Do BMW's last long?
I'm looking into getting a 2006 BMW
325i or a 2007 BMW 328i with no
more that 35,000 miles is that a lot
for a BMW how long do they usually
Usually 200,000-250,000 miles with good maintenance.
dude, is that a question?!!! BMW last for life if u take good care of her, she is a sexy women that needs attention and love at the same time :) but dont be easy with her and give her some attitude ;)
another advice, PLZ PLZ PLZ go for the 330 and u will know what am talking about!
I have a 1988 735i that has 267,500 miles on it with a lot left to go. With continued maintenance I expect more than 300,000 miles on this one. I drive it every day and the engine purrs like a kittten. I have bought four BMWs since 1980 and all are still moving. I still have three of them and each one has more than 130,000 miles and work great. A key for me has been to stay away from a dealership that tries to sell you more than necessary. I patronize a BMW trained mechanic who only does what is necessary and I purchase the OEM parts on line at less than one-half the price of a dealership. So, I want nothing but a BMW in my garage or driveway.
I've never have a BMW I've always had Cadillacs,Mercedes,Lincoln, volkswagen's, Chevrolet gmc we have never had any thing out side of that and I want to get a BMW and I'm 18 and I'm playing for it on my own I know that Maintenance is gonna be expensive I know I know I here it all the time I just got done paying $180 for replacing a lightbulb in my car and $350 for glow plugs and $100 on oil change so I'm use to spending a lot of money in my car! That's nothing new to me I know that insurance is gonna be expensive and I've already called and got my quote everything is in my budget so please don't try to talk me out of getting one this has been my dream car since I was 7yrs old and ice waited 11yrs and I want this my dad told me if that's what u want then get it! All I wanted to know is if I can expect a long life span out of one and also I'll probably be going out of state to get this car and ideas or tips on how to get a Mechanic to look at this from out of state or am I gonna have to do it myself? Just wondering :)
I'm sorry if that came off rude in any way I didn't mean it to
BMW if taken care of will last a very long time. When I was younger all my BMW's were over 200,000 miles and never had an issue (besides the normal wear and tear stuff). The vehicle you are looking at has the N52 engine in both of them. This is are Inline 6 engine and one of the most awarding winning engine and just went out of production last year. I see these cars every day and if you want a BMW this is the best new model one to get. The normal issues with this model is valve cover gaskets, water pumps (that engine uses and electric water pump), thermostat (uses a electronically controlled one), vanos solenoids (this is really from people short tripping the car and not changing there oil enough), oil filter housing gasket leaking oil. Other then that they really don't have many issues and really all you need to look over the car is a hoist to get underneath it to check it out, but you could have a local dealer look at it for you. In my personal opinion I would keep away from 06 years had some issues with radios. Try for a late year production 07 or newer.
Just had the water pump, valve cover gasket, spark plugs and 2 coil packs replaced on my 2008 328i. Is that about normal for 76k miles? Total cost was about $2,300 parts/labor. Ouch!
I purchased a 2002 325ci brand new and I have 298,621 on it and it still runs great! I must say the maintenance is no joke, but I have had a mechanic for the last 6 years; that has cut down the cost to about 1/2 as much. For example he only charges me $650 for brakes where the dealership charges $1200. I will buy another Bimmer one day.
BMWs are very solid, durable, and reliable cars. I purchased my 2003 BMW 330i 4 door back in May,2003 (brand new), and today it has over 200,000 miles on it and still runs like new with everything being original. This is one of four BMWs that I have owned. I have owned a 2007 BMW 650i ( purchased brand new), 2008 BMW M3 hardtop convertible (purchased pre-owned), 2007 BMW M6 (purchased pre-owned), and currently own a 2010 BMW 750i x-drive.
I have a 2001 330ci. It has about 190k miles on it and runs great. I've only had it for 3 years but never want to drive anything but BMWs again. I'll drive it until it won't drive anymore then I am getting a gently used 2-4 year old M5 or possibly an M3 just depends on if I prefer power over gas mileage. My husband has a 1998 540 with over 210k miles that he has had for 3 years and he feels the same as me.
