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Greetings all from Ireland!!!:viking:

Just wanted to get some advice and feedback on looking at purchasing 99/00 Beasts with 90K plus miles on the clock. I would be looking at the UK marketplace to source my car and have done a few searches not revealing anything of note.

I guess my main concern is forking out a large sum of money for a 5/6 year old car with close on 100k, if not over 100K. My heart says go for it, my head says I'm mad!!!ouich

Also do the E39'S pose the same level of worries with the Vanos units as the E36 evo's? If I import I will loose all warranty status if any at time of purchase. There's just no examples for sale in Ireland...hence the need to look across the water.

Due to the crazy prices to run cars over here and import, etc, I can't look at a newer car as I'm looking at 30-35K Euro for 99-00 already. That's the max I can go to.

Any advice and experiences would be much appreciated:cheers:
 

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I would not do it, considering lower cost new cars on the market now and some that are coming.
 

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Hi Frank

Don't do it without the warranty. My 114k mile recently spent the best part of 2 weeks at the dealer where it swallowed £8k of BMW Warranty Department money. Yes - the vanos and a few other "bits and pieces"

Good Luck

Guy
 

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Greetings Frank,


FYI there looks to be a superb MY/99 Silverstone/Black Beast in the For Sale section on www.BM3W.co.uk at an absolute giveaway price, with the added bonus of BMW extended warranty.

Good Luck in your search.

C.
 

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Why not wait invest that money, and get the new m3 coming in a yr or so. It's supose to have either coupe or sedan offerings with 400-415 hp.
 

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Hi Frank

I would not go for a car with such high milage.

I am currently looking for a buyer for my car, so if you are interested PM me.
 

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As long as the car has been cared for and is not suffering from any faults that are yet to be fixed, why not? All of these cars are going to get old eventually, and if thats all you can afford and you have your heart set on an M5 then I say go for it. I have a 1999 model with 113,000 kms on it, and it as cared for by the previous owner and runs fine (touch wood).
 

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Thanks fellas for the advice. Jayson, the new M3 would be way out of my price range. I'm sure they will be circa 100-120K Euro when released here!!!


I will keep looking and planning. Approved BMW M5's here are very rare and as such command a very high premium over independent and private sales.

I will keep looking and planning!!

Thanks again all...cherrsagai
 

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If you are looking for a super-reliable vehicle, don't buy a BMW. Any BMW. Go buy a Toyota.

My e39 M5 has 94,000 miles on it. It drives as amazingly well as it did 5 years ago with 94 miles. Yes, it requires maintanence and occasional repairs. (the full list is posted elsewhere) I drive mine every day... well, almost every day.

Find a single-owner car who maintained it regularly and didn't abuse it. Be prepared to pay for occasional repairs. Do some of the simple stuff yourself (most of it is simple stuff). Look, if I can work on cars, anyone can. They were built so they could be repaired; everything comes apart if you know where all the nuts, bolts, and screws are.

Then enjoy it. Enjoy driving it. Enjoy working on it yourself. This isn't an investment, it is a toy. You pay, then you play.

Or, go buy a Toyota, and leave one more of these amazing cars on the market for someone who wants it more than you do.

IMHO,
-Don
 

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M5's produced after 3/00 have had valve design upgrades and in-turn oil consumption was greatly reduced.
Good Luck on your search!:flag:
 

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Beamer_usa said:
M5's produced after 3/00 have had valve design upgrades and in-turn oil consumption was greatly reduced.
Good Luck on your search!:flag:
it's actually a piston ring design.
Oil consumption still varies! Some newer ones still eat it, some older ones don't.
Mike :cheers:
 

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Hi Frank,

I bought my car in January this year, I was in the same position as you and could not afford to spend a fortune. I bought a 1999 model with 115,000 miles on the clock. 10 months later I have 121,000 miles on the clock. The car has no warranty and was bought privately. The fan coupler broke which cost £200 and that is all that has gone wrong. The ABS sensor does need replacing and this is £50. The service lights have gone from 3 lights to 2. Oil consumption is quite steep at 1L every 400 miles but I use a cheaper oil now by Millers which is £32 for 5L (much cheaper than £19 1L for TWS). I use shell optimax and have averaged 19.7MPG. Insurance is £700 per year. So in short the car has cost me very little to run. I always buy high mile cars, my previous 525i had 145,000 on the clock and was faultless even on a 3,600 mile trip to Marbella and back. I saw a 99 model with 120K on the clock for sale at £13K this week on autotrader. I purchased mine from a friend so I knew it had been looked after. Another friend has a 2000 model M5 with 90K+ on the clock and that is fault free. In my experience you could pay £10K more and buy a problem, its always the luck of the draw wether you spend a little or a lot. Good luck and don't be put off by the high miles, my car drives superbly and I'm still very happy with it. Hope that helps,

Paul.
 

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Thanks for all the helpful responses fellas. I'm going to take my time as I have no particular car in mind just now. Importing one from the UK is going to be a likely path I think.


I'll no doubt have loads more questions in the near future too!zzzzz

Frank the Tank:viking:
 

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I'm glad that there are numerous postings defending the purchase of high-mileage cars as the 1999 one I'm after has 104k on it, althought it's covered by the renewable BMW warranty that should mean I'm not going to suffer any catastrophic bills!
 

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Louv,


I've already had a few BMW's....All 6 cylinders and was just concerned re running a 400bhp v8 in Ireland. It will be rediculously expensive that's all!

I have no interest in buying a Toyota as you should have assumed....

It's great to hear you carry out some of your own work and is a great boost to the confidence re carrying out some self maintenance on the m5.

Frank.
 

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Just get friendly with your local BMW specialist because there will be times that you need their assistance.
 
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