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Wow! 3 million miles in 1 car

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
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, 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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September 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

1999 Toyota Solara with 278000 miles and still going strong!

September 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I bought a used Toyota Pick Up in 1998 with 79,000 miles on it. I was the third owner. It now has over 300,000 miles and runs perfectly.

Robert Pillow
September 29, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I have a 2001 Honda Odyssey with 225,000 thousand miles it runs great.

Robert Pillow
September 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I have a 2001 Honda Odyssey with 225,000 thousand milesit runs great.

September 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm

1992 Ford 150, 5-speed, 6 cyl., 202,000. USES NO OIL, RUN STRONG, BRAKES AND TUNE-UP ONLY.

jay boy
September 29, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I have a 1992 BMW with 247000 miles on it.

Dave Filicicchia
September 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I bought a used 1996 Honda Accord in 1999 with around 30,000 miles on it and traded it in 3 years ago when it had about 267,000 miles on it. My other two cars I have kept for at least 150,000 miles (~10 years each or so).

September 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Have a 1993 La Baron, still just fine. One good thing, no car payments.

Suzy Williams
September 29, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I have a 2004 Volvo S60 with 191,000 miles on it. It needs to have some work done on it at the cost of $1,400. Not sure if I want to invest the money into it or buy a new Volvo. My last Volvo was a 1998 S70 and I would still be driving it to this day, if not for an accident that totaled her out!

Pam Dedeaux
September 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I have a 2000 Lincoln Towncar Cartier and it has 223,000 miles. Same engine and same transmission. Never had trouble with it.