Journal: Is There A New Car You'd Want to Put a Million Miles on?

Is There A New Car You’d Want to Put a Million Miles on?

Avatar By Josh Clason
June 14, 2013
36 comments

After reading about last week’s post on the million-mile Porsche, I’ve wondered whether there is a new car on the market today that I would want to spend a million miles in (assuming that the car could realistically achieve that mileage).

This is a tough question to answer, and I’m not sure if there is a new car I’d want to drive a million miles in. The closest I can come up with is a BMW 1M, but I am not sure it would achieve a million or even the 400,000 miles from our recent M5 feature—without some serious help along the way. Possibly the BRZ?  

When considering vintage cars, there are quiet a few cars I would choose. Mainly (and hopefully) my 2002, but I wouldn’t mind a Volvo P1800 like this guy.

What are your thoughts? Is there a new car you would want to put a million miles on?

Photo Sources: pistonheads.com, usedsubaruatlanta.blogspot.com

Join the Conversation
Related

36
Leave a Reply

33 Comment threads
3 Thread replies
1 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
35 Comment authors
Mark JordanJuan VelásquezEmily LopezTrinity MillerHarrison Voorhees Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Juan Velásquez
Juan Velásquez

A Honda NSX and a Chevrolet Chevy C2, i love both cars 🙂

Emily Lopez
Emily Lopez

That’s a quite good comparison you have mentioned in. And most probably we love to use high mileage cars but need to consider one thing what will be the emission rate . Do the cars have lower emission or same old. That ‘s why we need to find out what will best for our use as well for environment. Currently there is [url=”http://www.slideshare.net/martinjohn802/hybrid-car-use”]Hybrid Cars[/url] that are very much usable and provides less emission.

Trinity Miller
Trinity Miller

BMW M4 Iconic Lights — Here the car i want to have a luxurious journey, Well it’s new features are very helpful and give a pleasure of drive in dark night also. It’s having the best safety features in-built to protect you from any accidents. So it’s a lovely option for me to go in long trip with BMW M4 Iconic lights.

Harrison Voorhees
Harrison Voorhees

You actually posted the first two that came to my mind. Although I might replace the BRZ with a Toyota Tacoma. I know, its a truck. But I could achieve that 1,000,000 miles on any terrain in any country across the world and still be able to find parts for the thing if somehow I managed to run the thing into a giant chunk of depleted uranium. I’m also pretty sure the uranium would be more damaged than the truck.

Eddie Relvas
Eddie Relvas

No modern car will last fo a million km, let alone miles… therefor, this discussion is useless. They’ve all got expiry dates on them, no-one wants you going for this car-for-life nonsense anymore, got to keep you buying new ones.
Mind you, they’re so detached from the driving experience that if you’ve got petrol in your veins (not electrons like Mr. Eyermann), you’d bore long before the million mark anyway. Only some specialist machines might cut it. I’d like to try the new Morgan 3-wheeler, for example. But it’s not a million miles machine either.

Don Eyermann
Don Eyermann

I’d love to have an electric TESLA Model S Performance Sedan for a MILLION MILES!! Or even just a few tens of thousands!! It out performs ALL those cars you guys mentioned, and it can be recharged for FREE from the Tesla supercharger network being installed all over America and southern Canada. Drive Free forever, never buy gasoline, go anywhere you want and even have way less maintenance. Now that’s a smarter vehicle!! I have ridden in a Model S, driven a Ford Focus and a Leaf and a Tesla Roadster… I am NEVER going back to stinky fossil fuel… Read more »

Steely
Steely

I miss my S50 BMW M coupe, but I doubt it would have lasted 200k without serious money spent, I sold a 90’s Saab 900 coupe with about 188k on it only having had an ABS sensor fail in its life (fixed for free by Saab), I bet its still going strong. I replaced the Saab with an Alfa 156 that will almost definitely have met the scrap metal god by now, I replaced the engine at little over 60k! My current Jag XKR would be nice to cover 1million miles in, if I could afford the petrol ! my… Read more »

Garrett Hammerel
Garrett Hammerel

(ahem)

Marios Pappas
Marios Pappas

I would go for an M3 E92 Sedan. It greatly combines comfort, speed, reliability and it is one of BMW most historic and beloved cars. Sure, 1000 miles is a long distance to cover. Sure it would take an important amount of money to achieve more than 500000 miles. However, the M3 is my dream car and I would love my grandson to find it one day parked in the garage, when I will be too old to drive, and see him take it out for a drive.
(the photo depicts the coupe version)

Adam Kellar
Adam Kellar

I can name a few hatchbacks I’d love to do 1 million miles in.
M coupe
VW Mk5 R32
VW Mk7 GTI
Audi RS3

How about a Singer 911?

CTM90
CTM90

I’d love to achieve that in my 13 GTI that I just bought!

cardyjones
cardyjones

2005 e46 325xi touring w/ sport package and 5 speed manual. passed up atleast three while owning my land cruiser….

oh wait, a 2013 land crusier COULD probably make it 1,000,000 miles….

BoZ M
BoZ M

Z4 M-Roadster 😉

Alex Clise
Alex Clise

We’re talking practicality, economy, reliability, and legacy. Does the average person drive a million miles in their lifetime? The average American lives to the ripe old age of 77.97, i’ll round to 78. They spend 15 full years without being licensed to drive; if they drive no other car in their 63 years behind the wheel (if they’re lucky), they will have to put 15,873 miles annually on a single odometer. According to the US Dept of Transportation the average Yank drives 13,476mi per year. So it’s certainly attainable, but how likely is it that your inaugural auto will become… Read more »

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

ditto to david patton’s comments.
to do 1 million miles in the same car, practicality and comfort would play a large part.
as much as i hate to say it but a sports car won’t cut it.
that leaves me with a high powered suv.
a porsche cayenne or new range rover sport would fit the bill

David Patton
David Patton

I agree with Derek’s initial thought: A good German wagon. Getting to a million is a lot of road trips, commutes, Sunday drives and around-town jaunts. I think you need something with a level of practicality. Audi S4 Avant, 3-series wagon or even a Golf R 4-door (really a short wagon) all fit the bill.

