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Million-Mile 2007 Nissan Frontier

400 Miles A Day For 13 Years… On The Original Drivetrain!

Feb 7, 2020
It's no secret that trucks are being built better and better with each passing generation. Then it should come as no surprise when they run for many years and an enormous number of miles. Today trucks often run well past 100,000 miles, and it's pretty normal to find pickups with 200,000 miles. However, there's one milestone that is still just as impressive every time it's achieved, and that's the million-mile mark.
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Brian Murphy, a Chicagoland delivery driver, bought his Nissan Frontier brand new in 2007. The truck he purchased was a two-wheel drive King Cab with the company's 2.5L I-4 engine and a manual transmission. Brian drove the truck 13 hours a day, between 300 and 400 miles, most days of the week, for almost 13 years. The truck was meticulously maintained, with Brian changing his own oil every 10,000 miles. All other maintenance was performed at M'Lady Nissan in Crystal Lake, Illinois, the same dealer where the truck was purchased. Brian had the original clutch replaced at 801,000 miles, and the timing chain was preventatively swapped out at 700,000. The radiator and alternator both lasted about 450,000 miles. The only other part of note that was replaced was the driver seat, at about 500,000 miles.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation says males in Brian's age group drive an average of 15,859 miles per year. Brian drives, on average, about 77,000 miles per year. The truck's digital odometer stopped tracking at 999,999 miles on January 27, 2020, but the trip odometer kept rolling to prove the truck now has over a million miles.
Brian began his career as a delivery truck driver 45 years ago in the Chicago 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 moving violations, which is an impressive feat in itself.
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Brian says, "My truck deserves to rest, but I've got to keep busy." Nissan invited Brian and his family to an event during the 2020 Chicago Auto Show where the 2020 Nissan Frontier was unveiled to an audience of automotive media. In a surprise turn, Nissan's Director of Commercial Vehicle sales, Tiago Castro, announced that the company would be giving Brian a brand new 2020 Frontier while Brian's 2007 will get the rest it deserves at the Lane Motor Museum, in Nashville.
We all would like to extend our congratulations to Brian and his 2007 Nissan Frontier on their achievement. Most drivers won't go a million miles in a lifetime, let alone with a single vehicle, and in just 13 years. We can't wait to see Brian's next million!
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