• Oct 26th 2010 at 2:01PM
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Every now and again, we come across news that a vehicle has eclipsed the one million mile mark. The vehicles are typically very old, and they're often pickup trucks. That's only partly true for Phil Marsella, who uses his relatively new four year-old Ford F-250 to deliver greyhound dogs to racetracks and families across America. Marsella reportedly drives his gas F-250, "Betsy," between 7,000 and 10,000 miles per week, or more miles than many drivers log in an entire year. And it appears as though Ford never expected the F-250 would surpass one million road miles, as the digital odometer stopped working once the milestone was reached. Marsella says that he's tracking the miles, though, with another 12,000 miles or so since one million.
All those miles must make for a pretty big maintenance bill, as trucks typically need an oil change in fewer than 10,000 miles, and tires and brakes usually don't last for more than 60,000 to 70,000 miles, though obviously with that much highway mileage, the binders should hold on a bit longer than that. That's two or three oil changes a year and a brake or tire job every few years for most of us, but Maresella hits those milestones in no time flat. The career driver claims his four-year maintenance bill is a cool $67,000. If Marsella continues at this pace, and his beloved truck remains road-worthy, in the next six years he could challenge the all-time record of 2.8 million miles in a single vehicle; a record that required 40 years of driving.

Click on the link below to watch a local NBC affiliate's news coverage of the million-mile hound hauler.

[Source: NBC Miami]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      super trucker
      • 6 Months Ago

      that's all bu........t you cant drive that many miles I will put money on that one

      • 4 Years Ago
      Judging by all the "know it all" commenters standing on their high horse frowning on his choice of vehicle that act like they've already done one million miles in a Civic, Prius, or Sienna hauling greyhounds.. It really just explains that after reading comments like these, this is the big reason why we should not have small groups of people making decisions for us!

      It was a good thing he decided to go with the more reliable gas 5.4L V8 over the unreliable 6.0L diesel available for that bodystyle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to know what engine is in that thing exactly! I imagine he has the big V-10 but I think the V-8 was also available (not sure why'd you would get either over a oil burner)... Would be nice if he would authorize his shop to show us the maint records. I also believe a Ford dealer could verify mileage by hooking it up to a computer...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe he should get his hind end out of the truck and stop burning so much gas needlessly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder what PETA is thinking about this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FORD: Found On Road....Driving!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      maybe someone just added up the mileage and said dude, you've just driven for four years..

      You guys might be looking at this backwards.
      • 4 Years Ago
      7,000 miles a week / 7 days / 24 hours a day = 42.6mph

      10,000 miles a week / 7 days / 18 hours a day = 79mph

      Something does not add up here. You physically cannot drive that much single-handed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 7,000 to 10,000 miles per week *has* to be inaccurate. Assuming the minimum of 7,000 miles a week he would have put 1,456,000 miles in four years. 10,000 miles a week would net you 2,080,000 miles in four years.

        1,000,000 in four years comes out to roughly 4,800 a week. Coming out to 687 miles a day.

        Still, that's just plain nuts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chances are, he's not the only driver. The truck itself probably runs 24/7.

        The irony is, for such a high miler, he's using a gas engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He obviously has more than one driver. And these trips are probably multiple-day affairs, with the car being on the road maybe 24 hours a day, for 2 or 3 days, and then comes a break of about one or two days, then back out on the road. The car isn't necessarily out for 11.5 hours every day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1,000,000 / 4 (years) = 250,000 miles / year

        250,000 / 365 (days per year) = 684.9315068493151 miles per day (call it 685)

        685 miles per day at avg 60 MPH = 11.41 hours per day

        Certainly possible for a single driver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1,000,000 miles in 4 years:
        1,460 days @ about 685 miles per day.
        685 miles @ 60 mph (average) is about 11.5 hours per day.

        • 4 Years Ago

        That math sure makes it much more probable. I feel better now :) At least he has some time in there for the aforementioned vehicle maintenance. Not to mention eating, sleeping and actually pulling over to deliver the dogs. I was picturing Greyhounds being jettisoned like newspapers from this truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was wondering the same thing. 7K/week is 1000 miles a day ON AVERAGE. And that's EVERY day of the week for FOUR years. No human being can do that. I don't think I can do that for 1 day. Even if he is doing 80 mph (highly unlikely) straight, that's still 12.5 hours of driving a day. It also suggests that he spent at least two of the last four years sitting in his truck while driving. That's impossible. I call this story BS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Damn I just did the math too when I read it. This is driving 24/7

        Seems fishy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Think people.....

      Where is his verification? According to the video "his" shop. It would be easy to get a few guys to vouch for you if you give them 5 minutes of fame on TV.

      HIs 7,000 to 10,000 mile per week claim. A lot of people have already posted the math. Doable? Maybe once or twice, but continuously? Factor in traffic, road construction, weather, gas and food stops, maintenance, pick up and delivery..... oh and don't forget a few minutes of shut eye. No way! His average speed would be well in excess of any speed limit in the country. He may get past some law enforcement, but to average the speed necessary he would not get past all..... so that adds another variable to his time.

      It sounds to me like another nut looking for his 15 minutes of fame.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One difference in the record highest mileage ... Irv Gordon driving those 2.8+ million miles wasn't for business reasons.

      Still goes to show how durable these trucks can be, however.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...it appears as though Ford never expected the F-250 would surpass one million road miles, as the digital odometer stopped working once the milestone was reached..."

      Does anyone else find that statement hilarious?
      • 4 Years Ago
      1,000,000 miles / 4 years = 250,000 miles/year

      250,000 miles/ 52 week/year = 4,808 miles/week

      Assume he's on the road 50 weeks a year and he's averaging 5,000 miles per week.

      The video says 7,000-10,000 is a high week, not average. Some weeks he may do that much, others less, but over the 4 years his average is about 5,000 miles/week.
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