By on July 10, 2012

 

Irvin Gordon bought the Volvo coupe in 1966 when an AM/FM radio was a big deal and an optional extra.  Gordon took Volvo P1800 and radio. 46 years later, the car holds the mark for High Mileage Vehicle since 2002 and is only 34,000 miles away from the 3 million mark. Yes, that’s 3,000,000 miles.According to the Christian Science Monitor, the Volvo lacks the digits to display the actual mileage, but Gordon has tune-up records. It took him 21 years to reach the first million miles and 15 more years to reach 2 million. Gordon averages 85,000 to 100,000 miles per year. The car still has the original engine, rebuilt twice in the car’s lifetime.

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  • avatar
    28-cars-later

    Someone should find a loophole where you could still build older design cars such as this (and Volvo 240s) without all of the BS new as collectibles, antiques, or something. I would think there would be a small (but high profit) market for a design which has millions of proven miles.

    • 0 avatar
      jmo

      I think you’re forgetting that most 1966 Volvo P1800 were (like all cars built in 1966) sent to the crusher with less than 100k miles on them.

      • 0 avatar
        Windy

        Not all 60s cars suffered that fate at 100K miles
        My folks bought a M Benz 250 SE loaded with every option including a factory trailer hitch and picked it up at the factory in Stuttgart in June of 1967. They put 10,000 miles on it all over Europe and brought it home as hold luggage in the garage of the Queen Elizabeth (the first one that later burned and sank in Hong Kong harbor) when my Dad died in 1985 he left it to me with 187,000 miles on it. It had been garaged always and had oil changed and all the dozens of grease points done every 3000 miles like clock work. I did not have a garage and I lived on an island off of new England and while I kept up the every three thousand mile service the car started to die at that point the limited slip rear end started to whine at about 195k ( I towed a small sailboat about 3500lbs each week to the boat ramp in summer). By 1997 the whine was so bad I wore ear plugs the mileage was 280k and the mechanical fuel injection pump packed it in. I put in a unit from a wrecked car and got to almost 300K befor the body died due to tin worm.
        But I sold the remains to a chap on Cape Cod for $3,000 he was restoring a 250SE convertible and wanted the green leather interior whic was still in good shape due to regular treatment with an English leather treatment product (Connley it think) there was a bearing knock at the end and the transmission was rebuilt at 150K by my Dad at a M-Benz dealer and it too was slipping and such by the end…. It was used up but my family got its $6,783 worth out of it. That was the price they payed for it through the euro delivery program.

    • 0 avatar
      Gannet

      Maybe you can. There are companies that will sell you an assembled kit car, such as a ’67 Cobra replica, and I believe that at least in some states if you build a street rod using, say, a fiberglass replica ’32 Ford body, you can register it as a ’32 Ford.

  • avatar
    Subifreak

    I would be very curious what kind of engine oil & other vital fluids he uses! Most I have ever put on a vehicle I owned was 110,000 Km’s on my very 1st vehicle back in the mid 90′s – a 1991 Olds Eighty Eight ‘Brougham’. I only keep my cars 4 – 5 years…

  • avatar
    JCraig

    I gave up on my first car, an ’88 VW Fox, at somewhere around 325k, but it was closing on 300k when I got it. As far as I can recall, the most miles I’ve actually put on a car is 55k on my current ’08 Elantra. I used to be a chronic car buyer but my age and the lack of issues with this car seems to have cured me of that.

    • 0 avatar
      Volt 230

      I wonder how much he has put into that car to keep it running in good condition all these years and miles, I think these are mostly highway miles, and he most likely maintains the speed limit.

  • avatar
    ktm_525

    I have a 1970 P1800E. The B18/20 engine is beyond bulletproof. It has 5 main bearings for a small 4 cylinder. My engine has not been rebuilt going on 42 years and only 205k miles. Oil? Rotella 15W-40 and a Volvo filter.

  • avatar

    Easy. So far, I’ve put 435,000 miles on my ’01 Golf TDI.

    I bought it brand new with 20 miles on the odometer back in 2001 and I’m still driving it as my primary car. How long will it last? Who knows?

    http://caughtatthecurb.blogspot.ca/2011/03/golf-with-insane-miles.html

  • avatar
    kvndoom

    42,000… and I’m on my 11th vehicle since 1997. Yes that’s PATHETIC!

