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As some may or may not know the Trax has been on sale in Canada since December 2012 and we are now starting to see some flipping the hundred thousand mile marker in a climate that is as harsh as can be.

The two examples that I've inquired about are still performing top notch and meeting their emission tests both have had their regular service and both had their water pump replaced along with the timing belt. The underbody (dealer undercoated) and interiors still look absolutely fresh and these vehicles look like they may go another hundred thousand miles. Which is great news for owners of turbocharged Trax.

http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Chevrolet/Trax/Richmond/British+Columbia/5_30699652_BS20031218154038/?ursrc=hl&showcpo=ShowCPO&orup=2_15_837

http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Chevrolet/Trax/Bethany/Ontario/5_31005914_20150902111238154/?showcpo=ShowCPO&orup=1_15_837
 

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Any new car should go 100K without major problems, modern engines and drives should last well over 100K.

I always give my car more than ordinary care, when I trade in one of my cars, I hope the new owner will continue with the level of care I gave it.
 

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Thank you so much Jobu for sharing this, as I was a bit skeptical about "reliability" regarding this vehicle...specially due to the fact that I'm in Illinois and there is almost no way mine is lasting that long (I have no garage). I try to keep the mileage minimal at best, I'm a little over 7200 miles now, but my dream has always been to make it as far as these two! Both look incredible for the mileage.
 

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Thank you so much Jobu for sharing this, as I was a bit skeptical about "reliability" regarding this vehicle...specially due to the fact that I'm in Illinois and there is almost no way mine is lasting that long (I have no garage). I try to keep the mileage minimal at best, I'm a little over 7200 miles now, but my dream has always been to make it as far as these two! Both look incredible for the mileage.

Another thing that is encouraging is that these vehicles were purchased when the Canadian dollar was at par with the Greenback so these Trax have retained 40 to 50 percent of their original value after five years and 100 000 miles. Which is pretty much unheard for a big three vehicle other than a Vette or muscle car. A comparable Sonic,Cruze or Focus would be worth under 5000 dollars.

The popularity of B segment SUV make them a very good purchase.
 

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This isn't surprising at all. Follow your maintenance schedule and clean the car regularly, you'll be able to take one of these to several hundred thousand miles with ease! You can essentially make any vehicle last you an extremely long time, it's all a matter of how you take care of it
 

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Interesting that they are both FWD and manual trans.
Wonder how the AWD and auto trans will hold up.

Although since the wife only puts on about 800 miles a year, it should last forever.
 

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This isn't surprising at all. Follow your maintenance schedule and clean the car regularly, you'll be able to take one of these to several hundred thousand miles with ease! You can essentially make any vehicle last you an extremely long time, it's all a matter of how you take care of it

Then explain how the lady driven superbly maintained Astra chewed up the top of its engine at 68 000 miles or why big chunks paint around door handles scaled off revealing deep corrosion around the door handles of a car that was dealer undercoated and oil coated every year and garage kept ?

There are a lot of lemons out there. The Austrian designed, Belgium assembled, French powered with Tcheck transmission Saturn badged Astra was one of them.
 

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Interesting that they are both FWD and manual trans.
Wonder how the AWD and auto trans will hold up.

Although since the wife only puts on about 800 miles a year, it should last forever.

Highest mileage LT tracks right now are at 70 000 miles and Buick Enocore around 60 000 miles.

The two I found were outliers. Likely vehicles that were used for long distance highway commutes.

However there are 1.4T with Auto Chevrolet Cruze now hitting 150 000 miles

http://wwwb.autotrader.ca/a/Chevrolet/Cruze/Moncton/New+Brunswick/5_30317847_20056111713706/?ursrc=hl&showcpo=ShowCPO&orup=7_15_8138
 

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Then explain how the lady driven superbly maintained Astra chewed up the top of its engine at 68 000 miles or why big chunks paint around door handles scaled off revealing deep corrosion around the door handles of a car that was dealer undercoated and oil coated every year and garage kept ?

