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#1 (permalink) Old 11-16-2004, 04:22 PM
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All vehicles have a mileage that is commonly expected (Camry owners say 200,000 miles, etc..). So my question is, since I might get a used BMW, what is the expected mileage for a BMW (3,5,M3,M5)? Thanks alot!!
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250K+ with the proper care.

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I have run them to 175K and 225K with proper maintainance.
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I have run them to 175K and 225K with proper maintainance.
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I've gone 220K without major repairs. I know drivers who take them to 400K, but usually have some form of major engine or drivetrain work to keep them going.

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i just bought an e46 to replace my e30 that that had racked up 320K... at about 250K things started going wrong with greater frequency - nothing too serious, mostly engine accesories - alternator, p/s pump, aircon, starter, afm, fuel pump... the auto tran was starting to slip and thats when i decided to wave goodbye... i drove it pretty hard, but it still had plenty of go... compression was fine, no smoke yet, body and interior pretty good... its now my cousins first car, he just droped a 2nd hand trans in and its back to low flying aeroplane status... i just didn't have the time to be getting stuck these days, but with some love and care it'll do anothe 100k before its totally dead
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those trouble free cars above 200k are rare. you never really knwo the history of a used car, unless its your mom.... plus, parts are heinously expensive...

i think bmw is NOT as reliable as a toyota, but these days much better than mercedes. overall a 3-4 year old e46 even with 70-90k has a lot of trouble free life in it. hope this helps (i don't need to add that you obviusly prefer a car, rather than a soul-less appliance like a camry)
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My experience...

I had a 2003 325i. I bought the car brand new with about 10 miles on it. Since then, my exhaust fell off, it has a terrible vibration, it stalls at lights, and the transmission slips already. It only has 12,000 miles on it now. Although I am not a grandma driving this car, I sure as heck dont beat it. I was astonished to get this "lemon" from BMW. I thought they would have been better than this.
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I just bought a 1985 325e from a coworker of mine with 318 000 KM on it. I had it mechanically inspected and everything on the car is still in really good condition. The car was well maintained and lady driven so I guess that why mechanically the car is in such good shape.
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