Do you know how reliable BMW's are around the 100K mark? Â This is one of main concerns.
They're reliable as long as they're maintained. Â The engine and manual transmissions are near bulletproof when not abused. Â Certain wear items will need to be replaced at that age, though. Â If you're talking about cars with 100k miles, you're talking about the E36 chassis (92-99 3-series). Â By 100k miles, the stock shocks and many suspension bushings will need replacement (if it hasn't happened already). Â Lots of people drive on the old, tired components, but you'd be giving up the handling, one of the best parts of driving a BMW. Â That said, I don't think I'd recommend a car of that age to anyone who didn't either do their own maintenance or have a trusted independent mechanic. Â And always have the car checked out by a mechanic who specializes in that type of car. Â The Meineke guys on the corner will miss the BMW-specific problem points such as plastic water pump impellers, rear shock mounts, etc. Best of luck, dan