One million kilometers. That’s 621,000 miles. In a G-Class or a 300D, that number would be impressive. Legendary even. But in a 2003 E-Class? Just goes to show you that Mercedes hasn’t lost their touch when building diesels that don’t die.
The driver, George Vassilakis, uses E270 CDI as a taxi in Greece. Apart from a new intercooler, clutch, turbine nozzle and regular maintenance, he hasn’t had to do any work on the car. His odometer is the only part that’s permanently broken. It maxed out at mere 999,999 kilometers.
He’s managed quite a feat by going this far, but he’s still a ways off from the world record. That title belongs to another Greek taxi driver, Gregorios Sachinidis. He managed to put 2.8 million miles on his 1976 240D before donating the car to Mercedes-Benz’s museum. They didn’t leave him empty handed though; in exchange, Sachinidis got a new C200 CDI from the factory.
Sometimes slow and steady really does win the race.