    But I’ve finally wizened up and my current car will be driven well past 100,000. I’ve finally reached the point where I no longer feel “tolerant” of an effing car payment.

  • avatar
    duffman13

    I have gotten rid of every car I’ve owned before the hit 100k. Most were not my decision as I was a teenager driving parentally loaned/donated wheels.

    My first car the was *mine* was a 96 audi A4 that I owned from 60-85k and got rid of for fairly obvious reliability reasons. I paid for it in cash when i got it and was still going through an average of $300 on repairs every 2 months, so I decided why not have a newer car if I’m going to be making car payments anyway.

    My last was actually at 99k when I got rid of it, but I did that because I was bored with it. I traded laterally though, from a RSX with 99k to a S2000 with 89k, so I’ll definitely break 6 figures on this one. The intent is to keep it forever and retire it under a car cover at some point for hoonage weather permitting.

    • 0 avatar

      my current car, The Silver Bullet, a 1979 Mercedes 300SD that I purchased from a Southern California Police Department where she had spent virtually her entire life … had 94,000 miles in August 2008.

      Now she has 125,000 miles.

      Filter + fluid changes, a little lubrication, easy to work on, she loves cetane boosted biodiesel = non-cancer-causing + high performance.

      Here she is riding Z-rated Michelin Pilot Sport tires and AMG vintage wheels:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/76267949@N08/7043744639/in/photostream/lightbox/

      Fwiw, my plan is to build her into a sleeper C111-II-D: http://www.supercars.net/cars/3018.html

      1,000,000 miles here we come.

  • avatar
    jjklongisland

    This guy lives by me. What a great accomplishment. Volvo should definitely treat him with a new vehicle.

    • 0 avatar

      He almost certainly doesn’t want a new vehicle. But they could send him and his Volvo to Europe again, and pay all his hotels. I’m sure the publicity wouildn’t hurt Volvo

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      They gave him a 780 back when he first hit a million or so. I think his wife drives that car. He prefers the P1800. Irv’s a great guy, very friendly, I have met him several times at Volvo events over the years.

      Myself, I have had a 350K Volvo 740 and a 300K+ ’84 VW Jetta GLI. I bought the Jetta with 150K and put the next 150K on myself.

      Personally, I find mileage to be a largely irrelevant number. All that matters is condition. You can have a 25K car that is scrap, or a 250K car that is perfectly maintained and pristine.

      • 0 avatar

        He seems like a great guy in the video. I’m not at all surprised.

        I’m wondering how he’s kept the body in such good shape. I mean, he must be driving in winter, and in upstate NY there’s almost certainly a lot of salt on the roads. I want to know what he’s been doing to preserve the car.

  • avatar
    Feds

    My Protege5 was bought new, and has 230,000 kms on it. Alas, as soon as I fix the rust on the wheel wells, it will be up for sale.

  • avatar
    wmba

    Well, if you revved the hell out of the B18D all the time and did things like keeping it at 5500 rpm in second for miles at a time in deep mud in rallies, well, the valve guides wore enough to need refettling at 48K miles, due to high oil usage. 1963 PV544 owned by my college buddy. Mind you, nothing else went wrong except spark plugs. Champions worked far better than Bosch, which sometimes lasted only 1100 miles — in those days, there was a neat machine at the dealer that you screwed the plug into and it applied pressure until the spark wouldn’t jump the gap. Champions aced this test, the Bosch’s not so much.

  • avatar
    mitchw

    All that driving would be excellent cover for a serial killer. Come on, I’m not the only one that thought of this.

    • 0 avatar

      I think I’m safe in saying… no, I think you are the only one who thought of this.

      Seek help, my friend.

    • 0 avatar
      zenofchaos

      About 285,000 on a 1978 Ford Bronco with the ole 37 gallon “Trailer Special” gas tank, and you didn’t even have to get out in the mud to turn the hubs (loved that truck) After the 351 kicked up daisies at around 180,000, I put in a 400. Rebuilt the C6 at 212,000, and drove the hell out of the thing until I hit 285,000, and traded it in on a 1989 Firebird (I still regret that sometimes) This was about 14 years ago, and I actually saw it being driven around by an older couple as recently as a year ago!

