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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.

I have been getting a ton of e-mail recently, and most of it dealing with vehicles that are under my blog-post minimum of 350,000 miles.  Usually, unless there are special circumstances like an electric car or an exotic, I don’t dedicate a single blog post to a car under 350,000 miles. However, I feel bad just letting those mails go unanswered, so from now on at the end of each month, if I will collect the mail that features lower-milage cars, and put them here. In pro sports, you have blogs that cover prospects. Well you can consider this the prospect blog for future high-mile cars. A farm team of high-milers so to speak.  I have two this month. Let’s get started.

 

1995 Toyota Camry  – With 254220 Miles – Sent by Kathryn

 

1998 Honda EK9 Sedan- With 255069 Miles – Sent by Hayden

Hayden doesn’t have any photos but he tells me he has put a lot of work into car, and it’s been through a few traffic incidents in its time as well. It has many of the original components but he’s put in all new rear suspension, new CV axles, new tie rod ends, new pistons, new cam, and stage two cold air intake. The car didn’t actually need any of this stuff, he just wanted to keep his ride running as smooth as possible. Hayden goal is 500k, and we’ll be following him all the way.

That’s all for June.  From today, any future lower-mile cars will hit the July edition. Short and sweet. See you then.

 

 

I’m going to try my hand at a new section here. I’d like to call it “Will it go the distance?”  The idea of this column will be to ask the readers out there if a certain car will be able to handle going 500,000 miles or even a million miles.

Today’s request comes from HMC reader Shaubhik. He wants to know if he 2008 Honda civic is capable of doing the mileage we see here on the site. First I’ll give a history on the car.  When it got to 200,000 miles it began to overheat. It appears that his model of civic was covered under a recall, so Shaubik had the engine block (lower half) replaced under the recall. He also had the cylinder heads, a head gasket set, and a new timing chain/guides/tensioner installed. In essence, it was an engine rebuild.

Shaubhhik wants to know if he can do 500,000 miles in this Civic. He has become quite attached to the car. In my opinion, it should be possible, but I’d like to pass this along to you out there. What do you think? Will the car go the distance? Use the comments below to give your opinion.

I don’t often talk about dealerships, but I like it when they feature the customers who took their cars to the limit. I want to mention Ray Price Honda today because they have a nice selection of high mileage vehicles on their club page. The stand out is the 2002 Honda Odyssey with 450,000 miles on it. There are also a few with 300,000+ miles and a number in the 200,000 mile club. All amazing achievements. I’m keeping my eye on that Odyssey. I have a feeling it might hit 500,000 miles in the next year or so.  Just a friendly reminder that getting a car this far is no easy task. regular maintenance, a good build and luck are all factors in this story.

I found this story a couple of weeks ago but promptly forgot about it. It won’t make the hall of fame, but it’s notable none the less. Buckeye Honda and Toyota are reporting on a customer of theirs who has driven his 1995 Honda Civic 400,000 miles. That is not bad at all.  He is apparently buying a new 2013 civic and most likely is putting the older car out to pasture.   There are some photos of the new and old car on the site, and I must say, he’s kept his old car looking nice. There is no info about whether or not he’s selling it, but if it comes our way, we’ll let you know. Well done, Steve Dupler.

It’s happened. Deltatechx went over the million mile mark on his Honda Civic. We here at High Mile Club want to congratulate him on this amazing milestone. Well done.  On some of the most recent post to that famous thread he outlines an oil analysis he had done, and gives us some insight into the frequency of those changes. Also, it seems he had to replace the instrument panel on the odometer as it wouldn’t handle the million switch over. Check out that forum thread for the entire story.

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.