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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.

 

05 Camry  I love how attached people get to their cars.  The bond between driver and vehicle is especially close when the miles start racking up. In the case of Rosicella Flores, the relationship with her Camry is all about her family. Rosicella has been the  owner of her Toyota Camry since 2005.  She moved from San Diego, CA to San Jacinto, CA and was looking for a higher mileage car that she could use to commute.  She wanted to stay close to her father, who was a diabetic and nearing retirement to make sure he wasn’t commuting alone.  They wanted a dependable and high-mile car they could commute with together, and they were estimating about 5000 miles a month.

In what would end up being a very challenging time for her and her family, the Toyota came through with flying colors.  She tells me she’s also had some pretty crazy adventures with her father in the Camry. One involving driving over a bridge in the Escondido area where gulfs of flame were coming out from underneath, and being completely surrounded by orange and black.

To bring us up to the present, Rosicella’s father is now retired and she works in the same location, but now has a new and better job.  The other day, while leaving for work, she glanced at the odometer and noticed she had accumulated 494,000 miles. Rosicella contacted me, and gave me the low down on her car. In terms of maintaining the her Camry,  she changes the oil every five weeks when she hits the 5,000 mile mark, though she says she’s recently started to do it every 4,000 miles. She’s only ever replaced the catalytic converter and the exhaust manifold, and does regular maintenance including fluid level top-ups, tire changes and alignment when they are needed. Rosicella’s Camry is nearing an amazing milestone and we hope to be part of it. She sent Toyota a letter when she hit 300,000 miles to share her story with them.  She is sending them another letter for the 500,000 mile milestone. I hope she gets a reply.  Let us know when you get there, Rosie.  HMC will be cheering you on all the way.

We are no strangers to 4runners here at the High Mile Club, so it was no surprise when I got a mail from Brenda Cannon, who shared her 4runner experience with us. She’s an active skier and dirt biker so she needed a vehicle with four wheel drive. She says she’s the second owner and has had it since 2003. She keeps it maintained and has had no issues.

Well done Brenda. Thanks for sharing your story with us.   Brenda, the email you sent me must have had a typo. I can’t get back to you. I’d love to get a photo of you and the 4runner, or even just the 4runner.

I have to apologize about the lack of posts recently. I have been busy with my day job. But things are clearing up a bit, so let’s start things off with a little Youtube fun. I found this video about a 2002 F250 with 500,000 miles on it. This doesn’t surprise me in the least. These trucks are built tough and I’m sure the driver took amazing care of the truck.  I just need to find out some more information about the driver. When I get more info, I’ll post an update here.

January Mileage Wrap-Up

Posted: January 22, 2014 in Talk-back
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So, we’ve brought you quite a selection of high-mile vehicles since we first started this blog. Now I’d like to turn things over to you. In the comments, share your current odometer reading, your car, and your high-mile dreams. Also, is there anything specific you’d like to see here? Let me know.

I’ll start things off. I drive a 2013 Mazda Demio with skyactiv engine. My goal is to get that thing to at least 300, 000 kms. If I can do that, we’ll see about 500k.  I’m currently at 14,300km. It’s going to be a while.

What’s this blog all about?

Posted: January 6, 2014 in Housekeeping
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This blog is a collection of cars that have mileage reaching past what would be considered normal. People that have put hundreds of thousands of miles on their cars. I have been fascinated with high mileages cars since I read about the great Irv Gordon and his journey with his Volvo P1800. Not everyone can have the fame he has had, but maybe, just maybe, I can share stories about those who have taken their cars beyond what is considered ‘normal’ mileage.