Even though today’s cars are much more sophisticated than 30 years ago, today’s vehicles are generally more reliable. Yes, although many more things can go wrong, with proper maintenance and quality replacement parts, modern cars can outlive their owners.
Still, there’s something honest about the simplicity of an older vehicle, before advances in technology turned them into rolling computers.
Jim O’Shea from Missouri is an old-school person who doesn’t need to change cars every two years like many of us do. He has owned this Volvo 740 GLE since day one, bought new just over 30 years ago. At the time, his father and uncle ran a Ford dealership, yet he left with a Volvo. He had promised himself to cover a million kilometers with this square sedan: he reached it last November!
Today, his loyalty is rewarded by Volvo Cars USA. He stopped at the West County Volvo dealership where he received the keys to a brand new S60 sedan. Moreover, the general manager of the dealership, Stephen Lynch, is the same person who sold him the 740 GLE in 1991: “We are just thrilled to be able to take care of Jim and give him a new car. He deserved it, and we couldn’t be happier for him.”
However, there is a “trap”: Jim O’Shea will not be able to attempt to repeat the feat of one million kilometers with this brand new S60 because it is really a long-term loan car, for two years, with maintenance and insurance covered. It’s technically a 24-month all-inclusive Care by Volvo subscription plan, and while it’s not a freebie, it’s still a nice gesture from the automaker. and an effective marketing gesture.
As a reminder, we presented this 740 GLE to you last November. She was never involved in an accident, although Jim’s wife touched her three times in the driveway of the house. The original engine was replaced at 585,000 miles (941,466 kilometres) and two gearboxes also had to be fitted after years of heavy use. He promised his father to reverse the odometer so that it reads 000000 again and kept his promise.
It’s far from the highest-mileage Volvo in the world, as you might remember a red P1800 from 1966 that boasted the impressive figure of 5.23 million kilometers (3.25 million miles). To this day, it holds the Guinness World Record for the highest mileage achieved by a non-commercial vehicle.