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      12-04-2018, 05:41 AM   #1
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Higher mileage f30/f31 advice

Hi would anyone be put off by a higher mileage f30/31 either 330d or 335d

If you was buying something 100k-120k Miles obviously I know if history is good etc but are these good for higher miles too as much as the older e9*

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      12-04-2018, 06:43 AM   #2
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My experience of BMWs over the years is that suspension gets rather tired over about 80k miles, interiors generally hold up extremely well, anything in the engine that's made of plastic (and there's a lot of it) can be liable to fail, eg water pumps, radiators etc.

With diesels I'd imagine DPF, EGR, Turbo are all potential issues as with any diesel. If a manual clutch and DMF

Just like any car it will deteriorate with time and mileage. But that's why high mileage cars are cheap.
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      12-04-2018, 07:44 AM   #3
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I know somebody who picked up a 3yr old ex police 530 wagon a year or so back for virtually nothing.

Had something like 150k on the clock when he picked it up and it's still going strong.

I do recall him saying it had had a new engine and gearbox along the way but the interior was holding up well. No leather though.
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      12-04-2018, 08:01 AM   #4
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With a full service history from a BMW main dealer or a quality indy the car should be fine.

Having just had the inlet ports and inlet manifold cleaned on my car (80K miles) I'd recommend having that done as the carbon deposits really do build up over time. Should be 300-350.

Apart from that, it's a question of doing all the normal checks pre-purchase : no smoking from the exhaust, smooth running, gearbox modes all work, electrical components all functioning, etc. Check the MOTs for advisory notes and receipts for any rectification works.

A modern car, well looked after, should effectively last forever if required. Things occasionally stop working, but the money saved versus the purchase/deposit/monthlies for a new car should easily offset that.
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      12-04-2018, 09:05 AM   #5
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Mine is at 96k now and feels like it is at its best.
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Great advice by Sasquartch to examine all plastic and rubber parts. That's where many of the potential problems may surface.

Also, a full inspection is highly recommended, including compression test, evidence of any leaks in critical places (engine + transmission), health of suspension components and wheel alignment.
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      12-04-2018, 09:11 AM   #7
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Mine is at 96k now and feels like it is at its best.
84k here and the same!
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      12-04-2018, 10:18 AM   #8
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I wouldn't worry too much about an 100k 330/5d as long as it's been well looked after/has good service history and it's currently mechanically sound.

Still I would avoid buying one much over 100k if you intend putting quite high mileage on it yourself.
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      12-04-2018, 10:45 AM   #9
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84k here and the same!
Same here....been no issues over 90k miles
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I sold my 335d at 113k miles and it was in brilliant condition. No one would ever know that was it's mileage, but then it was looked after. So I wouldn't be put off a car on mileage alone. Wrong spec, wrong condition would, but price versus the mileage, is how I look at that.

And I sold it one of my mates, and he loves it. Just hit 118k and just passed it's MOT with ease.
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Full service history wont have touched the ATF which ZF (automatic transmission manufacturer) recommend is done 60-100K Km.
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      12-05-2018, 12:09 AM   #12
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Full service history wont have touched the ATF which ZF (automatic transmission manufacturer) recommend is done 60-100K Km.
That's a new one on me.
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Full service history wont have touched the ATF which ZF (automatic transmission manufacturer) recommend is done 60-100K Km.
And yet you can have fully comprehensive warranty from BMW for a year's worth of miles over 100K [if you purchase a year's warranty at, say, 99.5k]
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BMW claim you dont need to do the auto ZF Box so their warranty wont cover it.
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      12-05-2018, 08:18 AM   #15
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BMW claim you dont need to do the auto ZF Box so their warranty wont cover it.
The point I was making was that if your gearbox fails whilst under extended warranty, which could take you up to 100k miles plus one year with no gearbox servicing in that time, it will be covered. Which is considerably at odds with the info above re ZF service interval.
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Nothing to stop someone getting the fluid changed in the gearbox themselves.
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Nothing to stop someone getting the fluid changed in the gearbox themselves.

Yep, I would probably aim for a vehicle about 80k miles and try and get all the fluids changed myself at that point. Rather than going higher mileage, or at least at 100k

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If car has full history and some receipts for any major works ie clutch or major parts renewed
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And yet you can have fully comprehensive warranty from BMW for a year's worth of miles over 100K [if you purchase a year's warranty at, say, 99.5k]

But if you are keeping your car past the warranty long term then you will want to know your fluids have been changed at the recommended intervals Its unlikely to fail at 100k + 1 year.
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      12-08-2018, 07:10 PM   #20
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DPF filter comming to end of life on such car, either replace or some people get it professionally cleaned and re-installed
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      12-09-2018, 04:21 AM   #21
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I have been offered a very nice f31 at a good price 103k miles fully loaded and has full dealer history apart from the last one which was done at a specialist.

I am thinking of making a cheeky offer on it and just do a full service including brake fluid and do the gearbox fluid change

Does anyone have a link to the best place to get the gearbox kit?

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You can get ATF replacement kits fairly cheap from Germany via ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-...frcectupt=true

or via their online shop a bit cheaper afaik https://www.ws-autoteile.com/en/. Thats all the same as the OEM BMW stuff - the BMW bottles are just rebranded. Transmission specialist charged 100+vat for the labour.
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