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Old 02-22-2013, 01:18 PM   #81
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:49 PM   #82
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Sweet Jesus! 229k?! Good job, man! Or good job BMW... But actually probably good job to both! I don't know about you guys but I love having a car with an ass load of miles that still runs and feels like a car that's half it's age. I loved when people would get into my old Acura CL with 190k miles and ask what year it was and how many miles it had. None of them would believe me just from looking at the car and hearing it run.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:51 PM   #83
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Sweet Jesus! 229k?! Good job, man! Or good job BMW... But actually probably good job to both! I don't know about you guys but I love having a car with an ass load of miles that still runs and feels like a car that's half it's age. I loved when people would get into my old Acura CL with 190k miles and ask what year it was and how many miles it had. None of them would believe me just from looking at the car and hearing it run.
HWY miles are kinder to the car than city miles.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:19 PM   #84
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Yeah they are. The car can just get into a rhythm and hum along for hundreds of miles at a time.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:48 PM   #85
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:56 PM   #86
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124K, had problems with reverse twice. Drained original fluid at 122K.
It was dark, but not burned. If reverse holds up, I'll change the fluid
2 more times, to get the all the original oil out.

I also want to say - because there is a lot of auto trans. bashing
on this forum - I love my car with the auto! The shifts are smooth as butter,
it shifts exactly when I want it to shift, (it's a non-step) and I absolutely
love the gear ratios, it fits my driving style perfectly.
By the way, I've owned 15 cars with manual, including an E36 M3.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:22 AM   #87
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229k. No problems, no leaks, no mechanical issues at all.
I too have 229k. Car is in the shop today getting more fluid. Spewed out in freezing temps.

Fluid was changed around 210 only because tranny lines broke.


But the tranny (before losing fluid) felt stronger and smoother than any car I've driven.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:19 AM   #88
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I feel like a lot of people associate driveshaft problems with the transmission when the transmission is probably still OK.

If you're clunking going from P to R or downshifting (For autos) has a clunk it's most like your CSB or Rear Diff Bushing and or Guibo.

I am not nice to my car, I probably abuse my car more then anything and it's handled it so well.

I'm 2nd on this thread at 203k miles, original fluid, original everything.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:16 PM   #89
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2000 323ci with 217k miles and still shifts perfect, no hesitation from P-D, or otherwise. I recently started driving the car after taking it in on trade and finding that I really love the way it looks and drives, aside from the worn control arm bushings that really need to be replaced.

I've just tracked down the previous owner and I'm going to see what I can find out in terms of what he did from a maintenance perspective. But given the condition of the control arm bushings, I'm suspecting that he neglected proper maintenance over the 8 years that he owned it.

Now I'm going to look for some really good wood to knock on.....LOL
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:59 PM   #90
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136k with no problem, original owner. Changed fluid twice and filter once with Valvoline Dexron VI.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:26 PM   #91
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216,000 no problems... except random Torque converter code 2 years ago ( I ignored)... knock on wood.
Replaced everything basically but the engine and transmission at this point.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:42 PM   #92
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Posting for my buddy, 2000 528i 275,000 miles, no problems other than 2 random limp home modes...FLUID NEVER CHANGED
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:47 PM   #93
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Posting for my buddy, 2000 528i 275,000 miles, no problems other than 2 random limp home modes...FLUID NEVER CHANGED
Wow! That's impressive. I am starting not to worry about trans oil change seeing all these high mileage examples.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:02 PM   #94
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Yeah some auto trannies last a really long time without repair, much better than a manual which needs a clutch changed ever 100K. And that's not an easy or cheap repair either.

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Old 03-11-2013, 09:19 PM   #95
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122K still running good on original fluids.. gonna change mine fluid out soon. i have a ZF steptronic, anyone know how much a flush and refill + filter would cost me?
if my auto trannys sh!ts its self any time soon im going for a 6 speed swap.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:09 AM   #96
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:03 PM   #97
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:25 PM   #98
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In my opinion, anything 04 and younger with 120k miles is still low mileage compared to us 200k'ers.

Obviously not LOW LOW.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:52 PM   #99
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Yeah some auto trannies last a really long time without repair, much better than a manual which needs a clutch changed ever 100K. And that's not an easy or cheap repair either.
100% disagree here.

My wife's 2001 325iT with auto trans has 160+K miles, never changed fluid, tranny still drives ok, but has been giving this horrible JOLT when I drive it sometimes that scares the **** out of me. It keeps on going though.

My car is an 01 330i with manual tranny. 172K miles, original clutch, still working perfectly.

My buddy who has the 2000 528i with 270K has a wife with a 2000 328i with about 140K miles, never changed auto trans fluid, working like a charm.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:20 PM   #100
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I just DIY changed my tranny fluid (Valvoline Dexron VI) and filter again last Saturday @136K+ miles, total parts cost is about $95, so far I had been replaced fluids 3 times and filters twice. I did change the fluids little more often than average people did but I want to be sure that my auto tranny won't fail at any time soon, I want it lasts over 200K at least.
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