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Hi, I have a 2004 ford Taurus with about 93000 miles on it. How many miles could I expect to get out of her before she dies? Also, should I get hoses and belts replaced at 100,000 miles?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Jennifer, You can visit your local dealership for a free brochure on items recommended to service at 90k-100k miles. I do recommend belts and hoses be inpected and replaced as needed. Depending on the care and preventive maintenance practiced during the life of your ownership can reflect on how long your vehicle lasts. I recommend have an overall inspection performed by a facility you trust. We have a resource on the website to help you search for female friendly dealers. You may have one recommended in your area. Thank You for writing into AskPatty! Hope this points you in a sure direction! A. J. Valle

Judy Curry, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Currys Auto Service Jennifer, With proper service the car could go into the high 100,000 but you will need to do the regular maintenance with due diligence! Refer to your owner’s manual and don’t assume that the maintenance is up to par with your millage. Judy and the Curry's Team

Kerri Papajohn, Marketing Director at USA Sealants, Inc. Definitely get the hoses and belts replaced. Check your owner's manual for timing belt replacement recommendations. If the vehcile has been maintained to factory specs - you can expect more miles. A 4 cyclinder will work harder than a 6 cylinder. Several other factors like if you are driving primarily in city on highways or local stop and go traffic. (Stop and go traffic is worst). These factors will also play a part in vehicle's "life expectancy".

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Jennifer, I have seen well maintained cars last beyond 400,000 miles. The life of a vehicle depends on three things: maintenance, how long the owner would like to keep the vehicle alive, and lastly, there is a tiny bit of luck involved. There is no definitive answer to how long a car will last. Your vehicle should however, have a set maintenance schedule. You should be able to determine what work needs to be done as you near the 100,000 mile mark. You don't necessarily have to change your serp belt (it's probably been done a few times already), but, if the timing belt has never been done, now would most likely be a good time. Also, take a look at your hoses. If they are cracked and dry rotted, it's better to change them now than to spring a leak later and be stranded. You can always call your local dealership to find out what is recommended for your vehicle at this set mileage. Suzanne

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