Golf, end of winter ii

First of all, I’d like to apologize to you all for the lack of updates. I’d like to get more stories out, more often. I will try my best to do that. Also, I’d like to apologize to Jerry for not getting this story out earlier.

Jerry Baustian sent me a very interesting story about his 2003 VW Golf Mk4 TDI. Instead of paraphrasing it, I thought I’d let his e-mail speak for itself:

The engine computer records distance in kilometers, then the instrument cluster converts the data to miles in the odometer. The instrument cluster cannot convert 7 digit numbers though, so before I hit the one-million-kilometer point my friend Eric Merker at Midwest Motorworks in Hudson, Wisconsin, rolled back the odometer exactly 400,000 miles. This was on November 5, 2016 — from 612,443 to 212,443. Eric had to obtain special software and promise the source that it would not be used for any fraudulent purposes. Besides service records from Midwest Motorworks, I also have corroborating records from Chad Erickson at South Central Imports in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The current odometer reading is 263,508 so the actual mileage is 663,508.

The next time the odometer reaches 600,000 the actual mileage will be 1,000,000. This assumes that the Golf does not get wrecked and that I continue to drive it 50k-60k miles a year, so probably in 2023 or maybe 2022.”

It appears the metric and imperial systems won’t ever be friends. Whether it be crashing a Mars orbiter, or making it hard to track a VW past a million miles, the US system of measuring things just doesn’t play nice with anyone. Or maybe it’s that nobody puts seven digits in their damn instrument clusters. Seriously, would that break the bank?  Jerry is very serious about his quest for a million miles. So serious, in fact,  he had a screenshot of the ECU mileage taken.

 “I had a visit with my mechanic today and asked him for a screenshot of the ECU mileage. It should be an accurate measure of distance traveled since the actual odometer was rolled back (as explained in my previous email).
 
  I purchased this Golf TDI new in August 2003 for use as a courier vehicle. I worked as a courier from summer 2003 to summer 2008, then at a couple other jobs until 2011, and then steadily as a courier since summer 2011. I put about 62,000 miles on it in the last 12 months.”
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Jerry also has some great maintenance tips for us:
“1) I always use a full-synthetic 5w40 motor oil, changing oil and filter about every 10k miles.
2) I replace the timing belt, water pump, and other associated parts about every 90k-100k miles as specified in the owners manual.
3) I change out the gearbox oil about every 100k-150k miles; I flush the brake fluid about every two or three years.
4) I use upgraded suspension parts when available, like the Audi TT control arm bushings instead of the OE ones — they last about three times longer.
5) I upgraded the fuel filtration system, using a 2-micron Caterpillar filter instead of the OE 10-micron fuel filter. This is probably the reason why my original injection pump has lasted so long.
6) The turbo and injector nozzles have been upgraded, and I have a custom engine tune for about 50% more horsepower and torque than stock.”
 
My lifetime fuel mileage is just over 41 MPG, but in the last year it’s averaged about 44 MPG.
 Jerry, we are watching here at HMC. We hope you hit your goal of a million and hope that you don’t have any future ODO snafus. Thanks for sharing your story with us.
Jerry enters the hall-of-fame at #32.
 

 

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It is with a heavy heart that I write this article today. Carol Marini contacted me recently and let me know that  her beloved 1968 Mustang, nicknamed “Blue Beast” is no more. I originally blogged about Carol and her Mustang way back in 2014.  I then did a quick follow-up on the car.

Carol tells me that the Mustang clocked over 850, 000 miles on September 15, 2017. However, tragically, three weeks later, she was involved in an accident, and the blue beast was destroyed. Carol also sustained some fairly serious injuries in the accident.  Carol believes the sturdy frame of her Mustang might have contributed to keeping her from even more serious injuries .  I just have to say that I am VERY relieved to hear she survived the crash and is recovering.

What is important to note is that Carol put EVERYTHING into this car over the past 38 years, and it’s as if the Blue Beast returned the favor by protecting her.  Carol exemplifies what I  mean when I talk about the deep bonds between a driver and their car. I get a lot of mail from people who want me to write about them on this blog. But have you put almost forty years into your car like Carol has?   To some, a car is simply a tool for a commute or a summer drive. For Carol, this mustang was her best friend. I am heart broken to hear about this today.   A friend of Carol’s has a gofundme going to try and salvage what they can from the Mustang and restore it with the body of the another 1968 Mustang. If this kind of project interests you, I would encourage donating to the cause.  Carol, thank you so much for sharing this story with us. I know how hard it must be for you.

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Hi everyone. Here is a quick update to the Top 50. You may remember Paul Silva and his Sonata. Well, he slipped off the list a while back, but now he’s back with a quick update. He replaced his transmission with a used one at 500K. He is now sitting at 560K and will let us know when he hits 600K. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date Paul!