I bought a new BMW 325CI in 2006 while working in Germany. I LOVE my car. It is so fun to drive. I have been giving it excellent maintenance, the first years at the dealership, but now I found another shop that I am very happy with. My mileage is just under 80,000. I sometimes play with the idea of getting another car, but then I get behind the wheel...and that idea goes out the window. BTW my grand kids love riding in Grandma's convertible(: I am looking forward to the next 80,000 miles...
I have a 1997 BMW 328i Convertible. 385,000 miles and still going strong. The top is a bit worn and some rust is popping up. But I still love driving it. I figure the newer gadgets may be pricey to fix, but on the whole the electronics have been solid. The radio went, and I replaced it with an after market. But other than that it really has been amazingly reliable. Once I break this one I will be looking for another. Also - I do my own work but a private mechanic knows these cars are easy to work on and aftermarket parts are available at less cost.
Glad to see the above answers! I've just bought my first BMW...320i 2008 with around 66k on the clock. Looking to keep it well maintained at an independant mechanic and looking for it to last another 10 years. Looks like it might from the above.
These answers are so helpful thank you! I am the type that likes to make my cars last. I test drove my first BMW today and was pretty much "high" for hours after! I am in love with a 2013 X3 xDrive 28i if anyone has input on those? It's a certified pre-owned with 38,000 miles. I also drive about 25,000 per year so that is a factor.
i found a dealer with an 02 bmw with around 145k miles for 4k dollars...., car looks clean but than again looks can be deceiving. should i take the risk of buying a car on the verge of death or will it be a solid investment? you can email answers to email@example.com
I have a 2001 325CI convertible. Beautiful car. When I run the top up or down people stop to watch the show. I love that car, so easy to handle, so responsive. I bought it with 170k miles and at 193k I traded cars with my wife for one day and AAA brought her home on a flatbed truck. The engine had overheated and was destroyed. While crying I am now shopping for a used, low mileage engine to replace the original. I tried rebuilding the engine but found too many things defective (warped head, burned valve, melted piston). It is a very complex engine and not easy to rebuild, even if it was worth it.
just bought a 2006 325i and it was the executive/demo car until 08' when the person i bought it from purchased it. car has all possible features and extras this year had to offer. beautiful silver 4 door sedan. but i'm a little nervous. spent 9,900 on it with 99k miles but the thing is freaking loaded and WELL maintained. any advice for someone who just doesn't wanna be one of those turds who let the damn thing go. of course i'll be on top of it but is there anything i can just or check or even refrain from everyday?
I have a 1995 Toyota pickup with 483,000 miles and is most reliable vehicle I own. Never fails, always runs, gets 32 mpg hwy. The truck is never washed, never change oil, just add when needed. When I get to 500,000 miles I am going to change main and rod bearings. Guess I'm getting sentimental.
One thing in common with all brands of cars & trucks, is that there are many for sale with well over 250k miles. So it's proof that ALL vehicles can run at least up to 250K as long as it's maintained. I used to buy brand new, but I got wiser & because I'm semi-retired now, I decided to buy a car with 202K miles. I know I can afford to pay it in full with cash, but I am smart enough to know to do smaller monthly payments through a dealership instead of paying in full to a private seller, this way, if the vehicle fails or needs a major repair, I can decide if it's worth the repair or give it back to the dealership, which then I would have only lost a small down payment. I never register my cars immediately, I wait until the very last day allowable to register, this way I test drive for many days without a dealer around me and feel like I got my down payment's worth. I will let u know results soon how long this BMW lasts that has 202K miles presently.
