View Full Version : Who's vehicle has the highest milage

tony draper
3rd Dec 2001, 20:01
Draper has a ten year old Vauxhall Astra Estate that he uses for work, never had a pick of bother with same and its done a awful lot of miles.
Which Pruner's vehicle wins the highest milage prize, genuine milage on one engine, Draper must warn you his has been round the clock once.
Draper must also warn you he won this prize hands down on another website. :cool:

[ 03 December 2001: Message edited by: tony draper ]

No comment
3rd Dec 2001, 20:33
Sorry Draper, you've beaten me. I'm on an 8-year old astra with 35k on the clock... do I win the prize for "vehicle most likely to have been clocked in a previous life?"

Teenyweeny ATC Cdt Cpl
3rd Dec 2001, 20:53
td: 1973 Land Rover Series III (almost indestructible) - been round *twice* while we've had it (since 1979, apparently) ...


bubba zanetti
3rd Dec 2001, 20:56
Well Mr. Draper I have a 1989 Toyota LE Van with 189,000 miles ... trouble free miles as well and no sign or end in sight.. Our 1980 Volkswagen Westphalia has just had a new motor at 216,ooo miles ... had extensive work on valves prior to that so can't remember the mileage .... My 1995 Subaru may be a long term winner as it has just turned 100,000 and those engines last forever with a little help....
The Kawasaki motorcycle was just sold at 101, 236 miles ... sorry to be exact be I mourn the loss of that bike ...to be fair it had new pistons, rings, cams etc ... but those were for performance not due to wear. The new "old" BMW R100RS has a paltry 55,000 miles, so will have to work hard at upping that mileage...
So don't keep me in suspence ...

New Bloke
3rd Dec 2001, 21:11

One I might have a chance with.

My everyday car is a SAAB 9000 with 180000miles.

My pride and joy is a 1967 TR4A with 48000 but has been 'round at least once, probably twice.

3rd Dec 2001, 21:19
Not really my own car, but back in the old days when I used to work in the Motor Industry I used to see an old Nissan Bluebird with a genuine 306,000 miles on the clock. It always drove well (it was a local taxi) but the body work was letting it down.

Highest mileage car I've owned?? A 1982 Renualt Fuego with 114,000 miles. No prize winner, but frankly I'm amazed it got there!

tony draper
3rd Dec 2001, 21:42
Just pip you Mr Z,as of yesterday, old bessie has 192,000 , mostly nice long motorway miles,lost the back end of the exhast, coming home from Carlise once and had to stick in a new back shocker, apart from that, she was a hell of a buy, exe company vehicle had 51 thou on the clock when I bought her.
Incidently the world record is something crazy like a million miles or so.

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bubba zanetti
3rd Dec 2001, 21:57
I understand some of the local Taxi companies are getting very high mileage out of their vehicles running natural gas.
BTW Mr. Draper was that miles or kilometers, I assume miles as I know you don't speak French ! ;)

3rd Dec 2001, 22:11
I can't beat all the above but my 1986 Vauxhall Senator has done 188,000 miles and is still a lovely ride. It cost me 1900 in 1991. There is a rare gem of a mechanic/bodywork specialist in my village who makes sure I keep it well cared-for!

There is a slightly younger Senator taxi with the same engine block, in Sussex, which last time I saw it had 420,000 on the clock with the original engine, and without needing the head off. Marvellous vehicles!

tony draper
3rd Dec 2001, 22:33
Errr, Draper changed it to 000's with the edit thingy Mr Zanetti, as soon as he realised there were Canadians on the thread.
Anyway, its not really fair you have a lot more room to do miles over there. ;)

henry crun
4th Dec 2001, 01:14
I've never owned a car that could get near some of the mileage figures quoted here but it does bring to mind something I read once.

When Andre Citroen produced his first L15 in the mid 1930's with torsion bar suspension it was greeted with plenty of scepticism and didn't sell.
A friend of his set out to prove the cars reliability to the doubting public.

This chappie set up a circuit of over 500 miles (I cannot remember the exact figure) and drove it every day for a year in the same car. The car was only given routine servicing at the recommended intervals while he slept.

I believe that at the end of the year he had clocked up something close to 250,000 miles.

Beat that.

tony draper
4th Dec 2001, 01:24
Bloody hell!, Google strikes again.