 

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Here is a short story about Dianna and her 1994 Honda Del Sol. She loves her car so. It has never given her any grief. And this year, it clocked over 300,000 big ones, to her relief. The Del Sol has made the trip between Arizona and California many a time. Dianna will never sell her Del Sol. That’d be a crime.  Thank you for sharing your Story with us, Dianna. And excuse my poor rhyming. That’s the real crime here.

 

Okay folks, I don’t want to be starting something here, but we got ourselves a humdinger of a story. I can’t verify any of this but on one page and a Vimeo video, but I got a comment with a story from  Francesco claiming to show a Taxi with over 5 million Km(3.4 Million Miles) on it on the Island of Gran Canaria. Now, let’s be clear, this is a fleet vehicle used for commercial purposes, but by the sounds of it, this taxi could eclipse Irv Gordon on the Hall-of-Fame. I’m not keen on vetting things, and I don’t really care how many times an engine has been overhauled or changed(five times in this case), so this could be a serious claim. The article is in Spanish and that could be partially why it hasn’t popped up on top-tens around the English speaking web. I’m going to follow up on the story and see what I can get from it. I’ll post further info as an update.

Hi everyone! I just wanted to wish you all a happy New Year and let you know I have been going through submissions for future high-milers. I have a feeling we’re going to see many new cars break the top 50.  I’m also sure we’ll see some people reporting new milestones and there may be a surprise or two. I hope you all stick with HMC in the New Year and I hope you keep your cars well oiled. Take it easy!

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Hi everyone. I hope you are all enjoying the early winter weather. For those in the southern hemisphere, I assume your daily commutes aren’t a death trap. Anyway, here is a great story from David (in Southern California) on his 1995 Toyota Celica GT Convertible. It’s nice to see a ‘sporty’ vehicle getting used for both commuting and high-mile collection. Look, I’m not going to disparage anyone from putting 500K plus miles on a Civic or a Camry, but you can drive and look good doing it in a Celica (David claims it’s unsexy. I would disagree.) Here is David’s story in his own words:

I purchased the car new in November of 1994 and have been driving her on my 60 plus mile daily commute ever since. Despite working in an industry where luxury and high end image1vehicles are the norm, I never had the reason, cause, or excuse to trade / upgrade her.  This vehicle has been relentlessly reliable since the day of purchase and I continue to marvel at her “can do” attitude. Abandonment has and never will be an option!

The car is still running on her original engine (4th timing belt) and original transmission. No major issues, and with the exception of a spent battery or two (or in my case, 8), has never left me stranded. She doesn’t leak oil, still performs at 30 MPG (with a good wind behind her), and for the unsexy, anti-chick magnet that she is, doesn’t look half bad – especially with the top down (which is 90% of the time)!

All and all, my Toyota and I are quite happy together and will hit, with no doubt, 500,000 miles. Thank you for your interest and please enjoy the below pictures and videos documenting both 300k and 400k miles!

Thanks again for sharing with us David.

Enjoy some photos of David’s wonderful Celica.

 

 

I was checking my stats this morning and I noticed that Automobiles: Cheatsheet had been sending us some traffic. I had no idea why, so I headed over there and discovered that they had an article on 20 cars that had gone at least a million miles. Not only that, but I discovered they used the hall-of-fame to help create the list. And as a bonus there seems to be cars on their list that aren’t in my hall-of-fame. That is amazing.

This is exactly the reason why I created this site. I wanted it to be an accurate source of info on high-mile cars people could share and reference.  So now, as a big fat thank you,  I’m going to send traffic back their way. Go read that article. In the mean time I’ll update the hall-of-fame with new cars on their list. Yay!

 

 

 

IMG_1351Hi everyone. Today I’d like to share the story of Ken Chan’s 1992 Accord. He’s put on some serious miles since he bought it. 628168.7 serious miles to be precise.  He tells the story best,

“I just get in and drive basically.  I work 7 days a week and my commute is 100 miles a day.    I bring it to my neighbor who is a Honda mechanic. Every 15 K miles. He uses all Honda parts and Honda fluids.  Parts are getting harder to find, but Honda parts are the key.  It’s starting to burn oil, 0.5 quart a week after 700 miles.  Original engine, transmission. I change the oil every 6-7 K miles.  And majority freeway miles.  ”  

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Thanks Ken. Great to hear from you and your Honda. If we can take anything away from this, it’s to use original parts. Those miles put you in the Top 50 for sure. Keep us up to date on your progress! Keep up the miles.

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Hi everyone! I wish I could update this site more often. In a perfect world this would be one of my main focuses. Unfortunately, that is why I only post about once or twice a month. Anyways, today’s high-miler comes to us from Steve King:

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“I bought my 2003 Honda Accord in Arizona. I am the sole owner and all of the miles are by me. I owned a 1987 Honda Prelude prior go my Accord and drove it to 435,000 miles when I donated it to Junk for Jesus. That’s when I bought the 2003 Accord. I expect my Accord can run at least another 200,000 miles. Right now I’m shooting for 500,000.”

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Thank you for sharing your accord story with us Steve. When you hit 500,000 miles, please let us know.