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Old 10-04-2012, 01:55 PM
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Pick up my first bmw

Hi everyone,

I picked up my first bmw this past Tuesday. It's a 95 530i 5sp black on black with 96000 miles. This car is just amazing I am not sure I want to use it as a dd. It is in amazing shape. There are a few scratches here and there but nothing major and a farily easy fix. The driveside window goes off track. I was told theres a white piece of plastic that needs to be replaced. A $3 piece. I am not sure if this true or not. Also, the arm rest on the driverside is lose it just hangs done. Is this an easy fix?
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:02 PM
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Congrats on the car purchase.

Just curious why you don't want to drive it everyday? How can you own a BMW and not want to be in it and driving it every possible moment? Especially one that sounds like it is well broken in and is ready to go!
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:12 PM
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The plastic piece is probably just a bushing. Go to your local autozone and look in the help section , or ask an employee and they will be able to locate it for you. And yes they are cheap, $3 sounds about right
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:55 PM
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congrats!! I'm jealous... reminds me of my 87 535i 5speed black on black on black. get a copy of bentleys red the forums and drive your girl everyday! just show her some love when she needs it.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:38 PM
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Congrats on the car purchase.

Just curious why you don't want to drive it everyday? How can you own a BMW and not want to be in it and driving it every possible moment? Especially one that sounds like it is well broken in and is ready to go!
I don't know. It's so nice I don't want to put the miles on it.

Any idea on the arm rest?
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:25 PM
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Oh yeah. The po did not tell me if the BMW was keyless or not. He said to use the key to lock and unlock it. I found a BMW remote that looks like a keyless entry remote. It didn't do anything when I tried it. This car has everything I'd be surprise if it did not have keyless entry.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:59 PM
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Hi everyone,

I picked up my first bmw this past Tuesday. It's a 95 530i 5sp black on black with 96000 miles. This car is just amazing I am not sure I want to use it as a dd. It is in amazing shape. There are a few scratches here and there but nothing major and a farily easy fix. The driveside window goes off track. I was told theres a white piece of plastic that needs to be replaced. A $3 piece. I am not sure if this true or not. Also, the arm rest on the driverside is lose it just hangs done. Is this an easy fix?
These are what you need as far as the window sliders:
http://www.windowregulatorshop.co.uk...left-104-p.jpg

Nice thread here about the replacement procedure:
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1528586

To fix the armrest, there is a dowel that you must get to from the inside of the seat. It can be accessed through the back of the seat by removing the two screws on either side(they may have screwcovers on them).

The dowel is #5 in the pic below, it holds the armrest on:

you can use a center punch to remove the dowel.

OOOOH, this should help:
http://www.nmia.com/~dgnrg/page_34.htm

THen when you have it off you can either fix it or find a junkyard part.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:38 AM
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The car is pretty well depreciated already, putting miles on it isn't going to hurt the value much. Drive it because it is fun, drive it all the time. That is what it was made for.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:00 AM
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Thanks paperplane94.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:32 AM
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The arm rest is probably missing the pin (part #5) as in the drawing above. Easy fix to find one at a salvage yard. Agree with others, drive the car, you will enjoy it!
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:45 AM
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The arm rest is probably missing the pin (part #5) as in the drawing above. Easy fix to find one at a salvage yard. Agree with others, drive the car, you will enjoy it!
Will only the 95 530i arm rest ft?

I'm not worried about depreciation it's just so pretty I don't want to put more wear and tear on it. Oh we'll it's only 96000 miles I've got awhile :-)
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:45 AM
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Will only the 95 530i arm rest ft?

I'm not worried about depreciation it's just so pretty I don't want to put more wear and tear on it. Oh we'll it's only 96000 miles I've got awhile :-)
ok then don't drive it.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:43 AM
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I'm not worried about depreciation it's just so pretty I don't want to put more wear and tear on it. Oh we'll it's only 96000 miles I've got awhile :-)
I use to feel that way when I got my first BMW (an E36 M3). It was a garage queen and to this day I wish I had driven it more before I sold it. The next owner got a museum piece that is for sure. Anyhow, since then I resided myself to the fact that it is a terrible waste of money to let these depreciating assets sit unused. It was an epiphany!

