Discussion in 'E46 M3 (2001-2006)' started by Mark300zx, Aug 10, 2018.
Would you replace it with something you enjoyed more?
I would say people who obsess over mileage probably start looking elsewhere at anything over 80k (for a car of this age).
However the difference in value would be 2-3k between a clean 66k car and a clean 80k car? You may find you loose more money through depreciation if you replace your car with a newer equivalent making it a false economy.
I have had the car for 6 years and it is still is an amazing car to drive, but approaching the seven-year itch and I have the financial means to get something more exotic!
Then do it
I think man maths makes it very easy to justify something as long as you will enjoy it as much or more than what ever you currently have.
I wouldn't use mileage to justify it to your self, I would perhaps use mileage to justify it to your partner though!
Obviously 100k is the monster milestone, or getting close to that. People for some reason think the car will implode or go all gimpy and gammy after 100k.
He is a secret - they don't.
They will however, cost you a fortune, if the car is not maintained, loved and looked after (I'm talking body as well) as age and its effects are probably more important than miles.
If you still love it, keep it, if you don't, 66k is as good a anytime as any to let it go.
Sell it before the arches start rotting as then it'll be worth **** all.
Clean as whistle bud and clear them out every winter
Yeah that's because the parts which rot are covered with seam sealer so you can't see it until it suddenly bursts out.
Don't think so buddy, it's mostly caused by people not clearing the shed load of mud that collects up there each year
Its a flawed design, and a race against time, they will rust, however - are you suggesting that every car owner should have to clear out the inner wheel arches and get all the crud out of every single recess, gap, cavity or crevice and treat
LOL how did you arrive at me suggesting what other owners should do?
Fishing on Friday afternoon
If its a flawed design, and you know about it then whats the problem with cleaning arches every now and again?
If it works keep doing it
Not everyone knows
A balanced observation read your post
I’ll likely be getting out of mine when it reaches 200k.
Still wasn't a suggestion was it
It's very simple put your hand inside the rear arches and see how much mud has accumulated, ten minutes with a hose and it's gone!
It's not just the arches that go.
The floor in front of the fuel tank is covered with seam sealer, that cracks over time, moisture gets in, then one day a bit of seam sealer drops off and the you do a bit of scraping and find it's got from jacking point to jacking point.
The area around the rear brake pipe flexi joint connections rot too and that spreads under the seam sealer and above the fuel tank.
I think the only time people believe a car is rusty is if they can see a rust bubble on the exterior and then panic and get that resolved.
When a rust patch appears outside its bound to be rusty underneath what with the underside having more water traps in corners etc.
So yeah you can scrub arches cleanand maybe no rust under that sealer but unless you're scrubbing the entire underside and behind the front wings, well the rust will appear. But then eventually rust gets to every car.
Body shops say bmw and merc of the same era used crap quality steel at that time.