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.
Tags: 350000, Futures, high, mile, miles, under
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.
Tags: 1999, 400000, Chevrolet, excellent, miles, milestone, owner, S-10, truck, Walt
Tags: 2005, 500000, Acura, awesome, beautiful car, huge, Josh Clymer, keep it up, miles, milestone, TSX
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?😉
Tags: 1995, Camry, car, EK9, high, Honda, mile, Sedan, Toyota
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.
Tags: 1989, 300E, 500000, Freeman Motor Company, Mercedes Benz, miles, milestone, retired, Terry Garland
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.
Tags: 2001, 500000, Congratulations, Hall of Fame, Hyundai, List, miles, milestone, Paul Silva, Sonata
I have some great news. Today, High Mile Club Exclusive member Paul Silva and his 2001 Hyundai Sonata have entered the Top fifty. I blogged about him a while ago, and at that time he was determined to get on the list. Well the time has come and Paul has done it. He sent me this photo as proof.
Paul enters the list at rank 44, currently sitting at 500,750 miles. This pushes Rosicella Flores’ Camry down to 51. I have decided to keep her on the page, as she is also an exclusive member of the HMC. However, if too many people get bumped down, I might have to start a separate list just for exclusive members.
Congratulations, Paul. This is well earned. Paul has told me his transmission is toast, but he has a replacement lined up and wants to get the Sonata to 1,000,000 miles. We are cheering you all the way. Keep using those high-milers!
Tags: high-mile, HMC, may, update
Hi everyone. I just want to update everyone about the state of the High-Mile-Club. Things are going well. I don’t post all that often, as you can tell. I run the site as a hobby and I get zero income from it. It’s a very part-time thing for me at the moment as I live in Japan and I have a full-time job to keep me busy. But I want to let you all know that I will continue to post stories about high-mile drivers, and find interesting high-mile news. Despite the rarity of my posting, I am still very interested in keeping the site going. A long term plan might be to start issuing bumper stickers for milestones and the like. But I’d have to look into the logistics of that. Anyways, that’s all for now. Keep on putting on those miles, and let me know when you’ve hit a new milestone. Thanks.
Tags: 2012, 300000+, amazing, battery, Chevy Volt, electric car, Erick Belmer, high-mile, miles
We previously wrote about Erick Belmer and his Chevy Volt. Well it now appears his car ‘Sparkie’ has surpassed the 300,000 mile mark. Pretty awesome for an electric car. Even more surprising is that he says the battery level is right where it was when he bought the car. It appears Chevy is doing something right with its battery tech. Another 200,000 miles and Erick will be at the half-million mark with his volt. He is already a legend in the electric car community. Keep it up! We’ll keep following his amazing story.
Tags: 6.0 liters, amazing, Chevy, Express, G3500, HMC Exclusive, mileage, miles, milestone, V8
Good morning everyone. How is your Sunday going? Mine is just fine. Today, I’m going to do something I haven’t done before at HMC. I am going to talk about a van. Now this is where we might blur the lines between commercial and personal car ownership. But you know what, I don’t care. It’s my blog, my rules.
So why would this be a fleet issue? Well, you see, the van in question is a 2003 Chevy Express G3500 15-passenger van. It has a V8 6.0 litter Vortec engine and history of being used for commercial purposes. Now, what makes this story awesome is that Christi, the proud owner of this ”fleet” van is using it 100% for personal reasons. She has been using it as family transport for the past thirteen years. Mini van be damned.
Christi tells me that the Express still starts well, but seems to have developed a clunk in the front end. The transmission, however shifts well. She does state there are two major problems with the Chevy. The paint is failing pretty hard, and there is a lot of rust at the roof near the windshield. Two serious issues which, much like gum disease, can really ruin a good day. Christi tells me her husband, father and the rest of her family have put a ton of maintenance into the van over the years, and its last major repair was a DIY camshaft position sensor that her 21-year-old daughter put work into.
Christi also states that the van has left her stranded twice. Once was due to a manufactures’ defect in the drive shaft bearing only days after the van was purchased. The other, was due to the aforementioned camshaft sensor failure, which shut down the engine.
Christi says she LOVES her van and despite its shortcomings, she is sticking with it. It also appears to be the kind of vehicle which brings the entire family together, unlike a mid-life crisis Porsche. The most up-do-date ODO reading is 313, 818 miles, which isn’t too surprising for a fleet van, but impressive for a fleet van used in a personal setting. Christi, keep us updated on your van. Thanks for sharing your story with us.