Archive for January, 2015

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It’s time to ring in the New Year with an exclusive story about a high-miler. Today’s find comes to us from David Tulloch in New England, who has owned this sweet Toyota Solara SE for the past 12 years. During this time he’s put on huge miles, and now has 400,500 listed on the odometer. He has also been doing his maintenance and has gone through five sets of tires. He tells me the best part is that the engine, transmission, driveshaft and exhaust (except the y-pipe) are all original parts. I have a feeling we are going to see this car hit 500,000 big ones. We are cheering you on David. Thanks for sharing your high-miler with us.

Update: David gave us an odometer reading to enjoy. Thanks!

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This breaking news comes to us from Tyson Hugie at Drivetofive, HMC reader and long time High-miler. Someone named Mark owns a 2000 Corvette, and according to that video, that vet has 649, 248 miles on it. I know, right? Insane! The surprise isn’t the mileage itself. It’s how new that Corvette is. It’s simply amazing.  If you know Mark, or you are Mark, please contact us. I’d like to talk to you about your Corvette.

Thanks to Wikipedia user - OSX for use of this photo. Subaru CVT.

Credit: Wikipedia user – OSX Subaru Lineartronic  CVT.

Let’s start off the New Year with a little project. I’m putting this one out to all of you in car land. I bought my first new car a few years back. It’s a Mazda Demio Skyactiv 1.3, and I’ve put about 35,000km on it since I brought it home. This Demio came with a CVT transmission and I’ve been pretty happy with it so far. The gas mileage is about 21km/L on average, which is the highest I’ve ever had in a car.

I remember reading a few years back that CVTs were unpredictable, and that Nissan and MINI had tons of trouble with them. Not only this, but they were notoriously difficult to repair and replacing a CVT was stupid expensive. Upwards around $7000 dollars for a new Murano CVT.   What I’d like to know is, what is the highest-mile car with a CVT in it at the moment?I’ve read forum posts about Nissan Muranos with 100,000 miles on them, but I’d really like to know what the record is. I’m asking you, HMC readers. What’s the buzz? Tell me, what’s a happening? The answer to this question doesn’t have to come right away. But hopefully by the end of the year, we’ll have an answer.

Here’s a wonderful little story to kick of 2015. I found this one on Autoblog, and I’m giving them full credit, though I suspect the local news is the real hero here. Bob Sportel bought himself a 1957 Chevy Truck to get to his new job, and continues to drive the same truck today. He claims the vehicle has around 300,000 miles on it, but can’t be sure because the odometer hasn’t worked in years. It’s rusty and falling apart, but it gets the job done.  I thought I’d mention the story here on HMC as it’s one of those feel-good stories about a person and their prized truck. It just goes to show what you can do when you are determined to save a little money.

News sources: Autoblog.com, kare11.com

This is Jason, the owner of HMC. I just wanted to wish you all the best for the New Year. I hope you are still driving your dream cars and have lofty goals of hitting 500,000 and 1,000,000 miles in them.  In the mean time I’ll be posting new stories about those high-mile cars and I hope you all keep in touch with me about yours.

Remember, it’s about driving what you love, and telling the doubters that your vehicle can go the distance. Whether you are Irv Gordon in your Volvo, or you’ve only hit 10,000 miles, you are writing your own epic story.