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Old 12-09-2012, 05:33 AM
dougmcintyre dougmcintyre is offline
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the purchase.

Originally Posted by Z33 SHOE View Post
What kind of servicing will it need soon?
What kind of servicing has it received? Without any service records, I would assume little more than oil changes. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the fluids are more than 12 years old.

I would do an Inspection II and change all the fluids, spark plugs, and air filter.

Then there is the cooling system. When the cooling system has a failure, in less than a minute, the engine can catastrophically overheat.

BMW does not have a recommend service interval for the water pump, radiator, or hoses. Some water pumps have failed in less than 50k miles, other pumps are still going at 200K plus. Many pumps have failed in less than 80k. The same goes for the radiators; some failures under 100k, others are still going at 200k.

The standard rule of thumb is to replace the water pump at 60K, radiator and hoses at 100K. The hoses are probably are good for more miles, but get replaced by the "while you are there" rule.

As BMW replacement water pumps also only seem to be good for 60k, the Stewarts water pump is highly recommended -

Coolant should be changed every 4 years and brake fluid every 2 years.


Inspection I

1. Undercarriage

Change oil and oil filter
Check transmission for leaks
Check rear axle for leaks
Visually check fuel tank, lines and connections for leaks
Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system. Exam for leaks.
Check power steering for leaks. Check fluid level, add if necessary.
Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage and joint disc.
Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads using special tool. If replacement is necessary: Examine brake disk surfaces. Clean brake pad contact points in calipers. Grease wheel-centering hubs. Check thickness of parking brake linings only when replacing rear brake pads.
Check brake system connections and lines for leaks, damage and incorrect positioning.
Check for free movement of the parking brake cables. Adjust if necessary.
Check all tire pressures (include spare). Correct if necessary. Check condition of tires (outer surface (left/right)), tread wear and pattern; in case of uneven tread wear, readjust wheel alignment if requested.

2. Engine Compartment

Read out diagnostic system.
Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks. Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level. Add coolant if required.
Check level of brake/clutch fluid in reservoir. Add fluid if required.
Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protections. Fill up and/or correct if required.
Check air conditioner for operation.
Check belt and pulleys
Check cooling fan and water pump for signs of looseness or leaking
Reset service indicator.

3. Body/Electrical

Check battery electrolyte level and add distilled water if required.
Perform battery load test.
Check lighting system, i.e.: headlights, foglights, parking, back-up, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment/area lights.
Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination.
Check all warning/indicator lights, check control.
Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer and flasher switch.
Check wipers and washer system(s); wiper blades, washer jet positions.
Check condition and function of safety belts.
Visually examine the SRS airbag units (Driver and front passenger) for torn cover, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations or accessories.
Check central locking/double lock.
Replace batteries for alarm remote controls in all master keys.
Oil hood, trunk and door hinges. Grease hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches.
Replace microfilter. (Note: Reduce replacement interval in dusty operating conditions).
Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger.
Check rear view mirrors.

4. Final Inspection

Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission.

Inspection II

Inspection I items plus:

1. Undercarriage

Half-shafts: Check for leaks at flexible boots.
Inspect entire body according to terms of rust perforation limited warranty. (Must be performed at least every two years).

2. Engine Compartment

Replace spark plugs (manual says every 60,000 miles)
Replace air cleaner element. (Note: reduce replacement interval in dusty operating conditions).

3. At Every Second Inspection II

Change oil in manual transmission while at normal operating temperature.
Change oil in rear axle while at normal operating temperature.
Check clutch disc for wear.

4. Brake Fluid Service (Replace brake fluid every 2 years (time interval begins from the vehicles production date)

5. Cooling System Service (Replace coolant every 4 years (time interval begins from the vehicles production date)

6. Oxygen Sensor Service (Replace Oxygen Sensor every 100,000 miles)

7. Fuel filter and power steering fluid are not mentioned but I recommend they be changed every second inspection II

Last edited by dougmcintyre; 12-09-2012 at 11:02 AM.
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