100K Miles and Counting

We all have goals, or at least we should.  As with people, all goals are different. They may be short, medium or long-term, physical or financial, career and social goals, but nonetheless, most of us aspire to achieve.  Goals motivate and help us accomplish things we might otherwise view as impossible.
Dora and Boots
A month ago, I reached a milestone that took more than 12 years to achieve. On March 20, 2013, at 7:32p it was official, my Volvo S40 earned its rightful place in the Volvo Heritage Club, formerly known as the Volvo High Mileage Club.  I was as happy as Dora and Boots when they find their way out of the forest using the map.

Don’t judge me… All goals are different.

I was sure of two things the day I bought my Volvo:

  1. I would eventually give it to one of my kids as their first car and 
  2. I was going to put on 100K miles
What I didn’t know was that the road to 100K was relentless.
After a week or two of owning my Volvo, I slammed my five year old daughter’s hand in the car door – by accident. Speaking of which, is that ever done on purpose?  Miraculously, there wasn’t a broken bone or a single cut on her hand.
A year later, and no closer to 100K miles, I backed out of the garage, a little too close to the edge, and knocked a hole in the passenger side mirror. Sometime after that, I backed into my husband’s truck while it was parked in its usual spot in the driveway.
I’m seeing a pattern here and the McDonald’s incident is starting to make sense.
Over the years as the mileage crept slowly, my Volvo helped teach my kids to drive, served as taxi cab and school bus, however it became apparent that the miles weren’t going to come easy; and like a champ, I was in for the long haul.
At one point, it seemed like every other weekend we we’re burning rubber going damn near to Wisconsin, day trips here and there to Chicago, back and forth to the college towns of Bloomington, Charleston, Champaign and DeKalb.  We even blazed the Ohio Turnpike, but when you work local and shop local, the road to 100K is a lot easier said than done.
Then when I wasn’t expecting it, I noticed I was only 10K miles away. When did that happen? Those were the fastest 10K miles I ever put on that car.  It was if the shoemaker’s elves were now helping me, taking my car on long drives every night while I slept.
Shoemaker's Elves
So I decided to pay closer attention to the mileage as I was approaching 100K miles and on March 20, 2013, at 7:32p I reached my goal.
Volvo S40 Dash 100K Miles
Like I said before, the road to 100K has been relentless and the Volvo has the battle scars to prove it.  As of Tuesday, April 9, 2013, she’s donning a new tat after being driven into the garage door by my daughter. Luckily, no one was hurt and the damage was minimal.
Having finally accomplished my goal I am on to the next set:
  1. Give my daughter the Volvo once she receives her license
  2. Purchase me a new Volvo and drive 100K miles and counting
Don’t judge me… All goals are different.
 
I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)



Are you a high mileage vehicle owner?
How many miles do you have on your vehicle?  
Let me know in the comments!

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4 comments for “100K Miles and Counting

  1. April 15, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Damn! LOL Love the name of your blog…haha We have a 2002 Ford Explorer that now has well ofer 200K miles. I don't even recall when the heck we hit 100! Glad to see you met one of your goals!
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  2. Jae_Mac
    April 15, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Thank you for reading and for your kind words! 200K miles that's awesome! I can't say that I'll make 200K, but I'm not getting rid of it no time soon so it's completely possible.

  3. Anonoymous
    April 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Mine has over 185,000 miles. Volvo for life!

  4. Jae_Mac
    April 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Agreed, but now its a little bitter sweet. My S40 is feeling it's age – in the shop today with over $3K worth of repairs. I'm only getting what NEEDS to be done to keep it running. I guess I'm on track for getting my new Volvo as planned. O_o

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