do Ford vehicles typically last?

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How long your Ford will last is not usually measured in years but mileage. If you drive only a few thousand miles in your car a year, as opposed to an average of 12,000 to 15,000 miles, you’ll typically get more years out of your car. And according to Erie Insurance, anything above that is considered high mileage. So, what kind of mileage can you expect?

It depends on the model. For example, a Ford Expedition can surpass 200,000 miles, and a Ford F-150 can also go past the 200,000-mile mark. In general, Ford trucks and SUVs are the longest-lasting models you can get.

What mileage can you expect to potentially start having problems?

Part of this depends on how you treat your Ford. Neglecting maintenance and not taking care of your vehicle will cause problems long before 100,000 miles. However, if you take care of your vehicle and perform routine maintenance, you likely won’t start seeing problems until after 150,000 miles. But this also depends on the model and, to a certain extent, a little luck. 

Though a Ford vehicle can last a long time, the brand doesn’t have the longest-lasting vehicles out there. For example, Toyota vehicles typically last well past 200,000 miles, and some even reach 300,000. Honda is another brand that makes long-lasting vehicles, with the Pilot surpassing 200,000 miles and sometimes even 300,000.

Are Ford vehicles costly to fix?

You might have heard the saying that “Ford” is an acronym for “fix or repair daily.” That reputation isn’t necessarily deserved, but it has stuck. So, should you expect to take your Ford to the repair shop every day? No, probably not. But when you need to make a trip to the mechanic, how much will it cost?

According to Motor1, Ford vehicles typically have above-average maintenance and repair costs. But it’s not because you are taking your vehicle in for more frequent repairs. It’s because parts and labor are more expensive than those for other vehicles. 

Whether you buy an Expedition or a Mustang, the most important factor in how long your Ford vehicle will last is regular maintenance. All vehicles need it, and if you never change the oil or rotate the tires, don’t expect your vehicle to last very long. If you take care of your Ford, it could surpass 200,000 miles. Alternatively, if you don’t really put many miles on it, you can have a 1968 Shelby Mustang that still runs like a dream. 

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