Toyota is going to dismantle and study this 2007 Tundra pickup truck, which single-owner Victor Sheppard put over a million miles on in less than a decade. It’s still standing strong with the original engine, transmission and paint job.
Sheppard just swapped the truck out for a new one at a dealership near New Orleans. Apparently the 2016 Tundra he has now is the 16th Tundra he’s owned in his lifetime. Big fan of the brand!
The 2007 Tundra was the first of the second generation body style the truck is still rocking today, and the first Tundra to be entirely built at Toyota’s factory in San Antonio, Texas. The Tundra nameplate first showed up in 2000 and is still in my opinion one of the most underrated rigs on the road.
Toyota says the million-mile truck, which has the V8 engine*, has survived this long with no extraordinary maintenance outside “timing belt replacements, oil changes, and the manufacturer’s regularly scheduled check-ups,” in a press release.
(*Correction: the dealership originally told me this truck had a 4.7 V8, but Toyota then informed me it was actually a 4.0 V6 truck. Later, a video of what’s under the hood confirmed it was in fact a V8 all along.)
Though obviously every fluid, and the tires, would have to have been changed more than a few times over the truck’s busy lifetime.
“My truck looks great, and, except for a few little dents, it’s almost like new,” said Sheppard. “Even the seats look just as they were when I bought it. They’re not as clean, of course, but they’re not busted or worn out.”
This man racked up more than 100,000 miles a year by “regularly driving long-haul trips from his home (presumably in Louisiana) to North Dakota, Wyoming, and Virginia” for his job.
And here I thought my old Tundra was long in the tooth at 300,000 miles.
Hopefully Toyota will make some videos about this well-used Tundra they’re taking delivery of. I’d love to see what the inside of the engine looks like after that much real-world wear.