Added: 13th of October 2013
My 1997 BMW 3 series has only done 49500 miles from new. I am the second owner and have had little trouble in the 6 years I've owned it. A few things have started to go, but after 17 years they would be expected. (eg. alternator). It is extremely comfortable and is a pleasure to drive. It still has plenty of power and is very reliable. My only issue is the poor fuel consumption and high road tax, but again, I don't drive it every day so therefore it is not a big issue at the moment. I hope to keep it for a few years to come and although its shape is rather old fashioned now, I am very fond of her and would be reluctant to let her go.