A delivery woman in Kansas has managed to hit 1 million miles on her Hyundai Elantra in just five years.
A well used (and sometimes abused) car often has 100,000 miles on it or more. Sometimes it’s 200,000, and very rarely it’s 300,000. One million miles is practically impossible. And yet Farrah Haines of Olathe, Kansas has achieved this impossible feat in a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, all with the original powertrain.
Haines is a delivery driver for auto parts, a job that keeps her on the road “24/7”. Sure that’s an exaggeration, but not by much: Haines manages to clock just under 200,000 miles per year on her Elantra, which works out to 548 miles PER DAY. That’s like driving from New York to Ohio every day.
What’s her secret? First, Haines gets an oil change every two weeks. That might seem like a very frequent oil change, but remember that two weeks is 7,642 miles for her, so that’s about when she should think about changing her oil.
Second, she installed a cow catcher on the front. She’s never had to use it, as far as we know, but being on the road so often in Ohio must mean driving into a cow is a real statistical probability.
And that’s it. That’s all she does. Regular oil changes are key to a long-lasting engine.
Hyundai engineers poured over Haines’ driving records and also verified the engine casting date and verified that she has indeed driven over 1,000,000 miles.
The problem is, the odometers on most cars (including the Elantra) only go to 999,999 miles. In order to indicate the incredible feat, Hyundai cast a gold “1M” emblem to stick on her odometer and then reset the clock. Although meant to signify 1 million miles, we can’t help but think people will believe this to be a brand new car with a sticker on the odometer. After all, how many million-mile cars are on the road?
Hyundai did more than just surprise her with a fancy new odometer sticker. A few weeks later, they also surprised her with a brand new 2019 Elantra in red.
Although she’ll need to install the cow catcher all over again.