ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A lot has changed since 1991, but not Jim O’Shea’s car. O’Shea, of St. Louis County, Missouri, recently drove his Volvo 740 GLE past the million-mile mark.
“The good thing about this car is that it can’t get me in trouble because it’s going about 75 miles per hour, tops,” O’Shea said.
Thirty years, two engines and two transmissions later, the Swedish sedan is still driving despite its rust.
“Never had an accident. I was hit by my wife three times in my driveway,” O’Shea said.
Looking back, O’Shea remembers getting the heat for buying the car in the first place.
“My dad’s brother ran a Ford dealership, and he said you could only buy Fords. I brought this home, and he didn’t speak to me for a while. I told him, ‘I guarantee you I’m going to do a million miles in this car,’ and I did,” O’Shea said.
In late November, on his way to work, O’Shea became the man a million miles away.
“It didn’t hit me until I thought about what I said to my father. Since he’s no longer with us, I couldn’t rub his face,” O’Shea said.
Sentiment aside, he wonders if the miles and maintenance might pay off.
“Back when I bought the car…a guy came in with a 1961 [model]”, O’Shea said. “I don’t know the model number, but they returned the keys to a new car to him because he had a million miles. The light bulb went out in my head – if he can do it, I can do it. So, I did it!”
And he did. Three decades and millions of miles after O’Shea left the field, he’s returned to a ribbon-wrapped award: West County Volvo and Volvo Cars USA honored his mile stone with this 2022 S-60 sedan.
It’s his and free for two years, as part of the all-inclusive ‘Care by Volvo’ car subscription. It covers maintenance, tires, wheels, excess wear protection and insurance.
“We’re thrilled to be able to take care of Jim and get him a new car,” said Stephen Lynch, general manager of West County Volvo, who, believe it or not, sold his Volvo to O’Shea in 1991. .
“He earned it, and we couldn’t be happier for him,” Lynch said.
Before leaving the parking lot, O’Shea joked that he would return someday for his “next 30-year-old car.”
“Let’s do a little earlier on this one,” Lynch replied.
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