Archive for the ‘750000+’ Category

Did anyone see this article yesterday on The Truth about Cars?  It was an enjoyable and important read about how owning an exotic sports car might end up costing you a fortune in repair in the long term, even if you bought it dirt cheap, and how privilege be can a big factor in deciding what kind of car a person owns, and the time they have to maintain such a car.  It’s no surprise to hear that fancy BMWs and Benz tend to drop in price quickly over the years, and that replacement parts for the rarest of the rare can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars.

But what caught my eye was that they were driving around a Lexus LS400 with almost 900,000 miles on it. That is insane.  Sure the man who takes care of it, Matt Farah,  keeps it in pristine condition, and I’m sure there is a lot of privilege involved in that, as mentioned in the article. Still, that is a lot of dedication. Despite all the small repairs, lasting that long is nothing short of miraculous and the owner deserves a lot of credit for keep it that way. There is a line between privilege and personal responsibility, and the key is find where that line is.

I think what the author forgets to mention is that while there is a ton privilege in this world, and we should know when we have it,  it should never be an excuse to remain ignorant either. I’ve learned a lot of about how to maintain a car, and that has saved me money. While it is foolish to assume a low or middle income earned should be buying and trusting twenty-year-old luxury car to get to work everyday, perhaps, the they can know a little bit more about the car they have and see if it’s something they can extend the life of. A little knowledge goes a long way.  Still, I understand the plight of many in this new world. With an eroding middle class, it’s hard to stay afloat in any way. If the right choice can end up screwing a person. And that ticks me off. But that’s for another article.

Anyways, I’m going to add Matt Farah to the list of top high-mile cars. It can’t not be on that list.  If anyone can find any other info about this car, I’d love to hear. I’m already starting my google search.

Update: We might have blogged about this car last year. Look at this article. Is it the same car? Looks like it. We know who bought it.

Earlier this year, I had a story on Carol Marini and her 800, 000+ mile mustang. Well, I have some new info about her. She contacted me and gave us an update on her situation. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to secure the funding to attend the pony ride down to Las Vegas this year. That’s a real shame. She even appealed to Ford for sponsorship, but it fell on deaf ears.  If you ask me, Carol is a living advertisement for the dependability of the Ford brand. I’m really surprised that they couldn’t help her out. Business politics I suppose.

Anyways, Carol was kind enough to send us some photos to post here, and she let us know her Mustang is now at 824, 000 miles.  She is planning an independent trip to Las Vegas to celebrate, and is currently looking into sponsorship options. I offered Pay Pal and Gofundme as possibilities, but if you have any ideas I’d love to hear them.

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Why have I not blogged about Carol Marini yet? I read about her and her Hardtop V-8 Mustang about six months ago, and yet I still haven’t put her in the hall of fame. Well, I’m about to fix that right now. Carol bought her Mustang way back in 1968, and let me tell you, the two of them have been through some tough times together. The car has had almost everything replaced or rebuilt, and even survived an engine fire.  And Carol has been through a divorce and a world of financial pain, even getting caught up in a ponzi scheme and almost being homeless. But she stuck with her car the entire time, and somehow, her car stuck with her, and that is what we are all about here. Celebrating those relationships. Carol, I really hope things are going better for you these days. How is the car holding up?

Update: Carol is going to be taking her car on a trek on the Pony Ride in April to help celebrate the Mustang’s 50th Anniversary. If you are intersted in helping sponsor her journey, you can contact her at: cmarini68@yahoo.com

Would you like  to join the high mile club, but can’t really be bothered with all that ‘driving’.  No worries, this ebay auction will solve your problem. Just bid on this 1996 Lexus LS400 and you can have ALL the miles in a matter of minutes. Well, 896, 977 to be precise. That will put you in shooting distant of a million.  There is still time to get your bid in. The seller says it still drives like a 100,000 mile car. I would request a service history on that one. Still, it looks like it’s in pretty good condition for that mileage.  Thanks again to Tyson Hugie for this awesome and interesting discovery.

Update: If you are the winning bidder on this thing and you come across our blog, let us know about the car. We’d love to hear more about how it drives.

Today’s high-miler comes from the UK. Bruce Olsen bought a 1964 Ford Pickup(F100 I’m thinking) in 1973 with 200k miles on it. He then proceeded to drive it to 804,000 miles, where it is still being used. These aren’t a lot of miles in a short amount of time, but rather a nice long roll down the road of time. Well done on keeping your ride going.  It’s great to see these long terms relationships between owners and their cars.

I should mention he says there isn’t a lot left that was original in the truck. I would assume the entire drive train has probably been swapped at least once, but I can’t be sure.

Here’s a lovely story from Petrolicious about a 1964 Porsche 356 with nearly a million miles on it. At last count, driver Guy Newmark had 982,000 miles on his baby. Then it was stolen. Then it was recovered again.  I haven’t heard if he’s actually gone over the big milestone or not. If anyone knows, please post it here.  That is some serious dedication to driving right there.

I was just over at the 8thcivic forums, and it appears that Deltatechx will hit a million miles in the next few weeks. We’ll be following the news here. If you don’t remember DeltatechX, here is the story I posted on him a while back. He’s currently at 995,000 miles.

This is the story of a man and his car.

I’ve been following this griping story of 8thcivic user Deltatechx and his 2006 Civic LX for some time now. This forum post is massive, but it’s an excellent read. If you want to know what it takes to keep a car going past 800K miles, it’s well worth your time to read it. He has been through two engines and a number of other components, but he refuses to part with the vehicle. The thread hasn’t been updated in nearly two months, and I am quite curious about the current state of his car.