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    Posted: 11-June-2007 at 00:12

It has been a common perception of the car world that there are cars built to last and cars that are cheap and cheerful. I have worked in the motor trade for over 10 years and my perception of how long cars last has often caught my eye. For instance i'd say a Vauxhall or Ford would be happy until you reached around the 150,000 mile mark then it could spell trouble whereas the germans and japs seem to have a long engine life.

What I want to know is how many miles your cars have done (current and previous) as I want to see how BMW compares to the lastability of others. Also I want to know if you have had any major engine work done in this time or had to sell/scrap due to engine failure?

My cars are as follows:

Vauxhall cavalier - 1987 1.6lx - 110,000 - engine failure, had new engine fitted then sold!

BMW 525e 1984 140,000 miles, no problems in 2 years of ownership. Sold and still going strong.

530iSE - Said 130,000 on clock, later found was probably 230,00 but still went like a storm and started every time, first time. Sold and part exed for current motor.

540i Touring- bought at 120,000 now done 154,00 no problems. Had new block at 70,000 due to nikasil problem, runs as sweet as ever. Still going!

 

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e23 82 735 177 still going

e28 525 147 still going (no oil change for 4 years poor car) not me but oil ways all mint?? no were to cam or rockers replaced spray bar.

land rover 3.9 v8 148 still going no probs

e30 91 316i 189 still going strong 25k in the last year 200 + end this year we hope :)

All have engine flush and add every 6k e30 motaway all the time.

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at present 135k e39 520i 00D reg

prev 46k micra 00D reg

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Nissan Almera 1.4 - 104k when sold, I reckon this thing will run until the end of time, just very slowly!

e46 2003 320d - 74k. New turbo at 69k.

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1995 316i part exed in 2005 for current car. Bought at 60k part exed 3 years later at 137k with knackered exhaust (cat?) dodgy central locking and noisy viscous coupling. Went through six tyres in its time and brake bits but nothing major.

1998 323i Convertible bought in 2005 with 66k, now done 92k. Been a lot more expensive to run thus far. New rear damper, new front to rear brake lines, two tyres (nearly two more), front ball joints and a front spring and a new plastic rear screen. Still, pretty mint now!! (this doesnt mention the money spent on paint either!!)


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E34 535 1989 F reg 194,500 MILES - INDICATOR FLASHER UNIT AND SECOND HAND BREAK CALIPER , 2 NEW FRONT SHOCKS REMOVAL OF SEIZED O/F BREAK CALIPER - 150.00 LABOUR AND 100.00 PARTS LOOSE DRIVER'S SIDE WIPER - BOTTLE OF WINE TO FIX - car bought for 750.00 quid with a year's mot (cost the guy a new windscreen, rear shocks and some break pipe work to pass that MOT plus headlamp adjustments)

E36 328I R reg - 80,000 miles 700.00 NEW POWER STEERING UNIT - normal servicing costs

E30 318i - H reg 115,000 over 1000.00 for breaks/tyres and suspension to pass MOT

E39 535i V8 V reg 2000 - 85,000 miles 500.00 for new radiator, 400.00 new discs and pads - engine was cutting out when traded in for the 320d plus normal service costs

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Alfa Romeo 1998 156 2.0 Twin Spark engine failure at 65,000.  New engine from Alfa and ran the car for a further 45,000.  Numerous air flow metres and other associated Alfa problems.  £3200 for new engine and cluch .

E36 M3 GT 1995 104,000 miles new air con condenser.

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My mate has an E38 728i 1999 spec with 220k and is running great... Touch wood....
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Originally posted by nessiemark nessiemark wrote:

Alfa Romeo 1998 156 2.0 Twin Spark engine failure at 65,000.  New engine from Alfa and ran the car for a further 45,000.  Numerous air flow metres and other associated Alfa problems.  £3200 for new engine and cluch .

E36 M3 GT 1995 104,000 miles new air con condenser.

Thats a big NO for Alfa's then!?

Some interesting answers so far chaps, more mileages though as I wan't to see which cars are getting the high miles with no problems and which ones are failing early. Looks so far like the Germans n Japs are solid though, good stuff!

One I forgot to mention was my brothers car. He used to have an e36 320iSE. He had it for 8 years, ragged the living daylights out of it and had several sets of tyres and brakes (a good indicator of how he drove it) He got it at about 80,000miles and sold it at about 150,000 then he decided to tell me he'd NEVER EVER SERVICED IT!!!! No brake fluid, antifreeze, oil changes, NOTHING EVER, I kid you not!!!!!

It always started flick of the key and never had any major components at all. It ran as sweet as a nut, drove like a storm (quite pokey for a  2.0) and never missed a beat. A true tribute to BMW engineering. He has had a golf V5 for the last few years and it's cost him a lot and doesn't drive anywhere near as nice as his beemer. His missus says she wans a beemer as her next car and he regrets not getting another. He is currently looking at getting an alpina e39

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My 525 is now approaching 189k and i've got to say that it's been the sweetest engine I've had since my last 525  - The M50 is great

My 316 has 126k - no service history and I'm 99% sure the dash has been changed (I had it out to replace some bulbs) - engine sounds a bit tapperty but quite common with these. Just give is an oil service, filter + air filter so we'll see how it goes

I had a 518 J reg with 210 on the clock and no signs of giving up, same with my 530 V8 178k and sweet as ever

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Just sold my 728i at 162K miles. Engine fine but bodywork lacking a little due to being used as a builders truck for the last 18 months.