Since 1987 most but not all of the vehicles I have owned were salvage title. I bought these cars not more than 1 year old with an average of about 10,000 miles on them. There have been 4 of them, so far, and all have been as good as any new car. No unexpected problem with any of them. Cost averaged about $10,000 (half or less of new price) on each, except a jeep cherokee that was $5,000 which I drove to Alaska and back a week after I bought it. Most people don't know enough about cars to realize what a bargain the salvage market is, so I don't usually have to rush to buy. The down side is that they are hard to sell, except to my friends who know the cars. So, when I buy one, I expect to keep it until near the end of its life. I never buy from a dealer. Can't see why I should pay their profit.
I'm looking at a 2010 328i with 75,000, I was thinking the mileage was a little high, maybe not?
I have a 325ci convertible with 194,000 miles when it overheated and ruined the engine. My fault. Poor maintenance. On the other hand I also have a '95 Toyota pickup with many dents. I never wash it and never change oil, just add as needed. It now has 486,000 miles on it and is the most reliable car I have.
I have a 2007 330i I have 130.000 mi. on mine. I've been having to put some $ into it lately. I adore my car! I drive like I mean it. I love to drive and I do not want another kind but don't know if I'll have to? I always want a BMW but I'd be happy if I could just keep this one running!!
I have a 2006 BMW 325xi. I love my car - just replaced the brakes...but then it was hiccuping and needed a new starter...then a hose blew and a crack in the radiator was discovered so that needs to be replaced in addition to an expansion tank. I'm choosing to believe that once these things are replaced the car will last a least a few more years after the spark plugs are replaced. It does seem like the car costs a couple of thousand a year to keep on the road once you get beyond the extended 100K mile warrantee. And it looks so good for its age!
My 2001 325CI convertible was purchased with 170k miles on it for $4000, about 1/10 of its new cost. It has a perfect body and decent top and is a beautiful vehicle. I have seen pedestrians stop and watch as the top goes up or down. I loved driving it, but at 194k miles the engine died. I have rebuilt many engines over the years and most take me no more than a weekend to do a ring and valve job. This one took me 3 weeks to remove the head. I had to buy numerous new tools, some only available online. It is the most complex engine I have ever worked on. I am now 6 months into the project and barely started on the reassembly. Meantime my son bought a used Honda Civic for $3000 which runs and runs and runs...no problems at all...while I am stuck in the garage with my new tools. Is it worth it? Depends on how much you like pain and expense.
It's not the engine you need to worry about, it's the other extremely expensive components and their life expectancy may be far less than the engine. That said, 40,000 miles is absolutely nothing for any car.
Love this thread, I'm about to join the BMW family, waiting on numbers for a 2008 BMW 135i with 93k on it, connect with me on facebook, my name is Hulk Bailey on there, look me up, and wish me luck on my purchase!!!
I just bought a 2008 M3, always wanted one after riding in my brother in laws. I got a really good deal and it only has 28,200 miles on it. I also opted for a premium 48/48 extended warranty through the Ford dealer I bought the car from, and lifetime oil changes. In fact from 2008-2012 it only had 5470 miles put on it, carfax report.
Radser: I am curious how your car overheated to the point of a ruined engine. Can you enlighten us? FWIW, I purchased a pre-owned 2006 330xi in September of this year that had 66k miles on the odometer. Car runs great. Developed a misfire in cylinder #1, but I went back to the original owner and he swapped out the coil for one he had laying around, and that took care of the problem. My ownership started with a fresh oil change, but I want to change the fluid in the steptronic auto-tranny as well. I currently have added 7k miles that have been uneventful other than the sheer joy I have derived from driving the vehicle. Caruso
I wish I knew the answer to this question. The car had 170k miles when I bought it and I drove it to 193k. It ran beautiful. Then one day I loaned the car to my wife to go to work. She came home in a tow truck with a ruined engine. With the head removed I found a burned valve in cyl 4 and a slightly eroded piston in cyl 2. Both cyl 2 and 4 had zero compression. I bought new head bolts and tested the aluminum block for full torque. It passed the test. Head is warped 0.017 inch. Maybe I can get by with another head, new piston, one new valve, and new rings. So far I have not had time for the job, so I bought a 2006 325ci convertible. Love the car. So far no problems. Cannot deal with a 330ci. I'm 78 and don't have reactions like 19. Best I have a slower car and understand my limitations.
