What is a 2007 Toyota Tundra with one-million miles on the odometer worth?
Apparently for Toyota, a Tundra pickup with over one-million miles is worth a brand new 2016 Toyota Tundra. That’s right, the Japanese automaker gave Victor Sheppard a new truck to replace his old one so that Toyota’s production engineers and team members can comb over the one-million-mile Tundra. According to Toyota, the truck’s longevity offers invaluable insight for future products and after eight safe years on the road, the company hopes to learn from it.
The million-mile Tundra was one of the first of its kind assembled exclusively at Toyota’s plant in San Antonio, Texas and since purchasing it, Sheppard averaged 125,000 miles a year driving long-haul trips for work.
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To ensure the Tundra lasted all those years and miles, Sheppard had it serviced 117 times at the dealership over the years, ranging from timing belt replacements to oil changes as well as the manufacturer’s regularly scheduled checkups.
Toyota engineers are particularly interested to see how the engine and transmission have held up. They will even take a close look at other components and parts, such as the seats. The disassembly process is expected to take months and with the knowledge gained, engineers hope to apply their findings to future trucks.
“My truck looks great, and, except for a few little dents, it’s almost like new,” said Sheppard. “Even the seats look just as they were when I bought it. They’re not as clean, of course, but they’re not busted or worn out.”