Archive for the ‘400000+’ Category

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Hello to all of you high-milers out there. Our first exclusive story of 2017 comes to us from Ontario, Canada. High-miler Michael Proctor has a 1998 Honda Accord EX Coupe with 745000 km on it. That is around 468000 in miles. Here is a little from Michael about his Accord.

From Michael: Hi there! I live in Ontario Canada, I have a 1998 Honda Accord EX coupe which is my pride and joy besides my 2012 civic and 2000 Integra. I have done lots of enjoyable road trips in this accord when i purchased it I was commuting from Guelph to Oshawa and back daily which is 3-4 hours each way per day. The car is an absolute gem. It is rusting however that will be fixed soon! In Canada we are in kilometers so it has 748,219 kms. which is about 468,000 miles. Besides a couple clutches, a door, tires and brakes and flex pipe its been great. It still has the original engine and believe it or not doesn’t burn oil. It just leaks a little bit once in awhile!

Michael also mentions the car was purchased at Sherway Acura in 1999 by his friend, and he then he bought it. Michael used the car for many trips to Florida, Georgia, New York, California and Colorado. Now it’s being used as a commuter car. Michael believes that if you maintain a car, it will last a lifetime. We feel that way as well here. Keep up the driving Michael. Let us know when you hit 500,000 miles!

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Happy November, fellow High-milers. Today’s exclusive comes to us from Doug Wood. Here is the info on his Explorer:
Odometer Reading: 400,000
Year: 1998
Model: Ford Explorer – Eddie Bauer Edition

From Doug: I bought my Ford Explorer new in July of 1998. The car is basically all original except for the transmission. I’m on my 3rd one. The engine has never been rebuilt and the head gasket has never been replaced. Original interior and original paint. I live in Centreville, VA where we do get snow. Car is not garage kept. Still drive the vehicle
daily. Would like to submit it later this month once I reach 400,000 miles.

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If you can’t tell by now, he did go over the big 400K mile marker, and I posted his story. Keep up the awesome driving, Doug. I’m hoping you’ll follow up with us when it hits the big 500K.

 

 

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Hello high-milers. We are back up and running for September. I’m going to try launching with a new format here and see if it makes the articles any easier to read. Let me know what you think. Here is a HMC exclusive from Wayne.

Odometer Reading: 424000

Year: 2003

Model: Toyota tundra

Wayne loves his truck.  He states that the inside is worn, it has some dents, but has been a construction workhorse for 13 years. It has pulled trailers, spray machines, materials, campers, and never complained.

Comment from Wayne: Her heart is as strong as the day I got her! I love my truck……there is none better!

There you have it folks. Another happy high-miler. The fact that we are talking Toyota is not a surprise, though a truck from Toyota. That’s pretty neat.  Wayne, let us know when you his 500,000 miles! What a beautiful truck you have.

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I love the smell of high-mile trucks in the morning. Especially trucks with over 400,000 big ones on them. Truck owner Walt Tyndall bought a 1999 Chevrolet S-10 in 1999 with less than 10,000 miles on the odometer. It was a two wheel drive with 4.6 liter V6 engine.  He knew the original owner and the truck had been driven locally(Trust is so important when buying used). He used the truck for sales and now uses it for his job as a pastor. He’s had no major repairs done to the S-10, and gets the oil changed every 5,000-6,000 miles with conventional oil and filter.  Walt tells me it’s the best vehicle he has ever owned.
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   It’s clear Walt takes excellent care of his truck and we’re waiting for the day he goes over the 500,000 mark. Thanks for sharing, Walt.

Wow! It’s been some time since I’ve given you all a high-mile update. So have one on me. Today I’m going to talk about an amazing little 1997 Toyota land cruiser that is adding up the miles like no one’s business.  According to his youtube videos, Rick Antonio calls his Land Cruiser the Lunch box and he’s recorded a number of the vehicle’s milestones on youtube. He picked in up in 2007 with 81,804 miles and tells me the Land Cruiser still drives like new.  If you watch any of the videos, you’ll see he clearly loves every minute in his “Lunch Box”.

Rick is also quite the car person, and he has done many mods to the Land Cruiser. It looks almost like a different car if you compare the photos. Some of the highlights are the custom entertainment system he installed himself, the hitch, winch, and all the roof racking(including some sort of super horn, but has since been replaced with a new light stack and removed the horn.)   You know the USS Enterprise from Star Trek:The Motion Picture compared to the one from the TV show?  That is what Rick did to his Land Cruiser. A refit of sorts. One hell of a refit. I mention a thread further down that you must read to see all of the custom works he’s done. Water Pump, filters, hoses, and wires are all hand-replaced.

