A Million-Mile Tundra

This is something few of us will ever see in real-life: Yes, that’s an odometer reading one mile short of one-million miles, the odometer of a 2007 Toyota Tundra owned, until last week, by Victor Sheppard, who traded it to Toyota last week for a 2016 Tundra.

This is something few of us will ever see in real-life:

Victor Sheppard became an unwitting Facebook marvel as friends of Greg LeBlanc Toyota followed his 2007 Tundra’s trek to hitting 1 million miles.

Yes, that’s an odometer reading one mile short of one-million miles, the odometer of a 2007 Toyota Tundra owned, until last week, by Victor Sheppard, who traded it to Toyota last week for a 2016 Tundra.

The 2007 Tundra is one of the first vehicles built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, so the company is awfully curious as to how it has fared over some rather serious driving.

Sheppard, who lives in Houma, Louisiana, was putting about 125,000 per year on the truck, and was apparently diligent on making sure that he got the required maintenance, having 117 dealership service visits over nine years, with no major replacements.

Toyota is not going to take the truck and put it behind ropes in the lobby of the San Antonio plant. Rather, they’re going to take it apart.

Said Mike Sweers, Toyota’s chief truck engineer based at the Toyota Technical Center in Michigan, “Having a million-mile truck in as pristine condition as this one with original parts is a truly rare find. Our team plans to tear down the entire truck, bumper-to-bumper, top-to-bottom to evaluate how the quality and safety we designed, engineered and built into the Tundra has held up to over one-million miles of real-world driving and help us continue providing ever-better vehicles for our customers.”

Milliona Mile Tundra

Sheppard (left) and Sweers (right)

They estimate that it will take several months to do the teardown.

By which time the odo on Victor Sheppard’s new Tundra will probably be closing in on 75,000 miles or more.