I just bought a 2008 M3, with 28,200 miles on it, paid 30,000. I am hoping for 10 years out of it, real blast to drive.
Traded a 2014 used Camaro, v6 2ls, my wife hated it, called it a redneck mobile.
Well now my car has a power steering fluid leak - which I've been told is $3K to fix and there is apparently a ripped boot, oil leak - so my wonderful car is still driving beautifully now over 180K miles, but I've been told that between all these things, there is $7K of repairs looming in the future that they know of. Ahhhh.Sorrow. Even the dealer said it would not be worth putting $ into the car. It is a great car for a do it yourselfer repairer. Unfortunately, I need to rely on others to fix the car.
I have a 2006 BMW 325i and it is starting to overheat. It will be okay the first 20 miles or so but when my heat is on you feel it turn cold and there is about 5 minutes left until it is overheating. I just need to know if anyone has any idea what is going on and exactly what I need to replace is? I have been told by a few people that it is the electric thermostat
Looking to get a 2003 325I with 200k for 2200 the car has a new alternator as well as spark plugs.. i drove the car smoothest ride ever. There are no check engine lights, car is dreamy. let me know what you all think
I bought a 2001 325ci with 170k miles. At 193k it burned a valve and melted one piston. I have rebuilt many different auto engines but quickly found that the BMW engines are very difficult to work on. For one, I needed a whole new set of tools. Many of the bolts have a male torx head on them, so you need a female torx wrench. I would not advise this purchase unless you are willing to enjoy the ride you get and then just dump it when it breaks, which it will. The price sounds right.
I have a 2000 328ci 310,000 and counting just take care of it and don't baby it, these cars have a need for speed... and yes I no I'm hella late on this post
chelseajackson - I found out there's a couple other important things to get fixed when your BMW is starting to overheat. #1 fan clutch, #2 water pump and #3 thermostat. A lot of people get stuck at thermostat and don't realize #1 and #2 are super important. The parts really are not that expensive, check out FCP Euro. You can buy those parts online, and ask a independent mechanic to install them for you. Change the hoses and belts at the same time. Your problem sounds like water pump to me. For fan clutch, you can test yours by spinning it, if it spins too easily (no resistance to your hand spin) the clutch is worn, and what happens is the fan does not spin fast enough when the engine is running. (of course test it when the engine is off!) After I replaced mine I could not believe my fan pushed out air like an old WWII fighter plan propeller. Before it was weeeeeak!
I have a 2007 328i that I bought new. It currently has 85k miles on it and its on its 3rd set of run-flat tires, which are the best gen. yet. I stopped using the dealer service department when the free maintenance expired at 50k miles and use an Indy BMW garage now. The have pounded the table to replace the oil and filter at 5k miles instead of 15k like the dealer says. The car has been problem free except for minor electronic glitches every once and awhile. A month ago the power lock went out, a new fuse was all the was needed. A couple of weeks ago the ABS brake light came on and went off, not worried could be a sensor failure. The car got new spark plugs at 80k and seems to run better and is getting better mileage, which is about 32-34 on interstate. I love this car and next year it will be 10 years old and I have no plans to give it up, its part of the family. I might add that I got it with a 6 speed manny tranny, love it. This car makes me profoundly happy! BMW for life! PS I visited the BMW Factory and Museum in Munich 2 years ago and highly recommend if you are BMW freak like me!
I just traded my 1999 328i BMW in (I was the 3rd owner, I got it at 70K miles, and I had 205K miles, it was 17 years old), but I had excellent mechanics to work on it (3 different ones over all the years-all referred by the previous one), regular oil changes, and alway used premium gas. And bought a garage kept 2008 328xi, with 40K miles on it. I still miss my old BMW, love my new one, and I'm definitely keeping my mechanic!
