Most cars have a maximum amount of mileage they can rack up before the inevitable happens and it breaks down, or becomes so costly to repair it’s no longer worth it. Everyone knows keeping your car well-maintained will extend its lifespan, but one German Opel Zafira owner is a reminder to us all how much of a difference it can make.
Andreas Schild of Frankfurt, Germany bought his 2.2-liter DTi Zafira with Selection Executive trim new in 2002. The 125 horsepower people mover has racked up 500,000 kilometers (over 310,000 mi) since, and Schild has only had to keep up with routine maintenance. Apart from usual wear parts (brakes, air filter etc.), the only components he’s replaced are two suspension struts and a power steering pump.
“Apart from being used as business vehicle on a daily basis, the flexible van is also frequently seen on trips to southern Europe to buy wines and Mediterranean delicacies,” said Schild. “Once I loaded 495 wine bottles and I never had the feeling that I was asking too much of the car.”
Schild was en route to Opel’s headquarters in Russelsheim to meet up with company CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann when his Zafira’s odometer turned past the 500k mark. Neumann is just as delighted as Schild to see his Zafira last this long with minimal maintenance required.
“Mr. Schild’s Opel Zafira is an example of the core values of our brand: German engineering and precision combined with high user value are essential components of our brand DNA,” said Neumann.