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post #51 of 60 Old 13th May 2019, 03:24 AM
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160k and going strong. Daily driver May through November and loving every minute in it.

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Just ticked 100k on mine - '03 jet black over nappa extended. Still pulls like a Ferrari in every gear and looks drop-dead gorgeous.
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Nice to see so many high-mileage cars out there. Then again, the newest cars are still 16 years old at this point.

I'm at 115k miles so I've only put 11k miles on the car since I bought it 2 years ago. Nothing major so far, just lots of preventative maintenance. Need to tackle a couple more so I can update my thread again!

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I am at 208k on my Imola and she still pulls strong. Clutch does need to be replaced but only slips if I take her to a really high speed.

I have a guy that can repair all of the hard stuff like the rebuild of the VANOS and the rod bearings and Chain Guides, and also the timing chain.
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159K here ... going great.

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45k miles on my 2000 Anthracite with full black leather. Trying not to add lots of miles, but every time I drive it, I do not want to stop! Preaching to the choir, but these are truly remarkable cars.

2000 BMW M5, Anthracite with Heritage black leather
2008 Audi RS4 Cabriolet, Datona Gray with silver leather
2017 Chevy Silverado, my economy car!!!
1999 528iT, black/black, 212k miles. The Black Rat
2002 540iA, Silver with black leather

Gone but not forgotten:
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2000 BMW 540/5 - Blue
2002 BMW 540/6 - Grey
2001 BMW 525it/auto
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178k miles, bought with 50k miles.


  • Front thrust arms bushings, many times
  • front control arm bushings
  • rear control arms and all bushings
  • rear subframe bushings
  • differential side seals
  • 3x rear axles replaced
  • rear main seal
  • front main seal
  • valve covers gaskets
  • chain tensioner
  • transmission mounts
  • window washer system
  • fuel pump
  • suspension and rear sway bar
  • rear sway bar brackets re-enforced
  • power steering hoses
  • thermostat
  • aux fan
  • steering linkage
  • 2x rear wheel bearings
  • speed sensor
  • egr valve
That above is most of the drive-line parts, but i forgot the rest ...

Yet to replace:
  • Rod bearings
  • chain guides and chains
  • Fan clutch
  • driveshaft center bearing
Still on:
  • Original oxygen sensors
  • Original CPS sensors
  • Original VANOS

To be honest, never been in the engine except to replace the valve cover gaskets, which leak anyway on all cars and after i did it last time myself, 5 years ago, now the leaks have stopped.

Last big thing I did is took the M5 on a 5000 km autobahn road trip where we just held our cars at red line for almost 4000km. Held up perfectly.

I do have a laundry list of maintenance and repairs that needs to be processed but it is so long I don't wanna do it right now.

Fun fact:

Clutch is from 38k miles, at 178k now.. 140K miles on the clutch, all while I have gone through approx 25-30 sets of rear tires in these miles... clutch showed no signs of slipping on the Autobahn at max throttle.

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198K and still going strong. Original clutch!

Extra leather, Euro delivery, living in the 239! Bought it with 40K, and driving it every darn day!!

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