Last 730 (E32) did around 140K before the engine got noisy.
Had an M6 with 192K on the clock - it did lots more after I sold it.

My 1989 Opel Senator 3.0 had 140K when I bought it, 196K when I sold it, and the guy who bought it did another 50K with no engine problems - still speaks to me.
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my biggest milage car was an 86 Ford Sierra Ghia 2.0l i bought it with 175k on her and sold her 2 years later with 225k for the same money, had no problems with the engine what so ever just the body was fallin apart!!
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Originally posted by nessiemark nessiemark wrote:

Alfa Romeo 1998 156 2.0 Twin Spark engine failure at 65,000.  New engine from Alfa and ran the car for a further 45,000.  Numerous air flow metres and other associated Alfa problems.  £3200 for new engine and cluch .

E36 M3 GT 1995 104,000 miles new air con condenser.

Me too. 00 d 156 Crankshaft bairing failure at 58K. Put in secondhand engine from Crashed 156.... 1K later same problem Sold it for parts.

HAd a 98 Mondeo with 145K Great car I traded it in in 2001 and its proberly still going. Nothing went wrong with it.

HAd a 92 Pug 405 GLDturbo 60K head cracked (common problem)

Nissan Almera Gearbox bairings failed a 58K. God bless Nissan Warranty. (60k or 3 years)

Not to mention My 2000 E39 with the dodgy AutoBox that never got fixed.

Lots of other cars most forgetable so they proberly didnt give much trouble.

O lets not forget my current ride 02 d 525i bought it last year with 12K.

Now at 35K  afraid to even say it, but no problems.

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My current 523i has 117k and its the highest mileage car I've ever had.  Its also the longest I've ever kept a car, by a long margin, 4.5 years and I still can't come up with a logical reason to get rid of it.  No tales of woe with any of them and I've put around 200k on various BMW'd through the past 9 years and Mrs D has put another 40k on her 3 BMW's too. 

Biggest bill was Ä2500 for a real nuts and bolts service at my main dealer on the 320i convertible.  Worth every penny though.  It only had 45k miles up on it in its 10 years when I took custody and just needed a good going over, an Insp2, things like brake lines, an exhaust box, etc.  It genuinely felt like a new car afterwards.  I put another 15k on it and enjoyed every one of them immensely.  The car cost me virtually nothing in depreciation because the condition and mileage meant it sold in a flash when it came time to move it and it only cost me the price of another oil service in two years so it was still cheap motoring overall.



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'99 Volvo S70, 100k miles and has never missed a beat. Not extremely high mileage for the year but the car still feels as tight as when it was new. Also which I drive occasionally, '03 Fiat Punto with 40k miles, has been very reliable surprisingly but is a little gutless, needs a good 'kick up d'arse' now and again!
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My 530 has 182000 on the clock, still going strong, does need the valve clearances adjusting as a bit tappety, but still returns 30 mpg on a run and sails through the MOT

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1992 Honda Accord 2.2i - bought with 64K on the clock, driven to 477,000 miles, only ever needed regular oil changes, a reconditioned auto/box and a CV joint.  It was then hit by a light truck and written off but stilld rove smooth!

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1987 E30 320I - Headgasket replaced at 180000KM by previous owner. Never found out why. Car now on 241000KM and going strong. Power steering pump needed an overhaul as it used to grind all the time. Needed recon steering rack. I have just replaced the timing belt, water pump, thermostat and all the V Belts...which are preventative maintenance items. Engine is a little tappy as one of the rockers is badly worn! Power steering leaks like a pig...

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E34 518i bought with 118k up on it and knackered cam due to no oil changes. Changed this & followers etc and twas still running on past 160k

E34 525i - H/G failure @ 113k when I bought it. Did that and a few other bits, and trucking along past 150k, though ate through suspension components.

E36 328i nikasil failure @ 60k. New engine - still trucking past 120k

E36 M3 - solid out past 100k

E39 525TDS. Threw a conrod @ 131k. rebuilt, and trucking past 183k, on original turbo etc.. Suspension done around 160k

Neighbours E38 735i on 190k. Needed some work done around 140k, and going strong again now.

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155 2.0 gearbox rebuilt & exploded 80miles later. Otherwise mint

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My 1994 318i bought just over 8 yrs ago on 44k miles. Used every day since we bought it. Now used by her indoors. Used to tow the caravan all around the UK loaded up with 4 bikes and 2 canoes as well as us and the kids. Probably done around 25k towing over the years. Now on 117k.  Has never let us down and apart from two replacement rear springs and front brake discs it has only required servicing, pads and tyres ( 35k  per set of Contiís). Still on original clutch, gearbox and exhaust despite all the towing. Engine is as smooth as silk as is the ride. Got a couple of scabs on the body but drives like a new car.

 

My 318is saloon bought 3.1/2 yrs ago on 42k now on 72k. Again used everyday, never let me down. Has needed front discs and an exhaust manifold and an O2 sensor, but apart from that servicing,  pads and tyres. Once has a sticking caliper on the front brake but OK once cleaned. The 16v engine is as sweet as honey. Great to drive love it to bits.

 

By no means huge mileages but still extremely reliable.

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