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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-14-2005, 11:46 AM
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loaner mileage

Is there a limit on the number of miles you can put on a loaner car? I have a Service I appt soon, and it just so happens that weekend is the same weekend I'll be doing a LOT of driving over four days. If there is a limit, what happens if you go over?
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Old 02-14-2005, 12:10 PM
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Is there a limit on the number of miles you can put on a loaner car? I have a Service I appt soon, and it just so happens that weekend is the same weekend I'll be doing a LOT of driving over four days. If there is a limit, what happens if you go over?
I would assume that it's the dealer perogative as to how many miles you are allowed. When I get my Enterprise Rent-A-Car loaner, it has a 150 miles per day limit... You'll want to verify what the limit is ahead of time, otherwise my guess is they will charge you some type of "per mile" charge which might get expensive...
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Old 02-14-2005, 12:30 PM
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Old 02-14-2005, 01:18 PM
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When I lived back in Cali, my AC wnet out the day before I was supposed to go to Vegas and there was no way I was going to drive across the desert without AC. So I went straight to my dealer and told them that I could not drive to Vegas without AC and that I wanted to use one of their loaners. Well maybe it was because I had such a good relationship with my dealership, but they gave me a X3 3.0 sport and told me to enjoy my weekend, and that on Monday my AC would be working perfectly. I think if you are upfront and honest with them they may just take care of you...
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Old 02-14-2005, 01:21 PM
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With a loaner car from Enterprise, you usually only have to re-fill the gas back to where it was when you got it.
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Old 02-14-2005, 02:05 PM
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With a loaner car from Enterprise, you usually only have to re-fill the gas back to where it was when you got it.
True... but I remember my last "contract" having a 150 mile per day limit (as well as a MD, DC, VA limit (which is kind of funny since I live about 5 miles from WVA as the crow flies)) so it doesn't hurt to ask...
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True... but I remember my last "contract" having a 150 mile per day limit (as well as a MD, DC, VA limit (which is kind of funny since I live about 5 miles from WVA as the crow flies)) so it doesn't hurt to ask...
If your loaner contract specifies which states you can drive in, your insurance may not cover any accidents that happen outside those states in the loaner, so just don't hit anything any you'll be okay
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Old 02-15-2005, 09:10 AM
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Got a loaner today (325i from Enterprise! ) Super stripper, though... Manual seats, no options, doesn't even have OBC)... Still better than anthying else they have... Anyway, 150 mile a day limit, 15 cents a mile for each mile beyond 150....
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Old 02-15-2005, 09:31 AM
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I had my Audi A4 in the shop last year and they gave me an Audi All Road as a loaner. I think I put close to 500 miles on the car since I took the day off to run errands and whatnot.
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Old 02-15-2005, 11:21 AM
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I would drive it just like I would drive my own car, However if I were going to go on a trip and put say, 3000 miles, I would tell them my intentions beforehand.
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I had a loaner 325 for 10 days and put over 2500 miles on it. No one said a word.
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Old 02-15-2005, 12:31 PM
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I had a loaner 325 for 10 days and put over 2500 miles on it. No one said a word.
I drive an average of 130 miles a day. When I have had loaners for an extended time, not a word has ever been said. And that's the way it should too

Most (if not all) loaner policies are similar to what you should do if you borrow a friends car... return it with a full tank.
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Old 02-15-2005, 02:37 PM
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Never had a dealer say anything about mileage on a loaner, not BMW, Benz, or Saab. I drive 100 miles/day and sometimes have had a loaner as long as two weeks. Just paid for the gas. One time recently the Enterprise guy at BMW called me five days after I returned the car and asked me if I knew where the car was. You've had it for days, I told him. So much for keeping track of miles, much less who's got the car.
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