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Old 08-01-2012, 05:36 PM
david whatley david whatley is offline
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Good evening folks. I'm starting to shop for a Z3 and have 2 questions.
1) With a little TLC, how many miles should I expect to get out of a Z motor? I was in the courier biz for 20 years and ran Toyota's to about 275K before they had to be replaced.
2) What parts tend to bite the dust first?
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David
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:03 PM
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1) Over 200K on BMW motors is not uncommon

2) Cooling related parts and suspension bushings
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:58 PM
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1) Over 200K on BMW motors is not uncommon

2) Cooling related parts and suspension bushings
Ditto on these points. Ball joints are another common point-of-failure that happens earlier than other marques I have worked with.

I've had my '01 for 2 1/2 years and 25K miles now, from 47K to 72K, and other than ball joints, a thermostat, a water pump, belt tensioners, and lower control arm bushings, it has been the standard fluids, brakes, tires and oil changes. Average cost has been $500 per year including all those items and doing the work myself. All-in-all, a very cost-effective and reliable car.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:08 PM
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This is a posting Blain put over on road fly http://forum.roadfly.com/threads/131...e-of-two-Daves...

Looks like he just went over 325K
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:09 AM
Giznaz Giznaz is offline
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This is a posting Blain put over on road fly http://forum.roadfly.com/threads/131...e-of-two-Daves...

Looks like he just went over 325K
Blaine has crossed the US with that car quite a few times. At this moment, the car is a bit rough, but it's still going. He does have some work to do on it, but that is true of ANY high mileage car.

The engine is still very strong. It is a 1.9. The most visible issue is the car needs quite a bit of body work.

The common BMW failure points will always need to be addressed.
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