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    OT, but interesting

    Here is the proof that if properly maintained and highway miles, car can last many miles. I don't know the real story behind this car, but I have feeling it might see 400k or more in proper hands.
    If it was BMW, I'd take a look at it as it's close to me.

    http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...e&rdpage=thumb



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts




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    I had a freind in the

    early 90's that owned, from new, a 1984 Oldmobile full size wagon. He put over 500k miles on it without any major repairs. He sent all the documentation to Oldsmbile when it turned 500k. They sent him a plaque stating that his car had earned its' way into the 1/2 million mile club. I always joked with him that they would come take the car to see what they did wrong to make it last so long. He drove it anothe 150 k miles before trading it for a newer car.Fritracer
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    2000 540ia Sport Package 9/99 Silver/ Black
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    The formula is relatively simple:

    1. Obsessive maintenace
    2. Warm up car before running the high rpm
    3. Always try to bring it to normal running temp. before shut down
    4. 100k highway miles is better than 50k of start/stop traffic
    etc.
    The problem is to follow those rules in every day life.



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts



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    I had a 74 Volvo 245 that had 760,000 miles on it

    when I sold it to a college kid back in 1990 to haul his dogs. I saw it a couple of years ago still going.

    My son's ex E34 525ia is still going with over 300,000 miles. I replaced the transmission once with one from a junkyard at around 175,000 miles.

    I have purchased BMWs with over 200K when I took them in and they are all still going except for the 3 that were totaled and I am sure their parts are running around out there somewhere.

    If you take care of a good one it will take care of you but if you take care of a bad one it will break you!

    Michael
    00 540 sport 6 spd

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    Re: The formula is relatively simple:

    Long-term ownership breeds some different behaviours than short term leasing, that's for sure.


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    Re: The formula is relatively simple:

    I'm pretty sure we have very similar maintenance habits. At this point, I don't care about the resale value or am I investing to much money in my Beemers.
    Just the fact that I can sit in any one of them and drive it on a long trip right now is enough for me. So keep enjoying it and maintain it and we'll be seeing some high mileages, I'm sure.



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts



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    +1...especially numbers 1 and 2


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    Re: The formula is relatively simple:

    My simple formula is to just give any vehicle whatever it needs, whenever it needs it. If a part even looks like a future potential problem it is replaced. Synthetic everything. Any visible rust on any part of the body or undercarriage is fixed by a reputable shop ASAP. Frequent washing and waxing. Washing by hand during winter at any opportunity when the temps rise above freezing. I tend to own cars longer than most, purchase used only and get good money back with an easy sale when I'm ready to sell them. Anyone can see a well maintained machine at first glance and they pay more for that. OCD maintenance means dead-reliable vehicles. RT

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