Found! Highest-Mileage VW Diesel
Aug. 23, 2007
Syl Schmid and his highest-mileage diesel, an '86 Jetta. Click on images for larger views.
With over half a million miles, a 1986 Jetta is the highest-mileage Volkswagen diesel in the United States.
The vehicle, owned by Syl Schmid of Blue Rock, Ohio, has 562,880 miles on the original engine.
Volkswagen Of America and a Columbus, Ohio VW dealership verified the mileage. Records show the Jetta frequently achieved more than 50 MPG.
In January, the automaker announced a nationwide "Search On For Oldest And Highest-Mileage Diesels" to help celebrate 30 years of VW diesels in the US. Both had to be registered, running cars with their original engines.
Through its website, VW opened the search for four months and received more than 200 entries.
In recognition, the winners get a six-month use of a 2007 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI.
Also see: Found! Oldest VW Diesel, Search On For Oldest And Highest-Mileage Diesels