Archive for March, 2014

’89 BMW M5 with 400,000 Miles

Posted: March 30, 2014 in 400000+
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Some day, I hope to catch up with all the high-mile vehicles out there, but it appears there are more than I expected. That’s okay. I need something to blog about. Anyways, Here is a story from last year on Petrolicious about Randy Balingit-Hartmann, a man who bought a 1989 BMW E28 M5 and fell in love.  It’s a beautiful car. He bought it new, and took possession of it right off the truck.

While it might not be the highest-mile car we’ve featured, but there is enough class in this story to let it stand strong with the other vehicles here on HMC. What struck me was how car car kept him going between the good times in his life and the bad times. Randy actually asked his father to help him with getting the BMW dealership to take him seriously. Randy’s relationship with his car is a really amazing one.  It’s these stories we love to feature. He plans to drive it until he can’t drive it anymore.


I have to apologize about the lack of posts recently. I have been busy with my day job. But things are clearing up a bit, so let’s start things off with a little Youtube fun. I found this video about a 2002 F250 with 500,000 miles on it. This doesn’t surprise me in the least. These trucks are built tough and I’m sure the driver took amazing care of the truck.  I just need to find out some more information about the driver. When I get more info, I’ll post an update here.

I’ve been wondering for a few weeks now which super-car out there has the highest mileage. Super-car owners aren’t wont to use their vehicles as daily drivers, but I’m curious who has taken their car to the limit.  I’ve found one such story that might confirm the highest-mile super car in history. This 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago, which was sadly wrecked in a traffic accident last year is probably the record holder at over 250,000 miles .  I haven’t been able to find anything higher. If you know of a super-car that has more than 258,098 miles, then please let me know.

1998 Tacoma

Photo: Randy Potter

This might sound like an upcoming J.K. Rowling sequel, but what we have today is another amazing HMC exclusive. This time from Florida. HMC reader Randy Potter wanted to get into the high-mile game, so he went and bought himself a 1998 Toyota Tacoma with 452000 miles already on the clock. Randy represents a unique sort of high-miler. Instead of piling on the miles from scratch, he’s inheriting a high-miler. I think it’s a bold move and one that we hardily approve of. He says the truck is in good condition and still runs like new. His mechanic says there really isn’t much work needed on it.  He plans to use it for daily commuting and weekend fun. He eventually hopes to pass it along to his daughter.  I’m hoping for great things from Randy and his Tacoma. We’ll follow their story closely here at HMC.   Keep us updated Randy.

I found this page a little while back that features some cars that perfect for the HMC. The first entry is especially nice. I’ll talk about a few of these in the next couple of days. For those of you who don’t know, Red Deer is a city between the cities of Edmonton and Calgary in central Alberta. It’s near where I grew up. This is a business website, but it still gives a great overview of some long-lived vehicles.

Leading off this series of super long-life cars is a 1992 Toyota Camry owned by Lloyd E. that has done 1,305,000 kilometers, or 810,889 miles. No matter which system you use, that is an impressive number. He’s replaced the transmission and engine (both found in junkyards) and the thing keep on going. He did replace the car in 2008 when he gave it to his daughter. But from what I can tell, she is still driving it. Despite the drive train work, it’s still a major accomplishment. Well done.  Lloyd, if that car is still on the road, let us know!



I don’t think we’ve featured a Mercedes Benz on here before. Well, there is a first time for everything. This story comes from my home country of Canada. Robert Miles from Ontario bought a 300D (W124) in 1989, and drove it to 1,110,000 kilometers. That’s a great milestone. Converted to miles it’s  689, 722 miles. That would be put him quite high up on our list. He hasn’t had any major work done on the vehicle, and the drive train is original. He thanks his technician Peter Hagen Jr. for all of the meticulous service work that has been done.  The car was basically his office the entire time. Well done Robert.  I wonder if he’s still driving it today.

Here’s a quick story on Youtube about Jim White and his 2007 Toyota Corolla. This seems more like a Kendall Oil commercial than anything else, but I assume it’s legit. The man takes care of his car. From what I can gather, he was a 534,000 miles two years ago. I would love to know where he and his car are at now.



Photo: Josh Clymer

Just in time to celebrate our fiftieth post, we now have our first exclusive high-mile story. Last week, I posted about my 10,000 mile achievement and asked you out there to chime in with your odometer readings .

Well, over the weekend HMC reader Josh Clymer mentioned that his 2005 Acura TSX  was nearing 400,000 miles and would eclipse that mark in the next month. Those kind of numbers are just what we are looking for here at HMC, so I asked him if I could do a story about him and his car. Much of this can also be found at his blog.

Josh is a property damage appraiser who bought a 2005 Acura TSX for his wife. After a year or so, he “Borrowed” it back from her, and now he’s nearing 400,000 miles.  395, 406 miles to be precise.  Once he noticed that he was closing in on  such a massive milestone, he started a blog and began recording his journey. He even posts maintenance updates about the car.  As for major repairs, he says the tensioner bearing and starter have been replaced, and that he plans to replace the AC system in an upcoming visit to the mechanic.

I asked him if he had any plans for the car after 500,00 miles. He told me that he gave it some thought and wants to challenge Tyson Hugie’s Acura for the total mileage record. He says if the motor holds up, he might even take on the million-mile mark.  I can’t imagine there are many  Acuras out there with more miles than what Josh and Tyson have. I say go for it!

We’ll be following Josh here on HMC and we’ll let you know when he hits the next big milestone. Should he make 500,000 miles, we’ll be there to cover it.

Also, I must say, nice car Josh!

 Disclaimer: When I say exclusive, I mean that this is the first story to come to us. Josh’s Acura has actually appeared on Tyson’s Drivetofive blog a number of time so it’s not 100% exclusive.

I have an update on a previous story. A while ago I found some info on a man name Jameel Hosein who took a 2007 Toyota Yaris 400,000 miles in three years. Well, I found a forum that he posts in, and apparently, he’s now way over 500,000 miles on his car. That puts him in ‘Hall of Fame’ territory. From what I can gather, he is now at 506,000 miles driven. That has to be a record here for fastest 500,000 miles. Well done, Jameel.  He made the distance in 6 years, 9 months 3 weeks, and 3 days. He seems to have left his job as a medical courier, so that means we’ll probably be seeing some more relaxed miles from him. He has a complete list of all his repairs up on that forum thread.

I’m going to open up a whole can of electric whoop on you all today.  Steve Marsh bought a Nissan Leaf in 2011 and he’s managed to get 100k miles out of it already. That may not mean much in terms of high-mile driving, but he’s pioneering high mileage in both senses of the term.  He may actually be the highest mile driver of an electric vehicle, though I suspect there may some Tesla Roadster owners with more miles accumulated. If you know of any one who can top Steve, let us know.