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Joe LoCicero's 1990 Honda Accord that reached 1 million... Joe LoCicero's 1990 Honda Accord that reached 1 million miles on the odometer, left, sits aside the 2011 model he received as a gift. (Photo courtesy Joe LoCicero).
Starting in the tiny town of Norway, Maine, Joe LoCicero is planning an epic, cross-country trip this summer.

Although he knows he'll be traveling from east to west, few of the details are firm. But the destinations don't matter nearly as much as the vehicle transporting him.

LoCicero and his wife, Sharon, will drive his 1990 Honda Accord, a 23-year-old car with more than 1 million miles on the odometer. Celebrating the car, nicknamed "True Blue," will be as much a part of the journey as celebrating the country. His Accord is one of only a handful of passenger cars in the country known to have reached the million-mile plateau.

Irv Gordon, a Long Islander, holds the current American record, just a few miles shy of 3 million on his 1966 Volvo P1800. Peter Gilbert, of Wisconsin, reached the 1 million mark in his 1989 Saab SPG, but it's now in a museum. Paul Harman, of Georgia, owns a Mercedes-Benz 240D that passed the million-mile mark in 2008.

There's one other known Honda, a 1991 Accord LX that belongs to Rodney K. Beattie of Columbus, Ohio, that has reached the milestone, according to Chris Martin, a company spokesperson.

LoCicero, 55, reached the million-mile threshold in October, 2011, and Honda honored him with a full-blown parade in the nearby town of Saco, Maine, replete with marching bands, floats and the keys to a brand-new Accord.

He wasn't sure whether he'd keep the older Accord after that surprise gift, but he has been operating both cars. By profession, he's a mechanic. By nature, he likes to experiment, so he's been running comparison tests.

"It's for my own curiosity," he said. "Cars have been in my blood since I was a kid and inherited my dad's 1966 Chevy Impala convertible, and testing is sort of my hobby."

The elder statesman in his Accord fleet now has 1,002,507 on the odometer, he said Thursday.

When he bought the car used in 1996, with about 74,000 miles on the odometer, he was curious how long it would last with meticulous care. One hundred eighty-five oil changes, 72 tires and 31 transmission flushes later, he still doesn't have an answer.

While his TLC is certainly a source of the Accord's longevity, he dispenses the credit to the people who made it. Few things impress LoCicero more than the might and ingenuity of the American workforce. He's hoping to incorporate that theme into his summer road trip.

Showcasing a Honda might strike some people as a peculiar way to express such red-white-and-blue sentiments, but domestic-versus-foreign arguments are outdated. Car companies are multi-national corporations these days, and have been for some time.

Honda employs more than 26,000 people in the United States, including roughly 5,000 at its Marysville, Ohio, assembly plant where LoCicero's Accord was produced more than two decades ago.

Along his upcoming journey, he may stop at the plant, as well as make appearances at several Honda dealerships to showcase the car that made it past 1 million miles.

"That's my plan," he said. "I'm still working out the details, but the idea is that my car and most of the products that got me to a million miles are made in America. ... We're just going to tour America, and show what good maintenance and care can do. I'm an American through and through, and want to do my part."

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      • 1 Year Ago
      I purchased this same model car, a 1990 Honda Accord EX brand new. After 147,000 trouble free miles, I sold it thinking well, if I keep it much longer, it will start to give me problems. Little did I know. I sure wish I'd kept it.
      Dan Hunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      proves to me that HONDA is the best car on the market today...my 2001 honda lx v6 has 205,000 and doing fine kove it
      • 1 Year Ago
      My 1999 Honda CRV will hit the 250,000 make next month. My wife's 1997 CRV has already passed the 250,000 mark. If you take care of your Honda, it will keep going and going and going.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you properly maintain your car and drive it reasonably there is no reason why almost any car made today could reach the million mile mark. Ok, possibly not the hybrids because of battery life.
      • 1 Year Ago
      who gives a ****.......
      • 1 Year Ago
      Any car will last forever if you baby it enough and have the desire and money to replace parts and keep up with maintenance. Of course then you don't have the original car that you started with, and I wonder how many original parts that mechanic still has in the Honda. It's all relative. . . .
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hondas and other cars made in Japan are all known to go over 150.000 , the motor was know for 200,000 years ago. In the US, Car were made to last only 100,000 because "Detroit" wanted a disposable car. When Hondas and others entered the US market to compete with US car all they had to do was make a car last longer than 100,000 and they did in fact they got over 200,000 The US market tried to attack them but they could not beat the reputation and they were left in the dust., What new ftuff will go the distance "0" The only trick to getting a motor to last in changing the oil on time and Not "0" weight, Well the US got its hand on the "New" stuff and turn them into crap. "Thank wall street also" As soon as the US make a good motor that will last they stop making it. There is more to the complete story did I will stop here
        • 1 Year Ago
        "In the US, Car were made to last only 100,000..." Not so... With the coming of 'No-Lead' gas, all car makers had to go to hardened valves and seats. Presto... The days of the 50,000 mile 'valve job' were over. Improved oils and other lubes extended engine and suspension lives. Better aloys made for even longer engine lives. (When did you last hear an engine with with a bearing 'rap'? How far had it been?) I currently drive a '97 Buick with 270,000 miles on it. I have an '80 Chevy Citation (not currently driven) with 286,000 miles. Both have the original suspension parts, including ball joints, and are still servicable. Both have original engines, and they are still servicable as well. Tranny's are a different story, but the cars are still operable after all this time. Lots of periferal stuff has been changed. (Brakes, tires, fans, batteries, CV boots, ETC.) THe U.S. builds good cars. Unfortunately, there was a period when they made junk, and they still have not overcome that reputation, mostly because of folks who will not buy them. (once burned, twice shy)
        • 1 Year Ago
        thats pretty good......a motor that will last "200,000 years"
          • 1 Year Ago
          LOL . . . that truly is remarkable! ;-)
      • 1 Year Ago
      It doesn't matter where a car is assembled, I care where the profit goes. If the profit leaves America, then don't buy it. Where's that guy with the Chevy Astro that's over a million miles? Or the guy with the white Dodge that's over 1.6 million miles? Your import-brands can't do 1.6 million miles.
        • 1 Year Ago
        What about the record holder Volvo with 3 million on it? I suppose that's made in the USA? Statement fail......
        • 1 Year Ago
        you wouldnt have a car then
      • 1 Year Ago
      And other cars have done this so his is not unique at all
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well hey, the apostles met together in one Accord. Doesn't seem like that much of a stretch, does it?
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm a little confused! If the car was bought in 96 with 74k on it and it went over 1 mm in 2011 thats more than 60,000 miles per year. That's a LOT of driving.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buy American!
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