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| Originally posted by MvdB@Feb 9 2005, 03:48 AM |
Does anybody have good advise on what kind of RPM to drive on a BMW 525TDS to keep it alive as long as possible? I have bought a 525TDS touring '97 with 250k KM on the counter.... and want to have at least some 2-3 years fun from it. So far it has been great, it looks really good, of course! and was really well kept by it's first owner.
I was owning a Opel Vectra 2 liter Diesel before, which I used to drive at between 2k and 3k RPM, which I consider very sweet on an engine, but still it broke down on me in the end..... (for the rest was actually a pretty nice car though, but of course no match for the current one* * )
Of course I understand warming up the engine is very important, but can low RPM rates be harmfull for an engine also???????
Considering that on the Dutch highways, where I live (not on the highway), 120Km per Hr is the max speed, in fifth gear the car is only doing 2,5k RPM....*
I have already trashed 3 engines in about 5 Years, so I am getting very frantic about this.... I have bought this BMW despite it's high mileage (have to consider budget also) because first of all it has always been my dream to drive a BMW, and second of all, I believe this is one of the strongest engines around....
Any help to prevent me from turning my BMW dream into a nightmare would be very helpfull......
Thx in advance for any advise.....
Michael van den Berg
| Originally posted by BeelZibub@Feb 11 2005, 05:33 PM |
Drive it as soft or as hard as you like - it's up to you. Seriously if you want to thrash the nuts off it make sure you service it well, if you want to drive it like a fairy, make sure you service it well - SIMPLE HUH?
These americans will not know anything about Diesels- I myself used to be a Bosche Diesel Diagnostic Engineer and spent my days cleaning out/replacing/testing diesel injectors and pumps on all manner of diesel engines (The state of some made you weep). At the end of the day modern diesels (particularly BMW diesels) are phenominal engines and can be run for over 300,000 mile with ease if looked after - you will have real problems breaking one - but then again you would have serious problems ttrying to break a BMW petrol I6 - Just keep up the servicing (independent is enough) and all shouold be well.
P.S diesels usually take a lot more shit so don't feel you have to lift off the loud pedal too often - she will take more than you can give her!!!!
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