Cue the theme music, because it is time for another round of Who Wants to be a Mileage Millionaire!
In these virtual pages we’ve seen our share of diesel duallys and high mileage Benzes, but perhaps like me, you crave something different. A little art-house cinema to counter the wave of superhero movies. Therefore, I submit for your consideration some of the most interesting or unique high mileage vehicles for sale in the US.
A quick refresher on the rules: All vehicles must have over 300,000 miles, as verified by either an odometer photo or CarFAX report, and be currently for sale in the US (we’ll take a look at other countries in future installments). As always, I am including a link to the original listing for the purposes of further research or, should you be so inclined, to adopt one of these poor animals for yourself.
2006 Kia Spectra EX – 303,749 Miles (488,837 km) – $2,500
At 303,749 miles, this Kia Spectra just makes the mileage cut, but really, good luck finding one with higher mileage. There is a reason you don’t see many entry-level econoboxes in the Mileage Millionaire club, and it is not hard to figure out why. These cars were cheap to begin with (sticker price for 2006 Spectra EX: $15,695), and by the time they get to this mileage level, even a modest repair can end up costing more than the car is worth. This car is just a timing belt or head gasket away from being featured in one of Jim Klein’s junkyard posts, with the usual comments wondering why someone would scrap a car in such good shape.
Luckily for all of us, this Spectra seems to have escaped the fate that most of its siblings have surely suffered by now. Study it well, as could very well be the first and last time we see a Kia Spectra with this kind of mileage.
In any case, cheap to buy apparently doesn’t mean cheap. It seems to have held up reasonably well: Other than some cushion collapse, I don’t really see any tears or pulled seams on the seats.
2007 Toyota Prius – 306,354 Miles (493,029 km) – $3,998
Holy crap! I did a triple-take when I saw this: A Toyota Prius with over 300,000 miles? I guess concerns about the long term durability of hybrid cars may be a little overblown after all.
It is a little difficult to see in this shot, but the trip computer is reporting an average of 44.8 mpg. One has to wonder over how many hundreds of thousands of miles that average represents.
The question that sprang to my mind right away (and probably yours, too): Is this still rolling on the original battery? I pored over the CarFax, and while there were lots of dealer service records, nothing explicitly indicated that the battery was ever replaced, so we may never know for sure.
2007 Toyota Camry Solara SLE – 320,515 miles (515,819 km) – $3,695
This marks the first convertible to be featured in a Millionaire post. To turn a phrase from Doc Brown in Back to the Future, if you are going to drive a lot of miles, you might as well do it in style! There is no odometer shot for this car, but I did confirm the mileage on the CarFAX.
The CarFAX revealed a few other interesting tidbits: For starters, that this car was owned by a single owner for its entire twelve years. But even more interesting is where it spent those twelve years: One would expect a high mileage convertible to come from California, Florida, or some other climate conducive to year-round open top motoring. But no, the original owner lived in the central Ohio hamlet of Mansfield, only about an hour or so away from my residence in Cleveland, where I can assure you that top-down motoring is out of the question for about five or six months out of the year. Clearly many of these miles were earned with the top in the raised position.
2007 Volvo XC70 2.5T – 318,880 Miles (513,188 km) – $3,995
While Volvos have a well-deserved reputation for durability, they seldom turn up in my searches for high-mileage vehicles. Are they done in early by high repair costs? I will leave it to commenters to speculate.
No interior shots are available, but the picture of the odometer confirms the stated mileage.