Here’s a high-mile Tacoma from Jan.


Odometer Reading: 444.094image3
Year: 1997
Model: Tacoma pickup 2 wheel drive standard cab

From Jan: It’s the same stock engine from 1997. Also, the same transmission and same head lights. Not one bulb on the head lights has gone out. I Used it a lot to move to my 4 bedroom house 3 times. I commuted from Tucson to Southern California 3 years x3 per month. 450 miles each way.  It’s still running. Now in Wisconsin, I drove cross country and fuel pump went out. That’s all.

Hi everyone. Welcome back to the High Mile Futures feature of this blog. Every month we’ll be looking at vehicles that have a lot of miles but just not enough to be featured on their own, yet(Fewer than 350,000 miles.) It’s like looking at prospects for a pro team! I had to skip out on August because of a jaunt around North America, but no worries. We’re back, and we have a ton of cars to talk about. Let’s jump in.


2003 Mazda Protege LX – With 340,000 Miles – Sent by Kyle


From Kyle: I Bought this car after graduating college, June 2010. It was owned by an elderly couple, and had always been garage kept. It had 105k miles then and I paid $3,700 for it used. I commute 100 miles daily and am extremely happy with the performance of this car. Largest repair I have had to do was a front wheel bearing. I use conventional oil and change it every 5k miles. Everything is original except the normal wear item (tires, brakes, etc.)


2007 Honda Accord SE – With 250,000 Miles – Sent by Thiane


From Thiane: Trying hard to get to 300k!


2004 Toyota Sienna XLE – With 241,259 Miles – Sent by Tiffany 


From Tiffany: This is our 04′ Sienna loving named Birdie. She’s got a few miles on her & hopefully many more to go. We bought her used at 135000. Birdie is my daily driver. We’ve done regular scheduled maintenance on her & she runs like a top. We have had to replace the struts & it has had a few recalls on her, but we love her. Great family car. The biggest issue is just standard wear & tear from 3 kids. The kids have broke the front pocket lid on the drivers door & our 80 lb lab has carved his “name” on both front doors. She’s a great van. There isn’t a place I wouldn’t drive her. I know she isn’t as high as the others, but she’s still a tough little van. It blows my mind at the thought of a million miles. She could have technically reached the moon. Here’s to more miles & bunches of road trips.




1997 Honda Accord EX-L  – With 346,000 Miles – Sent by Steve

From Steve: This car just wont stop. I’ve used it to pull my jet ski for years, along with my kayak on the roof rack. It has made many trips to the Wilds of Pennsylvania, back roads and all. The check engine light will even shut itself off when it comes on.


2006 Toyota Avalon XLS – With 269,000 Miles – Sent by William 


From William: I purchased my car new on January 31st 2006 in Maryland. I average around 25000 miles a year. We only have one car in my family and for us it works. I love my car and I can count on one hand just how many parts I had to replace on it. I take very good care of it and keep it in the garage for all of its life. I plan to keep the car as long as I can or at the least a million miles.


2004 Oldsmobile Alero, 2.2l auto – With 338,712 Miles – Sent by Dennis 

From Dennis: My ugly get to work car.(160 miles a day) Bought in 2009, when I learned my job was going to another city. Not wanting to move, I bought the Alero for 4500.00, with 91,000 miles on it.

Since then, it’s been wrecked 3 times, caught it on fire when checking fuel injectors.

Only major repairs are timing and balance chains at 286,000. Mostly just brakes, tires, wheel bearings, fuel pump, stuts, etc.

Uses a little oil, no check engine lights, drives very nice.

Radio speakers don’t always work, rear defrost quit, and fuel gauge died, but I’m still driving!

Ohio salt is starting to rust it out, but I plan to drive it until nothing is left!


That’s our round up for this month.  We’ll see you next time on High Mile Futures.




Autumn is fast approaching, and with it, some we have another high-mile truck. Yay! Let’s dive right in.  Today’s amazing high-miler comes to us from Steven Stokes. Here is the lowdown on his Silverado.

Odometer Reading: 554,739
Year: 2003
Model: Chevy Silverado LS 4.8L 2WD Ext. Cabimag0049

From Steven:
Just found this site. Great to see that others have long running vehicles.
I got a 2003 Silverado with over 551,000 miles on it, and I’m looking forward to seeing how many more I can gather up!! I bought my Chevy Silverado brand-new off the Chase Chevrolet dealership in Stockton, CA., it was my first, and only (so far), “Brand-new vehicle” that I have ever purchased, it had if I remember correctly, only 12 miles on it when I took it home.