  • avatar
    sco

    ’98 Civic EX, purchased new, 248,000 (mostly highway) miles and still going strong

  • avatar
    texan01

    I’ve put 200,000 miles of the 302,000 miles on my ’95 Explorer.

    I bought it off my brother-in-law who bought it brand new. Since it came into my care it’s been fed a steady diet of quality synthetic oil, and Motorcraft filters every 10-15,000 miles. Most of its miles came from commuting to college from home. It’s been the road-trip vehicle of choice for 11 years though, and has been beaten on trails in Colorado, and all over little county roads in Texas. Still uses very little oil. It’s been a pretty good trucklet. Never has left me stranded anywhere except for my own stupidity, I ran it out of gas once.

    The other car that racked the miles up was my first car and first car to ever ride in, a ’76 Chevelle, it had 120,000 on it when I got it and it was 16 years old. I drove it 8 years and put 80,000 hard miles on it. It finally was junked at 199,550 (still have the speedo head)

  • avatar
    LeMansteve

    To what extent was the engine rebuilt both times?

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      +1

      Or, alternatively stated, for all those amongst us who have pondered this issue many times before, at what point does that which is claimed to be “original” cease being so?

      I’m taking NOTHING away from this man or his machine. It’s epic that anyone could put that many miles on any vehicle, let alone one of that vintage, especially in any case where the vehicles still retains 50% or more of its original parts, structure, hooohas and doodads.

  • avatar
    NormSV650

    100K miles a year? That’s 1900 miles per month! Crazy! I’ve driven 1300 in a day from OH to NW but I don’t like to drive like this guy.

    Nor do most who have a teacher’s pension to siphon from.

    • 0 avatar
      Monty

      LOL – but he hasn’t made a car payment in 43 or 44 years!

      Ponder this – how much money has the average car buyer spent in 46 years if they’re replacing their vehicle every three years or 60,000 miles? It’s got to be a whole heck of a lot more than maintaining the Volvo for the same period of time.

  • avatar
    SuperACG

    100,000 miles in 4 years on my 2000 Jetta TDI. I remember buying it on “Cinco de Mayo” in 2004 with 28,128 miles. On a road trip in Ohio in 2008, I noticed it was “Cinco de Mayo” and remarked to a buddy about how I’ve had the car for 4 years…and the odo read 129,xxx miles…”and driven over 100,000 miles!” I don’t remember the actual mileage because it was totaled 3 days later by a red-light runner. I told the insurance company it had 129,444 miles.

    :(

  • avatar
    200k-min

    I’ve just about hit 200,000 miles in my Accord. Runs like a top and would never sell it for what the market rate is. Key is maintenance. I always run good tires, keep the suspension in good shape, tuneups, fix wear items before they fail like hoses and belts, etc. I also change fluids regularly – most importantly coolant and ATF fluid. I also don’t beat the snot out of my cars.

    Had a Taurus that I got at 100k and drove up to 200k when it was becoming unreliable enough to warrant a new daily driver. Still kick myself for selling a working automobile for so cheap. It could’ve gone longer under my care.

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    I personally put about 133k, over 6 years and a bit, on a 1992 Honda Accord EX wagon, bought it with 73k on it and sold it with 206k to a college student in Ann Arbor. S’far as I know, it’s still going strong.

    Before that, I put 126k on a 1990 Plymouth Voyager, over 7 years and a bit…got it with 21k on it and traded it for the aforementioned Honda with 146K on it.

    Most recently I put 87k on an Audi A6 Avant (loves me some wagons, don’t I?)over 5 years and a bit…bought it with 78k on it and traded it in with 165k on it. Unlike most Audi owners who post here, I put less than $2000 in repairs over my period of ownership and all of that was routine maintenance…brakes, shocks, tires and the like.

    Over those 3 vehicles, adding up to 20 years and a bit of ownership and 341,000 miles of driving, my total capital cost of driving has been less than a dime a mile….(cap cost to me means purchase price plus cumulative repairs not including oil changes divided by miles driven.)