I got a 2003 BMW 325i when I was 17 and that was the best car ever. It was a little over 100,000 miles and I drove it to 160,000 miles. The only thing I ever had to do was change the break pads and do the usual fluids. (oil change, steering fluid, etc.) I would have driven that car to the end of its life had I not recently been rear ended which resulted in my poor car being totaled. I want another BMW and I have two in mind, one is a 2007 328i and one is a 2009 328i. I just know I've heard that the 06-09 3 series aren't as reliable. Someone please tell me that isn't the case!!
You're probably going to be disappointed in what I'm about to say, but I must say it. The 2006-2010 era was not a good era for BMW. You either want one prior to that, or after that (2012-present).
I have a 2006 330i with 378,233 miles on it. It's burning some oil but everyday it just keeps going.I love my car and don't ever want it to die!!! It's a looker too. : Always remember to DRIVE your car if you have a BMW! Debbie
Looking at getting me my first BMW. It's a 2004 BMW 325 xi with 315k on it. Going for 3k. God deal or not?
Hey everyone, I am thinking about purchasing a 2005 325i that's listed for ~$5000. My hold up is that there is 160,000 miles on it. I'm concerned that I will buy this car and be stuck with enormous repair costs. Is anyone able to say anything to convince me either way? Also, I'm going to buy it in Texas so winter rust shouldn't be an issue.
Well many of you are pretty lucky. I bought a 2007 BMW328xi from Butler pre-owned in 2010. Within a day the brake light came on and even the BMW dealership couldn't turn it off. Eventually other electrical issues that no one could diagnose or resolve. This car required more maintenance than any others I've ever had and BMW parts are expensive. I have kept up with on schedule oil changes (synthetic). The engine died 3 weeks ago @ 120k miles!! The vehicle is 10 years old, aesthetically beautiful and in mint condition but the guts are problematic. Hoping I can find a do it yourself buyer who can replace the engine because I don't think I want to put $4000 into it. Not planning on buying another BMW EVER based on my 7-yr experience.
I bought my 2003 E46 M45 330i in 2004 with about 20,000 miles. Today it has 92,800 miles. Went to shop (on its own) a couple times, and I think I had been rip-off! Anyway, had brakes pads (and sensors) replaced, fuel filter that requires a tire person to do (have to jack up or hoist car). Not really mechanically inclined prior, but now retired. Personally did a tranny oil change; power and brake fluid change (the easy way by emptying and refilling 2-3 times), many oil and filter, changes (with Mityvac) so I don't have to crawl! Cabin and air filters regularly of course. It really runs smoothly and beautifully. This last week, getting ambitious and after watching lots of YouTube, decided to tackled the Disa Valve, Idle Control Valve, throttle body. They are fairly clean after all these 15 years 92,800 miles. Don't know why the tiny clamp screws were facing down, so took a lot of time and patience. But did manage to get them out. The Disa valve uses a glued-on o- ring that created some problem as I tried to pry it loose. Turned out I should have left it there, and applied a coat of gasket maker. BTW BMW doesn't sell the o-ring, and O'Reilly doesn't carry it. So applied gasket maker, cured and torqued it back for 24 hours; took it out the next day, and applied another coat of gasket, waited another 24 hours. Car drives and responds even more beautifully. BTW the disa valve and icv are very solid. I can see why they would break, if dust and debris are allowed to accumulate. So if they are cleaned every five years or so, they probably would stay intact for easily 200,000 miles. I was also going to replace the upper radiator/thermostat hose; and picked one up from O'Reilly's (Gates brand). It seemed a little longer (with a twist in the middle section), and the connectors grooves are a little bit shallower, so it won't go in. I inspected the old one again (15 years old), and it seems very pliant and no discernible deterioration. So I put it back, and returned the Gates hose to O'Reilly's. :) One minor issue: while testing driving it, I left the cabin filter and assembly open (removed to open up space and easier access to the throttle boot, icv, and disa). Temperature were either hot or cold (A/C). I thought I triggered something, But the cabin filter and housing doesn't have electric connections. Anyway, after cabin filter assembly put back, regular temperature and A/C returns! What a relief. This coming week going to replace the water pump and pulley (will be using a metal one), thermostat. Fan clutch tool and wrench already arrived and tested. I attached a longer wrench to the 32 mm wrench to give me more leverage. Worked to loose the fan nut without using a hammer. Will add photos after the water pump and thermostat job.
