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.

 

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I think I’m pretty good at catching the high-mile stories. In fact I’m actually terrible at it. All of 2016 went by and I completely missed this story of Victor Sheppard and his amazing 2007 Toyota Tundra. A Tundra he put a million freaking miles on and then got to exchange for a brand-new Toyota. I’m sure the engineers wanted access to that amazing tundra. It still had the original engine, transmission and paint job. Amazing!  According to the press release, he drove 125,000 miles a year in that Tundra. Wow, my butt is sore just thinking about all those driving hours.

Mr. Sheppard, we here at HMC salute you. You’ve done what few people could. Drive a vehicle a million miles. And for that, I’m adding you to the hall of fame. Your truck will be in nineteenth place.  I’m still trying to figure out what his final odometer reading was. If I can figure it out, I’ll just round it to the final million.

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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Happy November, fellow High-milers. Today’s exclusive comes to us from Doug Wood. Here is the info on his Explorer:
Odometer Reading: 400,000
Year: 1998
Model: Ford Explorer – Eddie Bauer Edition

From Doug: I bought my Ford Explorer new in July of 1998. The car is basically all original except for the transmission. I’m on my 3rd one. The engine has never been rebuilt and the head gasket has never been replaced. Original interior and original paint. I live in Centreville, VA where we do get snow. Car is not garage kept. Still drive the vehicle
daily. Would like to submit it later this month once I reach 400,000 miles.

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If you can’t tell by now, he did go over the big 400K mile marker, and I posted his story. Keep up the awesome driving, Doug. I’m hoping you’ll follow up with us when it hits the big 500K.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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From Thiane: Trying hard to get to 300k!


 

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

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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 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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Autumn is fast approaching, and with it, some we have another high-mile truck. Yay! Let’s dive right in.  Today’s amazing high-miler comes to us from Steven Stokes. Here is the lowdown on his Silverado.

Odometer Reading: 554,739
Year: 2003
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From Steven:
Just found this site. Great to see that others have long running vehicles.
I got a 2003 Silverado with over 551,000 miles on it, and I’m looking forward to seeing how many more I can gather up!! I bought my Chevy Silverado brand-new off the Chase Chevrolet dealership in Stockton, CA., it was my first, and only (so far), “Brand-new vehicle” that I have ever purchased, it had if I remember correctly, only 12 miles on it when I took it home.

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Steven takes his driving quite seriously. Within a year he’d put 35,000 miles on the vehicle, and just like that,  it was out of warranty.  He states it’s been a dependable truck and the engine is original, however, the transmission and rear-end have some new stuff in them, though all still factory stock.

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Steven says the Silverado has been in three rear-end collisions. Yikes! It even ate a brake rotor that came off of a scrap truck, and it has always taken him home.  Steven is forever grateful that his truck continues to let him drive it. We are as well.

He drives 100 miles a day and is aiming for a million. We’ll be right there with Steven as he aims for his goal. Keep on driving!  Your mileage puts you right into the top 50 hall-of-fame. Congrats!

 

 

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Hello high-milers. We are back up and running for September. I’m going to try launching with a new format here and see if it makes the articles any easier to read. Let me know what you think. Here is a HMC exclusive from Wayne.

Odometer Reading: 424000

Year: 2003

Model: Toyota tundra

Wayne loves his truck.  He states that the inside is worn, it has some dents, but has been a construction workhorse for 13 years. It has pulled trailers, spray machines, materials, campers, and never complained.

Comment from Wayne: Her heart is as strong as the day I got her! I love my truck……there is none better!

There you have it folks. Another happy high-miler. The fact that we are talking Toyota is not a surprise, though a truck from Toyota. That’s pretty neat.  Wayne, let us know when you his 500,000 miles! What a beautiful truck you have.