    My current whip is an ’03 W203 Benz. Most people I know presume that my “dime a mile” record is summarily broken, but I am not so sure…..but I’ll let you know.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Lessee… put about 105k (191-296k) in 7 years on the ’88 Sentra, about 76k (48-124k) in 5.5 years on the Accent, and the smart car is closing in on 55k in a little over 4 years.

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    I just don’t do that much driving. My 10 yro Accord has less than 65,000 mi. I would doubt that I have driven more than 500K mi in my entire life.

  • avatar
    mburm201

    I bought a 1987 Riviera with 140k miles and drove it to 292k. I’d hoped to hit 300k, but the transmission didn’t cooperate. I had a 1999 Century purchased at 75k and sold at 255k. My current vehicles are a 1998 Continental purchased with 192k and now with 230k, and a 2000 Windstar, purchased with 134k and now with 213k. The lifespan of modern vehicles is pretty amazing. My first cars were essentially worn out at 100k miles.

  • avatar

    If I get an FR-S, I will plan to keep it the rest of my life (I’m 59), and expect to live into my 90s).

    I calculate I’ve driven around 475,000 in my life (I drove very little from end of college until I was in my early 30s; didn’t own a car in that period, and drove less than 10k a year (averaged around 7) until I was 40. (But I also calculate I’ve bicycled about 70,000 miles in my life, almost all of that before 20 years ago, when I switched from bicycling to running for my major physical activity, and I’ve probably run more than 20,000 miles.) I put 147k on the Saturn I bought new at 40, put 133k on the 04 accord I got after the saturn, bringing it up to 200k. These days I drive around 15k a year.

  • avatar
    lon888

    I’m never, ever going to drive a car over 100,000 miles. Every time I go to trade in my 100,000-plus mile car, I take it in the shorts. Lesson learned.

  • avatar
    joeaverage

    I once sold an ’87 Accord hatchback LXi with over 200K miles. Later saw it with 325K miles and it looked great. Manual transmission helped, as automatic rebuilds are expensive and often doom a car.

    I am restoring a ’78 VW Westfalia which has a 198K miles. The van itself is solid but it needs paint and upholstery. It is like a Beetle a good forever machine b/c the body/chassis is so durable IF you keep the rust away. No galvanized panels… Just completing the front suspension rebuild. The tie rods are tight, the balljoints not to the wear limits (loose) but I replaced them anyhow. Basically the front suspension needed new grease boots and torsion bar seals. Pretty good for 200K miles and 34 years.

    Our daily driver is a ’99 CR-V EX AWD 5MT and has 235K miles. No sings of wearing out. Original clutch, axles, shocks, bearings, etc. Haven’t even needed to recharge the a/c.

    Others: ’97 VW Cabrio (176K), ’84 VW Rabbit convertible (last seem at 190K miles), ’65 Beetle currently at 120K miles, and a friend’s Eurovan was last seen at 245K miles but I see it occasionally several years later still on the move.

  • avatar
    nickeled&dimed

    I put 74,000 miles on my 2000 Subaru wagon in the last 5 years, bringing its total close to 180,000. Most of those were front-loaded miles, as we now drive the Prius on long trips, and the Subaru is now just used for hauling and commuting. Prior to this I never drove a car for five years in a row, with two of my previous three cars being owned by my parents. I plan on driving this Subaru at least another three years, or until it dies.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    I am surprised by the number of low mileage drivers on here. I have NO commute, I work from home when not travelling for work and I mostly fly for that. I still put 15K on my BMW in its first year, another 4K on the Jeep since I bought it in March, probably 2K this year on the Volvo it replaced, and another couple thousand on my two convertibles. Plus DOG knows how many miles on rental cars. Actually, Hertz knows – I put 800 on the Jetta 2.sl0 I most recently rented.

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    340k on my 98 Corolla, mostly local, door to door trips, only been on a 400+ miles trip once.

  • avatar
    77MGB

    I liked everything about that video, except for that B.S. political ad the AP made me watch first.

  • avatar
    55_wrench

    My personal best was my 1984 Mercedes 300D, 170K in 9 years.

