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BMW_M52_M20
01-18-2004, 07:33 PM
Hey guys,

Well, I am sure there is no exact guesses but how long do you think my engine will last in the e36? I have 180,000kms on the car (90%) highway kms and have replaced the following:

Water Pump,
New belts and tensioners
New radiator
New clutch plate
Always oil changed with Mobil 1 synthetic 20w50 (10w40, winter)
New Interstate Battery
New Bosch Platinum +2's


I have replaced other things, but not to do with the engine or related to it.......

The engine feels as strong as the day I got the car, no oil burning and still very smooth, it is well maintained........
I think I have quite a bit of life out of the car.......

I imagine, I will have to replace the fuel pump, alternator sometime within the next 40,000kms or so.......
Jay

WhadUpp
01-18-2004, 07:35 PM
I'd say easily to 400 000 kms as long as you keep up with the maintenance especially the oil changes. No worrys on the engine as long as you do these things.*th-up*

Btw, I have 252 000 kms on an integra without burning hardly any oil but I am the only owner which shows that if you maintain your car, your car will keep u happy too.*th-up* With a bimmer the engine is even stronger so you are ok at 180 000.:)

R_JAY
01-18-2004, 08:29 PM
My friend has pretty close to 330,000 highway kms on his 92 325i and hasn't had a rebuild. He's had little problems here and there but nothing major so you got a long way to go before you have to worry. If you don't run your tank empty all the time then the fuel pump shouldn't die anytime soon.

R_JAY
01-18-2004, 08:44 PM
Originally posted by WhadUpp
I'd say easily to 400 000 kms as long as you keep up with the maintenance especially the oil changes. No worrys on the engine as long as you do these things.*th-up*

Btw, I have 252 000 kms on an integra without burning hardly any oil but I am the only owner which shows that if you maintain your car, your car will keep u happy too.*th-up* With a bimmer the engine is even stronger so you are ok at 180 000.:) Meh I can beat that. 95 Civic bought new now has

dtthiaga
01-18-2004, 09:16 PM
Originally posted by BMW_M52_M20
Hey guys,

I have 180,000kms on the car (90%) highway kms and have replaced the following:

Jay

Highway KM are really good for the car. Much better than city driving. I'd take a highway car over a city car any day.

Keep maintaining it, and it will be good. At this point, you should probably drive it and enjoy the car. It may not be worth selling it and getting something else.

I had a Toyota Corrola (1.6L engine) that went 270,000 KM, mostly all highway. It still passed emissions at 270K. When I sold it, it still ran fine.

duffy325
01-18-2004, 09:18 PM
I have 250 000km's on my 95 325i, and I recently got a compression/leakdown test, and had compression of over 220 on each cylinder, and 5% leakdown.

My service writer said it was the best test results he had ever seen for a car of this age.
By the way the car has 90% highway mileage as well. It runs perfectly.

Jon@Bimmersport
01-18-2004, 09:23 PM
auto? rich im disapointed in u...your KM are high...maybe a type-r motor would make it a more fun beater? ;)

280 on body for the E30, 180 on motor...runs good

R_JAY
01-18-2004, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by E46_lover
auto? rich im disapointed in u...your KM are high...maybe a type-r motor would make it a more fun beater? ;)

280 on body for the E30, 180 on motor...runs good What can I do, my mom helped me buy this car back in tha day when I had no credit so she picked it out.

Jammasterj
01-18-2004, 10:14 PM
Jay man,

you know as well as i do that the e36 will last forever.
i bet you could get 350 - 400 kms on that thing
and if she does ever decide to go. type R engine drop
something like an e36 M3...that should shave off a few seconds
but that won't be an issue for s few years anyways.

Jon@Bimmersport
01-18-2004, 10:16 PM
Originally posted by R_JAY
What can I do, my mom helped me buy this car back in tha day when I had no credit so she picked it out.

oops..i was disappointed that its AUTO. lol

R_JAY
01-18-2004, 10:32 PM
Originally posted by E46_lover
oops..i was disappointed that its AUTO. lol I know what you meant. I was just saying my mom picked the car and I had no say. I said I wanted standard and she laughed.

Jon@Bimmersport
01-18-2004, 10:35 PM
lol thats dry...my mom did that to me before..but not for a car..cuz i am payin for my own..so its my call.

anyways, having almost 200k isnt that bad, it all depends on your maintance and service history, previous owners etc

bmwm5lover
01-18-2004, 10:36 PM
278 here and going well...(knock on wood)

Predator_e36
01-19-2004, 12:05 AM
my uncle has 91 accord and it has over 500,000 k's

nseverin
01-19-2004, 12:10 AM
Key to an engine is oil changes. Its like the blood in body. It needs to be clean. Dont' park the car in the winter if you don't have to. Machines need to be worked. Every now and then rev it
high before changing gears. And like someone said, dont let your gas level drop to "E" before filling up.
If the body is good and the engine dies just drop another one in.
good luck!