>>I quote, from my '94 Guinness Book of Records: "The highest recorded mileage
>>for a car was 1,442,044 authenticated miles up to 25 Jan 1993 for a 1963
>>Volkswagen Beetle owned by Albert Klein of Pasadena, CA. The highest record
>>mileage for an automobile with the original gasoline motor without an
>>overhaul is 577,363 miles to 5 Jan 1993 by Don Champion's 1979 Cadillac
>>Sedan de Ville."
We need Mr Binoculars and his calculator to work out these guys average daily milage. ;)

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4th Dec 2001, 01:27
Coming back from the Far East a few years ago, a couple of us arrived at LGW and got a taxi across to LHR. The car was a Volvo Estate with 243,000 on the clock. Apparently the company (Tristar) had about twenty similar cars based at LGW, seven of which had done over 200,000 miles each. Our driver was looking forward to getting his new car in a couple of days but had still recently been told off by the motorway police for doing over 90 on the M25 on a quiet Sunday morning (well, it was some years ago!)

tony draper
4th Dec 2001, 01:35
Just had a thought, is there anyway of telling the milage on those airyplane thingies you folks fly. ;)

4th Dec 2001, 01:44
Had a B reg Merc 2.5 diesel with 248,000 miles on the clock. Got 6 grand for it when i sold it in 1992. Had to replace a track rod end on it though.

4th Dec 2001, 01:59
A couple of years ago I had a F reg Peugeot 405 Estate that had a little over 100,000 miles on the clock. One day a trading standards officer contacted me to ask me whether I was aware that my vehicle had been a write-off. I hadn't, and was a little shocked to hear that it had been in a motorway crash but even more suprised that the last milage recorded before some bar steward wound it back, was around 250,000 miles and that was over a year before I bought it.

Dodgy scally-wags.

Bally Heck
4th Dec 2001, 02:02
Mr D sir.

They don't have odometers on them...but...flying an average of 12 hours a day at an average of 450kts makes about 5400 nm per day makes about 6200 landlubber miles.

Which is around two and a quarter million miles a year. Now with say 82.5 carloads in each one. (given a full car ha ha) Thats nearly 2 billion car miles per annum.

Wonder if that'll make the google book of records :confused:

Edited to say my trusty Audi has done 172,000 miles and hasn't dissolved, unlike the untrusty Ford I owned much less previously.

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4th Dec 2001, 02:03
It was a diesel of course.

the funky munky
4th Dec 2001, 02:03
Couldn't help but notice that the majority of UK based cars are Vauxhalls, is this cause the old DAgenham dusbins rust out too soon?
Mines a 95 Cavalier with 94000 miles, not much but getting there.

Send Clowns
4th Dec 2001, 02:04
Was proud owner of a 114,000-mile Escort only 6 years old, and wishing to keep it indefinitely and put it in the running for prizes such as this. Having been serviced at shorter intervals than recommended and being a diesel (nicely turbo-charged) it showed every sign of being capable of giving a run for your money (pun intended).

Unfortunately it was sandwiched between two articulated lorries, and since only about two feet of car remained astern the front seats (somewhat less than normal for the model) the insurance company put it beyond economic repair :( No more miles will it do now.

tony draper
4th Dec 2001, 02:10
Err, do you chaps get paid milage money Mr Heck. ;)

4th Dec 2001, 02:17
During my three years at University I had an old London Black Cab that had over 250,000 miles on the original engine. Brilliant university transport, could pack loads of people in it with a barrel of beer in the luggage bay. Used to be excellent to take to rugby/cricket matches. In addition you could drive it when p***** because no matter how badly you drove, everyone assumed that you were a cabby.

Subsequently I had a Saab 900 Turbo that managed 198,000 miles before I gave it to my brother in law who in turn drove it for another two years before the turbo finally gave up the ghost.

4th Dec 2001, 02:20
My pal Pearson has triplets plus one other child, and as a result his family car is a 9 seat Transit. It is a diesel, about 10 years old, and he bought it from our local taxi operator, who had used it to do umpteen trips to LHR LGW STN etc. It now has 425,000 miles on it, and runs well on the original engine.

tony draper
4th Dec 2001, 03:06
Bloody hell, Drapers not even in the running here, one expected on a forum frequented by all these professional ladies and gents that their vehicles would be exchanged for new models as soon as the ashtrays were full. ;)

4th Dec 2001, 04:36
me neither. my toyota camry has 183000 on the teller.
But were I live its kilometers.
so I'll shut up now.

compressor stall
4th Dec 2001, 05:41
1977 FJ40 SWB Toyota Landcruiser, Petrol/LPG.

523 132 kms as of one hour ago.

Original engine, although just had the head reco'd 2 months ago.

4th Dec 2001, 05:51
Dear Draper,

I sold my 1990 Honda Accord in August with 235,000 almost trouble free miles. Yep, bought another one...

