Posts Tagged ‘high-mile’

Hi everyone. I just want to update everyone about the state of the High-Mile-Club. Things are going well. I don’t post all that often, as you can tell. I run the site as a hobby and I get zero income from it.  It’s a very part-time thing for me at the moment as I live in Japan and I have a full-time job to keep me busy. But I want to let you all know that I will continue to post stories about high-mile drivers, and find interesting high-mile news. Despite the rarity of my posting, I am still very interested in keeping the site going. A long term plan might be to start issuing bumper stickers for milestones and the like. But I’d have to look into the logistics of that.  Anyways, that’s all for now. Keep on putting on those miles, and let me know when you’ve hit a new milestone. Thanks.

 

 

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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.

 

 

Wow! It’s been some time since I’ve given you all a high-mile update. So have one on me. Today I’m going to talk about an amazing little 1997 Toyota land cruiser that is adding up the miles like no one’s business.  According to his youtube videos, Rick Antonio calls his Land Cruiser the Lunch box and he’s recorded a number of the vehicle’s milestones on youtube. He picked in up in 2007 with 81,804 miles and tells me the Land Cruiser still drives like new.  If you watch any of the videos, you’ll see he clearly loves every minute in his “Lunch Box”.

Rick is also quite the car person, and he has done many mods to the Land Cruiser. It looks almost like a different car if you compare the photos. Some of the highlights are the custom entertainment system he installed himself, the hitch, winch, and all the roof racking(including some sort of super horn, but has since been replaced with a new light stack and removed the horn.)   You know the USS Enterprise from Star Trek:The Motion Picture compared to the one from the TV show?  That is what Rick did to his Land Cruiser. A refit of sorts. One hell of a refit. I mention a thread further down that you must read to see all of the custom works he’s done. Water Pump, filters, hoses, and wires are all hand-replaced.

 

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The Land Cruiser is sitting at 405, 000 miles and everything in it is still original(not including all the amazing mods and additions.)  I haven’t asked Rick about his maintenance routine , but he did provide an crazy long thread post about the entire story from when he picked up the car to now. According to that thread, he was involved in a car-jacking where thieves shot at the land cruiser, and Rick walked away without any bullet wounds. It also was involved in an altercation with a freezer on a highway. Seriously, a freezer!

One note about mileage: Rick tells me is that he drives on 35 inch tires that are higher than the standard ones and they aren’t calibrated with the odometer, so that would means this Land Cruiser actually has many more miles on it than it would indicate. It’s probably over 500,000 miles now.  I am going through that thread right now and will pull out any interesting maintenance nuggets, so stay tuned.  Keep up the amazing work on your Land Cruiser, Rick!

Bonus: Here is the video of Rick building the new roof rack by hand. Amazing!

 

 

 

Hey there everyone. I just got a mail from Damien Gallagher over at http://topquote.ie/. He has put together an amazing  infographic on how to extend the life of your car. He tells me he used this very blog as one of the sources for the info. I think that is pretty awesome. The entire point of the this blog is to keep a record of high mile cars and I’m glad to see that it’s being put to good use. Thanks Damien. Here is the infographic.

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Damien Gallagher – http://topquote.ie/

I believe Confucius once said, “He who blogs about high-mile Camrys is doomed to climb the mountain of high-mile Camrys.” At least that is how I remember it going. In others words, once we get this Camry party started, there ain’t no stopping it.

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To prove my point, I give you Ken Oliver and his 1990 Camry. This model a 2.0 4 cylinder with manual 5 speed transmission. He is the third owner of the car and it’s now at 394,322 miles.

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Ken tells me he has only ever replaced a few sensors and the fuel filter, though it does appear that the transmission is starting to get a little cranky and not shift into 5th gear. I hate it when they do that.  It also sounds like a new wheel bearing is in the cards. Still, he uses Castro10W30 every three months and likes to tinker with cars as a hobby.  He says he wants to take it to 500,000miles, and beyond! Ken, keep rocking the Camry! Rock it hard. We are cheering you on. And if Toyota sees this, Ken would really like a new paint job.

Today’s HMC exclusive high-mile story comes courtesy of Bradley Davis. He shared a story with me about his 1997 Toyota Avalon XLS. He’s driven the car throughout high school, college, having his wedding ceremony,  and now his current job. He just recently went over the 300IMG_3837,000 mile mark on it and he says it just keeps going.

You may be asking why I am including a photo of Bradley’s car in a ditch. Well, this past winter, he was on his way to work and got caught up in a snow/rain nightmare. While the Avalon, or “Avy” as he calls her has great tires and brakes, there was nothing in terms of traction to keep her from heading off the road. The good news is that Avy came out with no damage, and Bradley is still driving her today. Weall done, Bradley. Please keep us updated on Avy.

I  wanted to add that it’s stories like this that we are looking for here at HMC. People who have had their cars for years and won’t part with them. No repair, even engine or transmission can keep them from their beloved car. If this is you and your car, let us know.

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Here’s a wonderful little story to kick of 2015. I found this one on Autoblog, and I’m giving them full credit, though I suspect the local news is the real hero here. Bob Sportel bought himself a 1957 Chevy Truck to get to his new job, and continues to drive the same truck today. He claims the vehicle has around 300,000 miles on it, but can’t be sure because the odometer hasn’t worked in years. It’s rusty and falling apart, but it gets the job done.  I thought I’d mention the story here on HMC as it’s one of those feel-good stories about a person and their prized truck. It just goes to show what you can do when you are determined to save a little money.

News sources: Autoblog.com, kare11.com

High-Mile Prisuses

Posted: July 30, 2014 in 300000+
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For you consideration: This thread over at Priuschat is quite interesting. There is a Prius owner named ‘2 fas 4 U’ who has taken a Prius and a Prius V over 300,000 miles over the last few years. If anything, it proves that Prii are built like fuel-efficient rocks. There are many interesting stories of Prius V owners and their high-mile babies. Also, check out this thread for the standard Prius stories. People loves the Toyotas, that much is certain.

To start of the week’s news, I wanted to pose a question to the HMC audience.   Aaron L. posed a great question in the comments earlier today. His vehicle has around 185,000 miles and rust is starting to creep onto his car. He was wondering how all of the high-milers out there mitigating the oncoming rust-storm? Do you have any strategies or tips? How to do you handle the eventual repairs? Do you take your car to an expert?  Use the comments down below to discuss rust. I eventually plan to create a list of high-mile techniques that we can use to keep our cars running to a million and beyond.  I plant o put it next to the hall of fame.

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Photo: Randy Potter

This might sound like an upcoming J.K. Rowling sequel, but what we have today is another amazing HMC exclusive. This time from Florida. HMC reader Randy Potter wanted to get into the high-mile game, so he went and bought himself a 1998 Toyota Tacoma with 452000 miles already on the clock. Randy represents a unique sort of high-miler. Instead of piling on the miles from scratch, he’s inheriting a high-miler. I think it’s a bold move and one that we hardily approve of. He says the truck is in good condition and still runs like new. His mechanic says there really isn’t much work needed on it.  He plans to use it for daily commuting and weekend fun. He eventually hopes to pass it along to his daughter.  I’m hoping for great things from Randy and his Tacoma. We’ll follow their story closely here at HMC.   Keep us updated Randy.