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What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby Eastupper93 » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 08:32:25 UTC

I've recently bought my first BMW 318 se tourer,2003 with the n42 engine. The car has just done 103000 miles but has a fsh. I always assumed that this was high mileage , but have been told a few times that 103000 is nothing on a BMW engine, and that figure is more like a just run in amount or similar, is this the case? What is considered high mileage, are those comments accurate, just curious really.
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Re: What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby karl_ » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 08:39:14 UTC

mileage is mileage, doesn't matter what make the car is, same rules apply
like most people my age, I'm 38
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Re: What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby Harry » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 11:09:00 UTC

BMW petrol engines can and will rack up intergalactic mileages if looked after. The convention is to buy on history and condition, the mileage is not that important. On a car with that mileage you are going to get some old age related issues, probably mostly around suspension, but these are consumables really. Congratulations and best wishes with it.
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Re: What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby fmfm20j » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 11:14:50 UTC

We've had a number of threads in the past on this subject where people have been invited to post their mileages. 250,000 + isn't unheard of on here.

Sounds like yours is just about run in and mine has barely left the factory. :wink:
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Re: What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby Panda76 » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 12:32:50 UTC

Pretty much what Harry said. I ran a 12 yr old landrover for around 5 years and the main expense on that vehicle (besides the rear crossmember being attacked by rust worms lol) was having new dampers and springs and the clutch changed.
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Re: What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby siraff » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 14:58:44 UTC

I've seen (and owned) quite a lot of BMW's over 200k miles. The highest I've seen on a 1.8 was a 518 saloon (E34) which had over 450k miles on it.
As Harry said - it's all down to condition and history. If it's been looked after well it will usually do huge mileages. Brakes, suspension bushings and all that kind of thing tend to wear out about every 30-70k miles - obviously depending on how it's been driven and on what kind of roads.
Engine failures are usually down to poor or lack of servicing rather than mileage. The water system tends to be what gets neglected and if the coolant isn't kept decent it can lead to problems. Same as anything really.
I don't know where that comment of "mileage is mileage" comes from. I've been around a lot of makes over the years and the average for most 1.8 ish engines in normal sized cars seems to be between 125 and 175k miles then they're dead. There are some very large differences in design between engines and BMW tend to err on the side of caution to the point where things take a lot longer to wear out than on other engines. Much in the same way that Mercedes can run for huge mileages - agian it all depends how it's been looked after.
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Re: What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby krupp stahl » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 15:07:11 UTC

Hello,

Mine has just clicked over onto 90,000 and I've had no issues whatsoever <touches wood>. I have it regularly serviced at the local dealer (who are very good) and keep a close eye on oil/fluid levels etc. The car is certainly getting on now. I often think that perhaps I should get something newer but then I just don't see any point in changing from a car which been so reliable and which I enjoy driving so much. I might just wait until the wheels fall off but it could be a long wait. :)
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Re: What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby Eastupper93 » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 19:09:50 UTC

Thanks very much , very informative and interesting. I generally only tend to do 7000+ a year , so happy days.
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Re: What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby CRH71 » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 20:45:20 UTC

At that sort of mileage in just 7 years, it's a fair bet that it's spent most of its life fully warmed up, on fast runs.

IMO THE best treatment to give a car, especially if that is backed up with decent servicing, at regular intervals, using good-quality parts and lubricants.

Similar sort of pattern to which my car was subjected by it's previous two owners (I'm it's third from new). Currently at 237,400 miles, and rising, no oil consumption, very little water consumption and 100% reliable. It put many a more modern car, owned by my neighbours, to shame in the recent cold snap - at least mine started every day, without fail!.

In my honest opinion, you've got nothing to worry about for the next 100,000 miles apart from standard consumables like brakes, suspension components and servicing.

Just remember that a £30k car's got a £30k car's maintenance needs for life - it doesn't suddenly become a £10k car's maintenance needs just because the sticker price has dropped! Bear that in mind, and you'll see plenty of faithful, reliable service from your new acquisition.

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Re: What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby lfc1892 » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 23:10:17 UTC

just sold my e46 330d with 195000 miles on it. Failed it's mot on suspension issues, but the engine was fine. Only things that ever went were an electrical connection, water pump, fuel pump and injectors needed reconditioning. Still smooth as silk the day I sold it.
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Re: What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby Ranger 6 » Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:01:38 UTC

Someone on PH has just posted they're '92 320i with 430k on it.

Have a look at the pics here: (scroll down past verbarthe's cab)
http://pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=72&t=486282&mid=26098&i=1980&nmt=Show+Me+Your+BMW!!!!!!!!!&mid=26098

No secret, just regular servicing and general care.
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Re: What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby mackan1 » Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:02:15 UTC

I would say anything over 20k per year for a car is high,
so a 4 year old car with 80k is high. but that is just me
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Re: What is considered as high mileage on a BMW ?

Postby istiaquechoudhury » Tue, 01 Mar 2011 21:28:38 UTC

I say, the higher the mileage per year (providing its not a taxi car) the better, as you know its pretty much been in 1-2 gears, fairly steady speed and not around corners so hard the suspension is worn out.

My car had 78k for a 4 year old car, (330d manual), its now 8 years old and has a 158k miles, the only items except servicing and brake/tyres that needed replacing was a starter motor, battery, bushes, crank pulley and belts... thats across 4 years.

It still returns a genuine 40mpg measured (OBC 46mpg), and pulls hard enough to keep me satisfied.

The longer the intervals between services (as long as not more than 18k miles / 2 years) the more likely its NOT been abused for long periods of time.
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