Built Ford tough is a slogan that’s been around since dinosaurs ruled the earth, but as somebody once said, if it works, why mess with it.
That’s probably a good thing if you’re Phil Marsella from Palm City, Florida. Phil spends a lot of time earning a living by transporting Greyhounds to race tracks and families across the United States.
That means a lot of driving. How much? Well put it this way, a Ford F-250 Super Duty (like the one above), which he purchased four years ago now has more than 1 million miles on the odometer. “Actually, when it reached 999,999 – the odometer stopped working,” he says, “but I still turn between 7,000 and 10,000 miles a week – so today, the total is more than 1,014,000 miles.”
Although Phil’s F-250 still has a long way to go to eclipse the record set for the highest mileage vehicle (it’s currently 2,800,000 recorded by a 1966 Volvo P1800), Marsella’s pickup has reached the same distance many big rigs do before requiring a major overhaul. What makes it even more remarkable, is that it’s powered by a Triton Gas V8 not a PowerStroke diesel. “I’ve never seen a truck with this many miles on it besides a semi-truck and never on a gas engine,” says Buddy Hawkins, a mechanic that works on Phil’s F-250.
And racking up such huge mileage, how much has Marsella actually spent on maintenance? Try $67,000 in four years, much of which revolves around near constant oil and tire changes. And he’s nowhere near done. The truck, affectionately named Betsy, plans to be around for quite some time and if Phil continues at his current pace, he should crest 3 million miles within the next six years. “She’ll last forever,” he says, “but in the meantime I need to get that odometer fixed.”
[Source: NBC Miami]