Volvo V70 D5 SE with Almost 600,000 miles

It was only a matter of time before Volvo would be in the news again with a high-mile car. This time it’s with something a little more modern.

Simon Marshall, from Sandhurst, Berkshire bought a 2004 Volvo V70 D5 SE a few years back with 170,000 miles on it. He then drove it to almost 600,000 miles in six years (575, 574 miles to be accurate.)  He paid £5,500 for the vehicle and says he only spent £3000 in maintaining it. That seems like a bit of a stretch, if you think about all the oil and rubber that car would need to survive that long.  As for major repairs, he paid £800 for a used gear box a while back.

He is a chauffeur and uses the car for trips across Europe. That would explain why he is driving well over a 100,000 miles a year.  He says he wants to take the car to a million miles, and if this holds out, he is probably going to do it. We’ll be waiting for that day. Well done, Simon.

Update: Simon was gracious enough to let us know that the regular maintenance on his car was not included in the £3000 sum the article spoke about. That was including non-regular repairs like the gear box. Simon keeps his oil and rubber up to date and keeps spectacular records on everything. The first service was at 5000 miles and every service since has been at 12,000 miles, as per owners manual.  It’s no surprise his car is where it is today. Simon, welcome to the high-mile hall of fame!



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  1. If Mr. Marshall does take that Volvo to a million miles, it would likely be the first example of a P2-generation car achieving the feat. Early P2s (late 2000 through 2003) were not known for being the most reliable Volvos, thanks to numerous electrical issues, transmission problems and overall poor component quality. They are cars that the Volvo faithful will shy away from.

    The reason Mr. Marshall’s car has lasted so long is that it has a diesel motor, which was not offered here in the U.S. It isn’t stressed enough to cause a lot of drivetrain issues. The federalized equivalent of this car would be a V70 2.4 NA (naturally aspirated) from between 2004 and 2007, which is the most basic V70 you could buy in the States during those years. They got more reliable during that time.

  2. I guess we’ll have to see. He seems pretty laissez-faire with the oil changes. But as you said, it’s diesel, so that might be the key to a million miles right there.

  3. I would like to point out that I am the owner of this V70 and the £3000 referred to as maintenance was quoted as non routine maintenance so does not include routine servicing or tyres. It refers to replacing failed parts e.g. gearbox, starter motor, shock absorbers etc.
    I have a full service history from new.
    The first service being carried out at 5 miles by Volvo UK and subsequent services being carried out at regular 12,000 mile intervals.
    I am on my 3rd service book, the first being filled after 240,000 and the 2nd completed at 480,000 miles.
    The image in the story shows the third service book which so far only has two services recorded.
    I hope that this clarifies some of the points raised.

    1. Hi Simon. Thanks for clarifying that for us. I’ll amend that to article. You’ve done some amazing stuff with that V70! Keep it up. Oh, and thanks for visiting.

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