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A 90 reatta for sale in MA with 52000 miles, the seller is advertising the car as low mileage. I was thinking that a low mileage car should have somewhere bet

ween 1 and maybe 25000 miles on it. What do you think? smile.gif

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A 12 year old car with 75000 miles on it can be considered 'low' mileage. Average mileage nowadays is considered 12 to 15 thou a year thereby putting average mileage on a '90 at 144 to180 thousand miles.

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Is there an honest, scientific average mileage put out by any polling or other group? As a dealer I would quote 12 - 15000 yearly as average, but since metro areas have increased in area it may have increased. At any rate I personally would consider up to around 50 k "good/keeper/collector" low mileage and anything under 75 k as low......

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Nick I agree with you about 12 to 15 thousands miles a year as a average. What I failed to tell people was the seller was advertising the car as a low mileage colector car and or special intrest. So I guess my question is what is considered a low mileage colector car?

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Nic and Reatta1: You guys are right on, with one small exception. Here in Southern California, 75K miles can be a car-killer if they're rush-hour freeway miles, which beats a car to death. On a mid-West interstate at 75 mph, 75K miles might be considered just broken in. I love it when cars are advertised as "California, rust-free car with only xx,xxx miles." I commuted four hours per day for 14 years (Orange County to Beverly Hills -- average speed: 15 mph, at least 100 hits on the brakes daily) and burned out a Lincoln Town Car every year. They only had 25K miles when I traded them in, but they were shot.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> So I guess my question is what is considered a low mileage colector car? </div></div>

That is nearly impossible to define but, as a Supreme Court justice once said about pornography, "You'll know it when you see it."

If the question is 'Is a 1990 Reatta with 52,000 miles a low mileage collector car?' then that's easy... No.

Mike

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Milage has a positional value as several have noted. On a car lot for a 88-91, anything under 100k is probably considered "low". Also how and where a car is driven is important. For instance driving from Orlando to New Orleans this week I spent hours on end with cruise engaged.

OTOH, in traffic the warmer temperatures and constant accel/decel is wearing.

And on the gripping hand, I have been told by Those Who Should Know that starting an engine causes the most wear so 20,000 miles accumulated 3 miles a day to the post office and back could mean a lot of wear, particularly starting at very low temperatures.

Which reminds me of an advt I once saw for a RA IV GTO - "Less than 10,000 miles, 1/4 mile at a time."

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If the Reattas ever manage the status of 55 Chev BelAir hardtops, then they will be collectors. I expect they will have to get another 10 to 15 years on them and a lot less available to get to collector status. Personal opinion. grin.gif I expect to still have mine then and with less than 100k on it. smile.gif

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