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Published on June 29th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

Video: The World's Most Reliable Car is a 3 Million Mile Volvo

June 29th, 2013 by  

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It might seem hard to believe, but Irv Gordon has been driving the same car for more than 3 million miles. That means Irv’s one-owner Volvo has travelled far enough to make nearly six round-trip journeys to the moon in relative comfort and safety, and has – along the way – pretty much proven that most people buy new cars because they want to, not because the have to.

Gordon, like many Americans, bought his car new in 1966, and never dreamed he’d have it this long. “It’s not about getting to the three million miles; it’s about the trips that got me to the three million miles,” Gordon explained. “I never had a goal to get to one million, [or even] to two million … I just enjoyed driving and experiencing life. I challenge everyone to go out and see as much as possible. Find your own journey and reason to believe because you only have one life to live. No matter how many roads I’ve been on, there’s always one I haven’t taken.”

Good on Irv, then, whose Volvo P1800 has the world record for “most reliable car” firmly in hand for, I’m sure, many years to come.

You can check out Volvo’s official promo video, below, and head on over to CarScoop for a more comprehensive look at what the world’s most reliable car looks like up-close, in their high-resolution photo gallery (I posted my favorite pictures, below). Enjoy!


Source | Photos: Volvo, via CarScoop.

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I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.

  • Joe (2050 Magazine)

    Lovely story Jo. I can’t help thinking though about how many parts he got through in that amount of time and whether what we’re talking about here is a thing we English refer to as ‘Trigger’s Broom Syndrome’. I shalln’t try and explain that in words but if you’ve got a minute to spare here’s a link to the clip from Only Fools and Horses, the TV series from which it derives. Cheers.

    • Jo Borras

      I’m well-familiar with the problem – it’s either the old ship problem or some other variation on the problem of identity (standard philosophy degree stuff). That said, it’s the same chassis, body, engine block, transmission case, axle, axles, blah blah. You don’t need a new car, and kvetching about “Oh! But he put new gas in it every few hundred miles!” ignores the point: you don’t need a new car, electric or otherwise, so do the Earth a favor and keep yours another hundred thousand miles or so.

      • Joe (2050 Magazine)

        Of course you’re dead right Jo, please excuse my flippancy. Personally I drive a Citroen Berlingo diesel which I have had converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. Only 300k on the clock so far, but still going strong. All the best, Joe.

      • Jason Carpp

        I agree. That’s what I plan to do with mine. I’ve already got 100k on my car. I intend to drive it for another 100k.

  • Jason Carpp

    Awesome story! My 06 Toyota Corolla is brand new by comparison, with just over 100k miles.

  • george

    How many rebuilds?

    • Jo Borras

      2 engine, 1 trans., it looks like.

  • UncleB

    Volvo’s and the design centre argument? Fact is you can only crash a car body so many times . . .

  • UncleB

    My uber cheap super service provider, my VW bug was my best car of all time!

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