Do you have a high mileage Mercedes-Benz vehicle? I see a lot of cars with more than 250,000 kilometers (155,000 miles) on their odometers that are eligible for a cool grille badge from Mercedes-Benz, many owners don’t realize these awards are available, a neat little trinket to dress up your car and show some pride in your Mercedes you’ve managed to keep on the road all this time.
Mercedes-Benz first introduced the High Mileage Award in the 1960s to recognize the Mercedes-Benz vehicles still on the road that reach well over 100,000 miles, with some even passing the 1 million mile mark. The program continues on today.
If your car is over 155,000 miles, you are eligible for a 250,000km grille badge like the one pictured above, there is a list of each mileage milestone below. Visit the High Mileage Program page at MBUSA to download your application for a High Mileage Award Badge (see my detailed instructions at the end of this post). Part of the process is having your mileage verified, any Mercedes-Benz dealer can do that, then you send in your application. The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center will send you a certificate and grille badge.
155,000 miles (250,000 kilometers)
312,000 miles (500,000 kilometers )
466,000 miles (750,000 kilometers )
625,000 miles (1,000,000 kilometers)
1,000,000 miles (1,610,000 kilometers)
According to MBUSA: “The current Mercedes-Benz High Mileage champ is Gregorios Sachinidis, a Greek taxi driver who holds the known record of more than 2.8 million miles in his 1976 Mercedes-Benz 240D.”
How did I know the high mile champ would be driving a diesel?
I originally posted this article on my Daveknowscars.com Mercedes Blog a couple of years ago… I had just acquired a 1986 Mercedes Benz 560SEC that was about ready for its first high mileage award badge and thought I’d share this with DKC readers. A lot of DKC readers left comments on the post like ‘there is no application’ or ‘where’s the application?’. You go to this MBUSA page (see below), click the ‘High Mileage Award’ and the application is there.