The avid driver believes in taking care of his car, and he doesn’t let anyone else drive it.
“That’s why I bought my girls their own cars,” he said.
Jordan Weine is a mechanic at Bay Diagnostic, an auto shop based in Brooklyn and a Volvo expert. He says because Gordon takes care of his car, he is able to get high mileage without much change to the car’s original mechanics. The car still has the original engine, though it was rebuilt twice in the car’s lifetime.
“How high does a redwood grow? If it is not messed with, it will grow,” said Weine, who hasn’t worked on Gordon’s car. “And there are very few redwood trees and the same goes with this. There are very few people that can achieve 3 million miles.”
It is clear that Gordon loves his car and he can’t imagine getting rid of it.
“Why would I want to get rid of it?” he asked. “Kind of like a good woman.”
Gordon’s car has brought him fame. Joe Brusack, a mechanic who worked on his car when it was on its millionth mile more than 20 years ago, said it’s come a long way.
“I think it was just amazing that he got this far,” he said.
Gordon himself is surprised every time he gets into his car and edges closer to his 3 million mile goal. But the miles have taken a toll on the car. Recently, some black tar got into the car’s carburetor. He has to get that fixed before he can hit the road again.
“I don’t think (just) any car could do it,” said John Maloney, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. “It is a combination of a car beloved by his owner that has gotten Irv to this mileage.”
“I have a feeling I’ll be dead long before the car.”