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Old 06-09-2005, 02:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering on the average how many miles can you get on a bmw engine
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That's WAY too broad of a question. Simply too many factors. I will tell you what some people believe.

-bmw engines finish their *breaking in* period around 100k miles
-bmw engines have been known to run into 300k miles

It all depends on how the car is taken car of and how it's driven.01
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Old 06-10-2005, 01:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah...I believe oil for a car's engine is like a person drinking water to live.
Keep the oil healty and flush it out and refill regulary (every 3 months or 3000 miles).

Coolant is second....keep the coolant well maintained with BMW-only coolant (the blue-green stuff from the BMW dealership and NOT the gooeyneon-toxic green aftermarket crap)

Fuel/Gas is third...do NOT use 89 or lower octane on BMW cars. If you have a budget use 89 but don't ask alot from your engine if you do. Use 91 or 92 octane...

Oxygen/Air is fourth...make sure your air filter is clean and service regulary (twice a year) and your Air Flow Meter is working fine.

Keep your engine compartment clean and tidy...make sure your belts are in good condtition and your auxilary fan is working.

I'm sure there is alot more to getting more longevity out of your engine but these simple rules should keep you happy.


BTW most people end up getting new cars for other reasons than their engines dying....other complications can occur that shorthen the life of a car. like electrical failure, fuel system aging, interior upholstery decaying, orr simply new cars come out every year that makes us want to ditch our cars for them....

you guys seen the new E90s yet.....sweeeeet!
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ONE WORD: SYNTHETIC. Yes, it will cost you $60-70 to replace the oil, but your engine life will be sustained. Make sure your Bimmer doesn't have more than 120,000 or so because the synthetic oil can leak. If it is over 120,000, you can still try it, but you are warned. Also, don't hit 18000 RPMs, EVER .
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If well-serviced BMW engine have very good longevity 300k miles isnít uncommon. There are a few exceptions M 60 M52 (without mild steel liners) and the new N42
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