Diesel Golf Clocks 450,000 Miles


Volkswagen cars are known to be tough and reliable, but this is simply astonishing. A privately owned and used Mk IV Golf S TDI belonging to Roy Dyson has already covered more than 450,000 miles.

The story starts back in 2001 when Roy retired from his wholesale food delivery business and moved from Lancashire to Devon.  With family and friends up north, Roy and his wife Doreen knew they would be doing a few extra miles, so, while visiting one of his sons in Cirencester, he came across a silver Golf S TDI from Northfield Volkswagen.  That was in May 2002, at which time it had only 6,021 miles on the clock.

After that they began cracking up miles and went one to achieve that record. The car did that on its original engine which is still running smoothly.

Diesel Golf Clocks Diesel Golf Clocks 450,000 Miles

The story:

The couple embarked on many day trips and weekends away, along with their frequent journeys back to Lancashire, and the mileage soon began to accumulate, with 30,000 being achieved by December of the same year.  The 100,000-mile mark was recorded during July 2004, 150,000 miles were reached in June 2005, the 200,000-mile mark was achieved in August 2006, and the quarter million mile mark passed by in June 2007.

However, shortly after clocking up 300,000 miles, the Golf suffered its only recorded breakdown, when a failed alternator was replaced by the AA at the roadside.  Indeed, Roy recalls that the only time the car didn’t make it home under its own power was during the winter of 2010, when the couple were trapped in a snowstorm and spent the night in the car.  The weather was also responsible for the car’s only accident, when it slid on ice and the nearside rear door was damaged.

Apart from regular oil changes and attention to the braking system, the car needed very little attention thereafter and, impressed by the Golf’s reliability, Roy’s local service centre, Babbacombe Garage Services, gave it a complimentary service at 440,000 miles.

With the total mileage having just passed 450,000, the car still has its original engine, the cylinder head has never been parted from the engine block, it uses very little oil between services and it still averages 54 mpg using regular diesel from BP.  Inevitably the car has had a couple of clutches, several sets of brakes and wheel bearings, regular cambelt changes every 60,000 miles, and quite a few sets of Michelin Energy tyres.

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