 

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The Land Cruiser is sitting at 405, 000 miles and everything in it is still original(not including all the amazing mods and additions.)  I haven’t asked Rick about his maintenance routine , but he did provide an crazy long thread post about the entire story from when he picked up the car to now. According to that thread, he was involved in a car-jacking where thieves shot at the land cruiser, and Rick walked away without any bullet wounds. It also was involved in an altercation with a freezer on a highway. Seriously, a freezer!

One note about mileage: Rick tells me is that he drives on 35 inch tires that are higher than the standard ones and they aren’t calibrated with the odometer, so that would means this Land Cruiser actually has many more miles on it than it would indicate. It’s probably over 500,000 miles now.  I am going through that thread right now and will pull out any interesting maintenance nuggets, so stay tuned.  Keep up the amazing work on your Land Cruiser, Rick!

Bonus: Here is the video of Rick building the new roof rack by hand. Amazing!

 

 

 

05 Camry  I love how attached people get to their cars.  The bond between driver and vehicle is especially close when the miles start racking up. In the case of Rosicella Flores, the relationship with her Camry is all about her family. Rosicella has been the  owner of her Toyota Camry since 2005.  She moved from San Diego, CA to San Jacinto, CA and was looking for a higher mileage car that she could use to commute.  She wanted to stay close to her father, who was a diabetic and nearing retirement to make sure he wasn’t commuting alone.  They wanted a dependable and high-mile car they could commute with together, and they were estimating about 5000 miles a month.

In what would end up being a very challenging time for her and her family, the Toyota came through with flying colors.  She tells me she’s also had some pretty crazy adventures with her father in the Camry. One involving driving over a bridge in the Escondido area where gulfs of flame were coming out from underneath, and being completely surrounded by orange and black.

To bring us up to the present, Rosicella’s father is now retired and she works in the same location, but now has a new and better job.  The other day, while leaving for work, she glanced at the odometer and noticed she had accumulated 494,000 miles. Rosicella contacted me, and gave me the low down on her car. In terms of maintaining the her Camry,  she changes the oil every five weeks when she hits the 5,000 mile mark, though she says she’s recently started to do it every 4,000 miles. She’s only ever replaced the catalytic converter and the exhaust manifold, and does regular maintenance including fluid level top-ups, tire changes and alignment when they are needed. Rosicella’s Camry is nearing an amazing milestone and we hope to be part of it. She sent Toyota a letter when she hit 300,000 miles to share her story with them.  She is sending them another letter for the 500,000 mile milestone. I hope she gets a reply.  Let us know when you get there, Rosie.  HMC will be cheering you on all the way.

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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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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These 4Runner articles must be getting out there because I an getting inundated with mails from people telling me about their high-mileage cars. Today’s amazing 4runner story comes from Terina in Maryland. She bought a 1999 Toyota 4runner Limited new. She was even working at a Toyota dealership at the time. She tells me that she does oil changes every 8000 – 11,000 miles and that she’s had to have the transmission rebuilt once, but the engine is still going strong.  Her current mileage stands at 485, 692 miles. I’m late getting this up to the blog, and I want to apologize to Terina for that. I’m hoping I can get her to share a few photos of her and her 4runner with us. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

You know, I have so many 4runner stories here now, I might have to create a separate section just for them. It’s clear that there is a trend in longevity in these cars. If I were a betting man and you asked me if your 4runner would go the distance, I would say yeah. It will go all the way.

Update: Terina has let me know that she is now at 487, 300 miles on the 4runner. Nice! Also, great looking 4runner, Terina!

It’s not often that I write about Oldsmobiles. Today, however, I have an HMC exclusive about one. HMC reader William Schottel wrote in to let us know he has a 1998 Oldsmobile Model 88 with 400,001 Miles on the Odometer. He didn’t have a lot to say about the car other than its had no internal engine work and that he’s been using Penzoil High Mileage oil since he hit 125,000 miles. I’m assuming he’s still using the car toady. I’ve asked him if he’s like to share some photos of the car, or maybe a story or two. Hopefully I’ll hear back from him. Anyways, cheers to you William. Keep on driving.