There are a lot of lemons out there. The Austrian designed, Belgium assembled, French powered with Tcheck transmission Saturn badged Astra was one of them.
How many lemons were there in relation to how many were produced?
 

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In relation to how many units of a model are sold, there shouldn't be too many lemons. If it's a recurring problem with a lot of cars then there should have been a recall for the problem.
 

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Highway miles are the easiest miles your car will ever see, its the city that puts a beating on your car.

If you drive more city miles you should service your car a little sooner maybe at 2K miles, than waiting for 3K and higher for highway driven cars.

Consider using synthetic oils instead of conventional, don't forget about the transmission.

AWD vehicles would need more servicing, if you did a drain and refill of the transmission every 2 years it would go a long way to preserving its life.

Find the correct transmission fluid, drive the car warm it up to operating temp, then pull the drain plug, add back the same amount you drained out.
 

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Yes, the city miles kill the engine. And the rest is correct.
In my region we have no genuine synthetic oils. It's small firms in US that produce genuine synthetic oils.
Most engine oils sold in EU are kind of mineral oils, but due to some legal lacunas big companies are allowed to write on the package the word "synthetic".
Only Germany, Austria and maybe CH got the proper legislation that separates pure synthetic from Group III Hydrocracking. The best we can get here is Group III Hydrocracking with a good package of additives. Years ago I was curious about how to get some real synthetic from US, but it was very expensive.
 

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Yes, the city miles kill the engine. And the rest is correct.
In my region we have no genuine synthetic oils. It's small firms in US that produce genuine synthetic oils.
Most engine oils sold in EU are kind of mineral oils, but due to some legal lacunas big companies are allowed to write on the package the word "synthetic".
Only Germany, Austria and maybe CH got the proper legislation that separates pure synthetic from Group III Hydrocracking. The best we can get here is Group III Hydrocracking with a good package of additives. Years ago I was curious about how to get some real synthetic from US, but it was very expensive.
If that is the case with your oil choices, I would change my oil with the best oil you can get your hands on, but I would change it more often.

My guess your dealer uses Dexos, I do believe is a synthetic blend, then change your oil like it was used as a city commuter.

Make oil changes at 2 or 3K, I don't have much faith in regular oils going past that, using synthetics I only go to 3500 between changes.

I change my oil myself more often because I'm a retired mechanic, it only costs me for the oil and filter since I do it in my garage at home, disposing of the oil is no problem as I have a friend who uses it.
 

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Seriously can't wait for a hybrid trax to come out because all our city concerns with mileage and overall usage of power will go away. Then there's all the self driving tech which will easy our stop and go traffic experience.
 

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The Chevy Bolt is about the same size as a Trax, but its 100% electric, with a solid 200 mile range.

The Bolt might work for my needs since I have a Miata to use if I need to go further.
 

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My 2015 Trax AWD now has 115,000 miles on it. One ignition coil set at 89,000mi, and now a minor transmission glitch when ambients are close to 95F and over 20 miles @ 70mph. Lurchs when at a full stop. Otherwise runs great.
 

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My 2015 Trax AWD now has 115,000 miles on it. One ignition coil set at 89,000mi, and now a minor transmission glitch when ambients are close to 95F and over 20 miles @ 70mph. Lurchs when at a full stop. Otherwise runs great.

LOL, we just traded in our 2015 Trax at lease end with 3,591 miles (not a typo).
 

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LOL, we just traded in our 2015 Trax at lease end with 3,591 miles (not a typo).
My wife (a crossing guard for 28 years in a town five miles away until she retired at the end of te last school year and an Avon sales gal) would put upwards of 1000 miles a month on our old 2005 Pontiac Vibe until it died earlier this year (just short of 145,000 when it quit). The 2018 Trax won't grow old quite so fast. It does have a fully-functional Yaesu FT-8800 dual-band Amateur radio permanently remote mounted in it just like the Vibe did and our 2002 GMC Envoy does.
 
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