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Wow! 3 million miles in 1 car

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

If you think you think you need to buy a new car because your old car has high mileage, you might want to look for inspiration from Long Island, N.Y., native Irv Gordon, who just logged a whopping 3 million miles in his car.

The retired science teacher drove his 3-millionth mile earlier this week on Alaska's Seward Highway. Alaska was one of two states that Gordon had not yet visited. His journey was chronicled on Volvo's website 3MillionReasons.com, where visitors can share their "reasons to believe."

His record-setting accomplishment began the moment he bought his 1966 Volvo P1800, though he had no idea at the time. After buying the car on a Friday of a long weekend, Irv says he "couldn't stop driving." He brought the car in for its 1,500 mile service that Monday. Because of a 125-mile round-trip daily commute, he was extremely dedicated to keeping the car meticulously maintained. He drove 500,000 miles in the first 10 years, made the Guinness Book of World Records for the most miles (1.69 million) driven by a single owner in a noncommercial vehicle in 1998 and logged the two-millionth mile in Times Square in front of international media in 2002.

Gordon, now 74, says he will continue to drive his Volvo, but he has no idea if he will reach another million miles. "Whether I drive 4 million miles is more up to me than it is the car. The car may be able to take it, but I'm not so sure about me," he says.

What's the farthest you've ever driven a car before trading it in?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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147 Comments
Darren
January 02, 2014 at 11:38 am

2003 Honda Odyssey on 280,000. Needs front shocks and struts and some recent codes suggest "misfires." Hmmmm...

Gary
September 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm

I have a 1995 Ford F250 4X4,gas, with over 250,000. It still drives very well, however for pulling a heavy load the power is starting to lack some. It has never left me stranded nor has it had any major repair bills. It looks very good on the outside and only needs a new seat on the inside. I must say it made a Ford person out of me because I have owned Chevys and a Dodge too. Recently I purchased a Ford diesel, 6.4, 4X4 due to my need for a truck that can pull heavy loads. I plan on keeping the 1995 to see just how many miles that can be put on it.

Gary
September 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I have a 1995 Ford F250 4X4,gas, with over 250,000. It still drives very well, however for pulling a heavy load the power is starting to lack some. It has never left me stranded nor has it had any major repair bills. It look very good on the outside and only needs a new seat on the inside. I must say it made a Ford person out of me because I have owned Chevys and a Dodge too. Recently I purchased a Ford diesel, 6.4, 4X4 due to my need for a truck that can pull heavy loads. I plan on keeping the 1995 to see just how many miles that can be put on it.

Ed
September 30, 2013 at 11:24 am

And here I thought I drove my vehicle far. I have a 2001 Chevy Silverado Pick Up with over 315K miles on it and have enjoyed every mile I put on it. A mechanic friend asked me if it was a diesel cause gas vehicles don't normally last that long. I love my truck and now my 8 year old son wants it for himself when he drives. Wonder how many miles will be on the truck when I give it to him....

STEVE
September 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

FORD EXCURSION 7.3 DIESEL 4X4, 400,425.8 miles and still strong! I love this truck. 16.5 average mpg @ 65 mph..

Bob
September 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

I went through cars like crazy, flavor of the month. Until my wife and I bought used Lexus LS400s (w/50k mi). Now we have 188K and 152k on them and they show no signs of quitting. Comfortable, fast, quiet and reliable, and 22-27 mpg. My son has 220k on his BMW 3 series. Buy quality.

Chris
September 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

I'm 42 and, up until last month, drove the car my father gave me when I was 12 years old! A 1963 Imperial custom ( made by chrysler but not called a chrysler). One of only 749 built that year. The car still hasn't failed me and I still own it but gas milage caught up to it. The 42 MPG I average with my new car compared to the 8-10 mpg I get in my Imperial more than offsets the car payment.

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