: Million mile truck



hueterm
02-14-08, 01:12 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080212/ap_on_fe_st/odd_million_mile_truck

I wonder how often this happens? Usually it's an old M-B or one of those old Volvo 240s that gets mileage awards.

It doesn't say what all he's had to do to it to make it that far, or what doesn't work on the truck now...but kudos (I guess) for hanging on to a vehicle for that long -- I'd go insane...

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-14-08, 01:16 AM
Wow, awesome.

$20 says that that '91 Silverado has the TBI 350.

dkozloski
02-14-08, 01:31 AM
I worked on a 1947 Kenworth that in 1961 had 3.5 million miles on it, most of it over the Alaska Highway. The truck had averaged over 600 miles/day since the day it was built. It had a Cummins diesel engine.

caddycruiser
02-14-08, 01:36 AM
He's not the first, and won't be the last.

The last one "in the news" was a '98 3/4 ton Chevy truck publicized by the fact that the owner was apparently the first to actually put 1,000,000 miles on a single K&N filter--noteworthy because of their 1,000,000 mile warranty. They rewarded him with a new Silverado.

But there are many, many others with 300, 400, 500, 600k, etc. Here's a good site with nice pictures and stories that GM started a while back and still continues:

http://www.chevy200k.com/

Many aren't even maintained overly carefully...but maintenance still can and does play a big role in very long term maintenance. Kind of like the now 2,000,000 mile old Volvo, which gets every last bit of recommended, etc. maintenance. Nothing extra, but the necessary.

eldorado99
02-14-08, 01:48 AM
This Volvo is getting on in years too: http://carhail.com/4775=Man_with_2_6_million-mile_Volvo_P1800_aims_for_3_million

BigJon
02-14-08, 03:21 AM
wow i wonder if there are any Cadillacs that have made the million mile mark...

caddycruiser
02-14-08, 10:06 AM
wow i wonder if there are any Cadillacs that have made the million mile mark...

I've seen Fleetwoods in the 500k+ range, and there has to be one or two elusive models out there...but not sure.

Ranger
02-14-08, 12:06 PM
I recall an article in the Chicago Tribune many years ago about a guy in Milwaukee Wisc. that had an older Cadillac ('55 or so) that was about to hit the one million mile mark. It was washed daily, had a few engine and trans rebuilds, but still looked like new and was driven daily.

ted tcb
02-14-08, 12:52 PM
Here is a more detailed article on the 91 Silverado.
Apparently, the engine has never been rebuilt.
He monitors his basic maintenance very carefully, and most
miles were highway driven.
I was surprised, though, to see the truck go through 5 transmissons.

http://wcco.com/watercooler/wisconsin.truck.one.2.648933.html

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-14-08, 02:10 PM
^ Wow. WCCO is Minneapolis's CBS Station. So it's local news to me. :)

Night Wolf
02-14-08, 02:39 PM
Heh, thats pretty cool!

I don't understand though, his job was seafood delivery, how far is Minnasota to Michagan? It seems to me like you'd be limited what you could carry in a regular longbed pickup, it didn't look like he held a whole lot in there... I mean, compare that to even a small refer box truck.... seems like you could make get a whole lot more product from palce to place in the same trip.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-14-08, 02:52 PM
Probably 10 hours one way?

Night Wolf
02-14-08, 02:55 PM
Thats alot. I don't get it, unless there was a reason and it was a limitied amount of food he needed to deliver, why not something with more payload capacity?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-14-08, 03:05 PM
Maybe he just runs a real small business?

JC316
02-14-08, 05:50 PM
Here is a more detailed article on the 91 Silverado.
Apparently, the engine has never been rebuilt.
He monitors his basic maintenance very carefully, and most
miles were highway driven.
I was surprised, though, to see the truck go through 5 transmissons.

http://wcco.com/watercooler/wisconsin.truck.one.2.648933.html

I am not. My Dad had a 93 silverado that went through 3 transmissions in 8 years.