    I’d like to throw in my brother’s 1978 Toyota 3/4 ton pickup. He bought it new and it currently has 475K give or take a few. Same engine and tranny, but has had mains and rings replaced and the head shaved a couple of times.

    Probably the best cost per mile of most folks out there!

  • avatar
    gslippy

    I added 150k miles to an ’85 LeBaron GTS between 1988 and 2000, which I bought with 56k on it already. Pretty modest compared to many of the B&B, but it was a nice run.

  • avatar
    djoelt1

    At an average speed of 40 mph, this gentleman has averaged more than 4 hours per day in his car. 4 hours per day! That is 16% of his life. What a waste of time.

    • 0 avatar
      geeber

      Not quite. Read the article:

      “Now divorced, Gordon takes road trips alone. With trips to Montreal, Texas and Michigan in just the last month, the last leg of his trip should not be too hard. It took him 21 years to reach the first million miles and 15 more years to reach 2 million. Gordon averages 85,000 to 100,000 miles per year. Most of his trips are for auto shows, but he also takes trips across the country just for a good cup of coffee.”

      I doubt that he is trundling along at 40 mph during those trips, as they involve plenty of miles on interstate highway. The article also says that he enjoys driving the car, so I doubt that he views those trips as a waste of time. I, too, enjoy driving on long trips, and actually prefer it to flying.

    • 0 avatar
      Gannet

      What a waste of time? Getting out there and seeing the world?

      Hanging around websites and leaving comments, now that’s a waste of time.

  • avatar
    DearS

    45k on my bimmer. Now 163k. I’m poor. This has been my best car, paid $2000, also the most I’ve ever paid for a car. I’m grateful for it. Looking at going to 200k in a couple more years. Cant afford much more yet.

  • avatar
    Steven Lang

    239k on a Toyota Camry that I had for 12 years.

    It just resurfaced on Carfax with 293k. Still in Georgia. Still in the metro-Atlanta area. I believe it’s on either the third or fourth owner.

  • avatar
    Georgewilliamherbert

    My personal best? Nearly all of the 197,400 my ’98 Mustang got before the head gasket blew, head warped, and the engine repair exceeded car value (the guys I sold it do did repair it, as I understand it, so it apparently is still going…).

    My family? Mom and dad drove Wagon I (1972 Volvo 145 Wagon, white, full rally racing mod kit) out to 350,000 at which point the frame had started to crack and warp, and by unanimous agreement it was at end of life. With the rally kit this was a perfect Q-car.

    Replacement was a (as I recall) 125k ish 245 wagon that was driven another 150k miles by my parents before it sank into the depths of maintenance heck.

    They now drive a late 90s Explorer (bought new, now out in the 300k range) and a Taurus they bought used (not sure).

    Wife and I now drive a pair of used 2004 RX-8s. Both in the low 50s. Both on Engine #2. Both failed in low 40s. Not sure if we’ll bother putting engine #3 in when these die (expected to last out past 90k per engine core now, so perhaps 135k?), though I will sell to someone who will if I get rid of them then.

    • 0 avatar
      smokingclutch

      Not sure why you think you’d only get 90,000 miles from the engine. I’ve had an RX-8 that had 83,000 miles and ran fine on the original engine when I sold it, and I’ve had several RX-7s, one of which made it to 185,000 miles on the original engine before went – and that was due to overheating.

      It’s also odd that both of your RX-8s failed at the same mileage. Did you always keep the oil topped off?

      • 0 avatar
        dundurrbay

        The very early models had a bad oil seal/injector issue which caused the engines to fail early. The later models arent as bad as they added an extra oil injector to help cool things down.

  • avatar
    56BelAire

    How much has he spent on gas over the 3,000,000 miles? If he keeps a log book he could research the gas prices all the way back then figure out his total fuel cost.

    If he’s driving 100,000 miles a year and the car gets 25-28 MPH?? He’s spending about 15k/year the last few years if my math is right. Over 30 years……alot of gas and alot of cash. Don’t tell Al Gore about this guy. I wonder what his carbon footprint is?

    • 0 avatar
      Gannet

      Less than Al Gore’s, that’s for sure.

