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Old 10-31-2003, 03:18 AM   #1
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Question About to have a 112 mile a day commute

My 2000 SL2 is in good shape with only 40,000 miles on her so far, but I'm about to start putting 500+ miles a week on her and I'd love some feedback.

Other than the standard service schedule, is there anything special I should be doing to keep my baby in good condition with this longer commute? It's 90% highway driving, fortunately.

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Old 10-31-2003, 09:36 AM   #2
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Depending on how fast you drive on the highway:
- Check your oil level regularly
- Regular oil changes at 3k (sooner if you're driving 90+mph for 50 consecutive miles)
- Check air filter every month
- Keep an eye on washer fluid if you use it often
- Keep an eye on the coolant, it will be pressurized for long periods of time

I'm sure others will have more to add.

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Old 10-31-2003, 10:15 AM   #3
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Check and fill tire pressue.

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Old 10-31-2003, 11:53 AM   #4
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Checking the tranny fluid isn't a bad idea either.

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Old 10-31-2003, 12:16 PM   #5
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I have an 80 mile per day communte and I hate it. I can watch my '01 deteriorate before my eyes. It is sad.

But yeah, like everyone else said, keep an eye on the oil, check the tire pressures weekly. Make sure you have good tires, not bald, have your brakes checked at the first sign of pulsating in the pedal, and replace your windshield wipers before you need them.

When your just bombing around town on a ten minute errand you can live with bad wipers or pulsing brakes but in a hour long raining ride home good wipers make a big differeance. And knowing that you can stop from highway speeds to 0 quickly and safely goes a long way.

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Old 10-31-2003, 12:44 PM   #6
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Happy Take care of yourself first!!

All of the others have good ideas for your car. I recently had a job where I commuted 160 miles a day, and now I am working at a new job where I drive 50 miles and then take a train for the other half of the trip. I did the longer commute for many years, and the Saturn I had served me well with regular maintenance at the dealer (every 3000 miles, or about once a month).

The most important thing is to get plenty of rest so you can drive safely. If you can, try to work a schedule where you can take every other Friday off, or perhaps every Friday off. You'll be amazed at how it recharges YOUR batteries.

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Old 10-31-2003, 01:10 PM   #7
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Hi,

My wife has been commuting about 150 miles/day for the past year in our 96 SL2-M. The car has just under 150K miles on it, and is still going strong. As everyone has stated, check your oil regularly. There should not be any problems.

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Old 10-31-2003, 01:15 PM   #8
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If you maintain your car well normally, just keep it up. Driving on the highway is just going to make it easier on your car.

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Old 10-31-2003, 01:29 PM   #9
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Check your gas gauge often!!

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Old 10-31-2003, 01:45 PM   #10
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Use cruise control. It'll save you gas and engine wear.

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Old 10-31-2003, 02:17 PM   #11
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Not really.

Gas milage is depened on how much throttle you use, not the speed you use. But of course, the wider the throttle the faster you go, unless you're towing or going up hill

Have as little as the throttle open and having a steady foot/not vary the throttle position is the best way to save gas.

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Old 10-31-2003, 04:15 PM   #12
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Seriously consider moving if the job will be permanent.

Why torture both yourself and your car.

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Old 10-31-2003, 05:10 PM   #13
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Old 10-31-2003, 09:05 PM   #14
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Seriously consider moving if the job will be permanent.

Why torture both yourself and your car.
Bob, a good point, but unfortunately my husband's job is in the city we're currently living in, and my new commute is going to be a reverse commute. If we moved to be closer to my job, his commute would be fighting traffic the whole way. Last I checked, that's grounds for divorce

Also, I expect this to be at worst a 6 - 12 month situation, not permanant.

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Old 10-31-2003, 09:06 PM   #15
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And thanks to everyone for the great feedback! Much appreciated.

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Move on to Mobil 1 synthetic and stop wasting your time and money changing the oil. 8000 mile changes should be fine with all of the highway use. The 5 quart jugs are availible at Wal-mart. Changing the oil every month is silly.

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Old 10-31-2003, 10:47 PM   #17
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Let's see...

Moble 1 = $4-$5 per quart

Dyno = $1 - $2 per quart

Wasting money? I think not. Beside, you want want to change oil often to protect an engine more.

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Old 10-31-2003, 11:00 PM   #18
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I've been doing about 425 to 450 miles a week for about 3 years now, I change oil every 5-6 weeks, check the air filter every month, and try to keep the tires rotated. I try not to let the gas guage get below 1/8th of a tank.

Other than that, welcome to the world of boring ass commutes.

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Old 11-01-2003, 02:04 AM   #19
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Another thing to pay attention to is tire rotation. I can't believe the increase I get in tire life if I rotate them about every 5000 miles. I have an 80 mile round trip to work. Of course you really maximize your savings if you can do it yourself.

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