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Old 07-25-2010, 10:21 PM   #1
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Question Too few miles a bad thing?

I have the chance to purchase a 2004 M3 with 7500 miles. The owner uses the car on weekends and states that at times it may 3-4 weeks between drives. He changes the oil every 6 months and the car is immaculate. Does anyone have concerns about " excessive wear" because of infrequent start-ups? Thanks
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:28 PM   #2
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what other cars does this guy own that he drives this so little? if this guy isn't jay leno, i think i might be spooked.
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:41 PM   #3
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Airline pilot and young family. I spoke with our local dealer and no hidden issues. Do low miles and infrequent starts concern you?
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:43 PM   #4
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wouldn't bother me, the engine is barely broken in
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:44 PM   #5
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how much is he asking?
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:50 PM   #6
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34k obo....
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:54 PM   #7
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M3+ Low miles= more gooder! Go for it!
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:10 PM   #8
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lol really?
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:12 PM   #9
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you might get some seals drying out... rear main seal... and a few others... i have a buddy who bought an 03 SL55 AMG it had like 20k miles on it when he bought it. the usage of the car was just shy of 3k a year. basically just a weekend car, his rear main seal is leaking a little bit. not a lot but some...

the Vette guys that don't drive their cars much, have the diff seal dry out on them.. don't know about the M though....


thats really the only issue that i would be looking for... even if the rear main seal was dried out, personally i would be ok with that... just drop the tranny pull the clutch, and replace the damn seal and be done with it. especially for a car with 7500 miles on it!!!!!
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:20 PM   #10
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you might get some seals drying out... rear main seal... and a few others... i have a buddy who bought an 03 SL55 AMG it had like 20k miles on it when he bought it. the usage of the car was just shy of 3k a year. basically just a weekend car, his rear main seal is leaking a little bit. not a lot but some...

the Vette guys that don't drive their cars much, have the diff seal dry out on them.. don't know about the M though....


thats really the only issue that i would be looking for... even if the rear main seal was dried out, personally i would be ok with that... just drop the tranny pull the clutch, and replace the damn seal and be done with it. especially for a car with 7500 miles on it!!!!!
I was just going to post that. Dry seals crack but I'd by it in a second if I had the money and was in the market for one. I chose my 02 because it was the lowest mile 330i I could find and it has been flawless
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:30 PM   #11
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wow. buy that car. it is going to be a classic.
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:36 PM   #12
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Why is few miles a bad thing my 328i is a 2000 with 51k miles i put about 4400 miles a year and i only drive weekends as well its not a bad thing..... Yes i drive my car more then him but still NO its not a bad thing its a great thing do for it without worries
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:21 AM   #13
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Salm, if the seals don't get the correct exposure to lubricants, they can dry "shrink" kind of like dried leather.. you keep leather oiled its nice and malleable, you don't oil it, it will get dried hard and brittle.... they use to use leather for seals... but not anymore....
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:00 AM   #14
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While everybody else is anguishing about seals, gaskets, etc. I'd be writing the seller out a check ASAP. s54 engines like to be driven, but better that you should be the one doing the driving. If that was a 2006-2008 Z4M (which have the same motor) the mileage would command a significant premium, as long as the car had been maintained on a rigid "time" as opposed to "mileage" schedule.
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Thank you for the input. I thought another issue was piston and engine wear since oil has a chance to drip back down into the pan leaving upper engine "dry" at start-ups every 3-4 weeks? Thoughts? Thanks again, y' all....
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:59 AM   #17
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Thank you for the input. I thought another issue was piston and engine wear since oil has a chance to drip back down into the pan leaving upper engine "dry" at start-ups every 3-4 weeks? Thoughts? Thanks again, y' all....
Well... when i changed my valve cover gasket, it was pretty much dry up at the top of the motor and that was the same day. all that really is left is a thin film over everything. also, i think it would take quite a while for it to completely "dry"
and i honestly don't think it would become completely bare without exposure to the elements. i mean, at the factory they have to start the car for the first time sooner or later right? hopefully more will chime in.

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Old 07-26-2010, 10:15 AM   #18
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I have the same concerns myself. I often have no need to drive and feel my car is slightly undermileaged. I've got 54K on an 8 year old e46, and @ 12K/yr, I should have 92K based upon the months owned. I used to drive more often, but over ther last 3 years, I managed to put only like 2500/miles a year.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:41 AM   #19
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Why are you here posting instead of jumping on this? I don't understand some people. An ultra-low-mileage 6-year-old desirable car for a decent price is a no-brainer.

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what other cars does this guy own that he drives this so little? if this guy isn't jay leno, i think i might be spooked.
I'm no Jay Leno, but My Beloved and I have six cars between us, and although we keep them for years and years... we seldom put a lot of miles on them. Highest mileage (and oldest) in our fleet right now is the 2002 BMW, with... <50,000 miles. Lowest is the 2008 MB R350, with <2,800 miles.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:57 AM   #20
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I'd be more worried about what the fuel system and oil are like more than start-up wear. If he didn't leave it with a full tank in between drives, it could varnish and absorb moisture. If he didn't drive it long enough to evaporate the moisture in the oil, all sorts of crap happens to it and eventually bearings, seals and softer metal components that are lubricated. Ask to draw a small amount of oil for analysis. $36 is a wise investment to avoid a potential $34K disaster.
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