Archive for May, 2015

DSCN3616 Okay, here’s a cool story for a bad case of Mondayitis.  I’ve been communicating with Paul Silva, and when my e-mails aren’t landing in his SPAM box, he tells me he’s the proud owner of 2001 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 with over 460,000 miles in the bank. Can you believe that? I can’t recall a time where a Hyundai had that many miles. I don’t doubt that there are any, but I’ve never seen an article about one. Paul’s might just be the first. DSCN3629 Anyways, back to Paul’s Hyundai. He tells me his miles are all original miles, and that the engine and transmission have never been rebuilt. Apparently, he’s owned four cars in his life and all of  them have gone over 300,000 miles, with one getting up past 400,000 miles. He says this isn’t by chance. He uses only conventional oil fro Valvoline and changes it every 4,000 miles. He also uses one can of Engine Restorer every other oil change.  His car passes the California Smog test every two years without any issues.  He usually drives 160 miles return trip to work and travels around California playing competitive pool.   He mentioned that he drove it as much as 10,000 miles in a single month in 2002. Wow! DSCN3619 It’s clear Paul is dedicated to his Sonata.   He mentioned that Hyundai sent him a gift pack and a $200 coupon for having a super high-mile Hyundai. You don’t see that from car makers anymore these days. Nice to see Hyundai step up to congratulate their customer, even if just a little. Paul is gunning for the hall of fame and hopes to do 500,000 big ones by next year. We will be tracking his progress all the way. I want that Sonata in my hall-of-fame!  Good luck Paul. It appears that South Korea is now making long lasting cars. Well done, Hyundai. Well, done.

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Today’s HMC exclusive high-mile story comes courtesy of Bradley Davis. He shared a story with me about his 1997 Toyota Avalon XLS. He’s driven the car throughout high school, college, having his wedding ceremony,  and now his current job. He just recently went over the 300IMG_3837,000 mile mark on it and he says it just keeps going.

You may be asking why I am including a photo of Bradley’s car in a ditch. Well, this past winter, he was on his way to work and got caught up in a snow/rain nightmare. While the Avalon, or “Avy” as he calls her has great tires and brakes, there was nothing in terms of traction to keep her from heading off the road. The good news is that Avy came out with no damage, and Bradley is still driving her today. Weall done, Bradley. Please keep us updated on Avy.

I  wanted to add that it’s stories like this that we are looking for here at HMC. People who have had their cars for years and won’t part with them. No repair, even engine or transmission can keep them from their beloved car. If this is you and your car, let us know.

Thanks Bradley

A quick message for those who are submitting your high-mile cars to HMC. Whenever you submit a request to me, I’ll send you a message asking if you have stories of photos you’d like to include with your submission.  I haven’t heard back from everyone, so I am thinking my replies might go straight into your SPAM box. Please check your junk mail and make my address a safe one. Then I can blog about your car. Thanks everyone. Keep on driving.