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Old 01-31-2011, 06:43 PM
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Engine life expectancy for 3.0i (M54B30)

Dear forum members,

I'm all new to this forum since I don't own but I'm going to get 2006 X3 3.0i. The car currently has 63.000 Miles and fairly priced. I have been doing a lot of research online regarding the M54B30 engine and what i have found is that with proper maintenance and normal driving conditions (mainly with low abuse) the engine can last easily over 150K (miles). Highest reported was 300K (miles) with no problems (various car models). What experience have you forum members had with this engine in your X3 and what is your current mileage?

Thank you for your feedback,

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Old 01-31-2011, 08:56 PM
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I have two M54B30 engines, both at ~100K kms (60K miles). I'm doing all the maintenance now with expectations that they will both get to at least 200K kms (120K miles).
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:19 PM
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2004 X3 3.0i. Currently at 148,xxx miles. Love this car!! I've owned this X3 since it was new. List of repairs include a transfer case actuator motor, starter, expansion tank, thermostat, radiator flush, brake fluid flush, a couple of sets of brakes, lots of oil and a couple of set of tires. I've done all the maintenance since the warranty expired almost 100,000 miles ago. Very easy to work on. Like I said, I love this car!! Hope this helps. Cheers.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:17 PM
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The M5X series motors have generally been quite reliable. I've seen M52TUs (which are very similar to M54s) with 300k miles on them still running strong. As long as you do the proper maintenance, the engine should really be the last thing to worry about.

My old 330i ZHP (which has an engine very similar to yours - only difference is the intake cam) was still running very strong when I got rid of it at 115k miles. I had it dyno'd at 90k miles, and it was still making as much power as it's supposed to new.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:17 AM
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-- it is bayerische Motoren werke after all. They make their Motoren pretty well -- ok except for the high pressure fool pump N54 dealy. But still...

seriously, tho. I really love the engine in my X
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:46 AM
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I have two M54B30 engines, both at ~100K kms (60K miles). I'm doing all the maintenance now with expectations that they will both get to at least 200K kms (120K miles).
It would be shocking if they did anything less than twice your current expectations.

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Old 02-01-2011, 06:54 AM
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It would be shocking if they did anything less than twice your current expectations.

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It is just everything else you have to worry about, especially AT if you get that.


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Old 02-01-2011, 08:06 AM
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engine longevity

The engine will last many many miles, like most modern day engines IF they are properly maintained. I don't even give that a second thought. If however you are relating engine life with low cost of ownership you are making a mistake. You will have to do more than recommended general maintenance. Plus there are common failures and repairs that will have to be made at some point. Such as, CCV system, DISA valve suspension etc of which discussions all can be found here. A BMW is not a low cost of ownership vehicle but they are F U N to drive.
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:48 AM
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Thumbs up thanks everyone for the input

Thanks everyone for the input and a good insight regarding this engine. My reason to be mainly asking about the engine only is because i honestly expect everything else to wear and tear with normal use. I understand that cost of ownership is there more than less, but i have been into and owned European cars (Audi, VW) and now my interest for BMW. I got rid of my 2000 Audi A6 (2.8L, 130,000 miles) with minimal problems and bought a new VW Passat 2.0t. I just love the look, feel and size of the X3 and after reading everyones input i feel much more comfortable about my decision in getting the X3. This forum has been very helpful and i have become a full time member for all of my BMW needs and info regarding my future X3.

Thanks to all of the forum members and i appreciate their feedback!!

Bring on the Ultimate driving machine...

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