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Old 01-18-2004, 07:33 PM   #1
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Question The life span of my engine?

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.......
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Old 01-18-2004, 07:35 PM   #2
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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.

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. With a bimmer the engine is even stronger so you are ok at 180 000.
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Old 01-18-2004, 08:29 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 01-18-2004, 08:44 PM   #4
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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.

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. With a bimmer the engine is even stronger so you are ok at 180 000.
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Old 01-18-2004, 09:16 PM   #5
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Re: The life span of my engine?

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Hey guys,

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

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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.
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Old 01-18-2004, 09:18 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 01-18-2004, 09:23 PM   #7
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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
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Old 01-18-2004, 09:36 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 01-18-2004, 10:14 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 01-18-2004, 10:16 PM   #10
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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
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Old 01-18-2004, 10:32 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 01-18-2004, 10:35 PM   #12
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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
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my uncle has 91 accord and it has over 500,000 k's
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Old 01-19-2004, 12:10 AM   #15
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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.
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