On Thu, 01 Jun 2006 00:01:03 +0000, Scott C wrote:
I've seen people with 550,000 miles on that car and in perfect
running order. You will probably wreck it before the engine gives out.
This is assuming that you keep your engine and transmission fluids in
check. The plastic parts and seals/gaskets will fail, but they don't cost
anything but labor. The car is really a tank.
I agree. An observation though:
Everyone seems to agree this is a bulletproof engine in an E34 5 series,
while at the same time people deride the E36 with the identical engine.
I'm of the opinion that both the E34 and E36 with the small 6 are great
cars (in their own individual ways)
My last E34 with the older M50 engine was still fine at 366,400 miles when I
sold it last year. I maintain a friend's 525i and this one has over 420k
miles on it now. Both of these are manuals though, not autos. Regular
maintenance using quality synthetic oils and filters reality helps.
My brothers '87 520 has over 230000 miles on the engine - and is used for
towing a heavy caravan - but still uses virtually no oil. Nor has it ever
had anything other than reasonable quality dino oil changed when the
service indicator says to. Looks like the engine will long outlast the
*Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
I'm almost certain you actually picked up a 1995 5 Series. I had a '94 3
Series with what I think is the same motor (the M50), and I had 225,000 on
the car when an errant driver made a series of poor choices as I approached
her location. Her bad choices resulted in a total loss of my car.
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