520,000-mile Toyota Supra is Still Going
The fourth-generation Toyota Supra is known as perhaps one of the most reliable sports cars ever made. It’s one of the reasons that even years after it has gone out of production, it remains so sought after that its value is appreciating.
What’s most surprising about the Supra’s reliability is that sports cars are generally not built with it in mind—or at least, it’s not usually at the top of the manufacturer’s priority list. When you buy a daily driver or a family car, you want it to be reliable; but when you buy a Toyota Supra sports car, you normally care about only two things: speed, and finding a Ferrari to drag race like Paul Walker in The Fast & The Furious.
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That makes it all the more impressive that the Toyota Supra owned by Dale Thomas in Tennessee has a whopping 520,590 miles on the odometer with its original engine (that’s 837,808 kilometers for you European readers). Only a small percentage of vehicles on the road today even have over 200,000 miles on the counter, much less over half a million miles, and those that reach ridiculous numbers like Dale’s Supra are almost exclusively work trucks.
What’s more, because it’s a sports car packing a 220-horsepower 3.0-liter inline-six engine, you can bet the Supra didn’t cruise the distance, either. The owner even claims that it has absolutely no rust. No wonder these things keep increasing in value.
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We’ve seen over the years that the fourth-generation Supra is almost impossible to break. That’s one of the reasons it remains, to this day, one of the most popular vehicle platforms for tuning and customization. In fact, a Supra tuned by E.Kanoo Racing holds the import world record for fastest quarter-mile, at 5.97 seconds.
The Supra is now 23 years old, which basically makes it a grandfather in car years. Maybe it is old man strength that keeps it going?
- Dawn CarberryContributor
Dawn Carberry is the digital marketing manager and the head blogger for the Haddad Automotive Group, located in the city of Pittsfield in Western MA. The Haddad Auto Group includes Haddad Toyota, Haddad Subaru, Haddad Hyundai, and Haddad Nissan new car dealerships, and Haddad of South County used cars.