Victor, who clocked 125,000 miles per year of long haul driving for his job was pretty meticulous with regards to servicing his vehicle.
When Victor Sheppard (pictured) purchased his 2007 Toyota Tundra little did he know he’d be putting one million miles on its odometer! The Houma, Louisiana resident who has owned fifteen Tundras thus far was just gifted with his 16th one by the Japanese automaker. Toyota swapped Victor’s truck with a new one in an effort to uncover, how the truck has managed to reach such an extraordinary high mileage, despite the wears and tears of everyday driving.
According to Victor, the Tundra has its original engine, transmission and paint job and is still a looker in his eyes. “My truck looks great and except for a few little dents, it’s almost like new,” Victor enthused in a press release. “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,” he added. Victor, who clocked 125,000 miles per year of long haul driving for his job, does admit to being pretty meticulous with regards to servicing his vehicle. Greg LeBlanc Toyota in Victor’s hometown has logged a total of 117 service visits for the Tundra pickup for things like manufacturer’s scheduled check-ups, oil changes and timing belt replacements. Ron Weimer, general manager of Greg Leblanc Toyota knows first-hand how Victor did not slack when it came to the upkeep of his treasured pickup. “Most people can’t believe how much on his truck is original. Victor has been loyal to his maintenance and kept it up,” Ron revealed.
Toyota’s production engineers have taken possession of Victor’s pickup and will turn it into a science project of sorts. The truck will be disassembled piece by piece and its engine, transmission and other components will be scrutinized to learn how the vehicle has held up after so many miles. Toyota’s chief truck engineer, Mike Sweers, definitely agrees that Victor’s pickup is a rarity and he, along with his team are anxious to get their hands on it. “Having a million-mile truck in as pristine condition as this one with original parts is a truly rare find,” Mike stated in the press release. Meanwhile, the disassembly process will be a lengthy one as engineers examine each part of the pickup and with the knowledge gained; they hope to apply their findings to future Toyota trucks.
Meanwhile, Victor is excited about his new Tundra and will remain a staunch fan of the Japanese automaker’s products stating, “I believed [reaching a million miles] wouldn’t be a problem. These trucks are safe and dependable. I think, if you see a Toyota on the side of the road, it might be a scam because they just don’t break down very often.”