BMW Life Span

It’s possibly in the top three of questions asked: how long will my new BMW car last? In short: how long do you want it to?

It’s not unlike getting advice from a doctor about living longer. The better you look after your BMW, the longer it will last. The key to having your new Beemer last a lifetime is maintenance.

Consider the advice a doctor and specialist may offer: eat right for your body, get moderate exercise, drink in moderation, sleep the right hours, don’t smoke, take time out for yourself.

For most people this is excellent advice. However, George Burns smoked a cigar a day and lived until he turned 100. What this means is that what works for one BMW model may not be the same for another. It also means that how your BMW is driven will dictate how your BMW will “live” in your driveway.

Let’s say the car is a 2018 BMW 4 Series. The owner is the stereotypical “little old lady”. The car will be driven for relatively short distances, won’t be driven “hard”, and is garaged every day. Every now and then it’s taken on a nice long freeway drive “to clear the pipes”.

Then there’s the neighbor, who owns a BMW X6 M from 2018 as well. It’s a bigger, heavier, vehicle, is all wheel drive, and has a larger engine that works harder due the cargo it carries. It’s driven five to six days a week and over long distances.



That car’s service history is chequered; there’s times when the service interval was ignored simply due to time pressure and where the car was when it was meant to be serviced.

It’s hit a few potholes and it’s pounded the suspension hard during its driving life.

The 4 Series is negotiated through shopping centre carparks, hasn’t hit any major road issues, and has been booked in for its service within a few tens of kilometres of where the interval says it should be.

The 4 Series would then have a reasonable expectation of having a longer useable lifespan than the bigger X6. It’s been cared for as recommended, hasn’t been pushed past any of its intended design parameters, and hasn’t been as physically stressed. The X6 M, as great a car as it is, will suffer in comparison at an earlier age and as a consequence, the servicing and repair costs will be commensurately higher.

Yes, these are generalisations as such, however they need to be in order to answer that “how long will my BMW last?” It really will depend on a number of factors, as highlighted here in these generalised examples.

Need to know more about your BMW and how to have your new car have a long and happy life? Come and see us at SouthernBM, where we can answer your questions over a cuppa in a friendly environment.
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Published Feb 6, 2020

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