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Like I know ur gonna end up spending more money with a BMW
their more advanced and like little things go wrong


but in all honesty, Do like BIG engine problems happen, like Engine problems that would happen with a Chevy Or a Ford or something.


Like Dont bmw's Engines last a long long time, even past toyotas and hondas?
even if they are driven hard?

I think i even saw one time that "ENGINE" engine problems, are less likely to happen On a BMW than a Toyota, yes toyotas are reliable, but it said bmw engines are stronger and more reliable in the engine category?

answers to any of these questions will be nice
Im assuming yall think bmw engines are of VERY HIGH quality btw right? :lol:
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yes, we do have a pretty big ego about our cars and their engines, but here is the fact regaurdless of any car

the engine will last according to how it was driven. if its a toyota and every single time the person shifted, it was at 6000RPM, no, the engine wont last, same thing w/the BMW, but since the BMW is built to be able to handle racing, the BMW might last slighty longer
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our cars are built to handle racing??????
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is shifting at 4 and 5 rpms with an AUTO too harsh for bmw?s
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Originally posted by BMW-ATI@May 11 2005, 11:36 PM
Like I know ur gonna end up spending more money with a BMW
their more advanced and like little things go wrong


but in all honesty, Do like BIG engine problems happen, like Engine problems that would happen with a Chevy Or a Ford or something.


Like Dont bmw's Engines last a long long time, even past toyotas and hondas?
even if they are driven hard?

I think i even saw one time that "ENGINE" engine problems, are less likely to happen On a BMW than a Toyota, yes toyotas are reliable, but it said bmw engines are stronger and more reliable in the engine category?

answers to any of these questions will be nice
Im assuming yall think bmw engines are of VERY HIGH quality btw right? :lol:
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Yes BMW engines are really bulletproof. They are very strong. Of course though they do need servicing. Personally i have a very harsh driving style. I change the oil on mine every 2500km and the filters and the plugs every 7500. My engine has 140000 miles on it and has lost no power and has no problems. I does't burn oil at all however i drive.
Keep it well and it will last you long
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is shifting at 4 and 5 rpms with an AUTO too harsh for bmw?s
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Keep in mind that BMW prefers naturally aspirated HIGH rpm engines. This is a fact that seems to be glossed over by a lot of people. Yes, most cars won't like shifting at 6000rpms all the time... but the newer BMW monsters with 8250 and 7000+ redlines... they probably don't care if you shift at 6500rpms. They're made to spin fast.
And as for bmw's built for racing; not all bmw's are like the e30m3... what they are, though, is designed for the autobahn. Which is kind of like racing. Why do you think that even a 318i sounds happy going 100mph? It's made to. For long periods of time (relatively to city traffic).
That's what I've learned, at least.


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Ah Indeed
but how do you think their engine quality is compared to like toyota, and do you think the thing I read is true, about them having less "Engine" problems?

My mechanic said bmw's have little things go wrong, but hardly ever any MAJOR engine things?
do you think that is a true statement?
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Ah Indeed
but how do you think their engine quality is compared to like toyota, and do you think the thing I read is true, about them having less "Engine" problems?
My mechanic said bmw's have little things go wrong, but hardly ever any MAJOR engine things?
do you think that is a true statement?
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From personal experience as well as hearsay from friends and mechanics, it seems to be true. I'm sure there are outlying cases, but it appears that BMW engines just last. Reports of engines easily going the 250k mile mark are indicators of this, in my opinion. Rarely have I heard (and I have heard of some) of MAJOR engine problems, and usually that's the fault of the driver, either indirectly or indirect (driving without oil, driving hard when breaking in an engine, blah blah blah). Other than that, in my experience, they are indeed bulletproof.


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:P if.......... we only knew why their so durable lol
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This all depends on the way it is driven and maintained. I have a Dodge Dakota with a 5.2L and 198kMi and it's in need of a rebuild. Oil was changed every 3k, but it regularly saw 4500-5000 RPM shifts and sat outside during winters most it's life, lots of cold starts. My uncle has a Honda that is getting to 300kMi without a rattle or tick. It always had sythentic every 3 or 5k.

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As far as engine integrity, I know Hondas are not far behind (I would argue equivalent if not insignificantly worse/better) Bmw engines. Hondas make, like bmw, the most advanced engines in the world - you don't hear too much about them though because a lot of people own hondas and abuse them via forced induction, which can significantly decrease engine lifespan.
Part of it has to deal with the way the engine is engineered (I know, blanket statement) - for example things like a timing chain instead of belt (not crappy like Hyundais), a HUGE oil resevoir (compare your 5.2 or more qt. or whatever to the typical 4), fully sealed systems... they're made to last. At the same time, what is breakable and not expected to last (brake lights, whatever) are very easy to get to and fix. bmw engines, unlike the northstar, are PRACTICAL (I didn't say more powerful, so stop flaming) in design.
EDIT: I spelled "induction" wrong... duh huh huh


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From my eyes, BMW is a beatifull, durable car. It was designed in Europe which traditionaly means the best. And in this case tradition proves itself.I've never heard about major gaps in this design, small things - yes, but nothing big. No metter what many folks here said, I dont believe that the way you drive going to affect Bimmer's engine if you look after it like after baby. Tell you what, take care if the engine, and it will take care of you.

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From my eyes, BMW is a beatifull, durable car. It was designed in Europe which traditionaly means the best. And in this case tradition proves itself.I've never heard about major gaps in this design, small things - yes, but nothing big. No metter what many folks here said, I dont believe that the way you drive going to affect Bimmer's engine if you look after it like after baby. Tell you what, take care if the engine, and it will take care of you.
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Totally agree with Alvany on this one.
Point is even the moulding for the engine parts is better on german cars than on any other cars.
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Germany does have the luxury of the Audobahn. Period.


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The previous owner of my car drove the crap out of it before I purchased it, after I purchased it, I took it into the shop and said that if I hadn't, the car would have been permanently damaged and unservicable, something about an alternator pulley. 160 dollars wasn't a bad price at all to pay for repairs, and since then I've spent about 500 dollars more on maintenance and repairs and the car is good as new ...besides slight body damage.

If the car can take previous owners like mines had, I too also say it is bulletproof.'

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