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Old 09-19-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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I have a 2006 Vue with a 4 cylinder with 110,000. This car has been trouble free with the orginal battery still in it. I have serviced the car at regular intervails. I have had the hoses and belts replaced for safety sake. Everything else is orginal. My wife will be driving this car on 200 miles trips starting in a few weeks. Sometimes alone at night. I have been toying with leasing a new malibu for these trips. Do you think this is wise or should i just trust the Vue. What could go wrong at 110,000 miles that I may have overlooked. What would you do if it was your wife. This may seem like a sill question but it is a concern to me.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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My Vue has 115K on it and I would not hesitate to drive it long distances. Just do your maintenance and have the Vue checked beforehand. Also, something to consider if you lease the Malibu is that there are mileage restrictions on most leases. Some as low as 10K a year or they will charge you some amount per mile. This factor has kept me from leasing throughout the years.
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:18 PM   #3
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Any vehicle can break down and leave you stranded; even new ones. I would be more concerned about cell phone coverage in the areas she'll be driving. I'd join AAA and just fix the VUE as problems arise. Best.
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If you haven't done it already, one of the first things I would do is replace the battery. Seven years is an eternity in battery life. If she is going to be traveling in areas with spotty cell phone coverage, I would recommend looking at activating basic On-Star just for peace of mind. While it is cell based, I found through experience that it works even when other cell phones don't. In this case , three of us were coming back from a surrounding town and none of us got get a cell phone signal (Verizon, T-Mobile, and ATT). On-Star worked like a champ and we were able to report a roll-over.

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Old 09-25-2013, 12:55 PM   #5
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+1 on the battery change.
Spark plugs should be changed if not done already. Regular trans fluid maintenance (assuming Auto).
Other than normal maintenance, if there's cell service along the route, I wouldn't worry.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:24 PM   #6
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Do you like your wife. Just kidding. If you did all that is required, why not another 100,000 miles.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:40 PM   #7
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A 2006 i4 with only 110,000 is still a reliable car as long as you know its been maintained for the life of the car. I'd agree on the battery; change it now since you've gotten more than expected life on it. I trust my Vue to take my wife (I still love her) to NYC and back every now and then, and it has double the miles that yours does.

BTW, we bought (not leased) a new Malibu for her to drive regularly to replace a used CTS and are very happy with it so far.
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I agree on a new battery. I had a 6-year battery in my Vue, which failed after 3 years (I have no garage for my car, and a friend said this is common for cars that don't temperature-controlled garages). After the battery was changed, some of the other quirky issues I'd been having went away.

We just took a road trip across 5 states, but rented a Honda only because my Vue's A/C has a leak that I haven't had the time to repair.
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Other than the battery change and normal Preventative Maintenance, I don't see why your Vue wouldn't be just as reliable as a new car. Our primary car is a '04 Vue 2.2L Manual with 106K. Other than battery and plugs/ICM, it's started and ran trouble-free since we purchased it a year ago.

I think that's true of any car that's been properly maintained. I have a '99 Subaru Forester S with 208K on the clock, and still runs like a top, albeit using some oil between changes. Did a round trip from Harrisburg to King Of Prussia, PA not too long ago and had the best fuel mileage I ever got from that car (27 MPG - not bad for a full-time AWD vehicle that's shaped like a box).
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