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Hello readers. It has been a long time since we’ve chatted about high-mile cars. Fear not. While the updates aren’t as often as I’d like, I’m working on trying a more regular schedule. In the mean time, let’s talk about Derek and his 2007 Honda Accord EX-L. Derek mailed to about his car and he told me that it has 579,000 miles on it. That is certainly a lot of miles. In fact, it’s enough to put him into the Hall-of-Fame right now. Let’s hear what Derek has to say about his Accord.

From Derek:  I am a huge fan of Honda vehicles, and I also used to have a fantastic ’95 Integra that I sold with 217,000 miles on it a few years ago. I would still be driving it if it didn’t succumb to 20 years of salty roads. It still ran fine when I sold it, but rust was eating the car alive.

Regarding the Accord, the oil was changed every 7 to 9 thousand miles at the dealership for the first 570,000 miles or so. I then started doing them myself, still using Honda’s recommended 5W-20. It does consume some oil, to the tune of about 1 quart every 1k or so. The automatic transmission fluid was changed at the 20170308_170352_resizeddealership once every year (about every 50-60k). It still runs strong and quiet, and the engine and transmission are still original. Neither have been rebuilt. The majority of the miles were put on by the previous owner, who worked in sales. I also do a fair amount of driving, as I tend to go on a lot of road trips and I also have a somewhat lengthy commute. The car is almost entirely original. Every panel is original, along with the original windshield. Everything still works, from the 6 CD changer to the heated power seats to the power locks & windows and heated mirrors. Hoping to take it to at least 600k, when I plan on getting a newer Civic or HR-V and retiring this vehicle to long trip vehicle status.
Thanks for sharing your story Derek. We hope you get 600,000 miles out of that amazing Accord.

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Hello to all of you high-milers out there. Our first exclusive story of 2017 comes to us from Ontario, Canada. High-miler Michael Proctor has a 1998 Honda Accord EX Coupe with 745000 km on it. That is around 468000 in miles. Here is a little from Michael about his Accord.

From Michael: Hi there! I live in Ontario Canada, I have a 1998 Honda Accord EX coupe which is my pride and joy besides my 2012 civic and 2000 Integra. I have done lots of enjoyable road trips in this accord when i purchased it I was commuting from Guelph to Oshawa and back daily which is 3-4 hours each way per day. The car is an absolute gem. It is rusting however that will be fixed soon! In Canada we are in kilometers so it has 748,219 kms. which is about 468,000 miles. Besides a couple clutches, a door, tires and brakes and flex pipe its been great. It still has the original engine and believe it or not doesn’t burn oil. It just leaks a little bit once in awhile!

Michael also mentions the car was purchased at Sherway Acura in 1999 by his friend, and he then he bought it. Michael used the car for many trips to Florida, Georgia, New York, California and Colorado. Now it’s being used as a commuter car. Michael believes that if you maintain a car, it will last a lifetime. We feel that way as well here. Keep up the driving Michael. Let us know when you hit 500,000 miles!

Ali Aslam over at Carinorder was the kind gentlemen who helped me sort out some of my typos and wonky numbers. Thanks to him, we have more accurate stats on high-mile cars. To thank him, I want to share this nifty infographic he made on the top five high-mile cars in history (that we know of.)  Please enjoy!

Highest Mileage Cars of All Time Infographic

Infographic by Car In Order

Hi everyone. HMC reader Ali has brought a couple of typos and omissions to my attention, and I have updated them. The first was the lack of high-miler Chet Berlisle and his amazing Lincoln Towncar on the list. I had blogged about him earlier, but for some reason forgot to add him to the hall-of-fame. The other mistake was with Albert Klein’s Beetle. I had mentioned his final odometer at 2.4 million miles. That was way off. Actually his final count was1,613,281 miles. I’m not even sure where I got that original number from.  I want to apologize for the errors. It’s been a goal of mine to make this list as accurate as possible, and thanks to Ali, I think I am getting closer to that goal. Thank you again.

 

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I think I’m pretty good at catching the high-mile stories. In fact I’m actually terrible at it. All of 2016 went by and I completely missed this story of Victor Sheppard and his amazing 2007 Toyota Tundra. A Tundra he put a million freaking miles on and then got to exchange for a brand-new Toyota. I’m sure the engineers wanted access to that amazing tundra. It still had the original engine, transmission and paint job. Amazing!  According to the press release, he drove 125,000 miles a year in that Tundra. Wow, my butt is sore just thinking about all those driving hours.

