• Aug 23rd 2007 at 2:58PM
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How many miles can you put on a car in 21 years? Syl Schmid, from Blue Rock, Ohio, has managed to pile more than 562,000 miles on his 1986 Jetta Turbo Diesel, a feat the Volkswagen has certified as the most on a running VW in America today. Two things to mention here at the top: one, the numbers mean that Schmid drove an average of 26,762 miles a year and, two, thanks to records Schmid kept, VW says he regularly got over 50 mpg during the course of his two decades with the car. Go diesel!

The third bit that catches our eye is that this car still has the original drivetrain and muffler, not an easy thing to do in Ohio. For having the country's longest-running VW, the automaker will give Schmid a Touareg V10 TDI to drive for six-months. Who thinks he'll put 13,000 miles on it in that time?

Check out a picture of the odometer and VW's press release after the jump.

[Source: VW]

1986 Volkswagen Jetta Has 562,000 Miles On The Original Engine

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced that, as part of its Diesel Heritage Search, it has located the highest mileage Volkswagen diesel vehicle in the United States, a 1986 Jetta Turbo Diesel owned by Syl Schmid of Blue Rock, Ohio with over 562,000 miles.

The Jetta's mileage was recently verified by Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Byers Imports, a Columbus, Ohio-based Volkswagen dealer. Fuel and mileage records presented by Schmid show the Jetta frequently delivered fuel economy over fifty miles per gallon.

"Mr. Schmid has a story that is like so many of our diesel owners; he loves the longevity of the engine and fuel economy that his diesel Volkswagen has delivered these last twenty years," said Steve Keyes, Volkswagen Public Relations Director. "Throughout all of entries that we received for our Diesel Heritage Search, we found many VW owners who were passionate about their cars and the economic benefits of the diesel engine."

Schmid originally leased the Jetta for three years and decided to purchase the vehicle at the end of that period. After twenty years, and over a half million miles, he is especially proud of the original drivetrain and muffler. In recognition of owning the highest mileage Volkswagen diesel in the U.S., Volkswagen has provided Schmid with a Touareg V10 TDI to drive for six-months.

Volkswagen announced their Diesel Heritage Search in March 2007 and received more than 200 entries for the highest mileage and oldest operating U.S. diesel Volkswagen vehicles. Volkswagen recently recognized a 1977 Rabbit owned by Clint Wilson of Tehachapi, Calif. as the oldest diesel Volkswagen.

Volkswagen is a leader in the U.S. diesel passenger car market with over 815,000 diesel vehicles sold since the introduction of the 1977 Rabbit, the first U.S. Volkswagen diesel. In addition to the currently available diesel Touareg V10 TDI, Volkswagen has previously announced that the 2009 Jetta and Jetta SportWagen, which will be available late first quarter 2008, will feature a Clean Diesel TDI engine option.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, he deserves a new car! A 2008 Jetta TDI would seem more appropriate, wouldn't it? And let him KEEP it!

      Other car companies are less stingy - like Saab (above) and Toyota. A taxi driver put 200,000 miles on a Prius in just a couple of years, and when Toyota heard that, they wanted it to take it apart and examine it (even though it was still working just fine). So the gave him a new one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      562,880/50mpg = 11,257.6 gallons of diesel burned over 21 years. Care to offset that, Mr. Schmid?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I find VW cheap.

      A toureg for 6 months.. what king of prize is that.
      You win a pop cycle and you can only lick it 12 times.

      This prize is lame..
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have about 960K miles on the original engine of my 1985 Volkswagen GTI. I've been trying to get someone at VW to notice before I hit a million, but they don't seem to care...
      • 8 Years Ago
      At least SAAB gave the owner of the million-mile SAAB a brand new SAAB 9-5 Aero TO KEEP! That's about a $45K car. VW, not only does your highest-mileage car have only about HALF the miles on it as SAAB's, but you're cheap too. I'm sure the publicity is worth more than just letting a guy borrow the Tourag for six months.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sure he's ecstatic about going from about 50 mpg to 20 -- FOR A WHOLE SIX MONTHS!!

      I bet this man just creamed his pants.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've got a 2002 golf TDI with 415,000 miles. Its "old" now because the headliner is sagging.
      • 8 Years Ago
      An old guy like that, full of common sense? He probably just told them "no thanks".
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