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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.

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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.

 

 

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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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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.

 

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!

 

 

 

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Today’s HMC exclusive comes to us courtesy of Cat.  Cat shared some of photos of their 1998 Toyota Tacoma XtraCab SR5 4 Cyl. automatic with 343,250 glorious miles on it. Cat bought the Tacoma at 114,500 miles and hoped for 200,000 miles. I’d say things worked out quite well on that front.  Cat provided us with a photo of the truck hitting 300,000 miles on September 4, 2013. While crossing the I-94 into Indiana.

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     Cat tells me the truck has been all over the US and Canada. It is used mainly as a commuter vehicle, but has travelled from Acadia National Park to San Francisco, and has been used extensively for camping tripes.  Cat travelling companion is an English Springer Spaniel, and together the truck serves as a home away from home.
2015-05-17 Mathews Arm Cmp - sleeping in the truck 715 am     From a mechanical standpoint, the truck has the original engine and transmission but has not been completely free of issues. The rack & pinion steering, a/c, water pump, and radiator have all been replaced. Cat tells me a mechanic suggested replacing the truck due to a poor compression test, but that was in 2012 at 271,500 miles and nothing has come of it. In fact, Cat uses the same mechanic today, so perhaps there was an issue with the test. Who’s to say?  Cat isn’t strict about oil changes either. 3000 miles is the goal but sometimes the oil gets changed at 5000 miles using QS 5W30. Another time, the engine started pinging once and Cat’s mechanic recommend Chevron(Techron) gasoline as a fix. Sure enough, the pinging went away. The gauges are still operational, though the gas gauge acts up now and then.

   Keep up the fight to 500,000 miles. We’re cheering you all the way.  Thanks Cat.

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.

Earlier last month I posted about an amazing Camry. Well, now I have another Camry to talk about. This time, with Robert and Alicia Lawrence at Banah de Cristo Ministries. They tell me they drive some of the hottest, roughest roads in between the Mohave Desert in Calif and Phoenix, and the Sonoran Desert in Mexico.  Their 2002 four cylinder Camry LE takes all this abuse and says, “More, please.” The car is currently sitting at 334,000 miles and I’m told it will be driven until it costs over a thousand big ones to get it back on the road. They had the engine rebuilt at 250k miles but the mechanic told them, and I am quoting a less offensive version here “Only a fool would rebuild a motor this perfect.”  Apparently only the gaskets and seals were replaced. No reboring required. Not too shabby at all. There has also been some other work done on the car. They had the shocks and struts replaced, and are getting the transmission ready for a rebuild as well. They say the car looks like an 87 Toyota because of the harsh conditions and severe dust storms. I’m hoping I can get a photo of the Camry. Robert claims they have never had to pay more than 250 dollars for work, but I would have assumed the shocks and struts cost more than that. I think they are speaking of regular maintenance and not one-off repairs. Either way, it’s an amazing feat to have a Camry survive those conditions that long. I hope Robert and Alicia update us about their Camry. I have a good feeling they could do 500,000+ miles in this car.

Update: February 3 – 2017

The Camry had a used Toyota motor installed due to water draining out the heating core. The new motor already has 100K on it, and they added another 70K to put their total up to 370000 Miles. The Camry still has the original transmission. So their new total mileage is 370000 miles.