• Feb 1, 2008
Talk about finding a good used car. Frank Orsenick bought his '91 Silverado in 1996. At the time, it had 41,000 miles on the clock. After 11 years of service (and a lot of driving), the old pickup is about to reach a milestone. Frank had the oil changed last week, just as he has every 3,000 miles since acquiring the Chevy, and it's sure to be the last one it receives as an everyday-use vehicle. You see, it's just 1,200 miles away from spinning past the 1,000,000-mark on the odometer. When it hits the big number, Frank is going to put his faithful ride into retirement. As for how he got this far, Orsenik credits regular maintenance and "a little luck." We should all be so lucky.

When informed of Mr. Orsenik's impending milestone, Chvrolet General Manager Ed Peper said, "Most Dependable, Longest Lasting isn't just a slogan, and it applies not only to Chevy pickups but to the people who drive them. We get lots of mail from customers with hundreds of thousands of miles on their Chevy trucks - so much, in fact, we formed the Silverado 200,000 mile club in 2006 - but a million miles is certainly remarkable. We're glad to have Mr. Oresnik on the Chevy team."

Congrats to Mr. Orsenik. May your next truck be as dependable as this one.

UPDATE: Video of the truck after the jump!

[Source: AP via Forecast Earth]





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      • 6 Years Ago
      My 1994 GMC 5.7 is not for sale.

      Al Schrader
      Vrtualdoc
      • 6 Years Ago
      I retired from General Motors in 2004. At that time we had a worker their with a 1989 Silverado that had 500,000 miles on it. It never had so much as a valvecover gasket replaced. Only exhaust, brakes etc. It was featured in our annual car show that we did for MDA benefit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      haha, "Like a Rock." (fill in the rest of the lyrics here..) "Like a
      Rock...."

      I remember being annoyed with that song as a little kid!

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      jack
      • 6 Years Ago
      just goes to show what routine maintenance proves. Most vehicles will give their owner good service if properly maintained.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Big deal ! I own two 1985 Subaru BRATS one with 310,000 on it and one with 250,000 on it. They both run great! I made non shut down runs 44 hrs straight without shutting the engines off between Olympia, Washington and Fairbanks, Alaska by myself many times. Pausing just to refill the gas tanks at 32 miles per gallon, and empty mine. Twenty two years old and still just sip the rice. Don't get me wrong. I wish I had my 69 Cougar and my 73 Challenger. If American cars were made like that in AMERICA (read USA) I would be still driving my 67 Charger.
      Dave
      • 6 Years Ago
      NY GIANTS #1
      Paul Knecht
      • 6 Years Ago
      I`ve sold them , I can furnish names with 400,000+ miles. I sold New Chevy`s 38 YEARS, New FORD & OLDS
      4 years, Wrote, Tears On Henry Ford`s Face, New book release. Bottom line this is a Every Day Occurence for a New Chevrolet, or GMC pICKUP TRUCK, REAR DRIVE, with a V8 properly equipped, and maintained. They will run forever. Most owners trade them prior to 100,000 miles or so, but the truck knows enough to continue on. Yes a every day occurence. Believe it , it`s true. I`ve been there did that, sold them, traded them, talked to the people that owned them. I still drive the new ones, partime dealer trade driver of a Chevrolet Agency. Amen, these are facts, as my book is. Sincerely, Paul Knecht, Orlando, Fl
      • 6 Years Ago
      tbss_in_the_D @ Feb 1st 2008 11:19AM
      I hear the New Toyota Tundra can do this without ever changing the oil, tires or breaks. You have to do no maintenance on it because it is the best truck ever. I wish GM and Ford could build trucks so nice.

      LOL

      Anyway good job and good maintenance. I would love to see this guys commute. That has to stink!


      Let us know how you fare with this as I am quite sure your gonna be pissed when it takes the big crap on you! PS....Buy American!
      moberlymoses
      • 6 Years Ago
      To the gentleman that can't believe a person can put that many miles on a truck in the stated time. There are trucks used to deliver fifth wheel and travel trailers to dealerships that log a million miles in far less time. They are towing sometimes twice the weight of the tow vehicle through mountains and whatever. Show me a Toyota that will match that.
      susie
      • 6 Years Ago
      I HAD A "94"TOYOTA CAMRY THAT HAD 191,000, LOVED THAT CAR, TRADED IT IN 2,500.00 FOR A JAGUAR, TO THIS DAY I'M SORRY I GOT RID OF IT SHOULD HAVE KEPT IT FOR A EVERYDAY CAR, OH IF I COULD DO IT AGAIN.
      David
      • 6 Years Ago
      How do you drive 958,000 miles in 11 years??? That's 87,000 miles per year or driving across the USA 29 times per year. Apparently, that's what he does and not fly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just talked to Frank. He sells and delivers meat to me. He will be putting on the millionth mile this Friday. NPR, All Things Considered will be doing a story on Friday and CBS Weekend edition will be traveling with him.
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