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      A friend and his family took my son out to the lake this weekend. They passed Al Gore’s houseboat. About 100ft long, all the extras, etc.

      Remember when Al was telling us the sky was falling? That we ought to consider living in a tent and riding a Llama back and forth to work?

      Well I guess it was really important until he made his fortune. Now? Nevermind.

      Always thought that movie was an odd thing. Here we are killing the planet, he tells us, by consuming copious amounts of fossil fuels and there he was flying all over the globe to make his movie. Even his trip to Carthage, TN to tell us about living (visiting) the family farm there was done with a Lincoln.

      It’s not that I think the environment is indestructible just that I can’t buy Gore’s con-job. Sure we ought to take care of the environment.

  • avatar
    MrFixit1599

    Granted it’s not my personal vehicle, but we have 2 2005 Ford Escape hybrids for work trucks. Mine has 220k on it, got it with 45k on it, the other one has 270k on it, got it with 60k on it. Synthetic oil every 10-15000 miles. Other than a failed water pump on each vehicle around 100k, no other repairs except tie rods. Remarkably reliable vehicles so far, with no current plans to replace them anytime soon.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    1989 Ford Probe LX 5-speed

    186K miles in 4-1/2 years – I was original owner and drove all those miles

    Runner up

    1998 Pontiac Trans Sport SWB

    164K miles – I was third owner

  • avatar
    Andy D

    I bought my first 528e with 150 k miles on it . 12 yrs later, I retired it at 350 , Just replaced normal wear items in that time.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    You know, the guy’s divorced, but how can he really enjoy taking all those trips alone with no one to share the experiences with?

    When I was young in the air force and had the coolest, most glamorous car of my life at the time, my 1964 Chevy Impala SS convertible – in California, for pete’s sake – RARELY did I have anyone to enjoy the experiences with me – I’m talking female companionship, of course.

    How in the the world can you spend enough time in any car to rack up that kind of mileage?

    I bought that 1964 Impala that SHOWED 50,000 miles on the clock in June, 1970. The engine was rebuilt at 100K and I sold it at 150,000K. So, I put 100K on that car in three years and three weeks.

  • avatar
    actorsnightmare

    Just today I hit 213,000 miles on my 1999 Volvo V70.

    But my favorite record on my most beloved car was about 205,000 miles on my ’67 mustang!

  • avatar
    dundurrbay

    Im only 20, with 4 years of driving. But i put 60,000 kilometers on a 1993 mazda protege with the SOHC 1.8l engine. It had 283 000km when I bought it and about 345 000 when I sold it. It is still in running condition as I see it driving around town as I sold it locally.. my car now is a 2007 Kia Spectra that I use as a delivery vehicle. Suprisingly, for a vehicle no one cares about, it is fairly peppy with the 5speed and averages 30mpg mostly in town. Bought this one with 28000km for 9000CDN with tax and it now has 60000km with not one hiccup. Hopefully it holds up well as I plan on piling the miles on it.

  • avatar
    meefer

    118K on my Lexus IS250 in 5.5 years and still rolling. Zero mechanical failure, going to keep it for at least another 3-4 years while buying a second car instead of replacing it.

  • avatar
    Robert Gordon

    I stand to be corrected by I believe Mr Gordon’s Volvo is technically a 1800S not a P1800. As I understand it the P1800 moniker denotes the early Jensen built vehicles.

  • avatar

    For all the slagging American marques and VW get on auto enthusiast sites, it’s interesting to see so many high mileage examples listed here and elsewhere online. It’s also fascinating how many people trade their cars in between 60-100k miles. Maybe it’s the competitive streak in me but when I get a new car, I want to run it until it’s no longer cost effective to do so. Part of it is not feeling wasteful, too. And part of it is the emotional connection and not wanting my cars in someone else’s hands where it might get abused.

    Stupid, I know.

    The highest mileage car is the one I have now, a ’05 Golf TDI with 296,000 miles and no engine rebuilding, just routine maintenance. That’s not to say the rest of the car isn’t falling apart slowly, but the engine itself seems to be doing alright for now, despite being the more fragile Pumpe-Düse setup.

