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Km's Travelled/Running Costs
(Writen by Andrew Cowton in 2002 - Webmaster)

Folks, after all have posted their Km's and Model Year (MY) the result is that from 25 observations we tend to average 10,000 km's (9,539.63kms) a year across most years.

The exception being the latter i.e. GTS's which seem to be lower, possibly due to their 'collector' value, but also the sample size's are limited.

What surprised me was how consistent the 10,000km's a year figure was across the years, after taking account of exceptions with low/high readings.

The full details are as follows;

Model Year

Average pa Average Observations
1980 8,456 pa 186,000 186,000
1981 9,453 pa 198,506 178,564 241,955 175,000
1982 2,560 pa 51,200 51,200
1983 10,263 pa 195,000 210,000 220,000 155,000
1984 10,122 pa 182,200 199,600 167,000 180,000
1986 9,491 pa 151,859 121,000 146,000 188,756
1988 6,429 pa 90,000 90,000
1989 8,577 pa 111,500 183,000 104,000 108,000 51,000
1990 17,917 pa 215,000 215,000
1991 15,273 pa 168,000 168,000
1992 11,527 pa 115,273 121,745 108,800
1994 5,500 pa 44,000 44,000
1995 7,008 pa 49,059 49,059

What does it mean?

It's up to your interpretation, but to me it suggests that the standard mileage we should be expecting in Australian conditions is 10,000 kms per year age of the car.

It also probably means that we spend;

  • About $1,350pa on fuel at 15l/100 kms average based on 90c/l

  • About $1,350 pa on 'normal' servicing assuming
  • $700 (minor)
  • $2,000 (major) at 10,000km intervals averaged over 2 years.
  • About $700pa on tyres, assuming approximately $350ea and 20,000 km's life.

and if you include say $600pa for 'other' repair, incidentals etc, you get approximately $4,000pa in running costs (excl registration, insurance, etc.)

I don't claim that the above figures are right/wrong or indifferent, just my guess as to costs based on what I know and based on an 'average' and none of us are that (average) so individual costs will vary substantially.

Thanks and Kind Regards, Andrew Cowton '84 928S2 Auto, Melbourne.


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