Q: My wife and I want to take a 3,500-mile road trip in November in our Lexus 470 that has 160,000 miles on it. Although the vehicle has been well maintained over the years, I am concerned about certain parts failing like ignition, fuel pump, water pump, hoses, etc. Can you provide some advice as to whether I should or shouldn’t take the vehicle and if so, what I should I have my mechanic do to prepare for the trip? T.M., North Barrington, Illinois

A: Today, 160,000 miles is nothing. Parts and components seemingly last forever, at least 200,000 miles. The only thing I would suggest is an oil change, so you won’t have to interrupt your trip if the reminder comes on.

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