Now, I use my BMW's for everything, work commute, errand running, vacation trips, etc. Never looked back and I don't sweat the small stuff.

They get dirty....just clean em up!
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:41 AM
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Will only the 95 530i arm rest ft?

I'm not worried about depreciation it's just so pretty I don't want to put more wear and tear on it. Oh we'll it's only 96000 miles I've got awhile :-)
As long as you keep up with the maintenance you won't have to worry so much about wear and tear items. It will drive for a long time if you just maintain it.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:51 PM
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As long as you keep up with the maintenance you won't have to worry so much about wear and tear items. It will drive for a long time if you just maintain it.
That's good to know! Does regular maintenance normally just consist of oil changes?

Is there a maintenance write up that how's what to maintain at certain mileage?
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:19 PM
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That's good to know! Does regular maintenance normally just consist of oil changes?
NO. Even with low miles, the car is nearly 20 years old now. Expect it to be a steady stream of projects. This is how you bond with your vintage BMW

Mine was pretty well maintained but has still needed front suspension parts, fan shroud and clutch. I have replaced the O2 sensor and adjusted the valves (not on your model) in addition to oil services.

Your car should be pretty reliable though, just don't put off fixing things, it will get away from you. I also use mine a lot. I did a 3000 mile family trip, four people and a weeks luggage this summer in my 20 yr old car. It never missed a beat and is nicer than most new cars still. It also has to do short dirt road runs for work sometimes, it is a $3000 car, so I DRIVE it.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:48 PM
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Use the service book schedue but divide by 2 for oil changes (ie twice as oftern). Run the highest octane available to you. I run all 5 of my BM's on 98 octane and they love it. Drive it lots and love it to deatth..
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:48 PM
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Use the service book schedue but divide by 2 for oil changes (ie twice as oftern). Run the highest octane available to you. I run all 5 of my BM's on 98 octane and they love it. Drive it lots and love it to deatth..
Why twice as often? I should think, with the modern long life oils on the shelves, you should do the oil changes half as often. Mobil 1 extended performance refers.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:12 PM
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Your car your - your engine. I change out my BMW LL01 (Castrol BMW Special oil for MINI vehicles) at 12k - half the recomended 25k (kms). I change the Magnatec in my garage queen E38 half way down the service lights and the same with the GTX in my E30 and E23. When was the last time you heard of an engine failure due to too frequent oil changes? My mother still has my father's 1959 Morris Minor wagon (woodie). Guess how often the oil in that car gets changed. I want my cars to last more than my lifetime. Like I said: Your car - your engine. (Also helps if you understand how oil interacts with engine components).
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:29 PM
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Your car your - your engine. I change out my BMW LL01 (Castrol BMW Special oil for MINI vehicles) at 12k - half the recomended 25k (kms). I change the Magnatec in my garage queen E38 half way down the service lights and the same with the GTX in my E30 and E23. When was the last time you heard of an engine failure due to too frequent oil changes? My mother still has my father's 1959 Morris Minor wagon (woodie). Guess how often the oil in that car gets changed. I want my cars to last more than my lifetime. Like I said: Your car - your engine. (Also helps if you understand how oil interacts with engine components).


I note that you told the OP to change oil at half the intervals as if it was some commonly established fact, rather than a personal preference of yours.

I'm sure the people at Mobil 1 etc know perfectly well how oil interacts with engines. That is why they are prepared to give warranties for 25k kms. Obviously, the oil is engineered to function satisfactorily for that period. If at all, I would change at -10% to -15% of reputed manufacturers' oil change interval to be just a little conservative. If not I might be guilty of spreading illogical beliefs and superstitions on the internet.

The point is that new oil and oil that's still within its service life is fundamentally no different to the engine, all things (such as the way the car is driven etc) being the same. So while it gives you an emotional high to change your oil more frequently and feel that your car is driving better, its is purely psychosomatic. The evidence does not bear it out. It is a placebo effect.

Our car was built nearly 20 years ago. 20 years before that, fully synthetic motor oil didn't exist. So since the time our car was built, isn't it reasonable to suggest that oil technology has advanced in like fashion as the 20 years before that? If not in like fashion, at least advanced to a certain degree?

