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Old 01-24-2020, 09:29 PM
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anyone recommend one of these?
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13 year old BMW V8? If you are a pretty handy mechanic, perhaps.
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13 year old BMW V8? If you are a pretty handy mechanic, perhaps.
Spot on.

As a second car that you do not have to 100% rely upon, and you get in well knowing that arriving at your destination is probably not guaranteed.

Otherwise, for those times it's functioning well, it's actually fun.



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I have an 08 48i that’s nearing 150k. Daily driver, perfectly reliable. Strong motor, good car, I like it a lot, but I don’t know that I’d ‘recommend’ the 48i. I was fortunate enough to have valve stem seals done under warranty, which as a byproduct replaces a lot of other seals. If I were buying now I’d target a newer 35i or 50i (I’m not scared), but I wouldn’t discount a 48i if it was the right car otherwise. Option list and history/condition are critically important IMO not just engine.
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I have an 08 48i thatís nearing 150k. Daily driver, perfectly reliable. Strong motor, good car, I like it a lot, but I donít know that Iíd Ďrecommendí the 48i. I was fortunate enough to have valve stem seals done under warranty, which as a byproduct replaces a lot of other seals. If I were buying now Iíd target a newer 35i or 50i (Iím not scared), but I wouldnít discount a 48i if it was the right car otherwise. Option list and history/condition are critically important IMO not just engine.
What is the MPG like on the 48i ? Should i get a deisel instead?
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What is the MPG like on the 48i ? Should i get a deisel instead?
The diesel is completely different and has it's own specific host of problems. As mathis said of the 50i and 35i (and 48i), it's so of the 35d:

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Iíd target a newer (X5) . . . Option list and history/condition are critically important IMO not just engine.
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anyone recommend one of these?


I replied on the ďotherĒ forum as well. 4.8i is reliable when maintained and fun to drive but you have to put in a lot of time as a diy mechanic to keep it that way. I have almost 170,000 miles on mine. Only left me stranded once with a transmission solenoid failure. I work on it myself. Itís an enjoyable headache.


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I have one of these nearing 128k miles and it runs pretty good. I have a check engine light on for some DMTL stuff but i've changed the pump for it. Other than that it's really good. I've also had to replace my coolant thermostat and a few sensors. I also get about 12-13 mpg
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13 year old BMW V8? If you are a pretty handy mechanic, perhaps.
What he said! I love it and mine has about 253K km but be prepared to fix a lot of leaks, front suspension, and little things here and there inside that may break. Plastic stuff. Great truck though. I just changed the rear upper rearward control arm today as i heard a squeak in the rear when i go over bump.s. For me an hours work (jack up, Deflate air suspension, swap out part, do the reverse, and good to go!)

It helps when you can do all the work yourself. Also be prepared to change the Trani, transfer case, and both front and rear diff fluid.
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What is the MPG like on the 48i ? Should i get a deisel instead?
The diesels are too slow for my taste. If gas mileage is a factor X5 may not be the right move.
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