In Reply to: Longevity of the E34 posted by Eric on April 11, 1999 at 20:25:58:
The E34 will last as long as you want it to.Forever, if you like. Just service it regularly, don't thrash it when it's cold, and wash it every now and again. It will go upwards of 250K miles without replacement of major components, but be prepared to change the timing chain on your motor every 100K miles (it's a good insurance policy).
: I have a 1995 540iA with 55K miles and about 25K miles since it had its Alusil block installed. The car has been flawless since I have owned it (about 14 months and 12K miles). Before I start sinking money into an upgraded suspension, exhaust and chip, I would like to know if the E34, in general, is a good long-term keeper. I always get nervous when my extended warranty expires (in this case in 5/2001). My alternative is to make no upgrades and trade up to a 1998 E39 6-speed sport in 2001 (although I don't like the appearance of the E39 as well). Any insight from owners of older high mileage E34's would be appreciated.