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Mileage 194,000 SCARY!

I am looking to buy a 2004 Toyota Corolla (price is 6,500) Everything is in mint condition. However, the mileage of the corolla is 194,000 miles. Car was driven 40k miles a year on business trips. I know that toyota's are known to go for 250k-300k. I am 18 years old and plan to take this car to college with me for the next few years. Should I take this great deal, or will the car **** out on me in the next year?

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If most of the miles were done on the highway, that is a good thing. If most were stop and go, then I would shy away from buying it. If you continue with the oil changes at 3000 miles and keep the car up on maintenance, you'll see alot more miles out of this car. It should be a really good one for a college commuter. I wouldn't hesitate in buying this car.

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