Steven takes his driving quite seriously. Within a year he’d put 35,000 miles on the vehicle, and just like that,  it was out of warranty.  He states it’s been a dependable truck and the engine is original, however, the transmission and rear-end have some new stuff in them, though all still factory stock.


Steven says the Silverado has been in three rear-end collisions. Yikes! It even ate a brake rotor that came off of a scrap truck, and it has always taken him home.  Steven is forever grateful that his truck continues to let him drive it. We are as well.

He drives 100 miles a day and is aiming for a million. We’ll be right there with Steven as he aims for his goal. Keep on driving!  Your mileage puts you right into the top 50 hall-of-fame. Congrats!




Hello high-milers. We are back up and running for September. I’m going to try launching with a new format here and see if it makes the articles any easier to read. Let me know what you think. Here is a HMC exclusive from Wayne.

Odometer Reading: 424000

Year: 2003

Model: Toyota tundra

Wayne loves his truck.  He states that the inside is worn, it has some dents, but has been a construction workhorse for 13 years. It has pulled trailers, spray machines, materials, campers, and never complained.

Comment from Wayne: Her heart is as strong as the day I got her! I love my truck……there is none better!

There you have it folks. Another happy high-miler. The fact that we are talking Toyota is not a surprise, though a truck from Toyota. That’s pretty neat.  Wayne, let us know when you his 500,000 miles! What a beautiful truck you have.

Quick Update

Posted: August 29, 2016 in Housekeeping, Uncategorized

Hi everyone. As you’ve probably noticed, it has been quiet around here. I’ve been traveling around Canada and the U.S. for the past three weeks.   Now I’m back safe in Japan. I have caught up with the pile of HMC email I got while I was gone and plan to blog about all of your cars soon. I am moving the ‘High Mile Futures’ segment to next month, but other than that, things are back to normal here. Stay tuned for many more exciting new high-mile vehicles.

We are back with another exiting issue of High Mile Futures, where we feature cars that aren’t quite at the legendary levels of 350K+ Miles, but well on their way. Shall we get started with this month’s line-up?

2006 Toyota Matrix  – With 254,236 Miles – Sent by Lisa

By Lisa: I bought my 2006 candy apple red Toyota matrix brand new! Myself and everyone who knows me calls this amazing car “Ruby”. After all, after all of those miles she is definitely deserving of a name. I have done only basic and routine maintenance and no repairs of any kind have been needed. I am a social worker for the severely disabled and she gets me to see my 56 clients day in, day out! I am also a single mother so the amazing reliability of this car has been such a blessing! I continue to drive her every day and plan to teach my son, who is 13, how to drive in her. Thank you Toyota for providing me with such a safe, reliable and FUN car for the last 10 years! Here’s to many more and my next Toyota when she retires!

1999 Honda Accord  – With 240,141 Miles – Sent by Zach





Zach has owned this car since November of 2015 when it had about 220,000 miles on it. He’s had few problems with it.  The only thing that’s gone wrong was that the starter went out, and a slight oil leak. Other than that Zach says it runs great. His goal is to get to 300,000 miles.


1999 Honda Civic lx  – With 333,333 Miles – Sent by Michael

By Michael: I got all 3s on my Honda Civic (trip meter as well as odometer) on the 26th of June 2016 in LA.

This is the first and only car I’ve ever had and has been across the country 5 times…from the snows of New Hampshire to 5 month long camping trips with a tent…she has been everywhere…lasted longer than my marriage:).

I hope to keep it running to see all 4s on the odometer.


2009 Honda Civic GX – With 218,389 Miles – Sent by Jack

Odometer Reading: 218389

By Jack: Hello. I have a 2009 Honda Civic GX with “only” 218,389 miles on it. I’m happy with the car, but I got T-boned and I expect that it will be totaled.

(Yikes. Actually, I guess this car won’t be going any further in the high-mile category. He did have an insurance question. Perhaps someone out there could help.)

I’m concerned about the insurance company’s valuation for the car. While it is higher than online valuation computers (Kelley Blue Book, et al.), it still doesn’t seem to fit the market in my area. Since this is a CNG fueled vehicle, that makes it more difficult to price. CNG incidentally, does burn cleaner than gasoline with fewer engine contaminants.

