And it's still on the original transmission!
We recently had a chance to drive the updated 2020 Ford Super Duty, which packs a revised 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel pumping out 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque. Ford has certainly improved its Super Duty trucks tremendously in the past two decades but those old trucks were still pretty well built. One could even say Built Ford Tough. In fact, Pickup Truck talk recently spoke to 80-year-old Texas native John Freeland, who has put 1.3 million miles on his 2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty.
Putting over a million miles on a car is no small feat, just ask Matt Farah about his million-mile Lexus. We've seen a number of cars hit the million-mile mark but even after two decades of ownership, Freeland's F-350 is still on its original engine and transmission.
This particular F-350 is a bit of a unicorn because it pairs a 7.3-liter diesel V8 with a manual transmission. Ford has brought back the 7.3-liter displacement for the 2020 model year, although this time it is a gasoline engine producing 435 hp and 474 lb-ft of torque. This 20-year-old engine, by comparison, only produces a measly 235 hp but a healthy 500 lb-ft of torque with a towing capacity of around 14,000 pounds. Ford's latest Super Duty with the Power Stroke can two up to 37,000 pounds with a gooseneck trailer, showing how far trucks have come in the past two decades.
But this old Super Duty has been perfectly fine for Freeland, who had a career as a hotshot driver. This means he would drive time-sensitive deliveries long distances with very little advanced notice, a career where you quickly rack up miles. Freeland even kept a hand-written list of his mileage, diesel cost, and maintenance. We recommend watching the full video as Freeland breaks down his ownership experience and how to keep a vehicle running for more than one million miles.