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Old 01-22-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Happy 2000K on my Y2K 323ci

Well, I had to pull over take a picture of this. I hope to get many more miles out of this wonderful daily driver. I'm lucky because this car has been maintained to the highest standards, with records to prove it, by the previous owners.

With the help of the many great DIY and forums contributors, I do all my own maintenance and luckily I have a couple Mechanic friends who help out when I get stuck.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:46 PM   #2
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2000K is 2,000,000...you had me impressed for a second!

Nice milestone...join the club! I think there are 4 of us now! LOL
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:48 PM   #3
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Wow! That must be the highest mileage e46 with 2,000,000 miles.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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Wow! That must be the highest mileage e46 with 2,000,000 miles.
OOOPS - Brain Fart! Slip of the fingers!

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:57 PM   #5
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Odometer reads well over 200k, but not really sure because it came with a tamper dot.
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I remember reading a story about a Long Island man and his Volvo that had 3 Million miles on it. Keep going! Oh, did you mean 200K?
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I remember reading a story about a Long Island man and his Volvo that had 3 Million miles on it. Keep going! Oh, did you mean 200K?
Yes, 200,000! This car at 200,000 is far sounder than my Japanese car's were at 50,000. My goal is to do a "Work in Progress/Daily Driver Restoration" when I fix a few bubbles from road rash!

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Old 01-22-2013, 05:34 PM   #8
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My e46 has about 264 kms (canada) kms not miles
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:41 PM   #9
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I think there are 4 of us now! LOL

Now that's funny!

What really frustrates me, is that somewhere along the line, someone removed my plastic front splash shield and the cover for the oil drain pan. Probably some slacker at one of the repair joints. I've got a lot of the receipts, should just call and harass them and say, put stuff back the way you found it. But, I guess I'm just weird!
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2000K is 2,000,000...you had me impressed for a second!

Nice milestone...join the club! I think there are 4 of us now! LOL
LOL I'm sure there are more lol, I'm going to be at 200K before the ned of next month
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+1, Yes, I already hit 228K miles too.
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I'm at 150,000 Mi now, well on my way to 200K + here soon.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:05 AM   #15
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So what is the issue---a 2000 E46 can easily do 200,000 miles. I have done it with all my BMW's. Proper maintenance.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:21 AM   #16
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So what is the issue---a 2000 E46 can easily do 200,000 miles. I have done it with all my BMW's. Proper maintenance.
No, ISSUES! Just something positive to report on, instead of the negative!
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What is nice about knowing that your BMW will do well over 200,000 miles is that it puts things into prospective. If you are buying a new car, the usual thinking (for most Detroit cars) is that if it has 80k miles on it it is over the hill, and maybe good for another 20k or 50 k. And that is what the Detroit manufactures what you not only to believe BUT in reality the car is built to not last. They WANT you to buy a new car at some point not to far after 100k. (I have done the same high maintenance to my Detroit vehicles--and all of them could not make anywhere near 200k--that would be a rare exception I would think)
BUT when we are talking BMW, in my mind, the car that has 80k is like NEW. Just broken in, provided it is owned by one of you guys (gals) who like me does high maintenance and takes care of things. And I truly think that a BMW is always good for 200k to 300k with my "normal' maintenance plan.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:57 AM   #18
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What is nice about knowing that your BMW will do well over 200,000 miles is that it puts things into prospective. If you are buying a new car, the usual thinking (for most Detroit cars) is that if it has 80k miles on it it is over the hill, and maybe good for another 20k or 50 k. And that is what the Detroit manufactures what you not only to believe BUT in reality the car is built to not last. They WANT you to buy a new car at some point not to far after 100k. (I have done the same high maintenance to my Detroit vehicles--and all of them could not make anywhere near 200k--that would be a rare exception I would think)
BUT when we are talking BMW, in my mind, the car that has 80k is like NEW. Just broken in, provided it is owned by one of you guys (gals) who like me does high maintenance and takes care of things. And I truly think that a BMW is always good for 200k to 300k with my "normal' maintenance plan.
I guess, I was sorta of echoing what you stated in your post. I am a commuter about 140 miles a day, so I put a lot of miles on a car. I've done it both ways, where I've bought new cars and had the monthly payment and driven mainly other asian makes up to 200,000+ but you could tell things were getting tired real fast.

So, the last two cars, I tried a different philosophy, to seek out used cars on Craigslist, that have been well taken care of. My 01 Saab Viggen, was a good car (how many people can say that) I felt safe in it and got great gas mileage, but it was the product of being the unwanted step child of G.M. However, I bought it for $3,500 bucks and drove it for three years and it did great, until about 190,000 miles. I quickly picked up a Toyota Celica, which I don't what I WAS THINKING! I guess it was again not pimped out owned by a Toyota Engineer and clean. I look ridiculous in it, it rode like a brick and didn't get that great of gas mileage. So threw back on Craigslist after three weeks and made a few bucks on it!

Now I picked up the 192,000 miles, 2000 BMW. I initially called on the ad, to feel out the owner, which turned out to be his mechanic/maintainer of vehicles for the owner. I knew not much about BMW's other than I always admired the E46, but was uneducated about them. I said, I was nervous about buying a car with that miles and proceeded to list of a list of things that a car with that sort of mileage would need. Everything I said, the owner had done, with receipts to prove it.

I bought the car on November 17, of last year and drove it to Florida and back have no worries about it's reliability. My wife even compliment the car on our trip to Florida and she's hates all my cars. So, in two months of ownership and 8,000 miles. I'm hooked! I'll be buying used BMW's for the foreseeable future! Plus, I like walking into the "Stealership" past the salespeople and chatting with my "peeps" in the parts department.

My Bimmer, is going to my Daily Driver Restoration Project/stress reliever/Summer Ice Cream Car with the kids cars for a long time. I'll just park her in the back of the garage when I buy another commuting BMW!

Plus after 13 years, the car still looks cool!
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I'm at 185k and wasn't driven easy its whole life.

Worst thing for these cars and easiest way to have problems is to not drive them like they were meant to be driven. You gotta beat on them every now and then.
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I'm at 185k and wasn't driven easy its whole life.

Worst thing for these cars and easiest way to have problems is to not drive them like they were meant to be driven. You gotta beat on them every now and then.

Sure, you gotta let them run sometimes. I like the sound of the straight six as it comes on around 3,500 rpm. I think it would be fun to take the old girl to a track day or take a driving course.
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