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'97 cargo van going the distance: 1 million miles

Old 1/28/08, 07:56 PM
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'97 cargo van going the distance: 1 million miles

Sometime in the next few days, Mr. Schell's van - which he bought used in Monroe, Mich., in 1996 and uses to deliver cargo across North America - will have been driven 1 million miles.

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs...SS02/801280339
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Old 1/28/08, 09:15 PM
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That is incredible!! I love the part about Valvoline giving the guy a 2 year old hat.
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Old 1/28/08, 09:25 PM
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Wow, the coolest thing about that story is that it is a Ford (not a Toyota, Honda, Volvo or Mercedes).
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Old 1/28/08, 09:25 PM
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Ford should use this van for their advertisement.
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Old 1/28/08, 09:37 PM
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I went to the guys website, it doesnt have cruise control! That's one of the two things that would HAVE to be replaced. I almost always use the CC on highway trips. And 5 years without A/C? You gotta wonder what kinda fuel mileage he gets....
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Thats wild, but cool at the same time! And to boot its a FORD!
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Makes me proud! They say maintenance is key, but in his case I dont know....10K mile oil changes??
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10k mile oil changes should be fine since its all highway miles.
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The final line was the best
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Originally Posted by Knight View Post
10k mile oil changes should be fine since its all highway miles.

Not how I was raised around engines my friend. My father and Grandfather would have heart attacks at that oil change interval.
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Your father and grandfather were right...40 years ago. Modern engines with modern oil can easily go 10K miles if they are all easy highway miles. Even conventional oil should hold up fine if you drive like this guy does with his van.
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It doesn't surprise me at all.
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Seems to be a trend with some Detroit cousins
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...440/1148/rss25

How about that Toyota can you say the same?
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5 trannys though? wow
Although it sorta doesnt surprise me, a buddy of mine has a 2500 Silverado, the tranny broke, the dealer fixed it after giving him some crap, 2000 miles later, it's busted again.
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4L60E's make me alot of money definately does not surprise me one bit as well.
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