Can't believe the forum would concatenate my separated paragraphs!
BTW BavarianAuto has an excellent series on BMW maintenance, on YouTube. The instructor, demonstrator, chief mechanic speaks clearly, identifies parts to be replaced, shows tools to be used, etc. Best lighting on the production. His name is I believe "Otto"!
Yes, I also changed the spark plugs, same NGK (without the BMW logo on it) this round. Only about $35 for all six. So there is a huge difference in the cost of ownership, with or without some hands-on; a well-trained and honest mechanic; or the dealership (commonly referred to as stealership in BMW forums).
And Oh, BTW, my 330i comes with a premium and/or sports package.
There was someone mentioning loaning out his Bimmer to his wife, and she came home riding the tow-truck! My wife had been the primary driver of this 330i for the first 13 years of our ownership. I just recently took over the driving.
BTW the only time the 330i needed to be towed (back to dealer) was right after warranty, around 2016, when it wouldn't start. Diagnosis, labor, and new battery $400 later, back to the road. The replacement battery lasted for about 10 years; I retired it while it was still operating, with a WalMart one for $140. Googled reveals that there are only three (3) battery manufacturers in the USA, making mostly private labels, BMW included!
Now the Bimmer independent mechanic rip-off? With limp mode (easily fixable and reset with a scan tool, about $150), error messages, etc., he inexplicably charged me $2,000 (and 5 days later) for some rare parts! After paying him, he offered to change my battery for $300. For a German Bosch battery (probably from one of the 3 USA manufacturers)!
And this guy is supposed to be one of the more honest independent Bimmer mechanics, and he owns one of the large shops, in Portland Oregon.
Yes, a couple years ago, the limp mode (for those in the know) would inexplicably switched on. Bringing back to 2 independents offered no clues, other than having the code reset. So I bought an inexpensive scanner (about $140), and have the codes (including limp mode) reset. And now the limp mode may reappear about six months later.
RIght now my 2006 330i has 394,000 miles on it. It's running a little rough and not sure I want to put any more $$ in it. I love the car, live in Wisconsin no rust and looks beautiful. Will have a hard time parting with it.
im looking to buy a 2009 328i coupe with 165k fot 7999 do you guy's think im setting my self up fot disaster?
I think you will be fine with the 328i. Just be ready for mechanic bills to be in the 2,000 range every so often, especially when you first get it. No one got rid of the car because it was Perfect. Just know repairs will be expensive, budget for them and you will be a happy owner.
About to buy a 2001 BMW 330ci with 222,000 miles on it. Looks good and runs fine (except for a slight vibration in the steering wheel when you go over 70). Paying $1,800 for it this will be my first car I am 17 and have loved to drive my dads 2002 330ci. Should I buy it or try to find one with less miles. I know cars can go beyond 300k miles as my family owns a 1996 GMC with almost 400k and it runs fine. Any advice is helpful thanks.
2005 Z4 3.0i. Original owner. 170,000 miles. Absolute minimum maintenance, only regular is oil 15/20K miles or so. I don't touch anything else unless it is needed (ex: brakes). Original muffler, original clutch. Drive it 365 days a year in Massachusetts - my only car really. If it snows, I stay home, that's about it. It just works. Love the car.
older BMWs last longer than the new plastic garbage cars
So i want to buy a beamer and found one for about 8,000$ it is a 2008 BMW 328xi sedan with about 116,000 miles on it is worth it and how long would it last? It has had 2 previos owners and it has a clean history should i buy it?
I just bought a 2007 328i with 59,000 miles that was in perfect condition for 8,500. I took it to a mechanic and he said that it was a 10/10. I could not be happier with the ride and recommend you all really shop around before you buy because you can find older models with low mileage and get them for a steal!
