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NIMA
02-14-2008, 07:19 PM
What do you guys think is the most bulletproof, most reliable BMW ever produced??

I think its gotta be the E39..........

Euro_E30
02-14-2008, 07:21 PM
E34 535i *th-up*

hadesm5
02-14-2008, 07:29 PM
i'd like to say e30 or e34.

328IScreamer
02-14-2008, 07:32 PM
my biased personal opinion would be e36
have seen them beat to shit and still run like a top

Oyster
02-14-2008, 07:37 PM
What do you guys think is the most bulletproof, most reliable BMW ever produced??

I think its gotta be the E39..........

thanks for the compliments, e39 owner:cool:

King Luis
02-14-2008, 08:06 PM
e30...mine would of easily hit 500,000km. timing belt and water pump change, regular oil changes, minor general maintenance and pulled hard all the time.

Gamite
02-14-2008, 09:57 PM
I dunno about the whole car, but M30 has to be the most reliable engine.

Mikeee46coup
02-14-2008, 10:03 PM
E34 535i *th-up*

^werd, I know a few that are over 400,000km, still running strong! For some odd reason the 2000 323ci seems relaible too, a few guys on Fanatics w/200,000 miles.

325isStephen
02-14-2008, 10:16 PM
e30, 452,000km's still pulls hard, love it

Souvrain
02-14-2008, 10:51 PM
e30 .. DAHHHH !!!

NOTORIOUS VR
02-14-2008, 10:56 PM
E30 for sure...

static
02-14-2008, 11:09 PM
e30 eta or diesel

Lee
02-14-2008, 11:20 PM
What do you guys think is the most bulletproof, most reliable BMW ever produced??

I think its gotta be the E39..........

I don't know if you think of the one with 2,8 motor? It has the dreaded oil separator block in cold weather, allwoing oil to leak in huge quantity in the cylinders causing hydro-lock. Goodbye engine.

Same problem with the V8 motors, plus profile gaskets allowing leaks and oil to go into the sparkplug holes. Not good.

The old M30 engines are indeed bulletproof and e28s can run forever just like russian tanks, so are 2.5L M50s as found in e36 and e34s. My 1993 525 Touring has close to 400,000 Km and burns no oil, starts every cold morning and is extremely reliable. It is a simple car, unlike e39s that are way more complex.

Overall, properly maintained e30s from the early 80s are still running strong, even close to 25 years after they were introduced. A 1989 e30 with plastic bumpers looks just like a new car, and drive much better than many. We're talking 20 years old cars there, still running like champs.

Quack
02-14-2008, 11:27 PM
I have a E39 and I can say that they aren't reliable, basically any car built after 1990 aren't that reliable, the more electronics they put in cars the more unreliable they get.

on that note I believe the E30's are pretty reliable.

slimjim
02-15-2008, 12:05 AM
I dunno about the whole car, but M30 has to be the most reliable engine.

+1, those engines are deezed., but since my e30 has 370,000 and runs like a charm, ill say e30.

///M-TRD3
02-15-2008, 12:27 AM
Im a E30 guy, but I think I would have to put my bid in for E28's . Those cars are soliders, till today I miss my '88 535iS as a D/D.

E36is
02-15-2008, 07:01 AM
no doubt.. 1981 e12.. when bmws was bmws..

tominizer
02-15-2008, 08:16 AM
BMW and reliable are a contradiction.

My vote goes to the E30's as well. E39 are not so great. 540i also have the rad issues amoungst a load of electronic stuff from what I've read. 530i have the dreaded oil seperator valve probs, etc, etc.

As far as the new-er BMW stuff, a report in Europe had the X3 at the top of the list on reliability, even against other manufacturers........ it was the top of the list.

jameswbl
02-15-2008, 08:31 AM
S52 engines are pretty bullet proof

e36s except for the subframe issue

Arash
02-15-2008, 09:48 AM
For some odd reason the 2000 323ci seems relaible too, a few guys on Fanatics w/200,000 miles.

how about the 2000 328ci ?

