Much has been made about a resident of Saco, Maine, named Joe LoCicero who drove more than one million miles in his trusted old car, nicknamed "True Blue." The town shut down Main Street and surprised Joe with a parade, an airplane with a banner that read, "Way to go, Joe!" and even gave him a brand new car (in case his old one peters out, I guess). Now, a million miles on a car is exciting -- I won't argue with that. But is it really soooo amazing and unbelievable, especially considering its make?
It probably won't shock you to learn that LoCicero has been driving a 1990 Honda Accord all these years. After all, those cars are legendary for being reliable and lasting forever. Don't believe me? Just pay a little visit to LoCicero's website, which has hundreds of comments from fellow Honda owners saying things like, "I have 400K miles on my blah blah blah Accord." Still don't believe me? Look around: There are early '90s Accords everywhere on the road.
It reminds me of my trusty plum-colored 1992 Honda that is sadly no longer with us. Not only did I rack up some serious mileage on that thing (nowhere near a million but still an impressive 180K), but it also became a "punching bag" of sorts for other cars driving by in the neighborhood. After numerous dents, lost mirrors, smashed taillights, and a broken windshield, that car still ran as good as new. It just would not die! (I had to sell it when I moved from Chicago to New York. *Tear*)
Back to our hero, Mr. LoCicero: Now, this guy took much better care of his car than I ever did. He kept it running with fastidious maintenance and apparently kept track of every fill-up, tire rotation, and oil change. It's no wonder, then, that diligent care coupled with a reliable model would result in hitting a million miles. But you can bet Honda is still going to milk this publicity goldmine for all that it's worth.
Have you ever owned a Honda?
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