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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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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.

Thanks to Wikipedia user - OSX for use of this photo. Subaru CVT.

Credit: Wikipedia user – OSX Subaru Lineartronic  CVT.

Let’s start off the New Year with a little project. I’m putting this one out to all of you in car land. I bought my first new car a few years back. It’s a Mazda Demio Skyactiv 1.3, and I’ve put about 35,000km on it since I brought it home. This Demio came with a CVT transmission and I’ve been pretty happy with it so far. The gas mileage is about 21km/L on average, which is the highest I’ve ever had in a car.

I remember reading a few years back that CVTs were unpredictable, and that Nissan and MINI had tons of trouble with them. Not only this, but they were notoriously difficult to repair and replacing a CVT was stupid expensive. Upwards around $7000 dollars for a new Murano CVT.   What I’d like to know is, what is the highest-mile car with a CVT in it at the moment?I’ve read forum posts about Nissan Muranos with 100,000 miles on them, but I’d really like to know what the record is. I’m asking you, HMC readers. What’s the buzz? Tell me, what’s a happening? The answer to this question doesn’t have to come right away. But hopefully by the end of the year, we’ll have an answer.