Bally Heck
4th Dec 2001, 06:21
When my Audi has as many miles on it as my Boeing, I may trade it in if I can get the bloody engineer to sign off the tech log.

Capt Vegemite
4th Dec 2001, 08:34
'97 Camry Toyota 2L 2.5 million kilometers three new suspensions original motor.

Tricky Woo
4th Dec 2001, 13:21
Had a Saab 9000 which I sold in the end with 140,000 miles on the clock.


tony draper
4th Dec 2001, 13:27
Wonder how may miles your ski's will have on them Mr Woo, when you see finaly see sense and take up the much safer sport of full contact knitting. ;)

4th Dec 2001, 15:57
and I thought I was doing well with my old BM 525 on 169,000 miles... I have had to put a new auto box in it. :(

Tricky Woo
4th Dec 2001, 16:32
Herr Draper,

The way things are going, my skis will have about 1 mile on them by the end of the season.

Not very good at this skiing lark.

Why is it that loads of pilots have Saabs? Is it all part of the big watch thing?


4th Dec 2001, 16:36
Still driving a 4.2 litre turbocharged Diesel Toyota Landcruiser Troop Carrier with 416,000Km on the clock...equates to about 258,490 statute miles - without taking the head off.

Have done bottom-end bearings (with the turbo), overhauled gearbox, rebuilt cooling system, overhauled transfer case, added turbo at 202,000 Km and she's chugging along very nicely. Diffs and top end still original!

Looks like a small truck, performs like a small truck, turns like a small truck...it is a small truck but could only be replaced with another, identical unit.

Best damn vehicle I have ever owned, including my Rover 3.5litre V8 P6B.

4th Dec 2001, 16:46
Capt Vege
How many Km's a day??? :eek: :eek:

My best was a 1976 Datsun 180B SSS. 13 years, 365,000 miles and, other than normal mtce, only had to reweld the radiator top tank twice, replace a few hoses and replace one front wheel bearing. Had to give it away because the tropics were unkind to the interior fittings and they sorta crumbled away :D :D

4th Dec 2001, 16:47
Almost unrelated, but not quite ... ;)

I once worked out that the average 20 year old 747 had been pushed backwards for about 2300kms!
That's a lot of pushing back, eh?

Can't even come remotely close with any of my cars on the mileage thingy. :)

Windy Militant
4th Dec 2001, 17:45
My Brothers Mark V Cortina was a gnats tackle off three times round the clock when it spat its front crankseal. but I think the outright winner must be

Voyager 1 (AS OF 10/19/01)

Total Distance Traveled Since Launch

(Km) 14,180,000,000

And still going!!! ;)

4th Dec 2001, 19:41
The guy who ran our village taxi firm retired earlier this year. He still drives around in the 1984 Merc estate that he used for the business. Last time I was in it, about six months ago, it had 386,000 miles on the clock.

Capt Vegemite
5th Dec 2001, 07:52
Cooda Shooda ...taxi parked in Knuckey St outside Woolworths every day mate.
No I am not the pilot.

5th Dec 2001, 08:03
Capt V
Couldn't have been doing too much parking but I guess it rounds out at 30 round trips to Palmerston a day :eek: :eek: :)

Capt Vegemite
5th Dec 2001, 08:38
yup..30 Palmerstons,45 Bagots,50 Kulaluks, and at night about 70 "Tin City" runs for the Skando tourist sheilas. :D :rolleyes:

5th Dec 2001, 10:09
When I was younger, my dad bought a Datsun 120y coupe. When we got it, it had been "round" at least once. We drove it around the clock again. And again. I'm not sure exactly how many kms it had on it when we sold it(it became a paddock basher on a farm), but my friends at school thought that Dad must've had a mate at the RTA, as there is no way that car is fit for rego.

Greg Baddeley
5th Dec 2001, 17:50
Pug 405's - love 'em!! Had me a '91 GLD for four years, sold it in 2000 with 258k on the clock, original donk.

Bought a 405 Turbodiesel 128k on it, now got 177k, all original. They sometimes need the head off about 140k for a gasket job, but keep the revs below 4000 and use a good fuel additive (Millers) to counter the effects of ULS diesel, they could go on forever - there's a 405 taxi in Blackpool with 600k on it :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: Check out 'Honest John' in the Telegraph for how to keep your motor running 'til the end of time...............................

