High mileage Volvo

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Oldpath05

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So what's the trick, 3 million miles. Someone I work with showed me a youtube video yesterday of this 3 million mile Volvo, Wow I thought, but not about the motor, I'm thinking WOW about how this guy kept his car from rusting away. Around here cars and pickups have severe rust issues in just ten years, 5 years on Subarus and Toyotas without High Quality rust proofing, but their motors are second to none, although in the last ten years I think they solved their rust problem, they just didn't realize that Me. likes to use rust causing road treament for winter time driving, body shops and car dealers like it to.

I guess this says alot for GTX motor oil in a gas engine and or Volvo engineering, is that a German made car? Maybe I should start using GTX in my kubota.... there are several video's on youtube about this car but I kinda like this one..... Irv Gordon 3 Million Miles - YouTube
 
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I thought Ford owned Volvo?
 
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No engine oil is going to automatically get an engine to 3 million miles. If you follow ALL maintenance to the "T" you can make most everything last a LONG time. And, of course, operating environment has a LOT to do with it. But, yes, trying to keep the body of the car together for 3 million miles is really the tough part!

Here in the PNW, despite all the rain, things don't rust away. I've got 17 year-old cars that don't have any rust on them: these are MKIV VWs (TDIs); VW did a pretty good job of dealing with rust issues (their previous generation cars were horrible with rust, so VW upped their game big time on the next generation of cars). My 24 year-old truck has light surface rust, but most of that was from its early days living along the ocean (Pacific).

Not sure of the vintage of the Volvo in the video (I'm bandwidth constrained right now). Ford owned/controlled Volvo from 1999 until 2008, after which it was sold to Tata Motors. (Volvo Cars - Wikipedia) I'd owned Volvos and then Saabs; ironically, or perhaps not so ironically, Saab was bought up by GM in 1998 (or 1999): GM became the major stock holder; I'd owned a 1997 Saab, which was one of the last cars not screwed up by GM.

My MKIV TDIs are all young as miles goes: all under 200k except one, which has only 212k miles.
 
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I have more Volvos than I wish to admit. Three 780 models (1989 to 1991), two 960 wagons (1993 to 1995), a 1998 V70R and a 2003 S80T6, all with no rust that I'm aware of. Older models do rust, but not as bad as most other cars.
 
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I have more Volvos than I wish to admit. Three 780 models (1989 to 1991), two 960 wagons (1993 to 1995), a 1998 V70R and a 2003 S80T6, all with no rust that I'm aware of. Older models do rust, but not as bad as most other cars.
That is because Volvo galvanized their cars before they painted them. That way you have to get to the paint and the galvanizing before you can start rusting the steel underneath.
I assume that's Irv Gordon in the video, he's posted a couple times to a Volvo email list that I am on and he seems like a nice guy.
I have had a 760 sedan, 740 wagon, 940 wagon, and a V90 wagon.

Aaron Z
 
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I like Volvo station wagons. Monster trucks use to jump an crush cars at their shows. The Volvo roof never crushes. Local sales team put 4x4 reinforcements in.
 
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