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Can You have Too low millage?

Old 04-29-2019, 03:24 AM
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Hi All,

After a long time of yearning for an S2K (192 weeks according to my auto trader search) I have finally decided now is the time.

I am in no rush and happy to wait for the right one, but I have seen a few come and go with almost worryingly low millage, saw one the other day with 16,000 miles (MY04).

What would you guys say to someone looking for a low millage S2K, is there a minimum that what you would want to see (miles per year) the keep her healthy or are they happy to just be left alone?
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Old 04-29-2019, 05:08 AM
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Mine is approaching it’s 10th birthday and showing>40k Miles, so approx 4K per annum, I had a company car/van for many of these so it was evening weekend use, a lot of folk may only be weekend use when only 2 seats are required or even fair weather drivers, if the car has a service history * Idon’t see a problem, people with multiple cars in the household can only drive one at a time.
*Not a definite requirement mind.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:14 AM
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My advice would don't become too fixated on mileage. There are many variables that can impact on the quality, or best reduce the risk when buying a used car. Yes, mileage will be a good indicitive measure of wear. But not the only one. Consider the whole package/history. For an (unlikely) example - a 16k car, on original oil, thrashed from cold when used 3 times/year, is probably in worse shape than a cherished example on 100k.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:42 AM
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I don't really think there is such a thing as "too low mileage" as long as it has been
cared for or stored correctly. There are many low mileage S2000's around as it is
often a second car used only when the weather is nice etc. Many owners only
put 1 or 2 thousand miles per year on them, sometimes less.

I purchased an 02, 2 years ago that had 14,800 miles on it.
It is in great condition and runs well but it obviously still has some
signs of wear/use. It now has 16,200 miles on it.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:56 AM
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i'd be wary of a car that has sat completely un used but one which shows MOT history and low amounts of use would not worry me..

in the last 7 years i have one which has done 11k and the only issues i have had are common ones, binding brakes, failed drop links and a little tin worm (boot leak and damaged windscreen surround rusting from shit fitment)

it has been dry stored, i'd want that i think. i have a few cars which do c1k a year
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Old 04-29-2019, 01:05 PM
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All really good comments thanks guys. Will definitely keep an eye out for the difference between one that has been left standing and one that just has a genuine low but consistent use.

I agree maintenance is key, was just wandering what to look for and if there were any likely issues from not enough use or too many cold starts.

thanks again.
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Old 05-05-2019, 03:43 AM
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Mine probably covers 1,000-2,000 miles per annum, since I have too many cars.

Do you think I ought to swap it for a more used one?
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