The only time I'll agree that you should cut your oil change interval by as much as half would be if you mainly do short range city driving with very little highway/ high speed runs at all. Fully heated engine oil vaporises stuff like water, acids, etc which is then expelled through the crankcase ventilation system. This stuff will not hang around to degrade the oil in situ.

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Old 10-06-2012, 10:39 PM
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Your car your - your engine. I change out my BMW LL01 (Castrol BMW Special oil for MINI vehicles) at 12k - half the recomended 25k (kms). I change the Magnatec in my garage queen E38 half way down the service lights and the same with the GTX in my E30 and E23. When was the last time you heard of an engine failure due to too frequent oil changes? My mother still has my father's 1959 Morris Minor wagon (woodie). Guess how often the oil in that car gets changed. I want my cars to last more than my lifetime. Like I said: Your car - your engine. (Also helps if you understand how oil interacts with engine components).
Are you comparing a 1959 engine to one built in 1989 ? Really ??

And similarly, where have you heard of engine failures because people only changed them at recommended intervals (be they recommended by either the car makers or the oil manufacturers ) ?

About the only extra thing I do with each oil change is a diesel crankcase flush, primarily because its cheap, nearly effortless, and quick, and can only help the car. Its totally different from changing my oil twice as required. Just add one quart of diesel to the crankcase at every oil change, idle the engine for 15 minutes, and then drain everything and change the oil and filter. That's all.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:33 AM
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Gentlemen, I conceed without reserve that oil and engine build tolerances have improved over the years. When the E34 eas built I guess it would run 10-40 or 20-50 depending on climatic conditions. I don't belive that thinner oil in a worn engine is a good idea. Oil is alkaline at manufacture to counter the above mentioned acids from combustion. More of those acids will get to the oil in a worn engine.
Oil contains a sacrificial element to counter the wear at start up. There is only a finite amount of those compounds in the oil. Again they will be under greater demand in a worn engine environment.
I would like to know if any restriction is placed on older or big mileage engines by Mobil? In any case My MINI's go 12k kms between the changes - book is 25. My E38 goes 10k - book is 20k. My e30 and E23 go about 8k kms between changes - much older engines 350k kms on each vehicle. Maybe I'm fussy but my vehicles are expected to last MORE than my life without curbed wheels or slammed doors.
I don't see leaving the oil for 4 years in my E38 garage queen as a good idea. I woulld like to know what time span Mobil put on their oil rather than the distance. I doubt it is more than 1 year so even THEY may suggest an oil change for me at only 6k miles. I would also suggest that my father's 1959 Morris has survived because of over frequent servicing, rather than inspite of it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:07 AM
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Mobil 1 extended life says change the oil at 15k or 1 year, whichever comes earlier. Furthermore, they do not disclaim liability for engines older than a certain age. And further, by your own admission, oil is built containing sufficient alkalis to combat expected acids that build up in the engine over time. Obviously, one of the things they've done for a 15k oil is to have more alkalis than for a 10k oil, and so on and so forth for everything else.

And bmwff, everyone knows that garage queens are treated differently. Oil change intervals are more frequent. Most of the people here use their E34s as daily drivers as I'm sure you've notice. You should have just said that your recommendations are for gqs. I would recommend that your preface your recommendations accordingly to advise those less wise than yourself.

And yes, Mobil 1 for your E30 (i've owned one no big deal enginewise ) for 1 year, or 15k, whichever comes first. Unless even if the few miles that you put on it every year is basically not highway, in which case I would switch to 6 month intervals with a diesel flush maybe once a year instead of at every oil change interval.

Why don't you drive your cars ? The E30 was one of the most fun cars I've ever driven. Quick and nifty, and looks like a terror when it wants to. I'm always tempted to buy it again whenever I happen to encounter it on the road. And it is a BMW. Take your car out and hit the highway at highway speeds. Your car will indeed love you long time after that, trust me !

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Old 10-07-2012, 06:19 AM
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With 6 to use they all get a fair go. The R56 is on a miles related lease so has to be used most. I think we tend to agree on most oil issues; as much depends on usage as anything else. Mine is 80% urban in rush hour - the rest play.
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Anyways......

The car had subs in the trunk which I took out the day I bought it. Now I am not getting any sound out of any of the interior speakers. Any idea on how I can fix this? I hate not having a functional radio.
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