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View Poll Results: Total kms?
<100,000 kms 181 26.78%
101,000 - 250,000 kms 305 45.12%
251,000 - 500,000 kms 130 19.23%
501,000 - 1,000,000 kms 41 6.07%
Over 1 million kms 19 2.81%
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Old 7th November 2018, 00:45   #256
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We spoke about the total number of km driven on this thread. A somewhat related stat from NYTimes which says that the average person spends 38,000 hours behind the wheel .

It is an interesting and enlightening article.

I have been suffering from all sorts of "mechanical problems" in my back, shoulders, neck etc.

I am also 1.96m tall which does not make for a happy combination when it comes to doing a lot of mileage. And I used to drive really silly numbers for many many many years and that was just on business.

So I consider myself a bit of an, self proclaimed admittedly, car seat expert. For the last couple of decades my company car seats get measured up and designed by orthopedic specialists. I am not kidding, finding my seat takes more time then finding and choosing my company car. And even then the result could be less than satisfactory.

Remarkably, I have found the car size or age has no bearing on my level of comfort. I am more comfortable in the standard seat of my wife's Ford Fiesta then in my special custom made chair in my company sled. The Fiesta was bought second hand, the company sled is made in Germany by some of the most reputable car boffins and the best specialist in orthopedic studies. Still, I am more comfortable in the little Fiesta!

Without a doubt, my 32 year old Little Alfa Romeo Spider with its USA bucket seat offers one of the most comfortable seating experience ever.my wife agrees and falls asleep within 30 seconds of us setting off. And she does not sleep in any other car!

My Jaguar is probably the worst as I have to recline my seat just to fit under the roof. Which puts a lot of stress on my neck and shoulders. But damn, that Jag is one hell of a good looking and fast car. So I gladly suffer. Also, its mine and not some boring company sled. Can not bother the company doc for problems with my hobby.

Here is the other thing. Car seats need to tend to all kinds of people, shapes, weights, heights, build, preference etc. As I said I am 1.96m, but my wife is only 1.59m. The notion of making both of us comfortable in a standard seat is just laughable. Although, in practice it is going to be painful for one of us, possibly both.

You can not judge a car seat unless you can test the car/seat for at least a week and really get a feel for it how it works for you on short drives, city drives, motor way blasts, short/long drives, stuck in a traffic jam for hours etc.

I have done so frequently and still got it wrong.

The numbers quoted in the headline of this article are quite staggering and I would think they are a little bit fake. Just to use that term.

A bit of googling suggest American motorist drive 10-12.000 miles a year. If you would do that for 50 years you end up with 500-600.000 miles total. Still a respectable number. No mistake!

People in the Netherlands drive about 12000km a year. So quite different numbers. But no matter how you calculate it still ends up as several decades of man years in your car seat!

Our previous company doctor had a rule. Anybody doing more than 40.000 km a year should have a orthopedically measured and adjustable chair as part of normal Health and safety practices! He probably knows, as he got to see all the employees with back, shoulder, neck problems. E.g. yours truly whose right arm stopped working one day completely! Took me years to recover and I never did fully.

Since, my company car and seat are prescribed by our doctor. Which means a very special seat and always, no argument here, an automatic gear box. Also, he would prefer I drive a truck or at least some damn SUV over a sedan, just so I get to sit upright!

Jeroen

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Old 9th November 2018, 12:04   #257
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With almost 50 years of driving, with the average car lasting for 35-50k km (before sale) a million is not too much. I have done long distance as well, Reading to Grenoble in Britain / France which was over 600 miles, a few times. Plus a few drives to Manipal from Kanpur I have piled up the distance. Even Kanpur-Gurugram is 500 plus. I enjoy my driving.
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Interesting thread, here are my numbers.

2002 to 2009 - Indica V2 GLS: 350,000KM.
2009 to 2018 - FORD IKON TDCI: 175,000KM.
2014 to 2017 - Toyota Innova ZX - ODO: 45,000KM.
2017 - Toyota Fortuner: 14,500KM and going strong.
2018 - Ford EcoSport: 1400KM just started.

Total: 5,85,900KM.
Excuse me for going a bit off topic here but please tell me how did you manage 3.5 lacs kilometres on your Indica V2? How many times did your Indica undergo engine overhaul?
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Car: 70,000 kms in Assam and North East
Car: 48,000 kms in Bengaluru, Southern and Western India
Bike: 18,000 kms in Assam
Scooter: 7,000 kms in Bengaluru

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Excuse me for going a bit off topic here but please tell me how did you manage 3.5 lacs kilometres on your Indica V2? How many times did your Indica undergo engine overhaul?
Engine overhaul once at around 2.5 lacs kilometers, That was classic TATA, but with modern high-speed engines, we can now achieve any target just by scheduled maintenance and genuine spare parts used.
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