I would assert that a car placed in a vacuum chamber within a vault for 10 minutes is no longer the "same car". But then I'm weird that way...I see myself as having changed while typing this sentence.Assume two cars, an Impreza and a Legacy, each travel 500k with numerous parts substitutions. Are they the same car?
There was an ad by Merc once showing I believe a 300D which had crossed the million mark.And there are many examples like '81 Mercedes with 1 million miles still drives well | ajc.comYou mentioned the one car I would not be surprised at all to see at 500K, the Merc 300D.
This is my dream car. No lie.There was an ad by Merc once showing I believe a 300D which had crossed the million mark.And there are many examples like '81 Mercedes with 1 million miles still drives well | ajc.com
There are so many of these around that I have memories from several, not having owned any of them (yet?...). My friend picking me up to go to school. Taxis to parties, taxies to weddings, to funerals. Family members all together on holiday.This is my dream car. No lie.
I think there has been a paradigm shift in the past 30 years for all car makers. I think that they all realized that if they made a truly solid and dependable car, made to last, that they would eventually decrease their own sales. They all seem to make cars now that are designed to be replaced or require expensive repairs about eight or so years after initial sale, causing us to buy new more often. I am not saying this is some conspiracy or anything, just the way it seems. We can still find (easily) cars from the 40's through the 70's that are road worthy. I would be willing to bet that you will be hard pressed to find a decent 2003 WRX in 2023, let alone 2063. They just don't make cars like thy used to.Merc cannot make a car like this any more, they've proven it. I don't think Subaru have it in them either. A Subaru can go the distance with enough parts but the parts count will be higher I think, despite (or maybe because) the Subaru is more modern.