Reader Question: 800k Tracer?

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Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!

Donna asks: I listened to you on David Knight today (see here) and have an unusual question for you. My husband commutes around 170 miles a day.  His car is a 1988 Mercury Tracer.  We have had it through all our children and it has been a very reliable car. It gets between 40-45 miles per gallon and has close to 800,000 miles on it. It has the original clutch and engine. We are very proud of this accomplishment and have tried to see if this is a record.  Do you have any means to find out if this is a record. Thank you very much for your time.

My reply: This probably is some kind of record! Especially as regards the clutch. If you can document that – 800k on a clutch! – Ford would probably offer to make you a mascot for the durability of Ford vehicles.

I haven’t got any special insight as regards who to contact but you might start with Ford – send them a letter, describing the car and its history and how much you love it. Next try Ford clubs; then – and perhaps also – the Guinness people (book, not beer).

Keep us posted!

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