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I love my 328i. I love it more than a G35, or a new 330i, or selling my house to afford an M3. If I ever get bored with it, I'll SC it. Can I keep it forever?

I know BMW says they build their cars to last 100,000 miles, but I know there are tons of classic 535, 325, and 2002s out there with many more miles on them.

Will the trip computer force me to get inspections at an authorized BMW service center well past 100k? Will I have to shell out $500+ every 15,000 miles? Or can I start changing the oil myself and get one of those BMW-code-reset-thingys?

Anyone thought of the implications for keeping an e46 for 10-15 years or more?
 

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noflash said:
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Anyone thought of the implications for keeping an e46 for 10-15 years or more?
I expect to get 10+ years and at least 250k miles out of my E46. If the car does not last at least 250k, BMW AG and BMW NA are doing something wrong.


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bmw's can easily do 200k w/ proper maintanence but it's more expensive to keep up w/ a german car than a japanese car.
 

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noflash,

i think there is a lever under the hood??? in order to reset
the service interval (is that what u were referring to - about the code thingy?) have to look at the bentley manual..too lazy right now.
 

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Re: Re: Re: Will my car make it to 200,000 miles?

BAVARIAN323i said:

It will last that long but you'll pay loads of $$ to glue it together now on parts
figure by the time something goes badly wrong in the car, there will be plenty of E46 in junk yards suffering from various different disfigurements, parts should be cheap and plentiful :D
 

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BAVARIAN323i said:

It will last that long but you'll pay loads of $$ to glue it together now on parts
I've accepted the fact that any and all plastic parts will have rattled away by then. I'm sure most of the electronic gadgets will also be KIA also.


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jk330i said:
dude,
It's not a freakin' Honda :lmao:
hehe...not a Honda?....

Here is my history with Honda
1986.. Honda Accord EX...106,000 miles (traded in)
1993.. Honda Civic EX .... 98,000 miles (STOLEN & found stripped)
1997.. Honda Civic EX .... 22,000 miles (traded in)
1999.. Honda Accord EX.. 72,000 miles (still have)
Total.. Honda Miles .......298,000 miles
No major items except for standard maintaince and wear & tear!

Hopefully my BMW will last for a long time...

yeah....my 1993 Honda was stolen and stripped for parts with 98,000 miles...:tsk:
 

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itchyNscratchy said:
noflash,

i think there is a lever under the hood??? in order to reset
the service interval (is that what u were referring to - about the code thingy?) have to look at the bentley manual..too lazy right now.
In the back of auto mags they sell these diagnostic "plugs". A $50 one resets the error code and the $100 one tells you what the code means and then resets it.

What's the deal with the Bentley Manual?
 

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If you take care of it the car should last a good long time. If you abuse it then it probably won't last that long.

I had a 1977 320i (the very first 3-series car) and it had 186,000 miles on it when I sold it and it still looked and ran like new except for a little rust in the trunk. I know several people with pre-1982 320's that have over 250,000 miles on them. And none of them have ever had to open up the engine for repairs.
 

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slow323ci said:
If you take care of it the car should last a good long time. If you abuse it then it probably won't last that long.

I had a 1977 320i (the very first 3-series car) and it had 186,000 miles on it when I sold it and it still looked and ran like new except for a little rust in the trunk. I know several people with pre-1982 320's that have over 250,000 miles on them. And none of them have ever had to open up the engine for repairs.
Kewl.

What if I abuse it AND take care of it?:D
 
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