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Im looking at e36 M3's and E34 M5's. Ive always liked 5's and may prefer the M5. Ive been doing some searching about buying one and have learned a lot but still have a few questions. Many that Ive found have high mileage (150k miles+). I read the engines go 200k. So will I need to overhaul the engine at that point or may it last a lot longer? Also I read that the timing chain or tensioner goes bad around 150k? Is there any other things like this to watch out for?
 

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If the engine has been properly cared for, then it should be fine..
I don`t think the 200k mark has much to do with needing an overhaul..
A Toyota will blow up at 100k if it`s not taken care of..
The question you should ask yourself is.. Am I gonna be able to afford
rebuilding an M type engine when the time comes??? :M5rev:
good luck with your purchase :cheers:
 

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Im looking at e36 M3's and E34 M5's. Ive always liked 5's and may prefer the M5. Ive been doing some searching about buying one and have learned a lot but still have a few questions. Many that Ive found have high mileage (150k miles+). I read the engines go 200k. So will I need to overhaul the engine at that point or may it last a lot longer? Also I read that the timing chain or tensioner goes bad around 150k? Is there any other things like this to watch out for?
It all depends on care & use my friend.
The 3.8 has gained a rep for being more fragile..
Its a little more stressed mechanically than the 3.6 but the reality is that the abuse given these cars is not often matched by the care & attention.
These engines are capable of 400,000 km with attention to chain tensioners chain & sprockets etc.
An oil pump change when the sump gasket lets go is a good idea which is usually around 150,000 kms.
Water pumps require inspection & change say every 100,000 kms.

These are guides but what will surely shorten the life of this engine is aftermarket eproms with increased rev limits.
If you find a car that the owner has chipped, ask for all the details including serial no & go find what the chip has been programmed to do.

Chips from Dsylva & Conforti are top drawer for these vehicles.
Anything else need close inspection.

Personally, I have prepared myself for a full rebuild around the 320,000 km mark & the financial burden that will bring so that is still a couple of yrs away.

If you can, buy a car from a board member. Those on the board become clued up very quickly & remember, theres nos such thing as a cheap bargain with any M5.

Farrell
 

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If the engine has been properly cared for, then it should be fine..
I don`t think the 200k mark has much to do with needing an overhaul..
A Toyota will blow up at 100k if it`s not taken care of..
The question you should ask yourself is.. Am I gonna be able to afford
rebuilding an M type engine when the time comes??? :M5rev:
good luck with your purchase :cheers:
I take it by your name your in NH? Anywhere near Chichester? Heres the car I was looking at- http://autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?car_id=183286220&dealer_id=82127&car_year=1991&make=BMW&distance=0&lang=en&max_price=12500&model=M5&end_year=2006&min_price=1&certified=&address=55437&search_type=both&advanced=&start_year=1981&isp=y&cardist=1093#vdptop
Im about 1000 miles away. The car is cheap, but I checked the carfax and its clean and has only had one owner since day one. Maybe someone close could check the car out?
 

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As Farrell says, these cars are VERY expensive to run.

I've been lucky with mine so far, but then it had only done 51,000 miles when I bought it. Reckon I paid a £2k premium for the low miles, but 9 months on, reckon it was worth it..................

Biggest worry for me personally is the EDC dampers. You're looking at minimum £500 per corner - PLUS fitting!

Just take your time finding the right car.

I really enjoy mine - it's the only car I've ever had which I like more and more each day. Nothing special in a straight line, but as an overall package, they're brilliant - great throttle response, handling, high speed cruising, B road blasting, transporting the family - these cars do it all!
 

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As Farrell says, these cars are VERY expensive to run.

I've been lucky with mine so far, but then it had only done 51,000 miles when I bought it. Reckon I paid a £2k premium for the low miles, but 9 months on, reckon it was worth it..................

Biggest worry for me personally is the EDC dampers. You're looking at minimum £500 per corner - PLUS fitting!

Just take your time finding the right car.

