Archive for the ‘250000+’ Category

I have been getting a ton of e-mail recently, and most of it dealing with vehicles that are under my blog-post minimum of 350,000 miles.  Usually, unless there are special circumstances like an electric car or an exotic, I don’t dedicate a single blog post to a car under 350,000 miles. However, I feel bad just letting those mails go unanswered, so from now on at the end of each month, if I will collect the mail that features lower-milage cars, and put them here. In pro sports, you have blogs that cover prospects. Well you can consider this the prospect blog for future high-mile cars. A farm team of high-milers so to speak.  I have two this month. Let’s get started.

 

1995 Toyota Camry  – With 254220 Miles – Sent by Kathryn

 

1998 Honda EK9 Sedan- With 255069 Miles – Sent by Hayden

Hayden doesn’t have any photos but he tells me he has put a lot of work into car, and it’s been through a few traffic incidents in its time as well. It has many of the original components but he’s put in all new rear suspension, new CV axles, new tie rod ends, new pistons, new cam, and stage two cold air intake. The car didn’t actually need any of this stuff, he just wanted to keep his ride running as smooth as possible. Hayden goal is 500k, and we’ll be following him all the way.

That’s all for June.  From today, any future lower-mile cars will hit the July edition. Short and sweet. See you then.

 

 

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Petrolicious is at it again. You may remember the last time they featured a high-mile classic car, the Porsche 356.  That car was close to a million miles, which launched it right into our hall of fame page. This story, however, is a little different.

This Lamborgini 400FT 2+2 in this  video is simply stunning. It’s not quite at 300,000 miles, and I need to clarify that is really just a drop in the bucket when talking about high-mile cars, but this is a Lambo here, and 300,000 in any grand tourer exotic sports car with a V12 engine is going to be pretty rare. In fact, as owner Jack Riddell mentions in the video, most people are putting these in garages to keep them safe. Not drive them thousands of miles a year.

Some of the interesting tidbits I took away from the video were that Jack bought the car at 23,000 miles in 1972 and put on the remainder himself. He has also been driving it for thirty four years. I really like it when he says that a car gets better when you drive it a lot. It keeps the engine clean and it prevents the spark plugs from getting messed up. Jack mentions that if his car could talk it would say, “Drive me!”  Isn’t that what high-mile driving is all about?  I’m very delighted that Petrolicious was able to find Jack and interview him.

 

 

For those who wonder what exactly happens to an engine that has over 250,000 miles on it, David Tracy over at Jalopnik has a great video overview of his 1992 Jeep Cherokee XJ’s engine. Three of the engine mount bolts that kept his engine mount to the car broke off and caused the motor to do a little dance in the engine bay. He pulled the engine out to get to the bolts, but ended up taking it apart just to see what condition it was in. Turns out Jeep makes great engine that lasts a long time. Head on over to read the article and check out the video.