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    I've now put maybe 2K on the '14 WRX I got almost a month ago. For those who didn't see my other threads, I got this car because, starting Sunday, I have to do a 250 weekly commute (each way) over a mountain pass.

    I'm definately an enthusiast which is the main reason for buying this car. One of the important secondary reasons is resale - these babies seem to hold their value REALLY well. My big move, along with keeping all receipts and keeping the car stock, is to never reset trip odo B. The point is that whenever I sell the car I'll be able to essentially prove that the vast majority of the miles are highway based upon the MPG associated with trip B.

    My question is this: When the battery inevitably fails, does this information reset? The main ODO certainly doesn't but I'm hoping the trip ODO info remains intact. Does anyone have any idea whether this is the case?

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    My trips A and B reset every time the battery is disconnected along with the radio pre-sets and learned data in the ECU. May be different for your model. I have an 02.

    NADA and KBB don't have a selector for hwy vs regular miles. It's just total miles recorded. I wouldn't stress about proving it was mostly highway miles. At the end of the day the buyer will see what's on the odometer and that number will determine the deduction to the value.

    I would stress more on keeping all receipts, keeping good maint., and keeping it clean; which you're already doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckingball man View Post
    My trips A and B reset every time the battery is disconnected along with the radio pre-sets and learned data in the ECU. May be different for your model. I have an 02.

    NADA and KBB don't have a selector for hwy vs regular miles. It's just total miles recorded. I wouldn't stress about proving it was mostly highway miles. At the end of the day the buyer will see what's on the odometer and that number will determine the deduction to the value.
    You're saying that with a car, especially one like a WRX, if you KNEW it lived 95% on the highway (meaning low revs) that wouldn't mean something to you when buying used?

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    Don't the trips turnover at 10K ??? Believe that was on a post here i.e. MPG. But maintenance receipts are very important.
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    The trips do turn over, mine turns at 999.

    To the OP, I'm just saying it won't effect value.

    In my opinion when I hear someone say, "it's mostly hwy miles," it's just hearsay. If you could prove it, then it might have an effect on me, but monetarily I'm still going to value the car the same either way.

    I'd be more concerned with the following; maint records, receipts, clean inside, clean outside, rust, leaks, compression test, little to no previous modifications, mileage, character of the owner. Things of that nature.

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    I pretty much assume everything that comes out of the seller's mouth is a lie when looking at used cars..

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    Highway miles mean jack ****. sorry.

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    Bought expecting to sell

    Should have bought some sort of hybrid for all those miles...wait nevermind. I'm confused by how many miles you're actually driving.
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    The trip odo resets.
    You could save all your receipts over the life of the car. Add up the total amount of gallons pumped and do the simple miles/gallons calculation.

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    You could just buy a battery keeper like this:

    Powerbuilt 648539 Computer Memory Keeper : Amazon.com : Automotive

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    Quote Originally Posted by lytlec View Post
    Should have bought some sort of hybrid for all those miles...wait nevermind. I'm confused by how many miles you're actually driving.
    500 to/from work location each week. Probably 300 while there. Essentially 3500 - 4K each month.

    I wouldn't have a hybrid shoved up my ass unless it was one of the new Porsche/Ferrari and whatever other 700+

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    I once bought a used that objectively had most highway miles. Some 100K in 2 years. Maintenance was done all over the country, by authorized shops, registration was one place way up in the northern end of the country (Germany). It was quite clear the car lived most of the time on the Autobahn. The engine seized up on me in relatively short order (anyways) but was warrantied and replaced. All in all it was just another OK deal. Didn't really make a difference other than the fact that mileage made for a good price.
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    Just put "almost all highway miles" when you go to sell. Everyone will know to take that with a grain of salt. If they come and ask you about the validity of that statement, at least you will be able to answer honestly and with a clear conscience, and some people will be able to tell if you're being honest or just BS'ing them.

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    Y'all are the audience I'd have when it's time to sell so I appreciate your comments. I guess, instead, I'll beat the **** out of it and assume buyers don't care about the type of miles. It would to me but it seems I'm in the minority.

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