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Old May 8th, 2012, 08:51 PM
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Land Cruiser breaks new world record

Article found here: http://autos.aol.com/gallery/world-r...usaolp00000058&

The Toyota Land Cruiser has been on the road for more than 27 years, and amassed more than 400,000 miles on its odometer.

In the past three months, it has endured a broken engine mounting, ruptured handbrake cable, broken cross-shaft, damaged power piston and more than a few cosmetic blemishes.

Time to head to the dealership, right?

For Emil and Liliana Schmid, not even close. While driving the 1982 Land Cruiser FJ60 over the past 27-and-a-half years, the Swiss couple has gone through 166 flat tires, 138 spark plugs, 54 shock absorbers, 31 batteries and 22 air filters.

The couple, which embarked on a worldwide travel extravaganza in 1984, hasn't stopped, and neither has their Land Cruiser. They've ridden it through 172 different countries and logged 413,654 miles. The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized them and their vehicle for the longest travel journey, the most miles, and the most countries visited in a single car.
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I rode in a 4runner yesterday with 3447xx miles. Only oil tires brakes wiper blades and timing belts.
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I know their trip isn't normal, but is going through almost 1.25 batteries a year normal for that type of use?
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138 spark plugs seems really excessive too.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 09:53 PM
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138 plugs is once a year, roughly. With the crap fuel they have run it does not surprise me. Neither does the batteries, really, rough roads and likely a lot of accessory draws, plus it likely has dual batts.

I think the frame has been replaced and the body has been totally rebuilt at least once. Impressive but it is not exactly as-delivered...
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