3-Series (E21, E30)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.
Hi, I am new to this forum. I am considering about purchasing below vehicle but was concerned about the milege and how reliable 3 series are after 100,000mi. Main reason for this consideration is the budget and I always admired bmw and would love to finally own it. Your input and advise will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
I've got 200k+ on my 91 318is and it still pulls super hard for a 15yr old car.
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Actually they say the newer ones are MORE reliable, i mean bmw isnt going to Go into a downward reliability spiral i dont think, they learn over the years and make more reliable cars, this is shown through JD power survey things
Originally posted by BMW-ATI@May 22 2005, 09:40 PM Actually they say the newer ones are MORE reliable, i mean bmw isnt going to Go into a downward reliability spiral i dont think, they learn over the years and make more reliable cars, this is shown through JD power survey things
not really.. ever owned a new 7 series? or an e36 for that matter? they are great cars but alot more troublesome then an e30 or e34.
which is to say still more reliable then most cars, but not as much as some of bmws "better" models/years
but, also more expensive to repair when the things do break compared to honda/ford/etc.
Originally posted by Celsdogg+May 21 2005, 09:14 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Celsdogg @ May 21 2005, 09:14 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'>i personally think the E46 is still too young to judge about their reliability over the years.
My thought as well.
Originally posted by BMW-ATI@May 22 2005, 10:40 PM Actually they say the newer ones are MORE reliable, i mean bmw isnt going to Go into a downward reliability spiral i dont think, they learn over the years and make more reliable cars, this is shown through JD power survey things
It's not that they're learning how to make them more reliable really... They COULD make them a ton more reliable... but older cars are usually more solid (thinking beyond bmw's here) than the newer ones (ie, they actually have a frame instead of unibody). It's all about the profit margin. (That statement should not be generalized. Not ALL older cars are better than the newer models.)
Originally posted by BMW-ATI@May 22 2005, 11:03 PM but still, their really reliable cars dont ya think?
If someone wants a reliable car, they should get a Toyota or something... Mine's never broken down on me and I've had it for years (but it's an E36 anyway). But any repair costs will rape you. If you're ONLY looking at reliability, there are better options out there.
<!--QuoteBegin-BMW-ATI@May 23 2005, 08:41 AM I dont think it's a "HUGE" difference though
Maybe the like Electronics or something arent as reliabile, cause theres more of them
but engine wise, I actually think their more reliable and last longer
JDpower ratings actually show that the mechanical quality is alot better
so im sure the e46's can go well over 200k
Cars today have more electronics than they did in the past. You can't just pop the hood and fix whatever anymore. If something (ie, your cars computer) gets fucked, you are so fucked.
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