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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,

Yborg

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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
TerraPhantm TerraPhantm is offline
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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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Old 02-24-2016, 06:24 AM
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I have a 2001 530i with 186,00 miles. I have had it three months with no engine or other problems yet. Did oil 5w30 change full synthetic ,brake fluid,cooling fluid, ATF steering change plus numerious trim =minor fixes ex. cup holders front & added rear. It is my every day car so we will see how it works out---- Infinintly better than the 2002 Ford Escort I was driving . So far all cost 5 grand. plan shocks, wheel bearings, all sensor replacement
P.S. no rust after 15 years.
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Old 02-24-2016, 08:28 AM
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I just had my 100K service on my 2006 X3.

My indy mechanic told me that with proper maintenance, the engine should easily go to 200K and beyond.
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Old 02-24-2016, 10:12 AM
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While I was shopping around I test drove a couple of X5's with a M54B30 with close to 300k miles out of curiosity. They were doing pretty good.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:50 PM
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Just came across this ol' thread browsing the intrewebbers. I sold my 02 530i M Sport with 99k miles because the serp belt and a bunch of other maintenance items were due. I then bought an 00 528i with 202k miles on it, still drove like a dream. Sold it with 230k miles on it. Last month I bought another 02 530i M Sport with 176k miles. It's been very well maintained and I expect it to go to 250k miles no problem. As previously said, it's all the other problems with the car that will drive you crazy.

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Old 03-17-2016, 06:20 AM
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My 2006 just crossed 151,000 on the odometer. Up until last year it's been extremely reliable, and I'm not at all upset that it's requiring work now after many faithful years of service. Bought it in 2009 as a CPO with a 100k mile extended service/warranty.

BMW serviced several common issues as a preventative measure as my CPO 100k warranty was expiring. They addressed a valve cover gasket issue, the oil filler gasket, and shortly thereafter replaced the DISA on goodwill because was less than 1,000 miles after my last warranty service. It was extremely reliable right until recently, and I now I suspect that the DC-area's poor road conditions, the heavy snow in February, and 10 years of commuting and age have taken a fair toll.

Was recently in for "Inspection 2" at the dealership (BMW of Fairfax) and they noted the following issues. They said I have a very minor leak on the engine oil pan (I cleaned the pan off in my driveway and haven't seen any evidence of a leak in the week since). They also said the lower radiator hose is leaking at temperature (which actually appears to be an o-ring issue with the sensor). And claimed that the oil seal for the final drive input flange is seeping. I'll admit that I'm totally ignorant of the last issue, and wouldn't know where to look to verify the problem...transfer case, differential, transmission?

Anyway, I'm chasing a random thunking noise in the rear suspension still, but otherwise I've been very pleased in ownership. I'm very happy I found Bimmerfest recently, as it's a trove of useful information.

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Old 03-17-2016, 06:34 AM
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300k miles if you dont overheat it is no issue, they last until you tire of getting nickle & dimed due to the cars age
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