Archive for the ‘Futures’ Category

Hi everyone! Another month is coming to a close, and that mean we have more high-mile prospects to look at. Many people are closing in on the magic 350,000 mile number, and that tells me that they are ready to make the climb to 500k. Let’s see who’s in the running this month!

1997 Honda Accord  – With 318,602 Miles – Sent by Brandon



From Brandon: Odometer quit 10 months ago and it’s my daily driver. I’ve never done anything to it. I bought it with 290k. they said all they have done to it is change timing belt I paid 800 for it. I’ve got my money out of it for sure; she still runs strong. the tranny is acting up but she’s still rollin’ down the road daily.


2004 Sequoia – With 338,000 Miles – Sent by Mark

From Mark: No maintenance done on this car except for new radiator in 2015. I have been the only owner. This is been the best car ever!!!

1997 Subaru Legacy– With 300,000 Miles – Sent by Jessie


From Jessie:

I came across your site while searching for other high mileage Subaru’s. It was a lot of fun going through the blog looking at other high mileage vehicles. I just hit 300k in my Subaru and it appears that they will go much further.

On Tuesday, my 1997 Subaru Legacy wagon rolled over 300,000 miles (today I’m at 300,127). We purchased our Subaru back in October 2008 with about 130,000 miles on it. For the last eight years, our Subaru has hauled our family on road trips and adventures all across the Pacific Northwest, survived five of those years as my wife’s daily driver (20,000+ miles/year), served as our utility vehicle for hauling landscaping and home improvement supplies, and as my daily driver for the last year and a half. She’s got her share of dents and scratches, occasionally squeaks and clunks, and likes to drink/drip a quart of oil between changes, but she still has plenty of life left in her. Now that I’ve hit 300,000 miles, the next milestone is to drive her until the wheels literally fall off the car. Maybe then, my wife will let me get another Subaru.

2006 Honda Accord V6– With 300,000+ Miles – Sent by Jeff

From Jeff: We have video of this vehicle rolling over 300,000 miles with commentary. Video is 52 seconds long. I bought the car brand new in 2006 from Fuller Honda in San Diego (Chula Vista) with 52 miles on it. Changed filters, fluids, spark plugs, manual trans fluid and tires. That’s it. White 4 door, 6 speed, 3.0 liter V6.


Hi everyone. Welcome back to the High Mile Futures feature of this blog. Every month we’ll be looking at vehicles that have a lot of miles but just not enough to be featured on their own, yet(Fewer than 350,000 miles.) It’s like looking at prospects for a pro team! I had to skip out on August because of a jaunt around North America, but no worries. We’re back, and we have a ton of cars to talk about. Let’s jump in.


2003 Mazda Protege LX – With 340,000 Miles – Sent by Kyle


From Kyle: I Bought this car after graduating college, June 2010. It was owned by an elderly couple, and had always been garage kept. It had 105k miles then and I paid $3,700 for it used. I commute 100 miles daily and am extremely happy with the performance of this car. Largest repair I have had to do was a front wheel bearing. I use conventional oil and change it every 5k miles. Everything is original except the normal wear item (tires, brakes, etc.)


2007 Honda Accord SE – With 250,000 Miles – Sent by Thiane


From Thiane: Trying hard to get to 300k!


2004 Toyota Sienna XLE – With 241,259 Miles – Sent by Tiffany 


From Tiffany: This is our 04′ Sienna loving named Birdie. She’s got a few miles on her & hopefully many more to go. We bought her used at 135000. Birdie is my daily driver. We’ve done regular scheduled maintenance on her & she runs like a top. We have had to replace the struts & it has had a few recalls on her, but we love her. Great family car. The biggest issue is just standard wear & tear from 3 kids. The kids have broke the front pocket lid on the drivers door & our 80 lb lab has carved his “name” on both front doors. She’s a great van. There isn’t a place I wouldn’t drive her. I know she isn’t as high as the others, but she’s still a tough little van. It blows my mind at the thought of a million miles. She could have technically reached the moon. Here’s to more miles & bunches of road trips.




