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Hi everyone! I wish I could update this site more often. In a perfect world this would be one of my main focuses. Unfortunately, that is why I only post about once or twice a month. Anyways, today’s high-miler comes to us from Steve King:

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“I bought my 2003 Honda Accord in Arizona. I am the sole owner and all of the miles are by me. I owned a 1987 Honda Prelude prior go my Accord and drove it to 435,000 miles when I donated it to Junk for Jesus. That’s when I bought the 2003 Accord. I expect my Accord can run at least another 200,000 miles. Right now I’m shooting for 500,000.”

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Thank you for sharing your accord story with us Steve. When you hit 500,000 miles, please let us know.

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It’s not every day I get a mail from someone telling me their car is about to hit a million miles. I usually get those stories as second-hand news from other blogs. But today is a very different day. I have been in communication with Mike Wein, and today he wants to show all of you his 1994 Honda Accord Wagon EX 5-speed with 998, 418 Miles! Not Kilometers, MILES! Yes, this man has a car with almost a million miles on it, and we are covering it here today for you.

I thought it would be best if Mike said it himself :

 There isn’t a lot of crazy stories to share I suppose, just a lot of long commutes for many years that added up. Really, other than dealing with rust related issues and maintenance, I have had very little to no problems with it.  I had to replace the intermediate shaft becausewagon1 the bearing went out, and really that is the only recent repair I can recall that was not rust or maintenance.  I am going to replace the right axle soon too because the outer joint is making noise.  If someone had a similar generation Accord, a couple things I would recommend people keep up with that get overlooked sometimes are cleaning the throttle body often, cleaning out the EGR ports periodically, and changing out the ignition coil periodically.  Those things don’t really have maintenance schedules from Honda so they get overlooked, but these Accords do much better if you take care of those things periodically.  Also if it is not too late, undercoat your fuel tank and fuel/brake lines on these, very expensive to replace those things when they rust out if you are in a rust area like myself (Wisconsin). 

Mike, we are speechless here at the High Mile Club. You have earned a place in our hall-of-fame, and honestly, your amazing driving and maintenance habits are up there with only a select few. We would be honored if you could let us know when you hit the big milestone. Thanks again for sharing your story with us 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.

 

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.

We are no strangers to 4runners here at the High Mile Club, so it was no surprise when I got a mail from Brenda Cannon, who shared her 4runner experience with us. She’s an active skier and dirt biker so she needed a vehicle with four wheel drive. She says she’s the second owner and has had it since 2003. She keeps it maintained and has had no issues.

Well done Brenda. Thanks for sharing your story with us.   Brenda, the email you sent me must have had a typo. I can’t get back to you. I’d love to get a photo of you and the 4runner, or even just the 4runner.