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Hi Scotty

 

my dream cars are cressida wagon & land cruiser by toyota. Unable to find either right now but really want a wagon so I’m looking at the 2001 bmw 525iT wagon. It has 179,000 miles & a small coolant leak. What do you recommend to stretch the car to 500,000 miles?

An older BMW with 179,000 miles? Hope you can do all your own repairs replacing expensive parts.

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Get a Toyota Venza to tow the BMW with the last 300,000 miles

 

... chicken dinner!

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Posted by: @desom

What do you recommend to stretch the car to 500,000 miles?

lots of this

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  That "small coolant leak" is only the beginning of its problems.

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What do you recommend to stretch the car to 500,000 miles?

Prayer.

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Posted by: @desom

cressida wagon & land cruiser by toyota

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I’m looking at the 2001 bmw 525iT wagon

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It has 179,000 miles & a small coolant leak.

Posted by: @desom

What do you recommend to stretch the car to 500,000 miles?

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Welcome new member.  I hope you aren’t offended that some of us think this is an odd question (and honestly a bit trollish; are you just trolling?) but I’ll try to answer in good faith.

BMWs don’t go 500,000 miles.  Heck, that would be out of range for most Land Cruisers.  Or Volvo 240’s.  Or 3/4-ton diesel trucks.  I mean, anything can go that far if you replace enough parts.  But at some point, the cost to keep it running exceeds the value of the car.  In the case of your 5-series wagon (as aesthetically pleasing as it may be), that point is probably right about now.  Frankly, it’s a miracle it’s gone as long as it has.

So to answer your question: you are going to need a mechanic who knows how to replace every part on the car and knows where to get them (BMW is famously not DIY friendly, so not much point in trying to do stuff yourself.) I’m sure you can get some stuff off Rock Auto or Autozone, but a lot of parts will only be available from a dealer ($$).  For big ticket items, a lot of stuff will be salvage.  And re-man engines and transmissions will be $$$$, if you can get one.

Bottom line is that if you want to long-term a 5-series that is already pushing 200k, you’re gonna need a budget. A really, really big budget. And a backup car.  There is no planet on which such a proposal makes any kind of sense.  So unless you have a passion for this car and are ready to spend the car’s value several times over, you should probably reconsider.

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Posted by: @desom

What do you recommend to stretch the car to 500,000 miles?

Deep pockets and/or DIY elbow grease. 

 

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land cruiser by toyota. Unable to find either right now

If you're eliminating the Land Cruiser because you can't find it I just did a quick search and there are a few ongoing auctions on Bring A Trailer for different series of it. With Land Cruiser you can find them but if you want something low mileage and clean you'll need to be willing to pay the price for it as they're not cheap. Or if you don't want to spend a lot then you'll have to go with something high mileage. But even at a higher mileage they are a much better car than the BMW. If maintained properly a Land Cruiser can last a long time. Even for the Cressida Wagon keep an eye on the same website. And remember it's not a common car so you have to patient until you find a good one.

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