I might be picking one up.

cisco911
02-15-2008, 10:01 AM
A 1989 e30 with plastic bumpers looks just like a new car, and drive much better than many. We're talking 20 years old cars there, still running like champs.

WOW, if thats not a biased opinion I don't know what is!! You can't be serious saying that an E30 doesn't look dated?????

T.Dot_E30
02-15-2008, 10:10 AM
how about the 2000 328ci ?

I might be picking one up.

the 2000 coupes tend to have more problems, first year of production.
a few cooling issues that i am aware of.

Althou i've driven alot of bmws and worked on alot of them, I can't say much until i actually own them and drive them myself. Cus 99% of the time, its the way people take care of the cars that make them reliable.

shimajer
02-15-2008, 10:55 AM
if the same question was asked in 5 years, people would say e36s, and in 10 years, people would say e46s. you get the point lol.

e46it
02-15-2008, 11:29 AM
i wont say e39 is the most reliable one, it does have bullet proof engine and transmission but too many little electirals go wrong, such as sensors, the dead pixel on Cluster and cliemet control. fixing these cost money and limits you on MOD funds. i think the 2004+ e36 and e46 are the most reliable so far.

DAM
02-15-2008, 11:33 AM
thanks for the compliments, e39 owner:cool:

Really??? I could hardly make out your sig, it's so small :D

I would say E34

ABUSTAIF
02-15-2008, 03:00 PM
E30 + M30 :d

Meegis
02-15-2008, 03:18 PM
Id say the most reliable BMW is any that you maintain. Any of them could pull off high mileage, but it comes down to the owner, the maintenance and the seasonal treatment.

So all in all, my vote goes to the old Honda Civic. Ya, I vote a non-bmw to be the best reliable bmw.

propr'one
02-15-2008, 03:44 PM
like josh said.

if you want reliable, get a honda civic.

/insert pic of my civic

if you have too much money and want to piss it all away on maintenance,

/insert picture of my bmw.

King Luis
02-15-2008, 03:45 PM
E30 + M30 :d

*th-up*

Boots R
02-15-2008, 04:58 PM
Id say the most reliable BMW is any that you maintain.

This is by far the most accurate statement in this thread.

Meegis
02-15-2008, 05:00 PM
This is by far the most accurate statement in this thread.

You killed my whole point....

MURDERER!!!!!!!

BmW1819
02-15-2008, 05:01 PM
i gotta agree with meegis if u can maintain your beemer they all are great cars dont no about the new ones but i seen m20's m30's m50 -52's all over 400,000 original motor that amazing compared to some of these american cars

johnoz
02-15-2008, 07:35 PM
The most reliable BMW is the one without the rust (or accidents).

tominizer
02-22-2008, 09:29 PM
We maintained our 3.0i X5 waaay beyond what's required. Nothing happened at all during the waranttee period. After the waranttee expired............ well you know the typical story. So I'll call you out on maintain the vehicle making it reliable............ as BS. That's not entirely true. Some stuff/parts are just shit or badly designed. Won't matter how you baby them.......... they'll fuk up and die causing you heart burn and excessive cursing. :mad:

We're at a cross roads right now with our DD cars. Whether to buy new under waranttee or old and do some maintenance, etc to bring it up to snuff. Anyways, lots of positive things said about the E36 that I've heard about.

bimmer1989
02-28-2008, 04:49 PM
My friends E30 has almost 300 000 kms and still runs perfectly and pulls as hard as it would have from the factory 20 some odd years ago. this might sound a little bias but i ike them the best to.

Wannabe
02-28-2008, 05:37 PM
396,000 on my Eta

chromius
02-28-2008, 05:53 PM
As much as I would love for the e39 to be the most reliable bimmer, it simply isn't. As others have mentioned, there are simply too many little things that can go wrong.

My vote would have to go to the e30 eta/super eta