Which car brand lasts the longest

Cars with 400,000 kilometers and moreAre used endurance runners worthwhile?

There are young and old used cars, there are rotten carrots, and then there are the endurance runners - cars, the 400Have 000 kilometers and more on the speedometer.

Is it worth buying endurance runners?

In the auto forums, fans scramble when asked: How long can a car last? But instead of speculating for a long time about "how long", you should take a quick look at one of the marketplaces - and you will be amazed, because there are endurance runners who have theoretically already traveled to the moon (the distance is 384,400 km).

The Meta search engine Autouncle.de finds 1500 cars built after 1980, the 400Have run 000 or more kilometers. Who now core scrap on RäIf expected, it just misses the mark: We have already ticked “HU new”, so all of these endurance runners recently went to the technology check.

Mileage guzzlers are usually dirt cheap: For example, you can get a 21-year-old Audi A4 with 430,000 km of mileage for 700 euros. The car with 125 PS strong petrol engine is accident-free according to the private first owner and does not have to go to the next general inspection until May 2019.

Most of them are diesel

But most of the agile end-of-life vehicles are diesel: More than 1,100 cars in our search have diesel, for example an Opel Astra station wagon built in 2000 with an insane 504,000 km. The car has "signs of use, dents and rust", but who's any surprise? In the photo you can see a silver-colored station wagon with faded plastic planks, but clean and without any noticeable damage.

At a price of 799 euros there are popular special equipment such as air conditioning, cruise control, electric windows and a set of winter tires. The highlight: the car even has euros4, so it is allowed in all German environmental zones. Not an isolated case: Anyone who thinks that the endurance runners are all polluters is wrong again, because 850 of the cars on offer are suitable for environmental zones.

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Can you safely buy such an immortal? The ADAC warns against blanket judgments: "As the vehicle ages, the design has less and less influence on the durability than the individual care," says an expert from the ADAC technology center in Landsberg. It is therefore important that the endurance runner has been treated well in his long life. You can find this out by carefully looking through the car and all the documents.

Is appreciation still possible?

Anyone who consults the valuation of the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand (DAT) sees: When a car has exceeded the ten years and 249,000 km mileage, experts dismiss it: It is practically impossible to assess the condition without having viewed such an end-of-life vehicle. And even after that, a prognosis of the durability (and nothing else is an appreciation) would be tricky, because nobody can look into the engine without unreasonable effort.

“So it depends on whether the previous owner (s) drove carefully, e.g.B. did not give full throttle straight away after a cold start and whether the oil was changed correctly, ”says the ADAC engineer. This can be understood from a fully completed service booklet, but also from the overall impression: "If the car has a lot of dents and scratches, the interior is tattered, the conclusion is that the overall maintenance was poor."

The record of the unofficial ranking is currently held by a Bavarian taxi: a Mercedes-Benz W210 from 2003 with 865,000 km for a measly thousand, which the taxi specialist Much in Bad Tölz offers. For sales consultant Toni Kloiber, there is only one answer to the question of how something like this is possible: “Just Mercedes! Older series even ran one and a half million kilometers. ”Earlier Opel models would have managed that too. BMW probably no longer because their gearbox was not designed for it. Kloiber, on the other hand, no longer trusts new Mercedes model series to achieve this mileage either: "Too much electronics, too much bells and whistles that can break."

Many taxis go abroad

Much offers many of these ivory-colored mules, but most of them are out of reach for private individuals: "We would then have to offer a one-year warranty, with such old cars that is simply too risky," explains Kloiber. Therefore, the 210 is expected to reach the million kilometers in Africa or Asia. But Much's list for domestic sales also includes mileage masters: 200,000 kilometers on the speedometer are almost standard. And here too, Mercedes models dominate.

“We just build good engines,” says Mercedes spokesman René Olma laconically, but adds: “Of course, there are many individual factors that count, such as regular maintenance and careful treatment.” The best example is an E-Class, the Mercedes-Benz from Sindelfingen - Engineer Michael Nickl drives as a private car, and who drove the one million kilometers mark at the end of 2016 - Nickl never skipped a service and also kept a meticulous record of it.

The story of his long-lived Benz went around the world as an illustrated press release. Mercedes publishes such reports at irregular intervals. Probably this also contributes to the conviction of many that cars with the three-pointed star - especially diesels - last the longest. Until the 1990s, the company even presented a badge of honor to all Mercedes drivers who could prove a million kilometers. This tradition has "gently slumbered", as it is called at Mercedes. Perhaps because too many Benz products are now able to do this?

"No, there are no reliable surveys about it," says the ADAC engineer from Landsberg. The equation works the other way round: Taxis are frequent drivers and are therefore most likely to be able to accumulate high mileage. In addition, as company cars, they are usually serviced according to regulations and their engines stay warm throughout the day, so hard-to-wear cold starts are the exception.

"Our vehicles are also designed for long journeys," added the Mercedes spokesman. And since most of the taxis are from Mercedes, it seems only understandable that many mileage millionaires wear a star.

"Overall, the durability of engines has increased significantly," the ADAC expert sums up. That was already shown by the increasing intervals between maintenance appointments: The Golf I (1974-1983) had to change the oil every 7500 kilometers - “today we have intervals of up to 30,000 km.” Ultimately, the service life of a car cannot be measured by the mileage moor, because even a car that is standing still gets old. "This is particularly dangerous with tires and timing belts."

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Is there a risk of odometer fraud?

Yes! The ADAC warns in particular of the dormant danger of odometer manipulation: If a used car has been artificially made "younger" at some point in the past, this affects maintenance intervals - and in particular a delayed change of timing belt can result in engine damage.

So the following applies more and more to old used cars: Check the condition of wear parts, brake hoses, chassis, etc. intensively. ADAC and others, e.g.B. TÜV or Dekra, offer the used vehicle inspection for less than 100 euros. BILD says: A sensible investmentthat can save you from worse harm.