The average life expectancy of a solidly maintained vehicle is about eight years or 150,000 miles, according to Consumer Reports. Take that figure into consideration when Honda announced it found an owner that crossed the millionth-mile marker on his odometer with his 21-year-old Honda Accord.
This feat was accomplished by Joe LoCicero of Maine, who has taken fastidious care of his Accord since he acquired it 15 years ago. In terms of servicing his vehicle, LoCicero has followed the owner’s manual and maintenance schedule to a T, according to Honda. He checks fluids weekly and changes the oil every 5,000 miles, always using the same brand and making sure to switch the grade of motor oil when the seasons change. He never lets the fuel tank get anywhere close to empty and never rides heavy on the brakes. LoCicero needs to keep a close eye on his car since he drives about 62,500 miles every year, about four times more than the typical driver. Even so, the fuel pump and both cooling fans needed to be replaced due to wear, and so did the radiator, twice.
For his efforts, Honda gave LoCicero a brand-new 2012 Honda Accord and even threw him a ticker-tape parade in his honor.
Of course, if you were as religiously devoted to your car as Joe is, you could probably make yours last just as long. Still, we’re interested in knowing how he avoided getting any rust on his 1990 Accord — body rust was a common problem for Hondas of this vintage.