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Old 03-04-2004, 02:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am considering purchasing a 1997 M3. As I type it is at my mechanic's getting checked out but I wanted to check with the BMW experts here to see what you all think about a few things. It currently has 115,000 miles on it, excellent exterior and interior condition and drives solidly. So my questions are (and I realize I'm asking for opinions here):

- How long might I expect this engine to last? Is it just unreasonable to buy a vehicle with this many miles on it?
- What are the most likely high cost maintenece items I should expect with this many miles on the engine?
- What would you consider to be a reasonable price (assuming a good report from the mechanic)?

Thanks in advance for any opinions you feel like sharing.

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Old 03-04-2004, 04:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well depends if its maintained duh, and bmw engines can last well over 300,000 miles if keep up
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Old 03-04-2004, 05:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the US M3 engines are very similar to the other M52 variants (2.5L and 2.8L) which have a excellent reliabilty history. of course, a meticulously maintained engine could last millions of miles, but realisticly, changing the oil every 3-5k miles, keeping up with maintenance, and taking care of any oil leaks or irregualr consumption could help your engine last alsmost as long as you want it to.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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well i have an M20 e34 engine....still running strong at 270,000 miles
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Thanks for your replies and the welcome msg!

The mechanics report came back with only a few minor items. He said that the car looks well maintained and solid. So...last night I struck a deal with the seller and am now am a BMW owner The few small items that need repair will be done by the seller before I pick up the car next week. It's going to be so hard not being able to drive it this weekend! I'll be sure to post a picture here when I get it.

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yeah that car just got brooken in dude! buy it! its got so many more years of beautiful driving in its engine!

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