In Reply to: also . . . posted by GHBH on January 08, 2001 at 18:37:56:
It has still cost me plenty, in just parts. Overall, my costs have not been unreasonable for 60,000 miles of service, but that is mainly because of $0 in labor charges, and parts as low as possible.
If I had to take it to a shop every time something went wrong with it, I would be very, very unhappy, and the car would have not been worth the repair costs. Others may disagree, but my opinion is that these cars have gotten to the age that it doesn't make economic sense to own one if you don't do a lot of the work on it yourself. They are now old cars, with the problems that arise with all old cars. The engine itself is pretty solid, but there are a lot of other things that simply wear out or break on old cars (Bushings, bearing, electrical, etc. etc.)
I get about 16 in all city driving (lots of stop in go in my town), could get as low as 15 if I am giving it a lot of gas and get really unlucky with the lights.
Get about 24 on the highway. But, that's at about 75 mph. At 55 or 60, it would probably be higher.
I checked the mileage on the OBC this morning, its been a while since I reset it, it said 18.5. That includes mostly city driving, but some highway.
1986 535i with 117K on it, automatic.
I want some owner comments about that car and also comments considering fuel consumption are welcome (especially in winter). I appreciate all kind of comments what you have about that cars.