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Old 02-25-2009, 01:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Reliability of BMW 318i.

Could you please tell me if 200,000 Kms is a lot for a BMW, how expensive services/parts are, and their reliability once they get up to 200,000 and over? Are parts hard to get and how expensive are most basic parts? (oil filters, brake pads, etc.)
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Basics about cars;

Average service life of a gas powered vehicle is approx. 165K before you can expect to replace major componets. Once past this, each day's car operation without expense is a bonus.

So, you could expect to replace major components (engine/trans) most anytime.
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i have a 325i 1994 it runs great with about 196k i have herd of a guy with over 600 k on one these cars are reliable miles dont matter as long as its taken care of
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thanks for your input. Any other information / tips for buying a 318 would be much appreciated.
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realistically these cars will run forever if they are properally maintained... i just bought an m3 with about that mileage yesterday 125000 miles= a little over 200000 km... the user "gotkraut" on here has an 80's bmw that not long ago lost his clutch on it... that was after 300000 miles = 482,803 km! the clutch was stock and the great part about it was the part never wore out... it ended up breaking in 3 pieces before it wore out...

simply put i would buy it if it looks to be well maintained, has some records of maintenance, and i would run a compression test to make sure it has consitencey across the cylinders...

here is a link to read over about this model car and the things that go wrong with it the most... United Bimmer - BMW Enthusiast Community and Forums : Bimmer Technical Help

To be quite honest the cost of these cars is really not that much, the parts are reasonably priced (not much more then any other car) but the thing that makes people think they are so expensive is the labor costs of the dealers... at 90 usd an hour over here it adds up... so if you can do the work yourself (easy cars to work on) then id deffinently look into it.
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