Life in the 21st century has numerous milestones. Among these are graduations from high school and college, buying our first car, having our first child or first grandchild, turning 40 or turning 65. Among the least heralded of milestones, yet one of the most unusual, is watching the odometer in your car turn over 200,000 miles. This is a moment to treasure that most of us will never experience. Tonight my 2001 Toyota Highlander reached this magical moment. When 200,000 appeared on the odometer, I immediately pulled over to the curb and snapped the photo you see above.
The Highlander has been a good vehicle. I bought it in May 2001. Over the years I have driven it across the country several times. This six cylinder, four wheel drive, SUV has given me an average gas mileage of about 20 miles per gallon – which isn’t great, but the reliability of the vehicle has compensated for its average performance in this department. Nowadays it is using a quart of oil every 1,000 miles. The body has no rust at all, and the interior is in good shape. So, unless its thirst for oil increases dramatically, I’ll keep the Highlander for a while – at least until the current set of Michelins wears out.