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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.

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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.

My last foray into the amazing fourth Generation Honda accords comes to us right from Honda’s Website.  Under their members stories section is the story Rodney B, who inherited his father’s 1991 Honda Accord Ex when he passed away. The car has an incredible 1,165,788 miles under its belt. The one comes right from the company themselves, so I’ll take their word for it.  But I’ve been unable to find out anything else about this car or its amazing history.  If you know anything further, please let me know.

And there you have it. This week, we have talked about the amazing Honda’s of the nineties. It’s amazing there are so many example that have gone the limit. I could probably dig up many that have gone well over 500k, but I’m going to take a little break from Honda for the moment and focus on the other models that have gone the distance. That’ll do, Accord. That’ll do.

So yesterday, I told you about another million-mile Honda Accord.  Here is the third example of an Accord that has gone over the magic number. In this case, the odometer broke early and had to be replaced. However, given that a local dealership bought the car to display, it all seems on the level. I can’t see how or why anyone would try and fake super high mileage unless there was some payoff for it. Given that David Witte was the  original owner who put all the miles on that car, I will credit him with the record.  He basically lived in the vehicle. It was rather anti-climatic when he went over a million, as the odometer had been replaced and was reading 605,798, but this doesn’t diminish the record in the slightest.

I found a re-post of this story on the Washington Post. If anyone knows what happened to this car, I’d love to know. Apparently, Hendrick Honda  put it up for sale in 2002? Tomorrow, I will have yet another example of a million mile Honda Accord.

Update: From Tyson over at Drivetofive. This actually appears to be a fifth generation Honda, but I wonder how far removed from the fourth generations it really is. I think its longevity adds some weight to the theory it might still have a fourth gen soul.

You may remember million-mile Joe, the man who put a million miles on his 1990 Honda accord.  Well, he is certainly not the only one to do that with an Accord. In fact, there are a few stories that have cropped up over the last few years that have people going over that major milestone. Today, I’m going to give another example. I found this article that linked to a forum thread way back in 2002 about a Honda accord that had gone over a million. I did a little Google searching and game up with this newspaper clipping about the event.  It’s legit. So legit in fact, that it would be a crime for him not to go in my hall of fame.

Back in 2002, Gordon Bearss took his 1993 Honda Accord wagon to the magic milestone, and Honda even got in on the act by inviting him to help them celebrate twenty years in manufacturing cars in the US.  There was something about those fourth generation Accords that makes them almost indestructible. I’ll have one more example about this tomorrow. It’s a little crazy.

How much do you love your car? Do you use it as a daily driver? Do you enjoy long Sunday sojourns out in the country? Would you drive twenty one years in the same car? Would you drive a milllion miles in that car?  Joe did. This is his story.

Joe LoCicero from Maine bought his Honda Accord used in 1990. It already had 760000 miles on it. He thought he’d try to see how long he could get it to last. Flash forward to 2011 and Joe hits a million miles. Honda gets word of this, and freaking throws him a parade. They also buy him a brand spanking new Accord. But Joe is not done with his baby. Nope!  This year, he decided to tour with the old car and try to keep the magic alive. Joe, here at High Mile Club, we salute you.  How far will Joe take this little experiment? Only time will tell.