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I don't post too much here but only because I rarely have any problems to ask about. Today on my way back home from Atlanta I hit 300K miles on her. She is an 04 that has been in the family since new. I bought her from my dad in 2012 with 145K miles on the odometer.

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I have to give the car a lot of praise. She has never had any major problems other than an oil leak from day one. Everything except the radiator and tires is original. The inside still looks basically brand new and everything works. I just found out it is on the original timing chain, I had thought my dad had it changed but this weekend at the Georgia/Kentucky game I asked him about it and he said he never replaced it. I just changed the original plugs 15k miles ago and the gap was over 1.50 mm. After I pulled them out and saw how they looked, I thought that the engine should run even better but surprisingly, it ran the same which is smooth. Here is a picture of one of them, they all looked the same.

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300K is just an example of what a vehicle can do when it's taken care of. I drove an '88 Ford Escort to 518K miles before retiring it. If I hadn't had chronic back pain I'd have made the necessary repairs to it and kept driving it but it need work that would have taken several hours labor and I wasn't paying $50-100 an hour to have someone work on a car with over 1/2 million miles on it. Two of my current cars have over 200K and are still running great.
 

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300K is just an example of what a vehicle can do when it's taken care of. I drove an '88 Ford Escort to 518K miles before retiring it. If I hadn't had chronic back pain I'd have made the necessary repairs to it and kept driving it but it need work that would have taken several hours labor and I wasn't paying $50-100 an hour to have someone work on a car with over 1/2 million miles on it. Two of my current cars have over 200K and are still running great.
Yes, she gets her oil changes on time. I am debating on whether or not to put in a new timing chain. I don't want to put much money into it since I am ready to get something else and her value is just not there. But, on the other hand, everything works, she still drives great and still has plenty of power, it just might be worth it.
 

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Yes, she gets her oil changes on time. I am debating on whether or not to put in a new timing chain. I don't want to put much money into it since I am ready to get something else and her value is just not there. But, on the other hand, everything works, she still drives great and still has plenty of power, it just might be worth it.
As long as there's no engine rattle during startup or constant running, there should be no need to replace the timing chain assembly. There's a lot of labor involved to replace it and if you're off by a tooth or more during re-assembly, then you'll have a bad running car or possible damage.
 

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As long as there's no engine rattle during startup or constant running, there should be no need to replace the timing chain assembly. There's a lot of labor involved to replace it and if you're off by a tooth or more during re-assembly, then you'll have a bad running car or possible damage.
Thanks for the comment rogoman. I feel "if it ain't broke don't fix it", so it is good to hear what you said. I bought the car in 2012 and paid $4500 cash for it to my dad. So, I am at the point if it blows up one day, I feel I could live with it. To put a new timing chain in it would cost me $600, which is not that much but do I want to throw the money into it or put it towards a future car. I think one thing that has attributed to so many miles with no problems is actually a fault with the car. These have been notorious for burning/leaking oil from day one. When I change the oil on this car, I buy two 5 quart jugs. One for the oil change and the other to add when needed. This really keeps fresh oil in it for the three or so months until I run out of oil in the second jug and then it's time for another oil change. She doesn't smoke on startup and I've never seen a big leak anywhere on the engine. Still trying to figure out where it all goes. This has been the case since the car was bought brand new. My dad took it back to the Nissan dealer to let them know it was losing oil roughly 1 quart every week or so depending on how far it was driven, and they said this was normal. Go figure!
 
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