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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.

Karen
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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