Honda Accord Ticks Over 1 Million Miles, Gets Surprise Parade Through Small Maine Town

By Blake Z. Rong | October 25, 2011
There’s a lot going on in Maine these days. There’s the 6th Annual Kora Shiners FEZtival of Trees in Lewiston, Maine. There’s fun for the whole family at Kringleville. There are always plenty of leaves for New Yorkers to gawk at. And there was a surprise parade thrown for Joe LoCicero of Saco, Maine, whose 1990 Honda Accord finally ticked over at the lofty one-million-mile mark. The surprise parade travelled down Main Street of Saco with stilt walkers, costumed characters spinning tires, various homemade floats towed by Honda vehicles, a man dressed as a tree air freshener, the Westbrook High School marching band, a phalanx of kilted bagpipers, and a giant odometer float with six people spinning oversized, numbered hamster wheels. An airplane banner flew overhead, and Miss Maine Ashley Marble presented Joe with the comically oversized key to a brand-new 2012 Accord. "Joe's journey is a testament to his Honda's reliability,” said Tom Peyton, Honda brand manager, “and how people have come to count on Honda for more than 50 years to get them to where they need to go."
Joe drives 62,000 miles per year, when the average driver merely spins out 14,000 miles—a distance Joe covers in just three months. He first started keeping track of the car’s odometer at 300,000 miles, and has taken 661 photos of his odometer’s journey to the end of its lifespan. Joe’s secret to his car’s longevity? He religiously changed his oil every 5,000 miles, using different weights according to the seasons, and used genuine Honda filters and fluids every few years. The only things he has had to replace have been the fuel pump, cooling fans, and two radiators. And in that time, he’s only received one speeding ticket. So there you have it, folks: stick with your car and maybe a million miles later, your car company may grant you a new one (provided that you haven’t developed an irrational, heartfelt bond that naturally arises after a million miles)—and maybe even a surprise parade. If you can’t wait that long for such shenanigans, well, Kringleville is open until the end of the month. Source: Honda