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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.

We have a great story to pass along today. It comes to us from HMC reader Jason Cote and you can fine it over and Road and Track. 

This is a story we can label under exotic high-milers. Bill MacEachern has been driving his 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo since he bought it new. He now has 725, 000 miles on it. Not only this, but he lives in Canada, where Canadian weather does really bad things to cars. Well, at least the road salts and extreme temperatures. The turbo is hardly in mint condition, but it really shows how well Porsche builds their cars. Follow the link for a great video on Bill and MacEachern. Bill’s

This gets instant placement in the hall of fame. Great driving Bill. We hope you and your Porsche take it all the way to one-million!

 

 

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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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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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.

Hi everyone! Another month is coming to a close, and that mean we have more high-mile prospects to look at. Many people are closing in on the magic 350,000 mile number, and that tells me that they are ready to make the climb to 500k. Let’s see who’s in the running this month!


1997 Honda Accord  – With 318,602 Miles – Sent by Brandon

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From Brandon: Odometer quit 10 months ago and it’s my daily driver. I’ve never done anything to it. I bought it with 290k. they said all they have done to it is change timing belt I paid 800 for it. I’ve got my money out of it for sure; she still runs strong. the tranny is acting up but she’s still rollin’ down the road daily.

 


2004 Sequoia – With 338,000 Miles – Sent by Mark

From Mark: No maintenance done on this car except for new radiator in 2015. I have been the only owner. This is been the best car ever!!!


1997 Subaru Legacy– With 300,000 Miles – Sent by Jessie

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From Jessie:

I came across your site while searching for other high mileage Subaru’s. It was a lot of fun going through the blog looking at other high mileage vehicles. I just hit 300k in my Subaru and it appears that they will go much further.

On Tuesday, my 1997 Subaru Legacy wagon rolled over 300,000 miles (today I’m at 300,127). We purchased our Subaru back in October 2008 with about 130,000 miles on it. For the last eight years, our Subaru has hauled our family on road trips and adventures all across the Pacific Northwest, survived five of those years as my wife’s daily driver (20,000+ miles/year), served as our utility vehicle for hauling landscaping and home improvement supplies, and as my daily driver for the last year and a half. She’s got her share of dents and scratches, occasionally squeaks and clunks, and likes to drink/drip a quart of oil between changes, but she still has plenty of life left in her. Now that I’ve hit 300,000 miles, the next milestone is to drive her until the wheels literally fall off the car. Maybe then, my wife will let me get another Subaru.


2006 Honda Accord V6– With 300,000+ Miles – Sent by Jeff

From Jeff: We have video of this vehicle rolling over 300,000 miles with commentary. Video is 52 seconds long. I bought the car brand new in 2006 from Fuller Honda in San Diego (Chula Vista) with 52 miles on it. Changed filters, fluids, spark plugs, manual trans fluid and tires. That’s it. White 4 door, 6 speed, 3.0 liter V6.

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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!

We are back with another exiting issue of High Mile Futures, where we feature cars that aren’t quite at the legendary levels of 350K+ Miles, but well on their way. Shall we get started with this month’s line-up?

2006 Toyota Matrix  – With 254,236 Miles – Sent by Lisa

By Lisa: I bought my 2006 candy apple red Toyota matrix brand new! Myself and everyone who knows me calls this amazing car “Ruby”. After all, after all of those miles she is definitely deserving of a name. I have done only basic and routine maintenance and no repairs of any kind have been needed. I am a social worker for the severely disabled and she gets me to see my 56 clients day in, day out! I am also a single mother so the amazing reliability of this car has been such a blessing! I continue to drive her every day and plan to teach my son, who is 13, how to drive in her. Thank you Toyota for providing me with such a safe, reliable and FUN car for the last 10 years! Here’s to many more and my next Toyota when she retires!

1999 Honda Accord  – With 240,141 Miles – Sent by Zach

 

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Zach has owned this car since November of 2015 when it had about 220,000 miles on it. He’s had few problems with it.  The only thing that’s gone wrong was that the starter went out, and a slight oil leak. Other than that Zach says it runs great. His goal is to get to 300,000 miles.

 

1999 Honda Civic lx  – With 333,333 Miles – Sent by Michael

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By Michael: I got all 3s on my Honda Civic (trip meter as well as odometer) on the 26th of June 2016 in LA.

This is the first and only car I’ve ever had and has been across the country 5 times…from the snows of New Hampshire to 5 month long camping trips with a tent…she has been everywhere…lasted longer than my marriage:).

I hope to keep it running to see all 4s on the odometer.

 

2009 Honda Civic GX – With 218,389 Miles – Sent by Jack

Odometer Reading: 218389

By Jack: Hello. I have a 2009 Honda Civic GX with “only” 218,389 miles on it. I’m happy with the car, but I got T-boned and I expect that it will be totaled.

(Yikes. Actually, I guess this car won’t be going any further in the high-mile category. He did have an insurance question. Perhaps someone out there could help.)

I’m concerned about the insurance company’s valuation for the car. While it is higher than online valuation computers (Kelley Blue Book, et al.), it still doesn’t seem to fit the market in my area. Since this is a CNG fueled vehicle, that makes it more difficult to price. CNG incidentally, does burn cleaner than gasoline with fewer engine contaminants.

My adjusted market value was $6,987. This is based on comparison with two other vehicles of the same year and trim:

32,000 miles for $10,500
123,000 miles for $9,999

Since this represents a small drop in value over 91,000 miles, it’s difficult to extrapolate depreciation over the next 95,000 miles. I also question if such a sharp drop in valuation is fair.

That’s all for this month. I hope to see you all in August. Until then, keep on driving.

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I love the smell of high-mile trucks in the morning. Especially trucks with over 400,000 big ones on them. Truck owner Walt Tyndall bought a 1999 Chevrolet S-10 in 1999 with less than 10,000 miles on the odometer. It was a two wheel drive with 4.6 liter V6 engine.  He knew the original owner and the truck had been driven locally(Trust is so important when buying used). He used the truck for sales and now uses it for his job as a pastor. He’s had no major repairs done to the S-10, and gets the oil changed every 5,000-6,000 miles with conventional oil and filter.  Walt tells me it’s the best vehicle he has ever owned.
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   It’s clear Walt takes excellent care of his truck and we’re waiting for the day he goes over the 500,000 mark. Thanks for sharing, Walt.