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2013-09-24 08:44:43 AM
Ford retroactively accepts your challenge.
 
2013-09-24 09:44:43 AM
"A common long lasting car is the Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car based on the Ford Panther platform. These vehicles are used as limos, police interceptors and taxi services in North America and often have 500,000 miles before requiring engine or transmission rebuilds. The highest recorded mileage is a 1983 Lincoln Town car with 1.3 million miles, the power train was rebuilt after 1 million miles."


As someone who has a 1997 Grand Marquis with 304,000+ miles as a beater that I use to keep miles off my other cars, I see no issue with this thing easily getting to 500,000mi.

Am I going to keep that thing long enough to try and get to 500,000mi? Not a chance in hell. It's a Marquis, they are a dime a dozen.

A Volvo P1800 is not a dime a dozen car.

However, I'm pretty sure Mr. Gordon is retired and he just drove to Alaska if I'm not mistaken. I'm pretty sure if you had nothing but time to drive around the country and rack up miles, it would certainly help. Not to mention I'm certain Volvo has provided some "backing" to his quest, considering that he and his car are now appearing in commercials for new Volvos.
 
2013-09-24 10:53:54 AM
When I was a kid, we had some Guinness world's records wallpaper in the bathroom, and this guy's car was on it.  That was the 1980s and around 1.5 million miles ago, so I'm getting a kick.
 
2013-09-24 11:22:40 AM
I have a friend who got 350k miles out of a Chrysler Laser, but three *million* is truly impressive, even for a Volvo.
 
2013-09-24 11:34:56 AM
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2013-09-24 12:00:19 PM
Long Island man's 1966 Volvo reaches the three million mile mark. Take that, Ford

I doubt that the Chinese knockoffs that pass for Volvos will get anywhere close to 3 million.  That's something more likely to happen with the original or Ford-designed models.
 
2013-09-24 12:06:14 PM
63,829 miles per year for 47 years?
Somebody is lying.
Liar, liar.
 
2013-09-24 12:07:14 PM
That's 174 miles per day, every day, for 47 years.
Bullshiat.
 
2013-09-24 12:07:15 PM

fatalvenom: As someone who has a 1997 Grand Marquis with 304,000+ miles as a beater that I use to keep miles off my other cars, I see no issue with this thing easily getting to 500,000mi.

Am I going to keep that thing long enough to try and get to 500,000mi? Not a chance in hell. It's a Marquis, they are a dime a dozen.


Given that environmentalism has killed the affordable RWD V8 in favor of golfcarts, I'd disagree.
 
2013-09-24 12:22:53 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: That's 174 miles per day, every day, for 47 years.
Bullshiat.


If only the second paragraph of TFA suggested how this had happened...
 
2013-09-24 12:55:20 PM
www.dodgecharger.com

Eh, been done...
 
2013-09-24 01:34:41 PM

skozlaw: HotIgneous Intruder: That's 174 miles per day, every day, for 47 years.
Bullshiat.

If only the second paragraph of TFA suggested how this had happened...


"To reach three million miles, Gordon drove from his home in Patchogue, N.Y., to Alaska. He has now visited 49 US States, nine countries, and every providence in Canada -- all in the Volvo he bought new in 1966. "

Hmm.  The trip Anchorage, AK to Panama Canal (I can't get Google maps to give me directions anyplace further south) is ~7000 miles.  3M miles is driving that route over 400 times.  A lap around the US is somewhere around 12K miles (depending on route).

I'm still skeptical.  3 hours driving per day, every single day for 47 years.
 
2013-09-24 01:39:53 PM
joeshill:
I'm still skeptical.  3 hours driving per day, every single day for 47 years.

Dude loves him some driving...
 
2013-09-24 01:41:09 PM
If you look at the Volovo P1800 article on wikipedia, there is a mention of the guy.

Bought car in 1966.
1 Million miles in 1987 - 21 years = average 130 miles/day
2 Million Miles in 2002 - 15 years = average 182 miles/day
3 Million Miles in 2013 - 11 years = average 250 miles/day

Really, for the last 11 years, this guy has been driving 4 hours a day, every day?
 
2013-09-24 01:57:19 PM
carbon footprint much?
 
2013-09-24 02:59:24 PM
road salt and cold winters will kill any car parked in the northern parts of the usa. same with having it on a ocean coast. imho this guy is doing much more then a good weekly car wash.
 
2013-09-24 03:34:08 PM

joeshill: Really, for the last 11 years, this guy has been driving 4 hours a day, every day?


No. That's not how averages work.
 
2013-09-24 03:44:23 PM
No, and I didn't think it was.  If you read it that way, then I apologize for not being clear enough.
 
2013-09-24 04:26:46 PM

joeshill: No, and I didn't think it was.  If you read it that way, then I apologize for not being clear enough.