IVAN
01-19-2004, 02:03 AM
Anyways I just wanna know how much did you pay to replace the weater pump/If u dont mind me askin?

King Luis
01-19-2004, 02:44 AM
my dodge has 226,000km and it is a 96'
head gasket went at 100,000km just past the warrenty
barly burns oil and almost every part is original
timing belt lasted nutil 215,000km lol
car needed new valves and a reconditioned head.
and this is a 2.0 dodge that had 3 drivers.
you car is a bimmer, it should last a lot longer then mine with less problems

niko_gt
01-19-2004, 02:49 AM
buddy, if uwant a good running car get an old volvo like the 240Disels or whatever my dad had one going on 470,000 km's

they're tanks, they're bodys will rust out before theyre engines die

Jammasterj
01-19-2004, 03:06 AM
Originally posted by nseverin
Key to an engine is oil changes. Its like the blood in body. It needs to be clean. Dont' park the car in the winter if you don't have to. Machines need to be worked. Every now and then rev it
high before changing gears. And like someone said, dont let your gas level drop to "E" before filling up.
If the body is good and the engine dies just drop another one in.
good luck!

amen to that brother...
oil changes make or break the car
thats what is going to determine if it lasts 50000ks or 500 000ks

omid
01-19-2004, 05:18 AM
mine has 340 Km and its a honda:D lol.no engin problems though.just rust a little.yours should be good till 400 at least.

BMW_M52_M20
01-19-2004, 01:32 PM
yep, this is the general concensious i thought it would be. The car is worth more to me then someone else, which is why I am going to keep it.

I agree, oil changes are key, if there is one thing you can do for your car, it should be oil changes.

Niko, I agree with your volvo claim, my dad has had a few over the years and they have been the most reliable cars he has owned.

Jordan, you know my car, the thing is a tank. Love the good old e36!
Jay

Justin e36
01-19-2004, 09:33 PM
my brother has a 2000 SIR with 190KM on it... (yes, only 4 yrs old)... but still running very strong.

BMW_M52_M20
01-19-2004, 09:54 PM
Yeah I have a little more faith in my e36 because it is only 6 years old as opposed to my e30 (18 years old).

Jay

thinair
01-20-2004, 01:06 AM
My truck has 344,XXXkm right now, I drive the crap out of it, I change the oil whenever I remember to (sometimes at 12,000km intervals), I use the cheapest motor oil I can find. It's on the original timing belt somehow. I redline it on a daily basis, I don't really wait for the engine to warm up before beating on it (to a point). I wait for the gas light to come on before refilling (until the gas light stopped working), only 87 octane, no additives, no treatments, no cleaners. The motor has been overreved at least 3 times (once by me). I used to tow a trailer all over the place when I did bike shows (once to Halifax, 27 hour trip).

Ask anyone who has seen me drive my truck to know what it has been through.

If my engine can last like that, then you'll have no problem the way you've been babying it.

King Luis
01-20-2004, 02:17 AM
when my car hit 200,000km i started changing the oil at 4000km instead of 5000km.
and i check the oil level and condition every week
just wondering. what happens if you never step on the gas and get the car really moving?? you know what i mean?
or if you baby it too much?:confused:

Manimillion
01-20-2004, 05:33 AM
A friends old Crx

Skunk#1
01-21-2004, 12:18 AM
compression tests don't necessarily mean the motors good. the leak down test is more accurate. high compression can meen a lot of carbon in the pistons, those cause hot spots and can lead to preignition (hole in the piston). that happened to me on my second motor for my land cruiser. it had 280,000 miles and had 180 psi in all the cylinders, they are ownly supposed to have 160. it almost threw a rod, and it bent the crank! now i have a new motor that has 11.5/1 compression (160psi-over 220) (it went from 135 hp stock to 230 hp) and it runs on race fuel only. that sucks since it cost 5$/gal. and the truck gets 10mpg if i'm lucky, 2-5 when off roading in the thick. i don't drive it on the street that much, since race fuel burns your eyes and lungs. also the motor wont last more than 20,000 miles. still it rocks in the rough. this is it before i painted it. *shiner*

Justin e36
01-21-2004, 07:01 PM
bro.. your E36 is a 98 with 180K on it?... damn. My car is a 92 E36 with 177KM on it now... and I'm like crying because it's so high...

///MsAniTy
01-21-2004, 07:06 PM
well it all depends on how its driven and also how u maintained it. just take care of it n it will take care of u

Jammasterj
01-26-2004, 02:06 AM
and if it is highway or city km's

i know jays is all highway
no start and stop, constant speed
much better for the car doesn't let vapors, condensation and carbon build up

no worries jay that e36 will last forever