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It's been a good run for million-plus-mile vehicles recently. In September, it was the gent with a million-mile 1989 Saab SPG, then in October it was another gent with a Volvo P1800 cruising past 2.6 million miles. The domestics opened up the 2008 race to a million three days ago with a Wisconsin man 1,200 miles away from the 6-zero mark in his 1991 Chevy Silverado. Now it's Ford's turn, with a deliveryman based in Toledo just 147 miles (at time of writing) from the magic million.

Like the Silverado owner, Doug Schell bought his 1997 Ford E-250 van used with 40,000 miles on it. The van still has its original engine and transmission, neither of which has been rebuilt. Schell said he puts 80,000 to 100,000 miles a year on the workhorse, delivering parts and "single envelopes" all over the country. Unlike the Silverado owner, Schell only changes the oil every 10,000 miles, and the van is missing certain features like working air conditioning. Even so, with severe understatement, Schell concedes "It's a really good van." What does he plan to do to celebrate the feat? "I'm thinking of throwing it a party," he said, "but I don't know if that's too weird." No reason to party is weird, Doug. Thanks for the tip, Tina!

[Source: Toledo Blade, Photo by Andy Morrison]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      what ...no gallery of pics?
      congrats doug..
      • 7 Years Ago
      His service manager says he can confirm the repairs and if you do read on it did says somewhere that he added some oil at every other fill up, which the way he drives would be a lot and quite often!

      I don't drive as much as MOST people, but I want to add that I did let my oil change go about 1 year and 10,000 miles without a problem. The oil came out a little thicker, but no problems what-so-ever with the engine and that was many years ago now. Again, I only put on about 10,000 miles a year though and I never let it go that long again.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I mean if you look on his site, there are close ups.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Agreed. But when a Panther turns 1,000,000 miles, it's not newsworthy, it's an everyday occurance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      To Bert:

      I have heard that as well, about being "forced" to buy a new car. I just don't know the regulations on it.

      Anyone know?
        • 7 Years Ago
        In the JDM, you aren't forced to buy a new car. The emissions standards are very strict, and so cars are parted out early (and the engines often end up in the United States) before they have a chance to fail the tests, because the penalties are quite harsh. The number I usually hear bandied about is roughly 90K miles (a little under 150K kilometers), but since it goes by emissions and not mileage, it varies a lot. I found a few sites that specialize in importing these "lightly used" engines, and one of them claims most of their engines have 50K miles or less. Believe what you want, and someone out there in Internetland will have evidence to support that belief :)

        P.S. Link, if you're interested, is here:
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford: "Congratulations Doug! here's your new van!"

      * New van looks exactly the same as the old one*

      Doug:" Is this really a brand new van with 2 miles on it, or just my old van with the odometer starting over?"

      *Ford salesman looks the other direction*

      • 7 Years Ago
      lol how many sets of ball joints and bushings did he put into the front end? E-lines are horrible on front ends.
      • 7 Years Ago
      God, that thing must rattle!
      • 7 Years Ago
      i always thought vans were less likely to make high miles than other vehicles but i guess there is the proof.
      • 7 Years Ago
      1M miles, 10K oil changes... that's BS if you ask me. He's had something done to the engine or transmission... no car, including any import, is going 1M mile without some rebuilding in the engine. Either that or he's losing 2 qts. of oil per tank of fuel.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "My longest period between oil changes was 55,000 miles a few years back."

      Holy crap!

      Also, his beard is disgusting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe a 1 million milles isn't the only thing this van has hit ;-)
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