Chicago delivery driver Brian Murphy has clocked up an incredible 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometres) in his Nissan utility.

That’s roughly the equivalent of travelling from the Earth to the Moon and back again, not once but twice.

The 62-year-old delivery driver bought the Nissan Frontier pickup (we know it as the Navara) in 2007 and it still has the original engine and transmission.

Murphy works a long day when he’s working, leaving before sunrise and returning home about 13 hours later.

To achieve his milestone, he clocked up about 50,000 hours to rack up the million miles in the pickup, a two-wheel-drive, 4-cylinder, 5-speed manual 2007 Frontier King Cab finished in Red Brawn.

“I had no doubt this truck would hit a million miles,” he said.

“It’s tough and gets great fuel economy, exactly what I need to get the job done.

“I change my own oil every 10,000 miles and drive carefully.

“Nothing major has been replaced on this truck — it’s really something.”

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According to Murphy, the original clutch lasted 801,000 miles (1.3 million kilometres), the timing chain was replaced as preventative measure at 700,000 miles (1.1 million kilometres), and the radiator and alternator lasted about 450,000 miles each (720,000 kilometres).

Even the driver’s seat lasted a half-million miles before being replaced.

The US Department of Transportation says males in Murphy’s age group drive an average of 15,859 miles per year (26,000km).

Murphy drives, on average, about 77,000 miles per year (124,000km).

The digital odometer stopped working at 999,999 miles on January 27, 2020, but the trip meter kept rolling to prove the truck now has over a million miles.

Murphy began his career as a delivery truck driver 45 years ago in the Chicago metropolitan area.

He “retired” from corporate America 16 years ago and started his part-time job as an independent delivery driver in 2007.

He has never used GPS to guide him on his route, and his driving record is free of any traffic infringements.

“My truck deserves to rest, but I’ve got to keep busy,” he said.



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Murphy clocks up 1 million miles


Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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