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!