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Hi everyone. I hope you are all enjoying the early winter weather. For those in the southern hemisphere, I assume your daily commutes aren’t a death trap. Anyways, here is a great story from David on his 1995 Toyota Celica GT Convertible. It’s nice to see ‘sporty’ vehicle getting used for both commuting and high-mile collection. Look, I’m not going to disparage anyone from putting 500K plus miles on a Civic or a Camry, but you can do and look good doing it in a Celica (David claims it’s unsexy. I would disagree.) Here is David’s story in his own words:

I purchased the car new in November of 1994 and have been driving her on my 60 plus mile daily commute ever since. Despite working in an industry where luxury and high end image1vehicles are the norm, I never had the reason, cause, or excuse to trade / upgrade her.  This vehicle has been relentlessly reliable since the day of purchase and I continue to marvel at her “can do” attitude. Abandonment has and never will be an option!

The car is still running on her original engine (4th timing belt) and original transmission. No major issues, and with the exception of a spent battery or two (or in my case, 8), has never left me stranded. She doesn’t leak oil, still performs at 30 MPG (with a good wind behind her), and for the unsexy, anti-chick magnet that she is, doesn’t look half bad – especially with the top down (which is 90% of the time)!

All and all, my Toyota and I are quite happy together and will hit, with no doubt, 500,000 miles. Thank you for your interest and please enjoy the below pictures and videos documenting both 300k and 400k miles!

Thanks again for sharing with us David.

Enjoy some photos of David’s wonderful Celica.

 

 

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I was checking my stats this morning and I noticed that Automobiles: Cheatsheet had been sending us some traffic. I had no idea why, so I headed over there and discovered that they had an article on 20 cars that had gone at least a million miles. Not only that, but I discovered they used the hall-of-fame to help create the list. And as a bonus there seems to be cars on their list that aren’t in my hall-of-fame. That is amazing.

This is exactly the reason why I created this site. I wanted it to be an accurate source of info on high-mile cars people could share and reference.  So now, as a big fat thank you,  I’m going to send traffic back their way. Go read that article. In the mean time I’ll update the hall-of-fame with new cars on their list. Yay!

 

 

 

IMG_1351Hi everyone. Today I’d like to share the story of Ken Chan’s 1992 Accord. He’s put on some serious miles since he bought it. 628168.7 serious miles to be precise.  He tells the story best,

“I just get in and drive basically.  I work 7 days a week and my commute is 100 miles a day.    I bring it to my neighbor who is a Honda mechanic. Every 15 K miles. He uses all Honda parts and Honda fluids.  Parts are getting harder to find, but Honda parts are the key.  It’s starting to burn oil, 0.5 quart a week after 700 miles.  Original engine, transmission. I change the oil every 6-7 K miles.  And majority freeway miles.  ”  

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Thanks Ken. Great to hear from you and your Honda. If we can take anything away from this, it’s to use original parts. Those miles put you in the Top 50 for sure. Keep us up to date on your progress! Keep up the miles.

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GREY GHOSTUnless it’s an F-150 or some Ford super truck, we don’t get a lot of stories about high-mile fords ’round these parts. Not sure why that could be. However, today, we are talking about a Ford Fusion SEL V6 from 2008 that has done what few Fusions have fared. HMC reader Floyd Allion let me know that his Ford has in fact forged forth with fury:

This is my first Ford vehicle in over 20 years. I bought her in Feb 2010 with 58,000 miles. I wasn’t sure I wanted a Ford, but I had just been stationed on site at the Ford Dearborn Rouge complex and was required to drive a Ford if I wanted to park inside the complex. It turned out to be the best decision. As I am about to roll up my 400000th mile, I have had toimage003 do almost nothing but the normal maintenance. Engine and Transmission are 100% original. The most major items I’ve replaced are both front wheel bearings and both rear brake calipers. I’ve had one tune-up and trans filter/fluid change at around 250000. She has survived 2 run ins with the Michigan whitetail population. My deer count is approx. 15 in the last 25 years. My car insurance hates me!
This car still drives like the day I test drove it. Apparently, she doesn’t know she’s an old lady, and I’m not about to tell her!
Here’s to at least another hundred K.
Thanks for your interest,

Floyd, thanks for sharing your Ford story with us. For all of those Fusion owners out there: Yes, it’s possible to get your car to those lofty heights. Never give up. Floyd, let us know when you hit 500,000 miles! Fight the futile Ford Fight with all of your Focus. Whoops, sorry. That’s another model altogether.

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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!

 

 

The High Mile Club’s Hall-of-Fame is becoming quite the competitive scene. We’ve seen a number of cars drop out of the top 50 in the past year. Simply having 500,000 miles is no longer enough to get you in. But that didn’t stop Mike Lipperman. I did a quick blurb about Mile and his 2001 Avalon back in 2014. He had crossed the 500k mile mark and was featured in the news. But his Avalon was recently bumped from the the top 50.

Well, Mike and his Avalon are back with a vengeance. His Toyota now sits at 617,300 miles and the local news did another story on him when he hit 600,000 miles. That means Mike shooting back into the top 50 at #33, up from #52. Well played, Mike. Keep us updated on the Avalon.

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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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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Hello to all of you high-milers out there. Our first exclusive story of 2017 comes to us from Ontario, Canada. High-miler Michael Proctor has a 1998 Honda Accord EX Coupe with 745000 km on it. That is around 468000 in miles. Here is a little from Michael about his Accord.

From Michael: Hi there! I live in Ontario Canada, I have a 1998 Honda Accord EX coupe which is my pride and joy besides my 2012 civic and 2000 Integra. I have done lots of enjoyable road trips in this accord when i purchased it I was commuting from Guelph to Oshawa and back daily which is 3-4 hours each way per day. The car is an absolute gem. It is rusting however that will be fixed soon! In Canada we are in kilometers so it has 748,219 kms. which is about 468,000 miles. Besides a couple clutches, a door, tires and brakes and flex pipe its been great. It still has the original engine and believe it or not doesn’t burn oil. It just leaks a little bit once in awhile!

Michael also mentions the car was purchased at Sherway Acura in 1999 by his friend, and he then he bought it. Michael used the car for many trips to Florida, Georgia, New York, California and Colorado. Now it’s being used as a commuter car. Michael believes that if you maintain a car, it will last a lifetime. We feel that way as well here. Keep up the driving Michael. Let us know when you hit 500,000 miles!