Destroyer
02-14-08, 06:07 PM
This Volvo is getting on in years too: http://carhail.com/4775=Man_with_2_6_million-mile_Volvo_P1800_aims_for_3_millionNow that is a good looking Volvo!. Thank goodness he drove all those miles in a beautiful P1800 and not a 240D!.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
02-14-08, 06:12 PM
At my Auto Tech class, we have a limo driver that comes in about twice a year to for us to do maintenance on his '94 Fleetwood, a regular one, not a commercial chassis. That car has 475,000+ miles on it with no engine/tranny rebuilds. It burns a little oil (about a quart every month and a half), but with that kind of milage, who cares?

DILLIGAF
02-15-08, 06:17 PM
5 trannys,how Chevy.

Jesda
02-15-08, 06:30 PM
At 200k each, 5 transmissions is pretty damn good.

Cadillacboy
02-15-08, 07:05 PM
That's huge but reading an article about a bimmer using Mobil 1 and having more than 500 K miles is not amazing that much to me lol .
Use the best oil for your engine's welfare
lol

Night Wolf
02-15-08, 07:07 PM
Our ~1995 Chevy 3500 crew cab dually cattle truck is nearing 200k... its got like 194k on it now. They just sent it off to get a whole new dashboard (used) because the old one (what was left of it) was trashed by employees. I think it has a TBI 350, I dunno... I doubt its a 454 could be tho. I must admit, since driving that truck, it has made me like the '88-'98 generation GM pickups. I still can't stand the early dash/interior, but the redesign, such as this truck is quite nice, I like the gauges. If I was to get a full size pickup in the future and woudln't mind something older, and cheaper, I'd consider one.

Also have a similar year base F-150, I6 with 198k, also beat up and a ~2000ish F-250 V8 with 230k thats not as beat up because its used to haul parts to Atlanta and back.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-15-08, 09:43 PM
My uncle has a '95 K2500 Sierra with the TBI 350....it's got 330k on it. Original motor and transmission too. Originially, it was a fleet vehicle, used at the airport I believe. He got it in late '05 with 285k on it, and paid like $800 for it, and had it repainted and he still uses it as his DD. He's got that and a '95 Caprice with the 4.3L V8 and 230k original miles on it.

Rick, '95 was an odd year for the Silverados/Sierras. It was the last year of the TBI motors, but the 1st year of the new interior layout. Actually, the '95 is probably my favorite year for those exact reasons....simpler, extremely reliable engine, and the MUCH improved interior setup.

ted tcb
02-15-08, 11:28 PM
At 200k each, 5 transmissions is pretty damn good.

Sorry, I was coming from the perspective of a Series 1 LS400:):)

Night Wolf
02-16-08, 08:27 AM
My uncle has a '95 K2500 Sierra with the TBI 350....it's got 330k on it. Original motor and transmission too. Originially, it was a fleet vehicle, used at the airport I believe. He got it in late '05 with 285k on it, and paid like $800 for it, and had it repainted and he still uses it as his DD. He's got that and a '95 Caprice with the 4.3L V8 and 230k original miles on it.

Rick, '95 was an odd year for the Silverados/Sierras. It was the last year of the TBI motors, but the 1st year of the new interior layout. Actually, the '95 is probably my favorite year for those exact reasons....simpler, extremely reliable engine, and the MUCH improved interior setup.

well, I dunno what year it is, defintly has the newer interior, so that leaves '95-'97. In NY it was easy to tell the year, as it was on the registration sticker on the windsheild, GA (and FL) don't do that... I guess I could look on the door or something.

Its a really basic truck, vinyl seats, no power anything (except steering and brakes) not even cruise control. Its sorta rare to see that era crew cab truck though, its got full size rear doors.

Jesda
02-16-08, 12:35 PM
I dig the funny gauges. I'm odd like that though.