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Are kms are big deal for bmws?
A couple I’ve seen have a high kms but with full service history?
I’ll post what I find and let me know.
Well the problem is with high kilometre BMW's (even with ones with service history, maybe almost worn out which is why they're probably selling the car)... What kilometres are we talking though?
 

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Perhaps something like this?

That's pretty nice, though to verify that it has no issues, make sure to get a scan tool and plug it into the car... If it checks out, then take it for a test drive and you must get a pre purchase inspection... If the seller doesn't allow you to do these things, walk away because there's heaps of these BMW's for sale...

Also, it has a solid service history but it will need a service soon as it's last service was a while ago... These BMW's must be serviced at least every 10,000km (BMW does 15,000km but that's B.S) and make sure you do the service yourself or take it to a trusted BMW specialist that won't rip you off...

Finally, one thing to add is that these E60 5 Series BMW's are more complex than the E90 3 Series (in terms of electronics) and this example has the M54, which was used in the previous generation E46 as opposed to the later N52, which was used in your previous E90, both are great engines if maintained...
 

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I guess my question is what is “High kms” for a BMW
Sorry for all the questions I’m very new to these cars and just trying to learn the basics.
I do very much enjoy driving them hence why I’m wanting another one.
 

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I guess my question is what is “High kms” for a BMW
Sorry for all the questions I’m very new to these cars and just trying to learn the basics.
I do very much enjoy driving them hence why I’m wanting another one.
Yeah, that's the thing... Some BMW's with high kilometres are running like a new car while other ones with lower kilometres are crap... I'd say to aim for something between 150,000km to 210,000km with a great service history, like the 5 Series you found...

Though are you looking at a 3 Series or 5 Series? A 5 Series is a similar size to a Commodore or a Falcon while the 3 Series is quite a bit smaller...
 

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Don’t get me wrong drove smooth as hell but codes freak me out!
A friend asked me also to check out a e46 330ci but had 270000kms!
I was in the area so I did cool ride interior was aged and had airbag light.
Convertible top worked well and the owner had a huge amount of receipts and work done literally like 12k worth of work done wanted 5k not sure whether I’d recommend he look at it for himself
Your thoughts?
 

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That code that you found in the E60 is related to the transmission so walk away, the seller is dodgy... The E46 that your friend found is pretty aged and they also have issues with the rear subframe, which is thousands of dollars to fix... Just search up "E46 subframe issues" and then you'll probably find the signs on what to look out for...

I wouldn't buy that E46 that your friend found because it probably doesn't have too much life left in it...

As for reliability, any car with a naturally aspirated 6 cylinder with service history is great but BMW cooling systems are garbage (so have some money on the side, or overhaul it yourself because chances are, it probably hasn't had its cooling components replaced), transmissions are reliable if maintained properly (that E60 probably wasn't serviced properly), but the electronics can be a pain, so probably best to aim towards a 3 Series, because there's less electronics and it's also more fun to drive...
 
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