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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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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.

Wow! It’s been some time since I’ve given you all a high-mile update. So have one on me. Today I’m going to talk about an amazing little 1997 Toyota land cruiser that is adding up the miles like no one’s business.  According to his youtube videos, Rick Antonio calls his Land Cruiser the Lunch box and he’s recorded a number of the vehicle’s milestones on youtube. He picked in up in 2007 with 81,804 miles and tells me the Land Cruiser still drives like new.  If you watch any of the videos, you’ll see he clearly loves every minute in his “Lunch Box”.

Rick is also quite the car person, and he has done many mods to the Land Cruiser. It looks almost like a different car if you compare the photos. Some of the highlights are the custom entertainment system he installed himself, the hitch, winch, and all the roof racking(including some sort of super horn, but has since been replaced with a new light stack and removed the horn.)   You know the USS Enterprise from Star Trek:The Motion Picture compared to the one from the TV show?  That is what Rick did to his Land Cruiser. A refit of sorts. One hell of a refit. I mention a thread further down that you must read to see all of the custom works he’s done. Water Pump, filters, hoses, and wires are all hand-replaced.

 

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The Land Cruiser is sitting at 405, 000 miles and everything in it is still original(not including all the amazing mods and additions.)  I haven’t asked Rick about his maintenance routine , but he did provide an crazy long thread post about the entire story from when he picked up the car to now. According to that thread, he was involved in a car-jacking where thieves shot at the land cruiser, and Rick walked away without any bullet wounds. It also was involved in an altercation with a freezer on a highway. Seriously, a freezer!

One note about mileage: Rick tells me is that he drives on 35 inch tires that are higher than the standard ones and they aren’t calibrated with the odometer, so that would means this Land Cruiser actually has many more miles on it than it would indicate. It’s probably over 500,000 miles now.  I am going through that thread right now and will pull out any interesting maintenance nuggets, so stay tuned.  Keep up the amazing work on your Land Cruiser, Rick!

Bonus: Here is the video of Rick building the new roof rack by hand. Amazing!

 

 

 

Here is another awesome story to brighten your week. HMC Exclusive 4Runner owner Terina just let me know her 4Runner hit the big 500,000 milestone. Well done, Terina. With that milestone, I’ll be adding you to the Hall of Fame. Terina promised me a odometer photo for the occasion, but she never got back to me. Hopefully this story will remind her. Haha. How is the 4runner holding up? Going for a million?

This blog is quickly turning into the High-Mile-Camry-Club. I could resist it, but instead I choose to embrace our new Camry overlords. I’ve been getting at least one new high-mile Camry email a week for the past month, and now I’ve gotten an amazing mail from a previous HMC Exclusive who tells me her car has hit tCamry 500000he 500,000 Mile mark. Rosicella Flores is her name, and high-mile driving is her game.

Rosicella tells me that as of 6:15 AM on August 28, 2015, her Camry crossed over the half-million-mile mark. She has included a photo as proof of this. Rosicella let me know she got a response back from Toyota Japan and the Torrence CA Toyota branch and they sent her a leather keychain and a coffee mug. I suppose it’s not super great, but it also could have been nothing at all.

Alas, Rosicella also shared with me that in July a Ford 250 smacked her Camry on the freeway when the driver of said truck misjudged a lane change.  This milestone was almost not to be. Thankfully for all involved, there weren’t any injuries, but there was damage, and Rosie was worried insurance wasn’t going to cover the $2700 repair cost; declaring it a write-off (what we usually hope for but in this case would effectively end her drive for 500k.) However, in the end they came through and the repairs were done. Rosicella, you have earned your ticket in our hall-of-fame. I haven’t asked Rosie if she is considering a milion miles for her Camry, but I bet she’s thinking about it.

Later in the week, I will talk about Terina, another HMC exclusive who took her Toyota to 500,000 miles, and beyond. The high-milers are taking over and I documenting all of it!

I believe Confucius once said, “He who blogs about high-mile Camrys is doomed to climb the mountain of high-mile Camrys.” At least that is how I remember it going. In others words, once we get this Camry party started, there ain’t no stopping it.

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To prove my point, I give you Ken Oliver and his 1990 Camry. This model a 2.0 4 cylinder with manual 5 speed transmission. He is the third owner of the car and it’s now at 394,322 miles.

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Ken tells me he has only ever replaced a few sensors and the fuel filter, though it does appear that the transmission is starting to get a little cranky and not shift into 5th gear. I hate it when they do that.  It also sounds like a new wheel bearing is in the cards. Still, he uses Castro10W30 every three months and likes to tinker with cars as a hobby.  He says he wants to take it to 500,000miles, and beyond! Ken, keep rocking the Camry! Rock it hard. We are cheering you on. And if Toyota sees this, Ken would really like a new paint job.

Hi everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve given you some high-mile news. Times have been slow in the high-mile world, but worry not.  Today I’m going to talk about Mike Neal and his 2008 Toyota Tacoma. He bought his truck in 2007 with 212 miles on it.  He is a courier, which explains the crazy high miles.

Mike points out that he shouldn’t be seen a role model for maintenance.  He says the engine and transmission are both original and that he changed the plugs for the first time at 704,491 miles. Yikes!   He also changed the transmission fluid for the first time at 486, 000 miles, and has never changed coolant. He only tops it up.  Mike uses Castrol 5/20 for his oil changes. Despite all this, he has driven ALL THE MILES in his Tacoma and it has never let him down.  A wonderful story of a truck coming through for their driver. Thanks for sharing with us Mike. Keep us updated on the Tacoma and send us some photos when you get a chance. Your truck has earned a place in our top fifty high-milers. Well done.

This breaking news comes to us from Tyson Hugie at Drivetofive, HMC reader and long time High-miler. Someone named Mark owns a 2000 Corvette, and according to that video, that vet has 649, 248 miles on it. I know, right? Insane! The surprise isn’t the mileage itself. It’s how new that Corvette is. It’s simply amazing.  If you know Mark, or you are Mark, please contact us. I’d like to talk to you about your Corvette.

I got an email a few weeks back from Alice Mannion’s daughter.  You may remember her from this article.  She wanted to update me on the status of Alice’s Beetle. I’m happy to report that she is still driving it and it’s now at 539, 000+ miles. An amazing achievement for a new generation beetle if you ask me.  Alice’s beetle still has the original engine and transmission. It’s a 2L engine with manual transmission.

Alice now has a place in the Hall of Fame.  Alice, I hope you keep on adding up the miles. Yours is an achievement few can lay claim to. Well done.