In Reply to: "M" is for Maintenance posted by Jeff B. on July 05, 2000 at 14:28:50:
I have a friend who`s paying 540+ UKpounds per month to lease his brand new suburu. After 3 years he can hand it back to the dealership and walk away from it. 500+ UKPounds a month,then end up without a car after 3 years - wow.
I prefer my old paid for, just as fast M3 myself - it stands out more too. he hehe
I`ve always prefered older cars anyway. If I didn`t buy the M3 it might of been an early 90`s Porshe 944 Turbo or something. Nothing like classics of the eighties/very early nineties in my view.
: As with any BMW, if you maintain it, it will last. I have been driving old paid-for BMWs for the last nine years and have only been stranded twice: once for alternator, once for fuel pump. Repairs I have made: Unexpected alternator rebuild at 103k miles (E30///M3), main fuel pump(733i but at 190+k miles), air conditioning drier and recharge (every BMW I've ever owned), control arms (every BMW I've ever owned), repairs of PO hack alarm/stereo/phone installations (every BMW I've ever owned), snapped oil pan bolt (733i from too many overtorques by PO quicky lubes). Vacuum leaks (every BMW I've ever owned - but easy to find and fix). Clutch master and slave cylinders (535is, 733i, soon on the ///M3 - typical BMW weak points - check with Metric Mechanic for the updated higher durability parts), brake light switch (every BMW I've ever owned - check with Ultimate Garage for updated higher durability part), Head gaskets (733i, Bavaria with inferior pre-'82 castings - KEEP THE COOLANT BLEED OF AIR!!) Guten Luck, - Jeff
: : hello,
: : anyone with a high milage m3, can yo comment on the most important factors that contributed to the excellent duration of your cars i.e., what things does one do to ensure the car will live a long and healthy life