On our trip back home on Labor Day from having dropped Matt off at UMass Amherst for the start of his second year, I noticed that our Chevy Tahoe was going to turn over to 200,000 miles! I had a camera with us, so I had to get a picture of it which required some coordination to turn off at the appropriate exit (the former Fort Devens) and drive a couple miles on side roads until it was time. Then I pulled over and took the following shots.
When I was growing up, it used to be a big deal if your car lasted to 100,000 miles, let alone 200,000. The latter was reserved for Volvos and perhaps other exotic non-US cars, or it required a lot of repair work to change the engine, transmission, differential, and so on. They just weren’t made to last that long. I remember my neighbor/friend Jimmy Nowak who had an old Chevy something-or-other in High School that when it approached 100K miles, a group of us bought a bottle of champagne and drove around in it until it turned over (on East Road). We stopped the car right there to pop the cork and celebrate the milestone!