One Careful Owner - One Million Miles with Mobil

 19th Nov 2011

Million Mile BMWWhen the ad says one careful owner you expect a car with low mileage, not so with this 1990 BMW 325i, that careful owner did everything they could to push it to the brink!

Mobil bought it and thought wouldn’t it be a good idea to see what driving 1 million miles would do to its engine.

Just looking at it you would never guess it’s be round its clock over 10 times, for a car over 20-years-old the bodywork and interior are in fantastic condition. The red leather seats have the familiar smell of age and elegance. There is a little rust but what lady isn’t a bit worn after 20 years’ service

WP Automotive was lucky enough to borrow this icon of the 90's engineering recently to display at the MechanEx exhibition at Sandown Park on the 15th & 16th November.

Mobil Million Mile BMWAs part of the exhibition the Mobil million mile BMW created a great deal of interest, but what’s the story?

In1990 Mobil bought this BMW 325i, with its state-of-the-art 2.5 litre in-line 6-cylinder engine, and decided to drive 1,000,000 miles in it. Actually, that's not entirely true. They didn't drive anywhere in it. She didn't even leave the garage,  it ended up as part of Mobil's research and development fleet, whereupon it spent four years on a rolling road, running around the clock between 45 to 85mph and pausing only for routine maintenance and Mobil 1 oil changes every 6,000 miles, she has run on Mobil 1 her entire life. Coaxing 6,000rpm from a BMW straight-six ought to be routine, but in this instance the seamless response was an eloquent tribute to engineering resilience. Once its task was fulfilled, the car was stripped down and her engine wear was found to be relatively light before being reassembled and dispatched to work as a promotional vehicle.


What did this experiment prove? That with engineering prowess and a product of Mobil 1 quality that 1 million miles is possible.

WP Automotive are proud to be able to offer Mobil 1 to independent garages through the Mobil Service Centre Program. To find out more about the Mobil Service Centre Programme, call 0800 980 6172 or email us today.


Notes For Editors

The WP Group, headquartered near Southampton in Hampshire, is a leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants, with a £160m annual turnover and employing 70 people.

Based at Wessex House, Cadland Road, Hardley, Hythe, WP offers a complete portfolio of products and bespoke service solutions across each of its eight trading divisions ­ Industrial, Aviation, Agricultural, Heating, Automotive, Commercial, Motorsport and Marine.

WP, located by Fawley Oil Refinery, has a 50-year heritage and is the supplier and support specialist of choice to thousands of businesses.

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