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This Toyota Tacoma Has Driven 1.5 Million Miles, But There’s A Catch

This Tacoma is a true testament to Toyota’s Reliability, but it’s not exactly all original

YouTuber Jeff Teague took us around a Tacoma that has gobbled up over 1.5 million miles. You heard that right. That is a phenomenal number. This very truck has been featured before on his channel when it was hovering around the 1.2 million mile mark. After racking up another 300,000 miles, Jeff has made a follow-up to that video.

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This Tacoma is a 2008 Axis Cab.

A car reaching a million miles is unusual enough, but Mike Neal here is already midway to the next million. This is based on the fact that his 2008 Toyota Tacoma has clocked more than 1.5 million miles. That’s a little more than 2.5 million kilometers.  

Neal has owned the truck since new when he got it back in November 2007. It’s a 2008 Axis Cab. The engine is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed transmission that produces 159 horsepower, and it can tow up to 3500 lbs.

Engine 2.7 liter 4 cylinder
Power 159 HP
Torque 180 LB-FT
Transmission six-speed automatic
Towing capacity 3,500 lbs

It’s quite a frugal engine. Neal reportedly keeps a record of the Tacoma’s fuel economy as well, which he claims is between 22.5 and 23.5 miles per gallon.

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This is a rare sight. The mileage reads 999,999.

Just in case you were curious, here’s the scoop: The odometer displays 999,999 miles, and the vehicle trips every 2500 miles. As a result, Neal keeps track of his mileage using the trip odometer. He displays the mileage on the back of the vehicle with stickers, and he refreshes the amount every 10,000 miles.

How exactly did Neal clock so many miles? It is due to his occupation, in which he travels roughly 500 miles per day around Virginia and North Carolina. Neal is a nuclear medicine technician who does PET scans.
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With such a high mileage, the cabin is Neal’s second home and it has aged considerably well after 13 years of service

For Neal, the Tacoma has shown to be really dependable. At 880,000 miles, he had to completely replace the engine with another one that had previously already logged roughly 100,000 miles. A new torque converter was due after 1.3 million miles, and Neal opted to put in a new transmission at that point, as the previous one was weak and likely nearing the end of its life.

Considering the high mileage and daily drive of hundreds of miles, the insides are in excellent condition. Although there are traces of wear, the cab is still darnn tidy. Tacomas in general are known to hold their value well, one of the strongest in the industry.

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Apart from an engine and transmission swap at 880k miles and 1.3 million miles respectively

Apparently, Mike’s truck is worth between $7000 & $9000 according to KBB.com, even today. Neal got the truck over 13 years ago for around $22,000. It’s staggering that it still holds close to just under half its value.

It’s possible that Neal needs a new Tacoma. His wife is now pressing him to stop driving the Truck and retire it for household duties. Neal however is still relentless, continuing to use his truck and has no intention of selling it. The video’s host Jeff is attempting to start a campaign to get Neal a brand new one from Toyota. People like Neal certainly deserve it as they are a testament to Toyota’s legendary reliability.

Watch Jeff & Mike take us around the truck in the video below

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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