I'm looking to buy a 2006 325xi wagon with 158k miles on it. Two oners, the most recent one had it for 9 years, no kids, no pets, older woman who's husband was a mechanic. Recently replaced water pump, radiator, starter, struts and brakes as well as other wear items. Rides smooth no shaking or rattling no noises. Side view mirror doesnt auto fold in (wouldnt need to use that feature anyways) Wants $5500. Deal or no deal?
2008 Jet Black with Beige interior and dark walnut trim 208000 KLM 10years on road as of 9/2008 production 4/2008. (Used lightly winters 2011 +) stored 2 winter with BMW battery tender. Covered heated garage. Original owner. Garaged always and parked in shade (not under trees). Biggest problem is how you maintain the car and how conscious you are of the elements. Sun over times ruins all rubber , fades paint , damaged interior, My car is near perfect, 10 years of washing and waxing and maintaining . When salty winter days are out,, I rented cars..for maybe three weeks every winter. Best investment . i spent .14 cents per kilomètres for maintenance including tires ( all worked performed at the dealer) I tried every new three series 2012-2018 and I enjoy my car the most. Logic 7, BMW assist, Premium package, power seats, xenon, sunroof, ipod and USB adapter, Bluetooth,power folding heated mirrors, memory seats, wood trim 6 speed and RWD. 2010-2014 car was driven 600 KLM a week more or less. Highway. Repairs happened year 6. air con evaporator $2600. 2014 159000 KLM Rear dampers 2015. 173000 KLM Crankshaft sensor 2017 198650 KLM Vanos selonoid 2016 185000klm Oil filter housing 2016 Blower heater 2016 Valve cover and gasket 2014 Two ignition coils 2014 Front dampers 75000 KLM and 202000 KLM Tie rod bushing left and right and sway bar (wow) amazing back like when new. Batter 2012 ( stored winter without tender) Next. Oil pan gasket next. 2019. Water pump same since new. Knock on wood,
Best maintenance practice for these great cars next to oil/filter changes and high grade gasoline is to drive the hell out of them.
I bought a 2003 330ci jet black coupe in auto =( (170,000miles) back in October of 2018. Owner (brother’s friend) was asking 5500 for it, brother got it down to 2500. Took it to a personal mechanic and paid $3100 worth of repairs including valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket, oil filter housing, radiator/expansion tank, alternator, spark plugs/wires, various hoses and whatnot, transmission fluid was black was changing it out in small amounts, starter was changed prior of ownership along with the o2 sensor. And then 6 months later I got rear-ended and my poor baby was totaled (frame was bent). Didn’t really get to enjoy the e46 I6 sadly but Looking to get this 2007 328i coupe in metallic black with a manny tranny 70k miles for $10k =). Expecting to put $2-3k in tune up and the usual service intervals. I want this thing to last!
Hi, Wonderful thread! Im looking to purchase my first car ever. Im inclined towards the 3 series (2011-2012) Engine size does not matter ( Although i would prefer not to have the largest cause itll cost more on fuel) I just want to know which is the most reliable one? And the cheapest for repairs I dont plan on selling it in a year or two. Id like to keep it around for a few years AT LEAST All the ones available are between 100k-120k miles Should i even go for it or nah? Ive heard the repairs are a pain in the ass Im looking at this 316i 2012 it has 97k miles on it. Is it a good option or would you recommenced another?
I have a BMW 325i. Just had the headgasket re done skimmed etc, it's an 04 on 115k miles drives like a dream, headgasket was a £500 repair and should be good now for many more miles.
