View Full Version : 100K miles, gets a gtranny cooler.

03-17-2013, 12:53 PM
Well, the loving relationship between myself and the 07 F-150 in the driveway has gone on for 100,000 miles as of this week. A relationship with less problems and frustration than with most people I have known.

To celebrate, I got the old girl a brand new transmission cooler. Actually I had the thing for several months now and just got around to putting it in. Average cruising around town temp dropped from 160-165 to 150. Won't find out about towing temps until the last week in April.

Just for fun, if you drove non-stop at 50 miles an hour (meaning no fuel, no breaks, not even to pee) it would take you 83.3 days to drive 100,000 miles.

And if you get 16.4 MPG it would require 6097.5 gallons of gas, which assuming gas is $3.50 a gallon would cost $21,341 which is almost what I paid for the truck when I bought it.

Over the life of a vehicle, the fuel costs more than the vehicle itself. Yeah we knew that, but gee that's depressing.

03-17-2013, 02:35 PM
Well, that's a beginning. My pickup has 192,000 miles and runs like new, burning no oil between changes. I think it's modern lubricants that make this possible.

03-17-2013, 08:08 PM
Modern oil, metals, computer aided design, on and on. Everyone builds a better vehicle now days.

03-18-2013, 07:48 AM
Yah, it's interesting. One of my hobbies, long ago in the 1970s to 1990s, was restoring classic T-Birds (1955-57). When these were new in the mid-50s, the engines would be pretty much worn out at 100K miles, tired and smelly and smoky. In the 1990s, with modern lubricants, the very same engines would easily go twice that distance, and they would still be quiet and clean and the cylinders would still look good when I tore them down. I drove the heck out of'em, too.

Some things have got better through the decades. Now if they would only come up with better lubricants for me ... but it's too late, I'm already tired and smelly, though of course not smoky.

11-04-2013, 08:33 AM
i know these are old post but...cleaning up of gasoline (and diesel) has a lot to do with it too. less deposits and acids in the oil, mufflers last longer than 2 yrs. there is no question that the engines have been improved as well.