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Old 03-20-2004, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am planning to buy a BMW 3 series about 94-98. It would be good for how mnay miles.
eg: like hondas last you a good 175K miles?

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if you take care of it we estimate 300K
I've heard of some older ones getting 400K or more.
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Question

ive heard alot about how teh 6cyc 3 series last, but what about the 4 bangers?

like my 94 318is.... anyone have an estimated lifetime etc?

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When you're going for a L6 engine, they easily drive for 250 K. This is also depending on earlier drivers (did he/she take good care and driving style). Maybe the valve leading rubbers or cilinderhead needs an overhaul after that kind of mileage.
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Old 03-20-2004, 01:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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with proper maintainace you could have the car hit the 400k mark. after that most cars will have some sort of major problem.
but whos to say, it could last forever if you get lucky , ive seen BMW's come into the shop with over 500k on it (but thats if you convert the Kilometers to miles so its a guestimate).
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Im on 150k and im still burning rubber all depends on how you treat the car , i have a 190 merc that has 230k and she is a minter
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it should reach at least 300k, all depends on how you drive but i have seen 92 3ers and they had 250 k and still driving great with no major problems.
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What do you mean by "taking care" of the car? Is it bad to floor the car or get it up to say 6k rpms?
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