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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 07-01-2015, 06:32 PM
depo330i depo330i is offline
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08 535i just turned 113K...what should I expect

At least once per year, I get the itch to upgrade one of my cars. But, certain variables always stand in the way of my car-envy ($$$ and my wife). Bought my CPO 5er with 64K on it, and besides a water pump (covered under warranty), brakes, rotors, plugs, and tires, this car has been very good to me and is an absolute joy to drive. Even with RWD, this car has no problem getting me around in the winter (love Michelin Pilot Sport A/S).

I travel mostly highway miles and the suspension still feels firm. During the last oil change, I inspected the undercarriage and there was barely any rust. Excluding a minor gasket leak near the oil filter cover, there are no signs of any other leaks.

I am tempted to just push my aging beauty and replace parts as they go. The car has the same giddy up as when I first bought it, so I'm guessing the turbos are still in good shape. I refuse to add a single mod to this car, as it's fast enough in my opinion. I did the mod thing with my VR4, and it was fun, but I don't see the need with this car. Frankly, I think this motor is one of the best I have driven.

At this point, I'm wondering if other people have crossed the same mileage point and what I should expect?

I realize this question could produce a multitude of responses, or none at all, but I'm hoping to learn that someone is pushing over 150K on the stock turbos. Also, I'm curious about how many miles I can expect to get out of the stock suspension (my suspension is just the standard spring/strut).

At the very least, I hope my experience sheds some light on the reliability question that others have asked from time to time.

2008 535i
2012 Cayenne
1994 3000GT VR-4
2010 S5 (sold )
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Old 07-01-2015, 06:54 PM
RIHI RIHI is online now
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At that mileage, the dampers are already tired. It may not seem so as the change is so gradual, you'll never even think they're going bad until you either see a leak on the dampers, or you take them out and realize you can compress the damper with one hand. With a new damper, it is really difficult to compress it, even with two hands

I replaced my dampers at 102K as I wanted to lower the car. After removing the original dampers I realized how tired they were as they were very easy to compress.

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Old 07-01-2015, 08:06 PM
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103k here

My 2008 Sport 535 has around 103k miles and I continue to really enjoy the car. I've also considered "upgrading" to a 2010 e60 (don't like the look or reviews on new 5er), but I can't justify it since my car runs great. I wouldn't worry regarding how much longer you car enjoy it, since it seems silly for me to buy another e60 when mine is fine. Also, I know the history and what I've had fixed, whereas even a 60k mile car could begin requiring all kinds of maintenance stuff. I actually may sell my wife's 335Xi and buy that 2010 e60 and keep my car.
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:01 PM
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I actually had a 525 with 105k miles sold that and got a 535 "10 with 40k miles obviously the difference is day and night performance wise also the sounds and leaking seals and transmission jerks are not there. Specially the prices have dropped dramatically you should be able to find a clean car for 16-18k.
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:46 PM
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I have 148k on mine. I bought mine at 66k CPO. My turbos are finally giving up, I might bump up to stage 2 in the next month depending on budget. I've already done the pulleys and belts and Steering flush. Just got some brembos pads and r1 carbon drilled rotors so I'll be flushing the brake system with that. I am also getting the thermostat and water pump changed hopefully by next week, next up is replacing all front control arms, links, tie rods to M5 spec to give it life and then lastly I'll do a transmission flush, differential flush and rear PU bushing and call it a day.
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