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YES! BMWs are high mileage engines! (more) (archive)

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Posted by Karen on March 04, 2001 at 13:01:25:

In Reply to: BMW high mileage cars vs. the rest. more posted by wawuzit on March 03, 2001 at 18:36:46:

BMWs are one of the only marques that can go to at least 300K miles on the original engine -- I've experienced high mileage with several different BMW models over the years. In 1996, I purchased an 85 535i from a BMW CCA member that had around 220K on the original engine. The compression was still perfect, interior & exterior were awesome, and we drove that car until about 275K and successfully sold it to someone else who was quite happy.

With the exception of my 99 M Roadster, all of the other BMWs I currently own have on average 150K miles and the engines are going strong. The reliability of all of the BMWs that I've owned over the years has been outstanding.

99 M Roadster
88 M6
88 325is
91 535i

I hear all these stories about high mileage on different makes of cars. Are the BMW engines really high mileage engines? I know they are powerful and smooth, I love the mid range power, but getting back to the subject. How many miles have you really seen run up on Z3s? I saw one in an ad that had 90k. Any stories?

Note: Does more horsepower per cubic inch mean less overall engine life? I think so. Thats why I was afraid of the HONDA S2000, great car , but will it be around with 80k miles on it?

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