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Old 04-10-2013, 10:00 AM
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Hello everyone. New member here.

A long-time member encouraged me to start this thread, so I'm assuming this is a not a beat the dead horse topic. So, here's a re-post of my comment and question in the New Member forum:

I've been the proud owner of an E90 335xi sedan (6 speed manual, sport package, alpine white/terra) since taking January 2008 delivery at the Welt in Munich. Previously, I had leased an E46 2005 330ci.

This car is a keeper. 65,000 miles on the odometer. I've been very diligent with maintenance; the car has been 100% dealer serviced since new. The only out of warranty problem so far has been the dreaded water pump, but overall this has been a very reliable car. I had to replace the battery under warranty...that has been the only other part that failed.

Since my plan is to keep the car as long as possible and get a sports car at some point, I'd appreciate some opinions on how many miles I can put on my baby. First of all, is 300,000 realistic? And if I make it that far and am willing to rebuild the engine, etc., what is the upper limit? I would have fun shooting for a very high number.

Here's the starter's gun for the competition. Who has the most miles on an E90?
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Can't believe his water pump lasted 300,000 miles.
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Can't believe his water pump lasted 300,000 miles.
I'm on my second one right now, not that plastic piece of crap. Working great at 146k!
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I'm on my second one right now, not that plastic piece of crap. Working great at 146k!
That's encouraging. Mine was replaced by the dealer about 3 weeks ago, so I must have non-plastic crap, updated version.
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Since my plan is to keep the car as long as possible and get a sports car at some point, I'd appreciate some opinions on how many miles I can put on my baby. First of all, is 300,000 realistic? And if I make it that far and am willing to rebuild the engine, etc., what is the upper limit? I would have fun shooting for a very high number.

A jest - the upper limit is your remaining desire to drive the car.
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That's encouraging. Mine was replaced by the dealer about 3 weeks ago, so I must have non-plastic crap, updated version.
Yes sir, the new aluminum pump is much better for longevity, and I mean you can find it for about $300'ish if you really look around, $400 if you're lazy and don't care!

Thermostat was done as well by dealer when he swapped pump? That'll go eventually as well.

Expect Front/Rear suspension bits to be changed around 70K (and every 70K or so after), which includes shocks/struts, upper/middle/lower mounts (can buy kits for those).

Brake Pads/Rotors can be kind of costly unless you look around (let me know when you do those, I've got some great resources for cheap OEM pads), include a brake fluid flush every 1.5-2 years.

Sway bar bushings, tie-rod ends can be pretty cheap too ($100'ish a piece).

Little things like that can add up, but will keep that car pumping away to 200K+ easily. Also don't forget 6K'ish mile oil changes + new filters!
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Yes sir, the new aluminum pump is much better for longevity, and I mean you can find it for about $300'ish if you really look around, $400 if you're lazy and don't care!

Thermostat was done as well by dealer when he swapped pump? That'll go eventually as well.

Expect Front/Rear suspension bits to be changed around 70K (and every 70K or so after), which includes shocks/struts, upper/middle/lower mounts (can buy kits for those).

Brake Pads/Rotors can be kind of costly unless you look around (let me know when you do those, I've got some great resources for cheap OEM pads), include a brake fluid flush every 1.5-2 years.

Sway bar bushings, tie-rod ends can be pretty cheap too ($100'ish a piece).

Little things like that can add up, but will keep that car pumping away to 200K+ easily. Also don't forget 6K'ish mile oil changes + new filters!
Thanks for all that info. Yes, they replaced the thermostat, too when they swapped the pump. They warned me about the upcoming front struts job.

I've talked to several mechanics about oil changes and they always say with modern engines and synthetic oil, you can follow the manufacturer's recommendations, yada yada. At the same time, I hear comments about BMW's "relaxed" oil service intervals and my mother burned an MB E350 engine following the dealer's advice, so...that may be a problem for the 300K+ target. Think I'll get on your advice.
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A jest - the upper limit is your remaining desire to drive the car.
Ha ha, yea, but only if it wants to drive, too.
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Thanks for all that info. Yes, they replaced the thermostat, too when they swapped the pump. They warned me about the upcoming front struts job.

I've talked to several mechanics about oil changes and they always say with modern engines and synthetic oil, you can follow the manufacturer's recommendations, yada yada. At the same time, I hear comments about BMW's "relaxed" oil service intervals and my mother burned an MB E350 engine following the dealer's advice, so...that may be a problem for the 300K+ target. Think I'll get on your advice.
Can't go wrong with 6K mile changes. Better safe than sorry. 7K maximum IMO, better off that way. Lots of DIY guides around, will save you HEAPS of money.

For front struts, if you're out of warranty and doing yourself (or at indy), expect about $250 a piece per front strut, recommend Bilstein Heavy Duty's. Great OEM replacement and the raid is nicer (IMO). Can find rears for $115 a piece @ Turner Motorsports. Make sure to change mounts/rubbers when doing as well.
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Can't go wrong with 6K mile changes. Better safe than sorry. 7K maximum IMO, better off that way. Lots of DIY guides around, will save you HEAPS of money.

For front struts, if you're out of warranty and doing yourself (or at indy), expect about $250 a piece per front strut, recommend Bilstein Heavy Duty's. Great OEM replacement and the raid is nicer (IMO). Can find rears for $115 a piece @ Turner Motorsports. Make sure to change mounts/rubbers when doing as well.
Thanks for all these tips. I'm going to mine this thread for nuggets of gold when the time comes.
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