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I don't beat on mine alot. A couple weeks ago in the rain I floored it doing 40ish, shifted to 2nd to pass and it got really loose on me. Yet another time traction control saved me butt! :D Do you really have to redline it when peak torque is <3,000 RPM? Then agian, I didn't lease mine so I'll be paying for it for 5 years. That's probably the only time I've been hard on it.
 

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G6~Mike said:
Yeah but how long/hard before you start to burn oil or have tranny slip.... etc.
I had a 2.5L in a late 80's Buick that ran to 160,000 miles before the tranny started to hurl, and I drove the crap out of that thing. Never burned any oil.

My truck made it to 165,000 before the tranny gave up the ghost, rebuilt it for $1800 and I'm still pounding the crap out of it. Uses about 1/4 quart between changes.

GM knows how to build a drivetrain. They may not result in the fastest or most powerful vehicles on the planet, but they're tough.
 

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Cars are only designed to last to 100,000 miles (if that). Do you think if they built a car that last forever they could possibly keep making money and increasing profits every year? They would put themselves out of business. Thats why you can buy aftermarket parts that last 100x longer than the parts on your new 40 or 50 thousand dollar car.
 

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S8ER99 said:
Cars are only designed to last to 100,000 miles (if that). Do you think if they built a car that last forever they could possibly keep making money and increasing profits every year? They would put themselves out of business. Thats why you can buy aftermarket parts that last 100x longer than the parts on your new 40 or 50 thousand dollar car.
Thats far from true. The last 2 cars my dad had he drove to 250,000 miles with no drivetrain issues. Granted they were all highway miles. I'm sure he would still be driving the 2nd one had it not been stolen from the GM parking lot! :)
 

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Always exceptions.. I know a handful of people who have driven LT1 powered Caprice/Corvettes and fbodys to 200+ thousand miles... I also know of HUNDREDS who made it 50~75K and all hell broke loose. :)
 

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As far as the cars only lasting 100,000 miles... I had a 97 Monte Carlo with 130,000 on a 3.1, and when it hit 127 the tranny started to slip, and I drove that thing HARD!!! Never burned oil and I never had to replace the manifold gasket or O ring like most people had to do. People buy new cars because of the look of it and features and because of this urban myth that cars dont last long. Anything can last long if its properly maintained. Sure a car will burn oil, if you dont change it but every 7,000 miles!! A tranny can slip with 10,000 miles on it, cars are nothing but a crap shoot...
 
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