Mark Jordan
Mark Jordan

Of course, what you describe already exists, although it’s not a new car. I’m referring to the 1981-85 Mercedes turbo-diesel wagon. With a chassis strong enough to complete in African rallyes and a low-revving diesel under the hood, these C-class longroofs are legendary for their high mileage – well into the hundreds of thousands. And the sedans were used as taxis in Germany for years. So they’re pretty tough. Provided rust didn’t get ’em and maintenance was performed, I wouldn’t be surprised if more than a few dozen have already reached the million-mile mark.

Shane Elliott
Shane Elliott

If I could ever afford it…

Has to be the Balboni though.

Austin Ilg
Austin Ilg

Let me play the devil’s advocate for just a moment. Is 1,000,000 miles in a single car a waste of time? I feel its a great personal accomplishment, but shouldn’t some of those miles be spent driving other vehicles? If there was a perfect car out there I could see the justification of 1,000,000 miles, and for some people that perfect car exists and fits all the needs of their life (the e28 M5 video is a great example of this). However I do not believe there is a perfect car, every car has its flaws that you notice after… Read more »

Ricardo Neves
Ricardo Neves

and the new mercedes also make a lot of kilometres

Ricardo Neves
Ricardo Neves

p 1800 s …and while the engine has been rebuilt twice in the intervening 46 years, the lump is still factory original.

the best car to make millions of kilometres is mercedes 190 d 2.0 .. simple… go to museum of mercedes in germany.. there is a portuguese taxi with more than 2 milion kilometres without open the engine…

noekult
noekult

No, not really. If it was 2005 I’d buy a brand new NSX and do a million miles, but nothing that awesome today. I loved the video of the 400.000 miles M5 E28, now that’s a car I could do that in!

Kelemen Sandor Mark
Kelemen Sandor Mark

An Alfa Romeo 4C or a Lotus Exige S Roadster.

Sid
Sid

I could see spending a lot of time in the 991 C4s. It’s glorious.

http://www.cartype.com/pics/10023/full/porsche_911-c4s_13_07.jpg

Luc Bonachera
Luc Bonachera

Since I can’t afford any of the “great” sports car as new (I mean 911, M3 and the likes), I’d rather be able to make my dull family car last a million miles so I can spend the money on second-hand sports cars when they’ve depreciated enough, or on affordable and fun to drive classic cars. Case in point: I hope my Prius lasts many many years so I can finally save up enough for an air-cooled Porsche 911 instead of having to buy another boring car after 120 or 150,000 miles… Otherwise, well, my Miata will have to be… Read more »

Leucea Alexandru
Leucea Alexandru

BMW M3 e92. If gas price was no problem.

Derek Jarman
Derek Jarman

That is a bit a of a hard question to answer. The first thing that came to my mind before reading the comments was what Brooks and Walter said, a nice German wagon. Thinking about it though I would probably lean more toward something along the lines of a BRZ. Being a mechanic my logic leans toward what would be more reliable over that period of time. As much as a RS6 or an M5 etc would be nice the cost of ownership over that period and the sheer complexity of the vehicles sways my decision to the more economical… Read more »

Adam Holter
Adam Holter

No.

ACFowles
ACFowles

I have to agree. Modern roads, modern traffic and modern cars: Potholed, over-crowded and anticeptic respectively

Gianni Burrows
Gianni Burrows

+1. Seems like new cars today are so characterless, it really hard to have any sort of emotional attachment to them. I can’t imagine living with one for a long enough time to put a million miles on one.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

The Mercedes SLS AMG, it’s expensive and has steep initial depreciation, so the more miles you do in it the more you get your money’s worth. The big 6.2 V8 should be good for big mileages too if looked after. Would costs a lot in fuel and rear tyres though.

Erwan Brillot
Erwan Brillot

The M1 could be a great choice as it excel in many area of automotive world.

Vincent P
Vincent P

My E39 Touring manual. Its nice to dream of what you would like to put that many miles on but you must be realistic as to what car could actually go that long and sadly, I cant think of too many new “cool” cars that could last 1m miles.

JB21
JB21

I had a Volvo 240 Station wagon. Not that I wanted to, but it went on to run for 350k miles before I sold it to a friend who went on to drive it for another 150k miles before he sold it, without any engine/transmission trouble. Doesn’t matter what sort of wheels you get, you got to love the thing in order to put that much commitment into it – a million miles is a lot! After 5 years, I still can’t find a car that I can afford that’s even slightly better than my Mk5 GTI, so I think… Read more »

Walter Moore
Walter Moore

When I think about putting a million miles on a car, I imagine a station wagon.. So like Brooks I’d pin my hopes on an Avant coming back to the states.

The bigger problem is the time involved in making it to a million miles.. most cars could be kept running if only the parts hadn’t disappeared. My S6 has already lasted 18 years, but it has nearly 900k miles to go! There’s not much chance the parts will be around to do engine rebuilds and so on.

Brooks Wade
Brooks Wade

Either a new 911 GT3 or an RS6 Avant. Unfortunately only the 911 is a real possibility since the RS6 isn’t coming stateside again. I could also throw a the CLK63 Black and RS4 on the list if I could go back a couple of years..