SuperGolf heads for 800 000km

2012-05-29 10:16

Do you own a diesel VW Golf? If you do, we bet it hasn't covered anywhere near the distance of this one in Britain that's covered more than 725 000km.

It's a privately owned, bought-used, Mk IV Golf S TDI belonging to Roy Dyson and his story starts back in 2001 when he retired from his food delivery business and moved from Lancashire in north-west England to Devon in the distant south-west. 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, he came across the silver Golf S TDI on a VW dealer's forecourt. That was in May 2002, when the Volksie had fewer than 10 000km on its clock.

The couple embarked on many day trips and weekends away, along with their frequent journeys back to Lancashire, and the kilometres soon began to accumulate, big-time, with 50 000 being achieved by December of the that year.  The 160 000km mark was recorded during July 2004, a quarter-million passed in June 2005, 320 000 in August 2006 and 400 000 in June 2007.

Soon after 480 000km the Golf suffered its only recorded breakdown; 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 brakes, the car needed very little attention thereafter and, impressed by the Golf’s reliability, Roy’s local service centre gave it a complimentary service at 700 000km.

With the total running distance having just passed 720 000km, 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 a little over five litres of regular diesel every 100km.

Inevitably, the car has had a couple of clutches, several sets of brakes and wheel bearings, cam belt changes every 100 000km and quite a few sets of Michelin Energy tyres.

Roy hand-washes the car every two weeks and puts the reliability and longevity down to regular servicing and having parts replaced as soon as they are showing signs of wear rather than waiting until things break or fall off. He's looking forward to, in UK terms, 500 000 miles later this year - that's 800 000 South African kilometres.

Do YOU have a long-lived car (of any brand) with a service history that confirms its long-distance service? Send your story (and a picture, if possible) to les.stephenson@24.com and we'll do our best to publish as many as possible. If you know somebody with such a car, email this news item to them.

  • Fredster - 2012-05-29 11:51

    Awesome story. It must be the only VW that has done this. Surely not in SA with our "below average" diesel.

      lourensenchrisna.kruger - 2012-05-29 13:47

      And below average service from dealers, especially with TDI models.

      alan.lockwood.35 - 2012-05-29 17:46

      the Vw 1.9tdi is very easy to service especially the oil and filter changes, it normaly takes me 40 minutes. I do not know why people do not to the simple services at home, it's much cheaper much quicker and you know that it is being done properly.

      Vickers - 2012-05-30 21:15

      Here is another high miler. This one. a Jetta: http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2012/04/2001-vw-jetta-18t-receives-autopsy.html

  • Cyrus - 2012-05-29 15:55

    Very impressive indeed. But dam thats a lot of driving an average of 80k kms a year, thats insane. Just shows how far a well looked after car can go

  • don.odendaal - 2012-05-29 20:24

    I Have had 2 nissan tow trucks 2.4 16v engines one reached 850000km on the original engine before the driver wrote it off the other reached 750000km before the oil cap came off and wrecked the engine and i have a TATA Lpt713s with approx 1.2mil km on the original engine gearbox and diff and still going strong all serviced by me with bigger repairs being done at the dealers in Brakpan Johannesburg

      Fredster - 2012-05-30 09:48

      Just goes to show how far a car can uctaully go. We all have the perception that once it reaches 100k, its gonna fall over.

  • terrence.naicker.1 - 2012-08-25 11:53

    I have a Jetta IV TDI and 2006 Polo TDI. The Jetta has a paltry 263 000 km on the clock with the Polo sitting on 153 000km. I drive a 100 km a day in the Jetta and in my opinion it is the better one of the two. Easier to work on , doesn't need the special oil the PD diesels require and is more comfortable. I look forward to racking up the kilometers in my baby.

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