    The previous car was also a Golf TDI, an ’01 model that had over 148k before a hurricane got it. Before that, my first car was an ’86 MR2 NA that ended up with 267 or 268k on it before it needed extensive work. And it had been really abused before I got it at 98k on the clock.

    I reckon I’ve put around 604,000 miles on cars since I got my license in 1994, not including driving rentals, parents or friends’ cars. That’s 33,555 miles a year on average. Not too shabby.

    And I can totally get behind the Volvo guy sightseeing the country alone. If he’s an outgoing guy he probably meets all kinds of interesting people on his travels. The car is its own conversation starter!

    But more than anything, it’s amazed me that he hasn’t been totaled by an idiot bad driver. There has to be some luck at play there over all those years and all those miles.

  • avatar
    geozinger

    The only car I’ve taken to six figures in my ownership since new was my 1987 Dodge Lancer ES Turbo, bought as a leftover in 1988; it ran 165-167K miles with us in 11 years. This was during our child rearing years, and some of out heaviest commuting years. It averages out to 15K miles per year. The car did have some issues, but we were pretty rough on it.

    I’ve owned higher mileage cars, but they were purchased used with high miles, so I don’t think that’s the same issue as the question that was asked.

  • avatar
    ciddyguy

    The most amount of miles I’ve put on a car from the time I bought it and when I sold it was the ’83 Honda Civic. I had it 6 years and put about 70-75K on it in that time, several long trips (2 to Medford Or for starters), a trip to the Kitsap Peninsula at least once and one almost all the way to Pt Townsand over the Hood Canal Bridge.

    I also took it to the beach once (a 2 hour drive each way) and lots of commute time between Tacoma and Seattle, getting it to just shy of 183K miles before I sold it, leaking water inside and having been rear ended but it still ran fine.

    The most I’ve ever gotten out of a car before having to replace was the 92 Ford Ranger truck, not so much in what I put on it, but how high I was able to get on it before the end. I got almost 237K on it (verified) before I had to pack that thing in. It was dying, but the body was still largely in great shape. I bought it with 189K on the clock back in 2006.

    So far, I’ve put some miles on the 03 Mazda Protege5 I have now. Bought it with 110,680 miles and it now has just over 114K and last week did around 220 miles on July 4th.

    I also got my ’88 Honda Accord up to just over 181K or so before lack of maintenance – and a rear ender had me selling it when dirt poor and mostly unemployed, the Ranger replaced it. Sold that Honda for $900 on Craigs list to a guy who needed the motor but had the exact same car, down to the same color scheme too, but his had a blown motor in less than 24Hrs later.

    My parents got 140-145K out of a ’64 Dodge 330 station wagon with the 225 slant six and 3spd torqueflite autobox. The motor was still original, none rebuilt, the autobox was replaced with a used unit in I think 1973 when the original finally went out. They sold it in 1977 still running, somewhat and a rust bucket. They bought it brand new in Jacksonville Fla in the summer of ’64 with working AC too.

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    My last car I sold was a 94 Toyota pickup – the year before it was called the Tacoma. It had 220k when it was donated (honestly, because I didn’t treat it very well) and had @60k miles when I bought it. Now our old car is a 2003 Matrix bought new with 117k and nowhere near being sold. We’re taking better care of it (I took the truck for granted with 10-12k service intervals…), so I am hoping I can give it to my daughter. She’s 7.

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    V-Strom rider

    +1

    I tell my friends I’ll drive anything, anytime, anywhere. I love driving and the people and places I find along the way. On my motorcycle it’s even better!

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    joeaverage

    3M miles? That’s alot of wheel time. Alot of money. Alot of motel rooms and restaurant food. As impressive as that 3M number is I would never want to be in any car that much and that often. I’m also going to discount the value of that number a little by saying that his car doesn’t undergo the same wear and tear that a family hauler does with sticky fingers, little feet crawling in and out of the back seat and those occasional passengers who slam the doors so hard that a normal person would wonder if the doors would warp.

    His car rolls down the highway and is handled with care the whole trip. He probably treats it like a museum car. ;)

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    harrybill

    This Volvo car has drawn its importance since earlier. The durability of the engine is worth noticing. With the same set of engines perhaps other companies would have thought of.
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