Archive for May, 2016

 

Surprises come in many packages. I got a nice e-mail surprise last week with a letter from Eddie at the Freeman Motor Company(@freemanmotorco) . His message outlined the story of Terry Garland and his 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300E with 588,648 miles on it.  Garland recently retired the vehicle and with the help of the Freeman Motor Company, donated it to Bob’s Auto Cafe, a non-profit that trains mechanics.  I’m sure those mechanics really appreciated working on a car with such stamina and vigor.

Here is some background on the car in question:

Garland was the second owner of the vehicle. He purchased it with 62k miles on the Odometer.

It was used as a daily driver on trips throughout Seattle and the west coast. Garland says there were few to no issues with the Benz.

He had all the maintenance done at MBI Motors in Portland, and got to know every tech there by name. He claims he had to the oil changed ever 3000 miles on the dot.

The car was purchased in the early 1990s from former Don Rasmussen’s location in downtown Portland.

After Garland retired the car, he replaced with with a 2014 C250 Benz.  He says he still misses the truck of the old 300E.

At the time the car was donated to Bob’s Auto Cafe it was still running.

I want to thank Eddit at Freeman Motor Company for sharing this story with me. I also want to congratulate Terry Garland for getting himself and his former Benz in the Hall-of-Fame. Well done.

Update: Here is the full story of the 300E in question with photos of the car. I’ve asked if Freeman Motor might let me use one of the photos here.

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I have some great news. Today, High Mile Club Exclusive member Paul Silva and his 2001 Hyundai Sonata have entered the Top fifty. I blogged about him a while ago, and at that time he was determined to get on the list. Well the time has come and Paul has done it. He sent me this photo as proof.

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Paul enters the list at rank 44, currently sitting at 500,750 miles. This pushes Rosicella Flores’ Camry down to 51. I have decided to keep her on the page, as she is also an exclusive member of the HMC. However, if too many people get bumped down, I might have to start a separate list just for exclusive members.

Congratulations, Paul. This is well earned. Paul has told me his transmission is toast, but he has a replacement lined up and wants to get the Sonata to 1,000,000 miles. We are cheering you all the way.  Keep using those high-milers!

Hi everyone. I just want to update everyone about the state of the High-Mile-Club. Things are going well. I don’t post all that often, as you can tell. I run the site as a hobby and I get zero income from it.  It’s a very part-time thing for me at the moment as I live in Japan and I have a full-time job to keep me busy. But I want to let you all know that I will continue to post stories about high-mile drivers, and find interesting high-mile news. Despite the rarity of my posting, I am still very interested in keeping the site going. A long term plan might be to start issuing bumper stickers for milestones and the like. But I’d have to look into the logistics of that.  Anyways, that’s all for now. Keep on putting on those miles, and let me know when you’ve hit a new milestone. Thanks.