Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What can I expect from a Used BMW?

asked by on

I'm looking at this car as a possible pruchase for a second car for fun. It is precertified so its already been cleared by the dealer and its in great condition. I just want a heads up on what to expect to have to replace and things of that sort.

My car has 100000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: In my experience, most BMW’s are relatively...

In my experience, most BMW’s are relatively trouble free for the first 100,000 miles. After that, literally anything can happen. I’ve seen cars go 200,000 miles with just the required maintenance, while others have worn their owners down to their last dollar in a year. The car is littered with electronic modules that are very expensive and are sensitive to voltage surges. So it you buy the car you’ll want to be sure that the battery and charging system are always in good condition and Never! jump the car off or try to jump someone else’s car off with it! In the more conventional categories, you can expect to have to replace some suspension bushings and joints. At some point the steering will begin to shake at speed, and you’ll know that it is time. The manual transmissions are pretty good, but how long the clutch lasts is going to be up to you. Some driver’s can get 200,000 miles out of a clutch with no trouble and other driver’s have to change the clutch every 50K. Wheel bearings have been known to fail, front or rear. You’ll hear the noise, it will give you plenty of warning. I’ve noticed that I replace a lot of wheel bearings after snowy weather, so if you keep the car out of the weather that could help. Overall, the cars are pretty sound mechanically, but if you start getting spooky things happening in the electrical system, instruments and other module issues, it may be a good idea to get shed of the car. When the modules start acting up, it seems like the problems just go on and on. If you’d like to get another pair of eyes on the car , contact Your Mechanic for a pre-purchase Inspection

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: my bmw320i e90 giving out white smoke from exhaust, how can I fix it?

Smoking coming from the exhaust can be caused by multiple component failures, ranging from oil control valve problems to valve guides or piston rings that are damaged. The best thing for you to do is have a professional mobile mechanic...

Q: Why my key won't turn in my ignition?

Hello. The symptoms you are having with your ignition cylinder may be attributed to several faults. Make sure the steering wheel is not locked by rotating it both directions and making sure it will move. Afterwards, the first and easiest...

Q: Are the 2010 vw cc sport expensive to repair

It has been a long time since a Volkswagen has been an economy car. It is less expensive to maintain than a Mercedes, BMW or a Volvo. but will be more expensive than similar Japanese models. Especially the turbo models....

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...