This Is What 432,000 Miles Do To An Engine’s Internals

There are some cars that simply won’t stop going, especially if the cars in question are fitted with a diesel engine. Such a car is apparently Car Throttle’s latest purchase, a first-gen Skoda Octavia that has covered 432,000 miles (695,000 km).

The CT boys took their latest car to a VW specialist in order to have the engine opened and take a look inside in order to find out what this sort of huge mileage has done to the well-used Skoda.

However, this isn’t a case of a car that’s barely running; fortunately the Octavia’s previous owner kept servicing the car religiously on time and with good-quality parts and oil, meaning that this is more of a testament on proper maintenance.

Instead of discovering thick layers of carbon build-up and sticky oil residue, the 1.9-liter diesel engine revealed to be in a surprisingly good condition that defied expectations. Even the turbocharger revealed very little free play and carbon build-up.

Taking good care of your engine will apparently help it reach stratospheric mileage and that’s the rather obvious moral of the story. If watching this doesn’t make you want to service your car immediately, I don’t know what will.

The heroic Skoda Octavia was then serviced with a new head gasket, timing belt, water pump and good-quality fluids and is set on a hypermiling mission, aiming to travel from London to Nurburgring and back on a single tank of fuel.



  • Diesels will come back…tech and engineering are getting better and it’s hard to ignore the higher MPGs that can be obtained from it…it’s the reason why trucks, boats, locomotives, ships, etc., use diesel engines…

    • benT

      Diesel just needs attention to cleanup. Volvo could not find it (they say) – maybe someone else can….. Try pre- or post-catalytic conv. device

  • smartacus

    color me impressed, Alex

    • smartacus

      oops, i meant;
      colour me impressed

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