What Does an Engine with Almost 500k Miles Look Like Inside?

Posted by: Jesse Kleib on 11/17/2021

When you approach the decision to purchase an automobile, there are a lot of factors that enter your mind. On top of all of the superficial things that you want like style and paint color or maybe even choice of interior materials, there’s also the mechanical workings to worry about and in most cases, on the top of the priority list in that area is how long the car is going to last. After all, are you don’t want to be stuck with something that’s going to have major issues right off the bat, now do you?

With most vehicles, I think that any prospective owner would be fortunate to think that they might be able to make it over the 400,000 mile mark one day with their old trusty vehicle and if you are lucky enough to find yourself into that club, maybe you want to know what to expect with your vehicle should it get there. Once you start the climb up to major mileage like that, all of the components inside of your engine that are touching one another have to start putting together some wear and tear, after all, so what exactly is it that you should keep the closest eye on?

If you follow along down in the video below, you’ll get the opportunity to crack into such an engine and see exactly what happens when that many miles are applied to something like this. After getting the opportunity to see some internals with what most would consider to be incredibly high mileage, be sure to tell us what you think of what the components look like versus what you might’ve expected some of the weak points to be after that much use had been applied to such a set of parts. It’s amazing how engineers design these components to withstand that much stress and friction for that long!