A little while ago, wasn't there a Toyota Corolla on the Letterman show that
was about to turn One Million miles? They brought it on the show, and drove
it around the block a few times to show on tv the millionth mile.
My Dad bought an '81 Dodge pickup brand new (with the old Dodge Slant-6,
one of the most durable engines ever made), and retired it in '87 with
just over 450,000km (just over 281,000 miles). That's pushing 75,000km
(around 48,000 miles) per year - he travelled almost weekly from working
in Vancouver to our place near 100 Mile House in the Southern Interior,
about 500km north, and worked now and then in places such as Prince
George (another 400km north) and Fort St. John (yet another 450km north).
He probably would still be driving it, but the body was getting too beat
up, the frame was cracked, and after my sister ran it dry of oil, it was
drinking a 4-liter jug every time it made the Van-CMile trip, not to
mention the hideous noise made by the timing chain rubbing inside its
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