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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.

We have a great story to pass along today. It comes to us from HMC reader Jason Cote and you can fine it over and Road and Track. 

This is a story we can label under exotic high-milers. Bill MacEachern has been driving his 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo since he bought it new. He now has 725, 000 miles on it. Not only this, but he lives in Canada, where Canadian weather does really bad things to cars. Well, at least the road salts and extreme temperatures. The turbo is hardly in mint condition, but it really shows how well Porsche builds their cars. Follow the link for a great video on Bill and MacEachern. Bill’s

This gets instant placement in the hall of fame. Great driving Bill. We hope you and your Porsche take it all the way to one-million!

 

 

The High Mile Club’s Hall-of-Fame is becoming quite the competitive scene. We’ve seen a number of cars drop out of the top 50 in the past year. Simply having 500,000 miles is no longer enough to get you in. But that didn’t stop Mike Lipperman. I did a quick blurb about Mile and his 2001 Avalon back in 2014. He had crossed the 500k mile mark and was featured in the news. But his Avalon was recently bumped from the the top 50.

Well, Mike and his Avalon are back with a vengeance. His Toyota now sits at 617,300 miles and the local news did another story on him when he hit 600,000 miles. That means Mike shooting back into the top 50 at #33, up from #52. Well played, Mike. Keep us updated on the Avalon.

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Hello readers. It has been a long time since we’ve chatted about high-mile cars. Fear not. While the updates aren’t as often as I’d like, I’m working on trying a more regular schedule. In the mean time, let’s talk about Derek and his 2007 Honda Accord EX-L. Derek mailed to about his car and he told me that it has 579,000 miles on it. That is certainly a lot of miles. In fact, it’s enough to put him into the Hall-of-Fame right now. Let’s hear what Derek has to say about his Accord.

From Derek:  I am a huge fan of Honda vehicles, and I also used to have a fantastic ’95 Integra that I sold with 217,000 miles on it a few years ago. I would still be driving it if it didn’t succumb to 20 years of salty roads. It still ran fine when I sold it, but rust was eating the car alive.

Regarding the Accord, the oil was changed every 7 to 9 thousand miles at the dealership for the first 570,000 miles or so. I then started doing them myself, still using Honda’s recommended 5W-20. It does consume some oil, to the tune of about 1 quart every 1k or so. The automatic transmission fluid was changed at the 20170308_170352_resizeddealership once every year (about every 50-60k). It still runs strong and quiet, and the engine and transmission are still original. Neither have been rebuilt. The majority of the miles were put on by the previous owner, who worked in sales. I also do a fair amount of driving, as I tend to go on a lot of road trips and I also have a somewhat lengthy commute. The car is almost entirely original. Every panel is original, along with the original windshield. Everything still works, from the 6 CD changer to the heated power seats to the power locks & windows and heated mirrors. Hoping to take it to at least 600k, when I plan on getting a newer Civic or HR-V and retiring this vehicle to long trip vehicle status.
Thanks for sharing your story Derek. We hope you get 600,000 miles out of that amazing Accord.

Ali Aslam over at Carinorder was the kind gentlemen who helped me sort out some of my typos and wonky numbers. Thanks to him, we have more accurate stats on high-mile cars. To thank him, I want to share this nifty infographic he made on the top five high-mile cars in history (that we know of.)  Please enjoy!

Highest Mileage Cars of All Time Infographic

Infographic by Car In Order

Hi everyone. HMC reader Ali has brought a couple of typos and omissions to my attention, and I have updated them. The first was the lack of high-miler Chet Berlisle and his amazing Lincoln Towncar on the list. I had blogged about him earlier, but for some reason forgot to add him to the hall-of-fame. The other mistake was with Albert Klein’s Beetle. I had mentioned his final odometer at 2.4 million miles. That was way off. Actually his final count was1,613,281 miles. I’m not even sure where I got that original number from.  I want to apologize for the errors. It’s been a goal of mine to make this list as accurate as possible, and thanks to Ali, I think I am getting closer to that goal. Thank you again.

 

Hi everyone. Sorry for the lack of new posts. It’s been a busy time of year, and I had a lot to catch up with. Now that I have some holiday time coming up, I plan on updating very soon, so please stay tuned.  I hope everyone has a great holidays, and I wish you all the best for the New Year.

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Here’s a story that Nancy wanted to share with us. Can a Toyota Sienna rack up the miles? You betcha!

Odometer Reading: 380,005
Year: 2000
Model: Toyota Sienna

From Nancy: I’d like you to meet “Supercar.” She was at the front of the production line and I was driving her by 1999.

She has been so very reliable, but I’ve never expected any less from a Toyota. Her transmission was rebuilt at about 285,000 miles and various parts have needed replacement.  – an ignition coil, most recently. Overall, the cost of ownership has been very low. My only complaints are interior and exterior doors handles and buttons. At this point, every door has a problem that I’ve not fixed, because I just can’t afford to. I can’t open the rear hatch or the passenger slider, for instance.

Nancy, I hope you can keep that beautiful Sienna together for another 120,000 miles. Then you’ll be hitting the big time. We’re with you all the way. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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Here’s a high-mile Tacoma from Jan.

 

Odometer Reading: 444.094image3
Year: 1997
Model: Tacoma pickup 2 wheel drive standard cab

From Jan: It’s the same stock engine from 1997. Also, the same transmission and same head lights. Not one bulb on the head lights has gone out. I Used it a lot to move to my 4 bedroom house 3 times. I commuted from Tucson to Southern California 3 years x3 per month. 450 miles each way.  It’s still running. Now in Wisconsin, I drove cross country and fuel pump went out. That’s all.

Quick Update

Posted: August 29, 2016 in Housekeeping, Uncategorized

Hi everyone. As you’ve probably noticed, it has been quiet around here. I’ve been traveling around Canada and the U.S. for the past three weeks.   Now I’m back safe in Japan. I have caught up with the pile of HMC email I got while I was gone and plan to blog about all of your cars soon. I am moving the ‘High Mile Futures’ segment to next month, but other than that, things are back to normal here. Stay tuned for many more exciting new high-mile vehicles.