5th Dec 2001, 19:38
BGPM's pops had a '86 volvo 240, did 190 000, replaced in '93 with a volvo 850, currently 220 000 on the clock, still going strong, no drama except broken throttle cable couple of months ago, this thing's still on its original clutch?!!?? methinks they don't build 'em like that no more.

as for BGPM, his honda civic has a paltry 75 000, but then, i've only had it three months.



bubba zanetti
5th Dec 2001, 19:51
Not really fair allowing those Toyota Landcruisers into this competition Mr. Draper. They are an unparalleled vehicle for reliability and quality. My little community is crawling with them and some the diesels go until the suspension arms rust out.

Honda Accord a friend just sold had over 300,000 km's and no repairs to date ... good cars ... he also bought another one.

Saab's and pilots are a long tradition here more than just the obvious, Saabs 'cockpit' does have an appeal for a pilot.

Fortis watch + Saab + a certain style of sunglass' = pilot

5th Dec 2001, 20:06
Had a Dodge Van that had 205,000 U.S. miles on it when I got rid of it, bodywork started to decompose. Mums had a Ford Fairmont had over 200,000 miles on it, before some clown decided to take target practice with his vehicle. Now have a Suzuki Sidekick (Vitara, Prince depending on what side of the world you are on) has 135,000 miles on it, runs like just "broken in". Won't get to see 200K on the clock though, relocating to third world communist country.

5th Dec 2001, 20:54
Last Saab 9000 had 205,000 when I sold it to a twit who never changed the oil. It made 245,000 before it gave up. Replaced it with another one, which has a paltry 65,000 after three years. Not a patch on the old 'Race Transporter' (A VW LT28) tho - gave this up as a bad MOT job after 325,000. Prior transporter to that was a shared Ford/Plaxton 360T coach conversion - outed with a mere 850,000km on the tacho, great fun (tra la la, we're all going on a summer holiday..), but *terribly* impractical (and it really upset the neighbours when parked outside a terraced house!)

6th Dec 2001, 04:53
Not fair guys, these are all girt big motors. I hereby claim the highest mileage for a tiny wee car. 4 year old Fiat Cinquecento with 122316 miles as of tonight.

Once owned a Nissan Silvia that had 145000 on the clock, needed to replace a bulb on the instrument binnacle (honest, I wasn't going to clock it)and when I removed the binnacle I found a note taped to the back of the speedo saying "Oh no, not again!". ******!

Adge Cutler
6th Dec 2001, 04:58
Present car has 152K, original turbo, gearbox, clutch etc

6K oil changes should see double that.

(Saab 900)

ps not a pilot

Bally Heck
6th Dec 2001, 09:14
Don't think a Toyota Landcruiser with a rebuilt engine should count!!

Anyway you can tell the quality cars cos their odometers aren't "round the clock" until 999,999 miles not a paltry 100k. :cool:

Travelling Toolbox
6th Dec 2001, 10:30
He he he

Okay, not that I want to intentionally swim against the current here, but can anyone confirm this bit of urban legend I heard maybe ten or fifteen years ago……

When her husband passed away, a lady living in Tasmania (our southern most state) left the family car parked in the garage. Couldn’t part with it as it was her husbands and couldn’t drive it, as she never obtained a licence. There it stayed until the day her next of kin came to clean the place out after her passing. Still parked in the garage where he apparently had left it, was a pristine copy of the first Australian built car by GM subsidiary Holden. A closer inspection revealed 43 miles (I think) on the clock.

I was told that GM managed to acquire it back from the estate. Anyone know if this story was true or was someone yanking my chain?

Which brings to mind....you collectors out there. Surely there are some prized antiques that never turn a wheel. Who's got the LOWEST mileage on the OLDEST car?? :p

6th Dec 2001, 13:29
saw a thing on telly once about an old car that hadn't been used
i think a guy had bought it for a girl and she had rejected him so it just sat in his garage for years :(

6th Dec 2001, 13:42
Here is the reverse of the argument - just 'scrapped' my fathers ageing Ford Fiesta with a mere 23,000 miles on the clock since new some 20 odd years ago!

It still looked like new inside and outwardly but was shot full of corrosion underneath!

6th Dec 2001, 13:46
I don't have a car, although my dad did give me his old grubby B-reg white car (a Ford Fiesta, I'm led to believe) bit I still haven't learnt how to drive yet. I did used to drive it back and forth along the drive outside my house to stop the suspension going. first time in the car, I stalled it 8 times, then sent it shooting forward heading straight for the road ahead.
hearing my father shout "BRAKE! BRAKE!" I slammed on the brakes (he neglected to tell me that I needed to press down on the clutch as well) The car screeched to a halt, my dad very nervously got out, lit a cigarette and told me that I should find someone else to teach me how to drive.

Strange though, looking back, that was the same week he started chain smoking :)