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#1 (permalink) Old 08-04-2004, 04:58 PM
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I am considering buying a slightly used 3 series sedan and was wondering how many miles you can put on them before they need a lot of maintenance (ie. engine rebuild, new clutch/transmission, etc.) Can anyone help?

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I just had my water pump break on me... first failed part since it was built in 1997... it has 157K. 3 series is great.... thats all I can say.


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depends on who had it before you and how many mile the put on it.

BMW only recomends changing the oil at 10,000 miles or somthing like that , which is really bad for the engine. so if the person listened to them then it will not last as long.

the e46 should last 200,000 - 300,000 miles
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BMW only recomends changing the oil at 10,000 miles or somthing like that , which is really bad for the engine. so if the person listened to them then it will not last as long.
I actually take issue with this as the oil change interval is 15K miles and this is limited by the life of the filter not the contamination or degredation of the oil. Even GM which uses "conventional" oil now has an oil change interval of 7,500 miles. Modern engines are built to more exacting standards now than in the 70's when the 3K mile oil change was necessary. I have had 3 3 series coupes 2 e30's and my current e46 I ran the e30's to 175K and 225K respectively with few problems, I am having my second Inspection I done tomorrow and plan to drive this one to well over 100K before trading it in. All while following the manufactures recomended scheduled maintinance.
Water pump failure is common on the e36 as they came from the factory with a plastic impeller. I am amazed your lasted to 157K, I know people who have been through 3 at that mileage.
A new clutch should not be needed until the mid 100K mile mark unless you drive aggressively then you may need one sooner. Maintinance on a BMW is not negotiable it is a lot cheaper to do it when it is required perventitive maintinance than when something breaks.
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bmw claims that the 15,000 miles is because of the synthetic oil it uses, but synthetic oil still picks up the same contaiminents that regular oil does, so to clear out those contaminants your should change the oil at about every 4000 miles.

bmw only says 15,000 mi because of their free maintance BS, they want to change your oil less often.
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why do you keep posting the same post in 3 forums. You've heard what eveyone's said, they are almost bullet proof depending on the care given to the car... pretty much holds true with any car with a solid history and regular maintenance

let me see what all the fun in double posting is by copying this into all of your posts
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<---270,000 miles original engine/tranny 5 series 1989 runnign strong.


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VVVV its almost 9 years old....

so far... either transmission or clutch had to be replaced (when i wasnt driving it, so i dont remember what i was told)

ummm... some rotors... 2 times i have had cracks in my exhaust piping..

besides that... maybe a water pump....

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