The Million-Mile Toyota Tundra

July 15th, 2016 by

2016 Toyota TundraVince Sheppard of Houma, Louisiana bought his 2007 Toyota Tundra basically right off of the assembly line, and he has since travelled more than one million miles in the same truck, with the same transmission and the same engine it started with. We doubt that many drivers around Blythewood or Orangeburg will be surprised, but we encourage you to keep reading to learn how Sheppard’s Tundra kept kicking.

Take Care of Your Toyota, Toyota Takes Care of You

For work, Sheppard traveled nearly 125,000 miles a year for regular business trips to Wyoming, South Dakota, and Virginia. The funny thing is, the triple-digit-traveler wasn’t surprised by how far his truck had gone.

Sheppard told Toyota’s press team, “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.”

But the million-mile mark wasn’t just luck and trust in a durable truck. Sheppard watched and cared for his vehicle. In the last nine years, the Louisiana man took his 2007 Tundra to the dealership 117 times for everything from timing belt replacements to oil changes and regularly scheduled check-ins.

Sheppard and his truck have caused quite the ruckus among Toyota and its engineers. They have actually traded Sheppard a 2016 Tundra for his truck-heard-round-the-nation so they can disassemble it and see exactly how it was able to achieve such longevity.

How Can I Get the Most from My Toyota?

  • Get Your Filters Changed –  Oil Changes are crucial to your vehicle’s health; however, the oil filter and air filter help the car to breathe, enabling the engine last that much longer. Ensuring that there are no clogs or build-up can also enhance your vehicle’s fuel economy.
  • Tire Pressure – You don’t have to get down on your hands and knees every day, but you should periodically check to make sure no tire is drooping. Tire pressure affects not just the overall tire performance, but the vehicle’s fuel economy and the overall safety as well.
  • Regular Checkups – Dick Dyer Toyota offers enough service specials to keep drivers full engaged with the health of their car. That’s part of the Dick Dyer Advantage.

The Toyota Tundra’s Longevity is Impressive — How Far Can You Take It?

Try your luck at reaching the million-mile mark, whether you’re trying to achieve that longevity in a Toyota Tundra or a different Toyota truck, but let all of us at Dick Dyer Toyota in Columbia, SC help you do it right. Contact us today for a test drive or to schedule service. We welcome drivers from Lexington, Blythewood, and the surrounding communities, and we hope to see you soon!

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