Move Over Miata: The Audi TT Is More Likely To Last Over 150,000 Miles

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Once again our friends at iSeeCars.com have crunched the data and come up with a new list for 2019 on the cars most likely to rack up some serious mileage. The overall winners are fairly predictable with big trucks, SUVs, and Toyotas taking the top spots, but there was a surprise leader in the iSeeCars newest category: sports cars.

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First, a few updates to last year’s list. For 2019 things don’t change all that much but a few of the big trucks get shuffled around. Once again the Toyota Sequoia takes the top spot but the Chevrolet Suburban edges out the Ford Expedition for number two.

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However, the sports car category is where things get interesting. The Audi TT is the most likely to reach the 150,000-mile mark by a significant margin over the Mazda Miata and the Ford Mustang, while the Miata just edges out the Audi at the 200,000 mark by .2 percent.

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One of the draws of a Miata (besides it being wicked fun to drive) is how reliable it is—a Miata should run forever with proper treatment. The fact that so many Audi TTs have survived with such high miles is either a testament to “German build quality” or, more than likely, that TT owners are willing to spend a lot of money to keep their cars running.

As for the methodology behind the study:

iSeeCars.com analyzed over 13.8 million pre-owned cars sold in 2016 from model years 1981 through 2018. Models that were not in production as of the 2018 model year, heavy duty-vehicles, and low-volume models were excluded from further analysis. For each model, the percentage of the number of cars with at least 200,000 miles was calculated.

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For more rankings, including the longest lasting luxury cars and hybrids, check out the full report at iSeeCars.com.

Clarification: The original headline referred to there being more examples of Audi TTs having more than 150,000 miles. This was incorrect, as the data refers to the percentage of used Audi TTs sold with more than 150,000 miles. We regret the error.

Tom is a contributing writer for Jalopnik and runs AutomatchConsulting.com. He saves people money and takes the hassle out of buying or leasing a car. (Facebook.com/AutomatchConsulting)

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DISCUSSION

I feel like this is a flawed and mostly worthless report. Why? If I’m reading it correctly, their data points only come from cars that were sold. As cars climb higher in mileage, their value drops. As value drops, two things happen - they are less likely to be fixed when they break and so are scrapped instead of sold, or they are fixed out of love and kept instead of sold.

So it’s very possible that there are a ton of cars that made it past those mileage milestones that aren’t in their data, as they were never sold after hitting said milestones. I have to believe that would change these results considerably.

It’d be more interesting to see these results from car registrations and taking the highest mileage any given VIN was ever registered with.