Posts Tagged ‘2004’

Hi everyone. Sorry for the long delay. Life happens when you want to get things done. Anyways, today it’s time for a 4runner story. Now we are no strangers to the 4runner here at the High Mile Club. In fact they take up a sizable amount of our stories. I suppose you can thank Toyota and all the dedicated drivers who keep those 4runners 4running.

Today’s 4runner is a 2004 model from Sandy Ruben. It now has 554,000 miles on it. That puts it in our top 50. I wanted to share Sandy’s crazy story about his 4Runner.

From Sandy:

I just finished up my appointments, and I began my 2 1/2 hour ride back along a major highway. My car has 547,000 miles, but I’ve never had any major problems, so the high pitched beeping sound I hear has me concerned.

I look to pull over, and decide to put my 4 Runner in neutral. I coast along the highway and fortunately see an exit coming up soon.

If I go left, it’s uphill; if I go right, it’s downhill. As I proceed exiting right, all I see is trees for awhile. Then it opens up to another small highway; and I continue still to coast.

To the left, I see a hotel, and try to get over there, as most likely I’ll be spending the night there. My 10 mph is no match for the cars doing 65 mph, so I stay in my right-hand lane. I pass a “Gentleman’s Club”, a boarded up building, and a boarded up gas station. A stop light waits for me up ahead. Knowing I’m stuck at the light,sandy I make a right turn(still coasting). Incredibly enough, right in front of me is a Toyota dealer. I continue to coast and stop the car right in front of the office of the service entrance. (Before going inside, I try to start the car, and of course it’s dead!)

Back in 2004, when I was looking for a Toyota 4 Runner, I was in no rush. I drive all over the Southeast, so I’ll just buy it from the place that I can get the best deal.

I picked a Toyota dealer 115 miles from my house – Scott Clark Toyota in Charlotte. As I get out of the car, I look up, and It’s Scott Clark Toyota!  Apparently they moved 8 years ago, and my car found their new location.

After installing a new alternator, my trusty Toyota and I were back on the road within 2 1/2 hours. 

Driving a car with 547,000 miles is a little risky. I always wonder where and when it might break down. I never imagined in all these years that
it would e in front of a Toyota Service Center.

Wow! What a story, Sandy. the coincidences here are off the charts. We here at HMC are so happy you got your 4runner up and going again. Please keep us updated on any future milestones.


It was only a matter of time before Volvo would be in the news again with a high-mile car. This time it’s with something a little more modern.

Simon Marshall, from Sandhurst, Berkshire bought a 2004 Volvo V70 D5 SE a few years back with 170,000 miles on it. He then drove it to almost 600,000 miles in six years (575, 574 miles to be accurate.)  He paid £5,500 for the vehicle and says he only spent £3000 in maintaining it. That seems like a bit of a stretch, if you think about all the oil and rubber that car would need to survive that long.  As for major repairs, he paid £800 for a used gear box a while back.

He is a chauffeur and uses the car for trips across Europe. That would explain why he is driving well over a 100,000 miles a year.  He says he wants to take the car to a million miles, and if this holds out, he is probably going to do it. We’ll be waiting for that day. Well done, Simon.

Update: Simon was gracious enough to let us know that the regular maintenance on his car was not included in the £3000 sum the article spoke about. That was including non-regular repairs like the gear box. Simon keeps his oil and rubber up to date and keeps spectacular records on everything. The first service was at 5000 miles and every service since has been at 12,000 miles, as per owners manual.  It’s no surprise his car is where it is today. Simon, welcome to the high-mile hall of fame!


I’ve been wondering for a few weeks now which super-car out there has the highest mileage. Super-car owners aren’t wont to use their vehicles as daily drivers, but I’m curious who has taken their car to the limit.  I’ve found one such story that might confirm the highest-mile super car in history. This 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago, which was sadly wrecked in a traffic accident last year is probably the record holder at over 250,000 miles .  I haven’t been able to find anything higher. If you know of a super-car that has more than 258,098 miles, then please let me know.