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Old 08-17-2009, 08:24 PM
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How many miles do BMWs typically run?

I'm interested in this '98 528i with 180k miles.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:06 AM
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:23 AM
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OK just before opening the thread I was going to say you can make them run 150-180k no problem. THen I saw you posted 180k. I wouldnt buy that car man..
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:53 AM
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180k miles is a gamble on just about any vehicle on the planet. I wouldn't buy it unless I knew he had it and trusted they took care of it. Still, even with good care, just about anything could break on the car at that mileage at any moment in time.

That being said my dad's 97 316i has 215k miles on it so far.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:49 AM
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As long as the owner keeps up with maintenance and regular oil changes, these cars will easily last beyond 300K at least. The engines easily rival that of Japanese cars and are typically bulletproof. Any car with that kind of mileage is bound to have some problems that need to be addressed with aging parts and whatnot, but I'd wait for one with a pretty comprehensive list of service records just to be sure.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:35 AM
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Well cared for BMW's can last 300+k but most are probably not well cared for.. I had a 97 528i for 11+ years. Solid car but a few faults. Just about all of them go through water pumps, plastic radiators, window regulators, etc.. Is it an automatic or 5-speed? Manual transmission BMW's are preferred as they they last longer and much better to drive. Good mpg - mine got 31+ on the road when new and when it had over 100,000 miles.

Bottom line is it will break and are you willing to fix yourself or have a good (non-dealer) shop to work on it? If you want to just put gas in it and change the oil once a year buy a Honda or Toyota
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:30 PM
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*sigh* I knew it was too good to be true. It's an automatic btw.
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:14 PM
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*sigh* I knew it was too good to be true. It's an automatic btw.
The transmission probably WON'T last much longer, and is quite expensive to repair/replace.

The problem with such high-mileage cars is that they are a total crap-shoot, no matter what make or model. If you have owned the car a while, it probably makes sense to keep it on the road, maintain it, and as repairs are needed decide whether you want to sink the $$ in it. But that's for a car you've owned a while. Buy one today . . . . and you'll have a much worse stomach ache if it needs $2000 of work in a month.
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*sigh* I knew it was too good to be true. It's an automatic btw.
Auto is always a deal breaker for me.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:28 PM
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You don't say how much they want for the car. That would be the determining factor for me along with its condition. If it's in great condition and they want less than 5K for it (and you really want the car) I'd say go for it. My brother has a '99 540i auto with 215k which he just drove to Florida to visit me from Phoenix. Now mind you, he is religious about maintenance on this car but it just goes to show that well taken care of these cars are next to indestructible.

By the way, the auto tranny is original on it, as is the bulk of the engine but again it has always been serviced per factory recommendations. If you budget 2 grand a year in repair bills you shouldn't be caught off-guard as long as you rigorously uphold the maintenance schedule.

I am hoping to keep my '04 E46 until at least 150k (it only has 59k now) :-)
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190k is way to high.. but really what you should be asking is price.
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It's going for $4500.
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It's going for $4500.
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:32 PM
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$4500 is way too high. I guess if it turns out to be a dud you could turn it in on Cash for Clunkers. Go find one with a stick. High mileage automatic transmissions tend to implode
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:44 AM
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five hundred million thousand
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five hundred million thousand

True for older BMWs like yours. e39s aren't as durable.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:20 AM
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True for older BMWs like yours. e39s aren't as durable.
thats not even a real number lol

is it? hahaha
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I'm interested in this '98 528i with 180k miles.
180,001
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:48 PM
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Are we talking about the engines not being reliable after 180K or the individual components that make up the surrounding systems... More likely than not, some items may have been replaced once or twice...you'll want to get an understanding of what's been replaced...then make an informed decision... clearly we do not have all the facts here to really tell you if $4500 is worth it... Maybe there's a brick of gold in the back seat?!?! WHo knows... So yeah need more info... though if no brick in the back seat.. i would be inclined to pass!
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:02 PM
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My Dads first 320i had 375,000 when he traded it in.
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I have a 1997 528i with 312 thousand on it in my backyard. It runs and drives fine...just needs a windshield and im ready to sell it.
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