View Full Version : Is 120,000 miles too much for a BMW?

05-01-2006, 07:34 PM
Is 120,000 miles too much for a BMW?

Round two of deal no deal, looking for opinions from BMW guru's.
Lost round one, 1997 528i, $13,500.

Round two. Have a line on a 1999 528i black, sports package.

"$12,995, Black, 4 dr, 5 spd std, 6 cyl, ABS, air bags, air, alarm, all power, alloy wheels,

am/fm cass, cruise, fully loaded, leath int, pb, ps, pw, sunroof, tilt, traction control"

120,000 miles.

Havn't seen yet plan on taking a look this weekend but 120,000 miles! few, seems like a lot.

Comments from experienced owners?

As always, thanks!

05-01-2006, 07:47 PM
i bought my car with just under 100K miles. zero problems

BMW motors will run forever (200K miles or so) if they were well serviced. The motor you have in your potential car and the one i have in mine are *I BELIEVE* the same motor (m52b28). So far i've had no problems with mine at all

05-02-2006, 06:36 AM
I wouldn't let 120,000 steer me away from buying a good car. Like all cars, vehicle maintenance history is important. See if the car you want to buy comes with it.

Check for instrument pixels missing in the dash cluster, etc...

Otherwise, great car to own and drive.

05-02-2006, 08:07 AM
My M3 has over 185,000Miles. Still runs strong under forced induction.

05-02-2006, 12:05 PM
Reading up on this VANOS issue is scaring we away from a double VANOS (1999+) 528i.

Comments, concerns, over-blown?

05-02-2006, 03:32 PM
Reading up on this VANOS issue is scaring we away from a double VANOS (1999+) 528i.

Comments, concerns, over-blown?

It all depends how the vehicle was maintained.
I know a few 2000+ 540I with over 250,000Km
and with no problems, sorry with radiator neck problems only.

05-06-2006, 03:57 PM
I bought mine with 170Km on it. I spent $700 bucks for new rubber and $500 for a few small misc. that were wrong with it. Havn't looked back yet.

05-11-2006, 10:42 PM
My 97 540 has 278 on it. These cars are fantastic. Service records are important but regardless of mileage, electronic gremlins will come up on you. Spending $2-3k/yr on a used bimmer can be expected. That's the lesson I learned. Not one regret though.

05-12-2006, 06:22 PM
i have 292000 KM on my 98 540i , bought it with 200 k's on it , so far changed brakes and front lower ball joint, my radiator leaks alittle bit since i bought it , never puted time to fix it , just add alittle bit of coolant about once a month or so as the light starting to come on, the other thing i have to take care of is my sway bar links, roads suck in Toronto. engine and a 6 speed tranny runs perfect with no problems ....