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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.

 

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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.

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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? 😉

 

 

I have been getting a ton of e-mail recently, and most of it dealing with vehicles that are under my blog-post minimum of 350,000 miles.  Usually, unless there are special circumstances like an electric car or an exotic, I don’t dedicate a single blog post to a car under 350,000 miles. However, I feel bad just letting those mails go unanswered, so from now on at the end of each month, if I will collect the mail that features lower-milage cars, and put them here. In pro sports, you have blogs that cover prospects. Well you can consider this the prospect blog for future high-mile cars. A farm team of high-milers so to speak.  I have two this month. Let’s get started.

 

1995 Toyota Camry  – With 254220 Miles – Sent by Kathryn

 

1998 Honda EK9 Sedan- With 255069 Miles – Sent by Hayden

Hayden doesn’t have any photos but he tells me he has put a lot of work into car, and it’s been through a few traffic incidents in its time as well. It has many of the original components but he’s put in all new rear suspension, new CV axles, new tie rod ends, new pistons, new cam, and stage two cold air intake. The car didn’t actually need any of this stuff, he just wanted to keep his ride running as smooth as possible. Hayden goal is 500k, and we’ll be following him all the way.

That’s all for June.  From today, any future lower-mile cars will hit the July edition. Short and sweet. See you then.