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BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for?

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2010/03/24 13:13:57 (permalink)

BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for?

Just wondering for peoples views on this.
 
I've got a 2004 BMW 320D Sport (150bhp turbo diesel 6 speed model)
 
I bought it a year old and I've now got 120,000 miles on the clock.  I have always had it serviced at correct intervals and too yet (Touch wood) I haven't had a single problem with it (Besides from general wear and tear such as tyres/brakes etc).
 
I'm considering what to do with it,  My mileage I travel has come down a bit now and I'm probably doing about 15,000 miles a year.  I can't work out whether to change this one if there is a chance I'll start to get problems with it, or keep it for an extra year or two and get my money out of it.  Due to the moeny I have lost in depreciation etc I would like to hold onto it for a bit longer, but if I envisage problems I would rather get rid of it beforehand.
 
So, sorry for the long post but in your opinion, I know there are many variations, but how many miles do you think a similar car would be good for these days if serviced correctly etc?
I'm just looking for a rough guide or from people who have owned similar cars in the past, so no  'clever' answers please as I'm quite aware the figure will vary from car to car and I it is not set up to blow up at 120006 miles or something!
 
 
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    johnny bravo
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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 13:15:52 (permalink)
    looked a after properly not abused etc,  wouldnt be suprised if you got up to 200k.

    never had a car with that kind of mileage myself but not unknown of.

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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 13:19:06 (permalink)
    If the oil has been changed regularly which i believe is one of the keys to engine life,and as you state serviced id not worry.
    Ive had nice cars ive let go due to High mileage ,nothing wrong with them but the fear of what MAY go wrong.

    I think a lot is hype and brainwashing about the need to replace cars with 100k+,the modern engines can do a lot more if looked after,its not uncommon for Volvo's or olkder mercs to do 300-500k trouble free.


    Id deffo stick with it and not worry,the cars i got rid of i regret and i still see them around looking ok and must be running alright.

    I Vote keep

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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 13:28:09 (permalink)
    that bmw engine is solid, my dad has the 3 litre variant with 180k miles on the clock, and i have seen rover/mg's with the same 2 litre diesel engine in with 250k miles

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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 13:30:19 (permalink)
    Funnily enough I am in a similar situation, how strange. I am not decided yet.
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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 18:41:08 (permalink)
    I had a 320d.
    Sold it with about 120k on the clock from memory, and the next owner (mate) got another 30k out of it before something expensive went (fuel pump, maybe, was a while ago).

    He sold it about a month ago, probably with 160k-odd on the clock.

    A decently serviced 320d should easily pop 200k IMO, with maybe 250k or 300k possible though it will likely have a few wearing chassis components by then.

    I will be looking at a 330d on Saturday with 140k on the clock but all service receipts. That mileage does not put me off.
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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 18:53:52 (permalink)
    if serviced properly i would expect no less than 250k trouble free miles
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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 18:53:58 (permalink)
    There aren't many BMW diesels here, but A LOT of Volkswagons and those diesels last forever. Not uncommon for 300,000 - 450,000 km.
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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 18:54:53 (permalink)
    I want a 330d 03/04 and maximum would be 140k on the clock only because they are solid and pro go on to 300k if looked after.
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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 19:04:30 (permalink)
    I love the way everyone always says 200K + is nothing.
    Next will be 'its only just run in at 100k'...
    In reality, ive not seen many cars that have had more than 150k on the clock that do not still do continuous motorway use.
    Once the motorway usage stops and it becomes a town vehicle, it'll deteriorate rapidly.
    The way the car will be used changes the whole discussion imo.

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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 19:06:59 (permalink)
    Good point Red Man although most high mileage diesel BMWs seem to be newish plate, motorway munching rep mobiles.

    To pretty much guarantee an ex-company car, specify leather interior in your online search.
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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 19:12:05 (permalink)
    rightyho

    Good point Red Man although most high mileage diesel BMWs seem to be newish plate, motorway munching rep mobiles.



    They always are mate as they dont last 'that' long after the company passes the car on to the general public.
     

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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 19:19:29 (permalink)
    engine will be fine no doubt if its been well serviced......

    BUT!

    Cars approacing that kinda millage will start to wear other components, bushes, suspension etc etc....so repair bills will start for it for those parts at some point.

    I have had a few cars with 150k plus albeit alot older, and they have faied MOT's and just not been econimical to repair well before the engines have died.
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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 19:44:35 (permalink)
    100k Run in was a Clarkson qoute on the VW Golf in the early 1990's,but you point on motorway versus town is very valid

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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 21:42:04 (permalink)
    Redman has it, motorway v around town is the important factor, if a diesel is well looked after then you could get many more miles. Ask some taxi drivers if you want to know whats what, I drove a taxi for a few months years ago and one guy had a Nissan primera with over 500k on the clock, lots of deisel Peugeot's, fords, and surprisingly a fair few mercs too.
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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 22:54:13 (permalink)
    Well my old 03 X5 3.0D Sport had 86k on the clock and in 1 year racked up £6000 of repairs (hence why I no longer own it...).

    So really can be down to luck - BMWs are meant to be good but every now and then you get a lemon (like mine was).  So really, if you've had it trouble free for a while, its likely its a good motor.  But anything can happen.  Just make sure serviced properly.

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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/24 23:46:55 (permalink)
    A good reason why you don't see many BMW diesels being used on the ranks they aren't what they are hyped up to be, the're a badge and oftern poor in the reliability stakes and can be expensive to maintain hence why cabbies don't use/rate them, their livelihood depends on their car. Mercs as I said used to be common as they were very reliable. BMW's - made in Germany lol, many of their components are made in the Far east and assembled in Germany, fairly poor reliability now. New Mondeo crapsw all over an equivalent BMW its just the badge that spoils it.
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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/25 00:46:05 (permalink)
    I have a 320td Sport with 110,000 on the clock, still running like brand new. Id say at least 200k +

     
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    Re:BMW Diesel (2004). On average, how many miles do you think they're good for? 2010/03/25 08:37:57 (permalink)
    Thanks for all the replies.

    Yeah well mine still drives like when I had it at the moment to be honest with 120k on.

    I think the motorway vs town point is very valid though.  Saying that I'd say 85% of my mileage is Motorway miles.  I live about 3 miles from motorway and then I either travel 50 miles north and back or 30 miles south and back.  Besides from that I pretty much have no mileage except from going to the gym and the odd short trip.  So hopefully component wear etc will be a lot less than expected as I very rarely do many stop start short journey's.   I'm not a sales rep or anything but I work between two offices (Stoke and Birmingham N.E.C) so that's where all the mileage has been clocked up really.

    With a bit of luck I'll get a lot more use out of it yet then.  I cannot fault it as of yet,  I've not even had to change a bulb in the years I've had it.  I think I've just got that phobia in my head that says >100k miles is a knacker etc.   Hopefully this will be a car that changes my view (Fingers crossed!)

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