My adjusted market value was $6,987. This is based on comparison with two other vehicles of the same year and trim:

32,000 miles for $10,500
123,000 miles for $9,999

Since this represents a small drop in value over 91,000 miles, it’s difficult to extrapolate depreciation over the next 95,000 miles. I also question if such a sharp drop in valuation is fair.

That’s all for this month. I hope to see you all in August. Until then, keep on driving.

I love the smell of high-mile trucks in the morning. Especially trucks with over 400,000 big ones on them. Truck owner Walt Tyndall bought a 1999 Chevrolet S-10 in 1999 with less than 10,000 miles on the odometer. It was a two wheel drive with 4.6 liter V6 engine.  He knew the original owner and the truck had been driven locally(Trust is so important when buying used). He used the truck for sales and now uses it for his job as a pastor. He’s had no major repairs done to the S-10, and gets the oil changed every 5,000-6,000 miles with conventional oil and filter.  Walt tells me it’s the best vehicle he has ever owned.
   It’s clear Walt takes excellent care of his truck and we’re waiting for the day he goes over the 500,000 mark. Thanks for sharing, Walt.



Today is a big day of celebration on HMC. First of all, I’d like to wish you all a happy Fourth of July. Also,  I heard last week that Josh Clymer, proud owner of a 2005 Acura TSX just went over 500,000 miles. Why is this a big thing here? Well, he is one of the people I featured early on and has served as a big source of inspiration for continuing this blog. In fact, his blog is one of the two we feature here in the links. It’s been quite a journey for Josh, and I think you should read the journey from his point of view to get the full story.

Once again, congratulations Josh! Are you going for 750,000 miles?😉



I have been getting a ton of e-mail recently, and most of it dealing with vehicles that are under my blog-post minimum of 350,000 miles.  Usually, unless there are special circumstances like an electric car or an exotic, I don’t dedicate a single blog post to a car under 350,000 miles. However, I feel bad just letting those mails go unanswered, so from now on at the end of each month, if I will collect the mail that features lower-milage cars, and put them here. In pro sports, you have blogs that cover prospects. Well you can consider this the prospect blog for future high-mile cars. A farm team of high-milers so to speak.  I have two this month. Let’s get started.


1995 Toyota Camry  – With 254220 Miles – Sent by Kathryn


1998 Honda EK9 Sedan- With 255069 Miles – Sent by Hayden

Hayden doesn’t have any photos but he tells me he has put a lot of work into car, and it’s been through a few traffic incidents in its time as well. It has many of the original components but he’s put in all new rear suspension, new CV axles, new tie rod ends, new pistons, new cam, and stage two cold air intake. The car didn’t actually need any of this stuff, he just wanted to keep his ride running as smooth as possible. Hayden goal is 500k, and we’ll be following him all the way.

That’s all for June.  From today, any future lower-mile cars will hit the July edition. Short and sweet. See you then.




Surprises come in many packages. I got a nice e-mail surprise last week with a letter from Eddie at the Freeman Motor Company(@freemanmotorco) . His message outlined the story of Terry Garland and his 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300E with 588,648 miles on it.  Garland recently retired the vehicle and with the help of the Freeman Motor Company, donated it to Bob’s Auto Cafe, a non-profit that trains mechanics.  I’m sure those mechanics really appreciated working on a car with such stamina and vigor.

Here is some background on the car in question:

Garland was the second owner of the vehicle. He purchased it with 62k miles on the Odometer.

It was used as a daily driver on trips throughout Seattle and the west coast. Garland says there were few to no issues with the Benz.

He had all the maintenance done at MBI Motors in Portland, and got to know every tech there by name. He claims he had to the oil changed ever 3000 miles on the dot.

The car was purchased in the early 1990s from former Don Rasmussen’s location in downtown Portland.

After Garland retired the car, he replaced with with a 2014 C250 Benz.  He says he still misses the truck of the old 300E.

At the time the car was donated to Bob’s Auto Cafe it was still running.

I want to thank Eddit at Freeman Motor Company for sharing this story with me. I also want to congratulate Terry Garland for getting himself and his former Benz in the Hall-of-Fame. Well done.

Update: Here is the full story of the 300E in question with photos of the car. I’ve asked if Freeman Motor might let me use one of the photos here.