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Re: How fast do Bimmers tire? (archive)

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Posted by dudel on August 02, 2001 at 19:04:36:

In Reply to: How fast do Bimmers tire? posted by Bill Murdoch on August 02, 2001 at 18:43:58:

Well, it will tire a car quicker. How quickly depends on how well you keep up the maintenance schedule. Sorry, but I can't tell you how much quicker timewise or mileage wise it will tire.

Get lazy or cheap with the fluids, and other maintance chores and it will get tired quicker (alot?). Rev the engine high with the oil (not water) not up to temp and you'll eventually have more problems. Use the brakes heavily and you'll have to do more brake/suspension work. Accelerate heavily and you'll need to do more transmission and driveline work.

There is no free ride. Ever wonder why racers rebuild engines so frequently? Ever wonder why dragsters are prepared to rebuild an engine between heats?

I have two rules I try to keep: 1) Never let more than two things be in need of attention at a time. 2) Imagine that you had to sell the car today, keep the "too fix" list clear.

Funny thing, I've been told (particularly by German mechanics) never to buy a used German car unless it has been THOROUGHLY checked out. It seems that Germans treat their cars as disposable items. They run them very hard and expect to replace them every 3-4 years. Maybe this speaks to how tired they get when run hard?

Hope this helps.

Don
95 540i
95 ///Miata


I have an E34 ('95) 525i with just over 140k on it. I drive fairly aggressively (you have to in Detroit!), meaning that I floor it for brief periods at least once or twice a day, and in general use the potential of the car to its fullest. I love doing this, as it's great fun and quite practical in city driving, but I worry about running my engine down. Is this driving style going to significantly tire my car? If so, in what time/mileage frame? TIA.

Bill





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