Archive for the ‘500000+’ Category

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Autumn is fast approaching, and with it, some we have another high-mile truck. Yay! Let’s dive right in.  Today’s amazing high-miler comes to us from Steven Stokes. Here is the lowdown on his Silverado.

Odometer Reading: 554,739
Year: 2003
Model: Chevy Silverado LS 4.8L 2WD Ext. Cabimag0049

From Steven:
Just found this site. Great to see that others have long running vehicles.
I got a 2003 Silverado with over 551,000 miles on it, and I’m looking forward to seeing how many more I can gather up!! I bought my Chevy Silverado brand-new off the Chase Chevrolet dealership in Stockton, CA., it was my first, and only (so far), “Brand-new vehicle” that I have ever purchased, it had if I remember correctly, only 12 miles on it when I took it home.

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Steven takes his driving quite seriously. Within a year he’d put 35,000 miles on the vehicle, and just like that,  it was out of warranty.  He states it’s been a dependable truck and the engine is original, however, the transmission and rear-end have some new stuff in them, though all still factory stock.

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Steven says the Silverado has been in three rear-end collisions. Yikes! It even ate a brake rotor that came off of a scrap truck, and it has always taken him home.  Steven is forever grateful that his truck continues to let him drive it. We are as well.

He drives 100 miles a day and is aiming for a million. We’ll be right there with Steven as he aims for his goal. Keep on driving!  Your mileage puts you right into the top 50 hall-of-fame. Congrats!

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Today is a big day of celebration on HMC. First of all, I’d like to wish you all a happy Fourth of July. Also,  I heard last week that Josh Clymer, proud owner of a 2005 Acura TSX just went over 500,000 miles. Why is this a big thing here? Well, he is one of the people I featured early on and has served as a big source of inspiration for continuing this blog. In fact, his blog is one of the two we feature here in the links. It’s been quite a journey for Josh, and I think you should read the journey from his point of view to get the full story.

Once again, congratulations Josh! Are you going for 750,000 miles? 😉

 

 

 

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.

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 hope everyone is settling into 2016 nicely. I do apologise about the month-long absence in posting. Traveling and other priorities have kept me from the blog. But I am back and I have a new high-mile story  to tell you about.

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Our first high-mile truck of the 2016 comes from Ahmad, and more specifically Ahmad’s father.  He owns a Toyota T100 truck and has put 520088 miles on it over the years. Ahmad’s father has always done the maintenance on time and has kept the cabin nice an clean. Sadly, Ahmad’s father is suffering from cancer, and Ahmad was hoping to put a smile on his father’s face by linking the story here.  I wish both Ahmad and his father the best, and I hope the T100 sees many more years of operations. Thanks for sharing your story with us Ahmad. I’ve posted the Odometer photo above.

 

Here is another awesome story to brighten your week. HMC Exclusive 4Runner owner Terina just let me know her 4Runner hit the big 500,000 milestone. Well done, Terina. With that milestone, I’ll be adding you to the Hall of Fame. Terina promised me a odometer photo for the occasion, but she never got back to me. Hopefully this story will remind her. Haha. How is the 4runner holding up? Going for a million?

This blog is quickly turning into the High-Mile-Camry-Club. I could resist it, but instead I choose to embrace our new Camry overlords. I’ve been getting at least one new high-mile Camry email a week for the past month, and now I’ve gotten an amazing mail from a previous HMC Exclusive who tells me her car has hit tCamry 500000he 500,000 Mile mark. Rosicella Flores is her name, and high-mile driving is her game.

Rosicella tells me that as of 6:15 AM on August 28, 2015, her Camry crossed over the half-million-mile mark. She has included a photo as proof of this. Rosicella let me know she got a response back from Toyota Japan and the Torrence CA Toyota branch and they sent her a leather keychain and a coffee mug. I suppose it’s not super great, but it also could have been nothing at all.

Alas, Rosicella also shared with me that in July a Ford 250 smacked her Camry on the freeway when the driver of said truck misjudged a lane change.  This milestone was almost not to be. Thankfully for all involved, there weren’t any injuries, but there was damage, and Rosie was worried insurance wasn’t going to cover the $2700 repair cost; declaring it a write-off (what we usually hope for but in this case would effectively end her drive for 500k.) However, in the end they came through and the repairs were done. Rosicella, you have earned your ticket in our hall-of-fame. I haven’t asked Rosie if she is considering a milion miles for her Camry, but I bet she’s thinking about it.

Later in the week, I will talk about Terina, another HMC exclusive who took her Toyota to 500,000 miles, and beyond. The high-milers are taking over and I documenting all of it!

We are finally starting to see some high-mile stories come to light in 2015. For instance, take the story of Gunther Holtorf and his Mercedes Benz G WagenWhat started out as an eighteen month trip through Africa has transformed into a never-ending world tour. And the Wagen has gone along for the ride, accumulating over 500,000 miles on the way. Holtorf claims he’s never had a major breakdown and we’re inclined to believe him. It appears he is now finished his trip and that his Benz has a final mileage of 556,000 miles, with 155,000 miles being off-road. In a bitter sweet twist, he continued the journey even after the death of his wife to Cancer in 2010.  Sounds like an epic quest to me.  His Benz, which he nicknamed ‘otto’ will now be on display at the Mercedes Benz museum. What a trip. What a trip.

I got an email a few weeks back from Alice Mannion’s daughter.  You may remember her from this article.  She wanted to update me on the status of Alice’s Beetle. I’m happy to report that she is still driving it and it’s now at 539, 000+ miles. An amazing achievement for a new generation beetle if you ask me.  Alice’s beetle still has the original engine and transmission. It’s a 2L engine with manual transmission.

Alice now has a place in the Hall of Fame.  Alice, I hope you keep on adding up the miles. Yours is an achievement few can lay claim to. Well done.

There has been a bit of a lull in the world of high-mile cars, but no worries. We are ever vigilant here at HMC. While the story is a few weeks old now, I was able to dig up an article about a cow inseminator bovine reproduction specialist and his 2003 Chevrolet S-10. Larry Hansen is on Oil Change number 167 and the engine has never been touched. That isn’t to say there hasn’t been work done on the truck. It’s just engine that is still pristine. Larry is also a sports official and drives on average 1500 miles a week to meet his various commitments. The man old keeps insane records on his service work. He has eight or some diaries that detail the entire service history of the truck.  Check out the story more details.

Larry plans to keep the truck for now and continue driving it until he can get something newer. I feel he’ll continue to have amazing luck with his truck.  Good luck, Larry, you’ve won our hearts.