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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.

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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We previously wrote about Erick Belmer and his Chevy Volt.  Well it now appears his car ‘Sparkie’ has surpassed the 300,000 mile mark. Pretty awesome for an electric car. Even more surprising is that he says the battery level is right where it was when he bought the car. It appears Chevy is doing something right with its battery tech. Another 200,000 miles and Erick will be at the half-million mark with his volt. He is already a legend in the electric car community. Keep it up!  We’ll keep following his amazing story.

 

 

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Good morning everyone. How is your Sunday going? Mine is just fine. Today, I’m going to do something I haven’t done before at HMC. I am going to talk about a van. Now this is where we might blur the lines between commercial and personal car ownership. But you know what, I don’t care. It’s my blog, my rules.

So why would this be a fleet issue? Well, you see, the van in question is a 2003 Chevy Express G3500 15-passenger van. It has a V8 6.0 litter Vortec engine and history of being used for commercial purposes. Now, what makes this story awesome is that Christi, the proud owner of this ”fleet” van is using it 100% for personal reasons.  She has been using it as family transport for the past thirteen years. Mini van be damned.

Christi tells me that the Express still starts well, but seems to have developed a clunk in the front end. The transmission, however shifts well. She does state there are two major problems with the Chevy. The paint is failing pretty hard, and there is a lot of rust at the roof near the windshield. Two serious issues which, much like gum disease, can really ruin a good day. Christi tells me her husband, father and the rest of her family have put a ton of maintenance into the van over the years, and its last major repair was a DIY camshaft position sensor that her 21-year-old daughter put work into.

Christi also states that the van has left her stranded twice. Once was due to a manufactures’ defect in the drive shaft bearing only days after the van was purchased. The other, was due to the aforementioned camshaft sensor failure, which shut down the engine.

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Christi says she LOVES her van and despite its shortcomings, she is sticking with it. It also appears to be the kind of vehicle which brings the entire family together, unlike a mid-life crisis Porsche. The most up-do-date ODO reading is 313, 818 miles, which isn’t too surprising for a fleet van, but impressive for a fleet van used in a personal setting. Christi, keep us updated on your van. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

 

Hi everyone. I hope everyone is settling into 2016 nicely. I do apologise about the month-long absence in posting. Traveling and other priorities have kept me from the blog. But I am back and I have a new high-mile story  to tell you about.

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Our first high-mile truck of the 2016 comes from Ahmad, and more specifically Ahmad’s father.  He owns a Toyota T100 truck and has put 520088 miles on it over the years. Ahmad’s father has always done the maintenance on time and has kept the cabin nice an clean. Sadly, Ahmad’s father is suffering from cancer, and Ahmad was hoping to put a smile on his father’s face by linking the story here.  I wish both Ahmad and his father the best, and I hope the T100 sees many more years of operations. Thanks for sharing your story with us Ahmad. I’ve posted the Odometer photo above.