I really enjoy mine - it's the only car I've ever had which I like more and more each day. Nothing special in a straight line, but as an overall package, they're brilliant - great throttle response, handling, high speed cruising, B road blasting, transporting the family - these cars do it all!
the edc was only on the 3.8 models though correct? Ive been looking at early 90's US spec 3.6 models
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I take it by your name your in NH? Anywhere near Chichester? Heres the car I was looking at- http://autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?car_id=183286220&dealer_id=82127&car_year=1991&make=BMW&distance=0&lang=en&max_price=12500&model=M5&end_year=2006&min_price=1&certified=&address=55437&search_type=both&advanced=&start_year=1981&isp=y&cardist=1093#vdptop
Im about 1000 miles away. The car is cheap, but I checked the carfax and its clean and has only had one owner since day one. Maybe someone close could check the car out?
No, I`m not in NH...
The car looks to be in decent shape..
If you`re thinking of buying an M5 as your daily driver... DON`T.
If you`re thinking of buying an M5 for Weekend cruising, or trips; I highly
recommend it..
I looked at the dealer`s website..
They are an authorized Dinan shop.. Seems like they specialize in BMW..
The also have a Red E34 M5?? drive that one too.. It`s got 80,000 fewer miles on it, but is 10,000$ more!! should give you something to compare the white M5 to though.. Wish I could help you more.. Just remember..
If you do buy it, and something breaks.. It`s not gonna be cheap..:M5launch:
 

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I actually found one in TX with 120k which sounds pretty nice. Im working on the deal and hopefully should have myself an M5 in the next few weeks! Ill let you guys know
 

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NH - not to hijack the conversation, but why wouldn't you buy one for a daily driver? Just curious. I have 202k miles on mine and use for a daily driver, it's a bunch of fun, but I don't live in a big city either..... Just would like your thoughts.

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No, I`m not in NH...
The car looks to be in decent shape..
If you`re thinking of buying an M5 as your daily driver... DON`T.
If you`re thinking of buying an M5 for Weekend cruising, or trips; I highly
recommend it..
I looked at the dealer`s website..
They are an authorized Dinan shop.. Seems like they specialize in BMW..
The also have a Red E34 M5?? drive that one too.. It`s got 80,000 fewer miles on it, but is 10,000$ more!! should give you something to compare the white M5 to though.. Wish I could help you more.. Just remember..
If you do buy it, and something breaks.. It`s not gonna be cheap..:M5launch:
 

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Hi!
Yes NH, why?
I`ve had mine as a daily driver for four years now, works perfectly fine. YES it is expensive with big E but I think it has been wort it. And if you compare to buying a new car, the total cost is way lower because the M5s are very cheap to buy these days....

:M5launch:
Sakke
 

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Well, if you don`t live in a big city, and encounter very little traffic on the
way to work, then I guess it would be ok.. especially if the road to work is a deserted country road with plenty of bends.. :M5thumbs:

M5 doesn`t get the best gas mileage either.. That combined with the overall high cost of repairs.. not to mention that low mileage M5`s are
rare.. (E34 that is.).. :cheers:
 

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I actually found one in TX with 120k which sounds pretty nice. Im working on the deal and hopefully should have myself an M5 in the next few weeks! Ill let you guys know
Good luck!! :)
 

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Use my M5 as daily driver.

They're fantastic cars, but in my opinion, not special enough to have just for the weekends.

I'm a big believer in using my car..............I wanted one, I chose it and I'm gonna use it! What's the point in buying something you really want only to use it every now and again??? ouich ouich
 

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Ok - I'm with you on all of these points. If you have the factory clutch as I do in my 1991, your left leg would be about 6 times the size of your right one after a few weeks in traffic. Gas at $2.70 a gallon for 25 mpg on the hwy, 20 in the city, but is the fun factor worth it. I vote yes. You have to have love 300+ horses under the hood, but when it's rebuild time, I might have a heck of a sales job with the mrs. :haha2:

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Well, if you don`t live in a big city, and encounter very little traffic on the
way to work, then I guess it would be ok.. especially if the road to work is a deserted country road with plenty of bends.. :M5thumbs:

M5 doesn`t get the best gas mileage either.. That combined with the overall high cost of repairs.. not to mention that low mileage M5`s are
rare.. (E34 that is.).. :cheers:
 

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Don't forget that most of us in the UK face a $7 a UK gallon price, and still use them as daily drivers.
 
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