1997 Honda Accord EX-L  – With 346,000 Miles – Sent by Steve

From Steve: This car just wont stop. I’ve used it to pull my jet ski for years, along with my kayak on the roof rack. It has made many trips to the Wilds of Pennsylvania, back roads and all. The check engine light will even shut itself off when it comes on.


2006 Toyota Avalon XLS – With 269,000 Miles – Sent by William 


From William: I purchased my car new on January 31st 2006 in Maryland. I average around 25000 miles a year. We only have one car in my family and for us it works. I love my car and I can count on one hand just how many parts I had to replace on it. I take very good care of it and keep it in the garage for all of its life. I plan to keep the car as long as I can or at the least a million miles.


2004 Oldsmobile Alero, 2.2l auto – With 338,712 Miles – Sent by Dennis 

From Dennis: My ugly get to work car.(160 miles a day) Bought in 2009, when I learned my job was going to another city. Not wanting to move, I bought the Alero for 4500.00, with 91,000 miles on it.

Since then, it’s been wrecked 3 times, caught it on fire when checking fuel injectors.

Only major repairs are timing and balance chains at 286,000. Mostly just brakes, tires, wheel bearings, fuel pump, stuts, etc.

Uses a little oil, no check engine lights, drives very nice.

Radio speakers don’t always work, rear defrost quit, and fuel gauge died, but I’m still driving!

Ohio salt is starting to rust it out, but I plan to drive it until nothing is left!


That’s our round up for this month.  We’ll see you next time on High Mile Futures.



We are back with another exiting issue of High Mile Futures, where we feature cars that aren’t quite at the legendary levels of 350K+ Miles, but well on their way. Shall we get started with this month’s line-up?

2006 Toyota Matrix  – With 254,236 Miles – Sent by Lisa

By Lisa: I bought my 2006 candy apple red Toyota matrix brand new! Myself and everyone who knows me calls this amazing car “Ruby”. After all, after all of those miles she is definitely deserving of a name. I have done only basic and routine maintenance and no repairs of any kind have been needed. I am a social worker for the severely disabled and she gets me to see my 56 clients day in, day out! I am also a single mother so the amazing reliability of this car has been such a blessing! I continue to drive her every day and plan to teach my son, who is 13, how to drive in her. Thank you Toyota for providing me with such a safe, reliable and FUN car for the last 10 years! Here’s to many more and my next Toyota when she retires!

1999 Honda Accord  – With 240,141 Miles – Sent by Zach





Zach has owned this car since November of 2015 when it had about 220,000 miles on it. He’s had few problems with it.  The only thing that’s gone wrong was that the starter went out, and a slight oil leak. Other than that Zach says it runs great. His goal is to get to 300,000 miles.


1999 Honda Civic lx  – With 333,333 Miles – Sent by Michael

By Michael: I got all 3s on my Honda Civic (trip meter as well as odometer) on the 26th of June 2016 in LA.

This is the first and only car I’ve ever had and has been across the country 5 times…from the snows of New Hampshire to 5 month long camping trips with a tent…she has been everywhere…lasted longer than my marriage:).

I hope to keep it running to see all 4s on the odometer.


2009 Honda Civic GX – With 218,389 Miles – Sent by Jack

Odometer Reading: 218389

By Jack: Hello. I have a 2009 Honda Civic GX with “only” 218,389 miles on it. I’m happy with the car, but I got T-boned and I expect that it will be totaled.

(Yikes. Actually, I guess this car won’t be going any further in the high-mile category. He did have an insurance question. Perhaps someone out there could help.)

I’m concerned about the insurance company’s valuation for the car. While it is higher than online valuation computers (Kelley Blue Book, et al.), it still doesn’t seem to fit the market in my area. Since this is a CNG fueled vehicle, that makes it more difficult to price. CNG incidentally, does burn cleaner than gasoline with fewer engine contaminants.

My adjusted market value was $6,987. This is based on comparison with two other vehicles of the same year and trim:

32,000 miles for $10,500
123,000 miles for $9,999

Since this represents a small drop in value over 91,000 miles, it’s difficult to extrapolate depreciation over the next 95,000 miles. I also question if such a sharp drop in valuation is fair.

That’s all for this month. I hope to see you all in August. Until then, keep on driving.