I purchased a used 2005 BMW 325xi in 2014 with 70,000 miles. Purchase price: $7,000. I have now owned the car for almost five years, put an additional 90,000 miles on the car, and I have to tell the truth: it's been a nightmare to own. Despite regular oil changes, good maintenance, and premium gasoline, I have to take it to my mechanic for repairs at least three times a year, every year, for the past five years. It's currently in the shop for a new radiator after overheating on the Garden State Parkway and stranding me for hours. Before the radiator, I had to replace the power steering unit, and then the brakes, and then the air conditioning unit, and then the spark plugs, and then the fan belt, and then the windshield wipers, and then gasoline cap, and the list goes on and on. For the past five years, I have spent another $7000 in repairs. My mechanic tells me that "theoretically" the engine of a BMW 325i could last for 200,000 miles or more. That might be true. But what everyone **really** needs to think about is **everything else** on the BMW that manages to break down before the engine dies. Think twice before buying a used BMW. After this experience, I'm going back to driving only Toyotas or Nissans.
I have a 99 328i with 325k. It's my daily driver and runs great.
I have a 2005 325xi having a hard time hooking up my phone y is that
I have 2004 325i with 192,000 miles on. It seems like if you change the oil and take care of the transmission fluid and filter about every 80-100k then there is no reason these vehicles shouldn't go 250-300k. The common failure problems are well documented. Most of these occur near or after 100,000 miles. Almost all of these jobs there are excellent DIY videos for repairing. 1) Gaskets (Oil Pan, Valve Cover, Oil Filter Housing) 2) Cooling System (Water pump, expansion tank and radiator) 3) Power Steering Pump 4) CCV System 5) Control Arm Bushings 6) Fuel Pump & Fuel Filter
I have two 2011 328I's that we bought the same day in September of 2010. Both of them have been meticulously maintained. My car had a wire rub against the body and short out for the foot well control module @ about 60K, next a coil pack , then the big one, the engine locked up @ 137K from over revving it shifting into second. OK yes it was my fault for driving like an ass and trying to chirp second, but the rev limiter should have stopped the engine from damaging itself. After replacing the motor I have put another 30K on the car adding the following repairs, water pump, thermostat, a few coolant hoses, valve cover and gasket since the crankcase circulation valve failed . The second car that my wife drives had bolts sheer off of the vanos units and put medal all through the engine. BMW fixed it under warranty @ 136K, but then the main bearings went out @ 140K and it now needs a new engine. Of course BMW would not warranty it, corporate blamed it on the dealer and the dealer said they are very sorry, but we will give you a good deal on a new car. I was really enjoying no car payment and maybe if i bought a Honda or Toyota I could have enjoyed more trouble free years. Stay away from BMW's unless you are one of those people who buys a new car every few years. These cars are fun to drive but a pain in the ass to keep going as they age.
I have a 2001 bmw 325i that I bought in 2016, 4 years later 2020 it has over 250K miles and I've had to change the water pump, the fuel filter and regulator, 1 solenoid which the solenoid wasn't the issue, it was a bad wire connection, replacee the battery, break shoes, rotors and a couple bulbs within those 4 years. I've done all the work myself but also, I don't use cheap oil, filters or gas. The car still runs like new. When I replace parts I use the best quality that I can find. The car runs and still looks like new. You have to take car of your vehicles like you take care of your body. You wouldn't just eat anything, should not just put any name brand part on your car, burn cheap gas and use cheap oil. Treat your vehicle like you want it to treat you and you'll be ok.
The answer to "how long will it last" is always "depends." Maintenance, driving habits, luck. But I've had three BMWs, from 1976 2002tii to 1979 528i to 2013 328i MSport (still driving that one), and small repairs and fixes can run double what other brands would cost and major repairs and fixes three times or more as much. Still, the 3.0 litre inline 6 is almost bulletproof. With its relatively low compression ratio and simple design, it will last 300K or more without major service. The pumps, gaskets, and hoses will cost but you can get Bosch or equal instead of BMW parts, save up to half. Let only BMW trained mechanics do the work, usually former dealer pro's out on their own who charge 40-50% less than dealers and do the work right. I've owned MBZs, Porsches, Saabs, the BMWs are a bit more finicky but they feel/drive like no other. I'll be buried in my coupe...