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‘Regular Maintenance’ is Secret to Million-Mile Car

Million Mile CarWhen Joe LoCicero of Portland, Maine, bought his 1990 model year Honda Accord in 1989, the professional mechanic decided to perform most of the routine maintenance himself. Joe obviously knows a thing or two about auto maintenance, because his cobalt blue Accord just passed one million miles on the odometer — the first car on record to ever reach this fabled milestone.

LoCicero’s accomplishment was marked with a parade that included marching bands from local high schools and middle schools, high school cheerleaders, dancers rolling tires down the street and an airplane towing a banner the read, “Way to Go, Joe!” The parade climaxed with Miss Maine USA presenting LoCicero with a brand new 2012 Honda Accord — also in cobalt blue.

What was LoCicero’s secret for pushing his humble Honda to an amazing one million miles? According to LoCicero, he just performed scheduled maintenance according to the recommended schedule. Since purchasing his car, LoCicero has had to replace its seatbelts, upholstery and a water pump. However, the engine and transmission are original equipment. He made sure to use quality parts and, of course, drive safely!

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