Mr. Sheppard, we here at HMC salute you. You’ve done what few people could. Drive a vehicle a million miles. And for that, I’m adding you to the hall of fame. Your truck will be in nineteenth place.  I’m still trying to figure out what his final odometer reading was. If I can figure it out, I’ll just round it to the final million.

Hi everyone. Sorry for the lack of new posts. It’s been a busy time of year, and I had a lot to catch up with. Now that I have some holiday time coming up, I plan on updating very soon, so please stay tuned.  I hope everyone has a great holidays, and I wish you all the best for the New Year.

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Here’s a story that Nancy wanted to share with us. Can a Toyota Sienna rack up the miles? You betcha!

Odometer Reading: 380,005
Year: 2000
Model: Toyota Sienna

From Nancy: I’d like you to meet “Supercar.” She was at the front of the production line and I was driving her by 1999.

She has been so very reliable, but I’ve never expected any less from a Toyota. Her transmission was rebuilt at about 285,000 miles and various parts have needed replacement.  – an ignition coil, most recently. Overall, the cost of ownership has been very low. My only complaints are interior and exterior doors handles and buttons. At this point, every door has a problem that I’ve not fixed, because I just can’t afford to. I can’t open the rear hatch or the passenger slider, for instance.

Nancy, I hope you can keep that beautiful Sienna together for another 120,000 miles. Then you’ll be hitting the big time. We’re with you all the way. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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Happy November, fellow High-milers. Today’s exclusive comes to us from Doug Wood. Here is the info on his Explorer:
Odometer Reading: 400,000
Year: 1998
Model: Ford Explorer – Eddie Bauer Edition

From Doug: I bought my Ford Explorer new in July of 1998. The car is basically all original except for the transmission. I’m on my 3rd one. The engine has never been rebuilt and the head gasket has never been replaced. Original interior and original paint. I live in Centreville, VA where we do get snow. Car is not garage kept. Still drive the vehicle
daily. Would like to submit it later this month once I reach 400,000 miles.

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If you can’t tell by now, he did go over the big 400K mile marker, and I posted his story. Keep up the awesome driving, Doug. I’m hoping you’ll follow up with us when it hits the big 500K.

Hi everyone! Another month is coming to a close, and that mean we have more high-mile prospects to look at. Many people are closing in on the magic 350,000 mile number, and that tells me that they are ready to make the climb to 500k. Let’s see who’s in the running this month!


1997 Honda Accord  – With 318,602 Miles – Sent by Brandon

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From Brandon: Odometer quit 10 months ago and it’s my daily driver. I’ve never done anything to it. I bought it with 290k. they said all they have done to it is change timing belt I paid 800 for it. I’ve got my money out of it for sure; she still runs strong. the tranny is acting up but she’s still rollin’ down the road daily.

 


2004 Sequoia – With 338,000 Miles – Sent by Mark

From Mark: No maintenance done on this car except for new radiator in 2015. I have been the only owner. This is been the best car ever!!!


1997 Subaru Legacy– With 300,000 Miles – Sent by Jessie

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From Jessie:

I came across your site while searching for other high mileage Subaru’s. It was a lot of fun going through the blog looking at other high mileage vehicles. I just hit 300k in my Subaru and it appears that they will go much further.

On Tuesday, my 1997 Subaru Legacy wagon rolled over 300,000 miles (today I’m at 300,127). We purchased our Subaru back in October 2008 with about 130,000 miles on it. For the last eight years, our Subaru has hauled our family on road trips and adventures all across the Pacific Northwest, survived five of those years as my wife’s daily driver (20,000+ miles/year), served as our utility vehicle for hauling landscaping and home improvement supplies, and as my daily driver for the last year and a half. She’s got her share of dents and scratches, occasionally squeaks and clunks, and likes to drink/drip a quart of oil between changes, but she still has plenty of life left in her. Now that I’ve hit 300,000 miles, the next milestone is to drive her until the wheels literally fall off the car. Maybe then, my wife will let me get another Subaru.


2006 Honda Accord V6– With 300,000+ Miles – Sent by Jeff

From Jeff: We have video of this vehicle rolling over 300,000 miles with commentary. Video is 52 seconds long. I bought the car brand new in 2006 from Fuller Honda in San Diego (Chula Vista) with 52 miles on it. Changed filters, fluids, spark plugs, manual trans fluid and tires. That’s it. White 4 door, 6 speed, 3.0 liter V6.

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Here’s a high-mile Tacoma from Jan.

 

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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.