I've been following this thread for a while now, and having recently purchased my second 130i, thought I would share my experience on mileage for any prospective buyers...
As others have already mentioned, don't let "high" miles put you off. These aren't new cars anymore and 100,000 miles is nothing for the N52, and when you consider that even FL cars have now reached 10 years old, it's the perishing rubber components that need to be considered. Regardless of mileage, i'd want to be overhauling the shocks, bump stops, top mounts, control/torsion arm bushes, subframe bushes, drop links (...you get the idea)
on any 10-12 year old car
In fact, I did and I am doing again... My old e87 had just over 90,000 miles when I purchased it, it was in great all round condition and I thought
it drove tightly. However, due to it's mileage I set about giving it a chassis overhaul as mentioned above. The improvement was very
noticeable, on what I thought was an already tight feeling car. I sold that car on 107,000 miles which strangely enough is the same mileage as the 130i LE i've just bought, and guess what? The LE doesn't feel as solid.
That's not to say it isn't a good car, it definitely is. It just that its bushes have been subject to our cold, wet, salty conditions for 10 years. Simply put, stuff (that's the technical term
) ages, no matter what the mileage
I understand that to some people mileage is king, and I respect that, but unless your hoping to benefit from being sat on a low-miler future classic in 5 years time, don't let mileage put you off an otherwise sound car. Use the mileage to leverage a good price and you can spend the £1k-1.5k premium over a lower mileage car to put right the inevitable.