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    Posted: 08 Nov 17 at 18:17
Out doing a wee bit of MOT prep on Herman today and I began to muse idly on where he would rank in terms of the lowest mileage on a series 1 LT.

I've not heard of one with a lower mileage and I know it's kosher because he came with wodges of service history when I bought him. So can anyone beat 28250 miles [45460 km] on the original engine [2,4D non-turbo]?*

At the other end of the scale; I've heard/read a few times that these engines will do a quarter of a million miles and over, if looked after. So, who's got the highest mileage?

It would be fun to find who's got the two extremes. So, I'll go first:

* Herman: 28250 miles [45460 km]


*[I actually should have asked this three years ago when I first bought Herman, as he had just under 18000 miles on the clock then!]
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AndyT Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Nov 17 at 18:47
Can't remember who but someone had a work van from new and had done over 500k.
Found this one on the register.

E Byrne 1993 LT55 2.4 Turbo Diesel Flat bed 2 tonne Palfinger crane 380k on original engine
LT28 1979 2.0 Pampas Nevada Camper LPG 93K, 1980 T3 Aircooled Camper, 98K
1994 RRC 3.9 LPG 120k , 1997 Disco V8i 158k miles

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote madra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Nov 17 at 19:06
Well, that's a good range to get us started.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Uberhare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Nov 17 at 19:00
I'm at 290K in the Florida.  Cylinder head was replaced under warranty back in the day, and the last 60K were done at 20PSI.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote madra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Nov 17 at 20:15
Originally posted by Uberhare Uberhare wrote:

...the last 60K were done at 20PSI.


I misread that as "20MPH" and thought you were boasting.
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More like 75MPH :)  
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Atlst my angine bags for total rebild. Lt35 87y 2.4td Stil runs grat but thers an major oil leak somware from the engine wher the herbox maunts cant findit. Will have to take out the engine and rebildid. Ps my engine hasnt been rebilder has 3.456.788km hawit sinc brand new. Beat that.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote madra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Nov 17 at 19:33
If I'm interpreting your numbers correctly, 3 1/2 million KM must be a record for any engine.
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Yes they are corect and no thats not a record its yust newer been scroled down i have all the records and soon odometre will rool ower for the 4th time
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Buss Marius Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Nov 17 at 22:53
I am quite sure 3,5 million km is an unbeatable and unbelievable record.
It equals almost 120.000km each year since new.

I once had a bus that had done 2.530.000 when i sold it for 4.000£ it was on its third engine and second gearbox. It is among the top 5 busses in Norway when it comes to higest km.
One of the airport express companies in Oslo ran the same buses for 10 years, max was 1,9mil km on the same engine.
If you can prove this, i think you should contact the Stiftung Museum in Wolfsburg and ask if it is the higest number of any VW engine in history.

  http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/g121/million-mile-club-the-worlds-longest-lived-cars/
I think i have heard of a Volvo 240 Station wagon that was used to deliver newspapers in northern Sweden, that had done 2,7 mil km. It was on its third 2,4D engine
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote madra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Nov 17 at 23:21
... of course, the makers of electric vehicles say that they'll be able to do one million miles plus as a matter of course, because of the vastly fewer moving parts in the engine. So, a few hundred thousand might not be much to brag about then.

Mind you, we'll have to wait a few years before we see whether or not these claims are justified.

Meantime, I'm still winning the Lowest Mileage contest!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote madra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Nov 17 at 23:40
Originally posted by Buss Marius Buss Marius wrote:

...It equals almost 120.000km each year since new...


And the first vehicle on that website you linked to supposedly did its second million miles between 1987 and 2002 --which is 15 years. So, at 66666 miles per year, that equals an average of just over 182,5 miles per day --every single day for fifteen years!

Don't these people ever sleep?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ottoMan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Dec 17 at 16:26
My 1978 LT28 2.0 petrol is at 28.000 km now.

Because it only has 5 figures on the odometer. The real figure is 328.000 km. Still going strong. Slow, but strong. :)

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