It's really not that unbelievable. Long haul truckers log 100,000+ miles per year which is a higher rate than what this guy has been doing so it's not like there's any question about it being possible or even probable. Lots of people are right now driving at a higher rate than that as their job.

He just drives around a lot. Especially since a chunk of that driving is active PR work related to the driving.

I personally wouldn't want to do it, but apparently this guy likes to see shiat.
 
2013-09-24 06:31:22 PM
Yeah, ol' Irv likes his driving.  As a school teacher, he'd drive all summer around the country.  This is in addition to the 125 mile round-trip daily commute.  And the car's been maintained To The Book for 47 years, so there's a paper trail with odometer readings.

IIRC it's been repainted 3 times, and some body work has been done.  He had the engine rebuilt at 600 thousand-some miles, just because he thought it might need it.

When Volvo gave him a new car, and 850 sedan, at the first million mile mark, he sent them back a list of things they should do to improve it.  Gothenburg was not amused, and the relationship between Irv and mother Volvo was strained for the next million miles or so.  Seems they've kissed and made up since then.

/ Got an '89 240 with a touch over 200k in the parking lot today.
//Five more in the barn at home
//Including a '66 122 with the same drive-train Irv has
 
2013-09-24 06:51:18 PM

Kuroshin: [www.dodgecharger.com image 512x384]

Eh, been done...


And this guy probably has never been to Burnt Scrotum, New Mexico.
 
2013-09-24 08:51:13 PM
I love my Volvo.

2001 v70 XC wagon. Turbo. All wheel drive. Has leather seats, heated, and with vibrating massage. Wickedly fast turbo brick. Has a two inch lift kit and big fat multi-purpose tires. Cavernous cargo capacity. Has this really neat feature where if I load down the rear end with copious amounts of cargo, and then turn the key in the ignition, the car auto levels itself so the back end doesn't sag. Has a button that vacuum seals the passenger compartment and then recycles and re-filters the air so outside pollutants, bad smells, and other such things can't get to you. Keeps pollen out. (Getting the air filtration system cleaned and the filter changed is expensive I'm told) When I am parked somewhere, on really humid days, the car automatically turns on the air system to remove humidity build up from the car so that excess moisture in the cabin doesn't rot the leather, damage the wood finish, or corrode the electronics. (I was a little freaked out when I got into my car one day and discovered the vents blowing and my car peeing a large puddle of water from the middle)

My car is a lot like the Serenity or the Firefly class ships in general. She's got a big back end. She has dozens of little compartments all over the place, some of them rather well hidden. She's haul quite a load. And when need be, she's fast.

She's my Bombay Sapphire, on account that she's blue. And I love her to pieces.
 
2013-09-24 08:53:14 PM

Kuroshin: [www.dodgecharger.com image 512x384]

Eh, been done...


I hope he didn't fall asleep in the garage
 
2013-09-24 10:12:34 PM
Easy to last 3 million miles with 3 or 4 engine rebuilds and 3 tranny replacements.

Most of us, at some point get a call from our mechanic saying:

       "Are you emotionally attached to this car?  Because it's going to need $3000-$4000 worth of work to
        pass inspection or be road worthy.  Maybe you should just put that money towards a down payment on
        something a little newer."

Maybe he IS emotional.
 
2013-09-25 12:35:26 AM
Came here for Crazy People and Married with children, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-09-25 03:26:53 AM
Last time I looked, odometers don't go up to 3,000,000. I have doubts about the veracity of the claims. My 78 buick only goes to 99,999 before resetting, you can claim a lot when it rolls over.
 
2013-09-25 05:06:12 AM
Interesting that 3 million miles of road pounding hasn't made something crack on the frame.

CSB: I had a 98 VW that lost one engine mount bolt around 90k miles (vibrated loose I assume), two others then snapped from the increased load and vibration, and then the motor more or less fell out of the engine bay while I was driving.  Cost less than $200 to repair though.
 
2013-09-25 07:18:37 AM

joeshill: If you look at the Volovo P1800 article on wikipedia, there is a mention of the guy.

Bought car in 1966.
1 Million miles in 1987 - 21 years = average 130 miles/day
2 Million Miles in 2002 - 15 years = average 182 miles/day
3 Million Miles in 2013 - 11 years = average 250 miles/day

Really, for the last 11 years, this guy has been driving 4 hours a day, every day?


If I didnt have a job, and had the money, I would probably do this every day even if I didnt have anywhere to go.
 
2013-09-25 02:11:28 PM
I drive 200 miles/day to/from work in a car with 311,000+ miles on it and I thought I was hardcore...
 
2013-09-25 07:57:16 PM
I would love to buy an old P1800. Those things are straight sex. I have no idea why Volvo doesn't reintroduce it to compete with the Z4, TT, etc.
 
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