Built Ford Tough: the Ford F-350 with Over One Million Miles

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We know that Ford has pushed the limits on “possible” for quite some time, but even we can’t quite believe this most recent tale of automotive reliability from Ford — a 2002 Ford F-350 with more than one million miles on it.

The Ford in question belonged to Debbie Conner, who, along with her husband Norman, was in the business of transporting trailers and campers back-and-forth across the country. This profession is exactly how she was able to rack up just over 1,071,000 miles on her Ford truck between 2002 and 2018. That’s like driving to the moon and back nearly four and a half times.

Most truck owners would balk at such a high mileage, but it was a badge of honor to the Conners. It was a bittersweet moment for them both when they traded in their trusty F-350 for a 2011 Ford Super Duty F-350 in September. Currently, their new Ford is floating at around 90,000 miles and it’s doing just fine.

Gone are the days of the 100,000-mile death sentence — for Ford owners, at least.

Now, how did the Conners coax their 2002 Ford F-350 into earning more than one million miles? According to Norman, just by “doing what Ford says” and faithfully following the automaker’s suggested maintenance schedule.

 “If you want to get the miles out of it,” says Norman. “You have to take care of the truck.”

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Ford Performance Offering Shelby GT350R Customers New Back Seat Package

There are few muscle cars more track-ready than the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, but when it comes to four-seaters, sedans have always been the best option…until now. Ford Performance heard customer requests for a back seat package and made it happen. Although the Shelby GT350R is still best enjoyed from the driver or passenger seat, adding the new back seat kit makes the track-ready car more practical.

“We always listen to customer feedback,” said Dave Pericak, global director at Ford Performance. “So when many requested a back seat for their GT350R, we acted quickly to make it available.”

The new back seat package offers Alcantara material and red accent stitching identical to the front seat’s stitching. The original occupant restraint systems are in place; safety is always a priority both on and off the track. The package is available for $999 and can be installed by any Ford authorized dealer or service center.

While the Mustang Shelby GT350R may be a track-ready muscle car, many customers wanted the practicality of a four-seater. The result is a muscle car designed for both the track and city streets.

We here at Tropical Ford are glad to see Shelby GT350R customers offered a back seat package for everyday use!