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      01-04-2015, 08:26 PM   #1
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high mileage e9x M3 ownership

I'm thinking to get 08,09 used e90 M3.I found few available with around 90000km(almost 60000miles) at my area.just wondering beside regular maintenance,what kind of potential problem should I consider?or if I get this high mileage car is just get a trouble to myself?
I really love this generation m3 coz with V8 engine.....engine/exhaust sound is amazing.
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      01-04-2015, 08:56 PM   #2
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M cars are not cheap to maintain...having said that there is no reason to fear early years of production. 60k miles is not particularly high.
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      01-04-2015, 09:18 PM   #3
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It's been too soon for anything to break yet but I feel great about the 08 I just purchased a few weeks ago. It has 61k miles. I was also looking at another 08 with 46k miles but the higher mileage car was in better condition overall and unmodified (except for body-colored reflectors)
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i think with the recent 6-7 yrs, it is safe to say that the S65 is defeintely known to be the most reliable M engine so far produced by M division.
proper maintenance will keep this engine healthy for a long time
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First and foremost, make sure you source a solid BMW specialist.
Second, Clearly you guys aren't reading the bearing issue threads laying around here. Fortunately, the milage, year, or body style isn't making a difference. At the end I feel like its a crap shoot... just make sure you buy a reputable extended warranty. I just had my engine replaced and the bill was around $25K! Thank got for warranty
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First and foremost, make sure you source a solid BMW specialist.
Second, Clearly you guys aren't reading the bearing issue threads laying around here. Fortunately, the milage, year, or body style isn't making a difference. At the end I feel like its a crap shoot... just make sure you buy a reputable extended warranty. I just had my engine replaced and the bill was around $25K! Thank got for warranty
Which company for the extended warranty?
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      01-04-2015, 11:44 PM   #7
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An extended warranty won't always save you if you have a catastrophic failure. There have already been documented cases of denial.
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      01-05-2015, 12:39 AM   #8
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Thanks for common guys! And yeah,I have the most concern is the rod bearing issue.how many hrs of labour to replace the rod bearing?

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First and foremost, make sure you source a solid BMW specialist.
Second, Clearly you guys aren't reading the bearing issue threads laying around here. Fortunately, the milage, year, or body style isn't making a difference. At the end I feel like its a crap shoot... just make sure you buy a reputable extended warranty. I just had my engine replaced and the bill was around $25K! Thank got for warranty
Wow....25k for replaced engine.what happen about it?
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60k miles is high mileage? LOL

I had 185k miles on my E36 M3 when I sold it.
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      01-05-2015, 01:33 AM   #10
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60k miles is high mileage? LOL

I had 185k miles on my E36 M3 when I sold it.
I never own a car more than 10k kms b4,and I did replaced cylinder head gasket,oil housing gasket,water pump,thermostat,trust arm bushing,shift shaft seal on my e90 325i around 11k kms.so I assumed more than 10k kms is kind of high mileage.
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60k miles is high mileage? LOL

I had 185k miles on my E36 M3 when I sold it.
Right on my brother! . I have 235k on an e39 540M sport. and I have just over 60k on my M!
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There have already been documented cases of denial.
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M cars are not cheap to maintain...having said that there is no reason to fear early years of production. 60k miles is not particularly high.
I spend, roughly less or just about the same amount to maintain my M3 compared to my W204 Merc C350, and 955 Cayenne.


Yes, if things do go wrong, it's expensive, but generically speaking, regular maintenance is the same.
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I'm in the same boat as OP--looking at an unmodded '08 w/65K; I'd be the 3rd owner.

When getting the PPI, any other obvious things to have the mechanic look for aside from the infamous rod bearing issue? Worth it to wait it out to find a 1 owner car?
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You'll be fine.
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You'll be fine.
Niiice. What type of substantial work--aside from reg. maintenance--should I expect to have done between ~60k & ~100k miles?

(your username looks familiar, btw. haha)
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You'll be fine.
Nice!
And I'd like to know about your maintenance history...like what parts did u replaced.gasket,belt,pulley,bushing....?
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Niiice. What type of substantial work--aside from reg. maintenance--should I expect to have done between ~60k & ~100k miles?

(your username looks familiar, btw. haha)
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Nice!
And I'd like to know about your maintenance history...like what parts did u replaced.gasket,belt,pulley,bushing....?
valve cover gaskets, belts, hoses, coolant system flush, pulleys, waterpump, thermostat
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valve cover gaskets, belts, hoses, coolant system flush, pulleys, waterpump, thermostat
s65 is using electric water pump or not?
Edited: I found out that is not electric one.also,engine oil pan gasket replaced?coz I need to change about 120k km on my N52 engine
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