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post #1 of 23 Old 04-18-2009, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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High mileage Thirdgens!

Any of you on here have 100k plus mileage on your Thirdgens? I have 124k-ish on mine. The odometer (and trip odometer) died at 121,610 before I got the car, but it wasn't driven much after it died. I've heard of LO3 cars going 500k+, and know of one (a friend) with 295k on his, still running good! I hope my 305 still has a lot of life left in it, it runs pretty good, needs a few things still, but my guage reads low oil pressure, so that might be a bad sign. It's still getting 25+ mpg (when I'm nice to it) though, so it must be decently healthy. What's your mileage?


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My mileage is 95,xxx but actual mileage is around 93-94k, my odo is a little off. I've seen some go into the high 200s. The 305 is a decent engine for mileage and decent power, I'm not surprised at some high mile thirdgens.
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My mileage is 95,xxx but actual mileage is around 93-94k, my odo is a little off. I've seen some go into the high 200s. The 305 is a decent engine for mileage and decent power, I'm not surprised at some high mile thirdgens.
Looks like you are a lucky guy and have the LB9 TPI... I have a guy that wants to sell me his LB9/700R4 swap with 70,000 adult driven miles. $1,250... I'm considering it, but I don't know how good LB9's are in the long run... I know the TBI's are amazingly reliable motors even in the 200k range.

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I'm currently at 185k on my 89. The LO3 is a good all round daily driver motor.

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Any of you on here have 100k plus mileage on your Thirdgens?
What about 4th Generation? LMAO... my baby has 102k, I can't help but drive it
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My 3rd gen has 101400 or so. But I have no clue how many are on this engine since it's not the original one :/
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Funny thing is if my motor goes, it'll either get fixed or replaced with another 305 TBI... everyone says it's stupid, well, it's cheap, and the 305 TBI sounds amazing... great little cruising cars, with great mod potential.

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My 92 had low oil pressure (20ish) at idle when new.

The dealer said it was Ok but I had them change the pump anyhow. You might just want to do the same if it is worrying you. The pressure was always closer to 40psi at idle after that.

You should be able to get 200k+ miles as long as you maintain your car. The good thing is short blocks or rebuild kits aren't too expensive.
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Looks like you are a lucky guy and have the LB9 TPI... I have a guy that wants to sell me his LB9/700R4 swap with 70,000 adult driven miles. $1,250... I'm considering it, but I don't know how good LB9's are in the long run... I know the TBI's are amazingly reliable motors even in the 200k range.

IMO, just stick with the TBI setup you got going and when your ready find a TPI car.

But idk why you are caring about long run potential..it's a thirdgen and they break.
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IMO, just stick with the TBI setup you got going and when your ready find a TPI car.

But idk why you are caring about long run potential..it's a thirdgen and they break.
I care about the long run because this car is getting me to college for the next three years. With work and school, it's getting 100 miles a day put on it. Until I buy something cheap that will get me around so the Camaro doesn't have to.

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