Monday, July 21, 2008

New Jersey. BMW 735il. Mileage Watch.

A little diversion here folks...This is not related to animal welfare. Instead, this post concerns car welfare. Well, it isn't very off topic considering that animal welfare advocates usually own cars. Don't we drive to the shelters and demonstrations? Don't we transport animals in our cars?

Anyway, I have two cars at the moment, one 1996 Dodge Intrepid and a 1990 BMW 735il. Both these cars are high mileage. The Dodge has 177,000 miles on it, and the beemer most recently passed a milestone. In fact, I was oblivious of it until today. It must have passed the 150,000 mile mark yesterday considering that today the odometer reads 150,051 miles. If we do the math, this means that I averaged 8336 miles a year which is below the accepted average of 12,000 miles a year, or 1,000 a month. Those who lease their vehicles will be quite familiar with these numbers. Obviously, I don't lease my vehicles considering that one is twelve years old and the other eighteen years old. I am not sure whether it is true or not, but a car enthusiast once told me that the engine on my BMW is rated to go to at least 300,000 miles, with proper care. Wow, I can't even fathom that kind of mileage. Heck, I might be in a wheelchair by then.

Anyway, I am attaching three photos of my dear old friend. I don't even have a name for her, all these years. I turned on the ignition key to show the digital odometer. As you can see, it is due for an inspection and I need to replace a fog light. The other photo is the label on the door post. It states that this vehicle was " Made in Germany." You will not encounter many BMWs in America that was made in Germany. The label further states that the car was manufactured in June, 1990 by Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW). It weighs almost 5,000 pounds. On to 200,000 miles...

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