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Old 11-29-2012, 10:17 PM
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Question Where to start?

Just purchased a 1995 525i, 160k miles. Will post pictures tomorrow. In good shape and, as far as I'm aware, not in any need of major repair or maintenance in the immediate future, so I figured I'd get suggestions on what to start doin' with it. Not looking to mod. Noob question first: what's a decent RPM to shift at? I've never driven this car so I'm not sure what to expect performance wise, but it seems a little sluggish accelerating. I expected a slow "off the line" acceleration, but I'm thinking maybe it's a little TOO slow. Up until 2000- 2500 rpms in first gear it's hardly accelerating. But then again I'm used to a slightly faster, more performance oriented car ( 1998 Prelude ) so I might be spoiled. Before I ask for noob advice, I shall have a disclaimer! I'm pretty damn new to cars. I know a tad bit, but not much mechanical wise. I want to give this car tons of TLC though, so let's hear some advice! I lost my license for a good bit for "street racing" and my first and only other car I've owned was neglected and abused by my reckless teenager self. So, let's pretend I've never had a car before and must be explained proper maintenance and things to look out for. Tell me about how oil needs to be changed every 3k miles and if that little needle that tells me how hot my engine is goes too high I should pull over But in all seriousness, tell me how often I should be replacing coolant, how often I need to get my tires rotated, what a tune up consists of and how often I should do that, and any other basic maintenance and things I should know about my car ! And, yes, I've read all the stickys Thanks for the help guys!
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:29 AM
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Well one a prelude is not fast, would barely consider performance oriented, and I wouldn't ever consider one spoiled for owning one, and or driving one. This is a dumb car for a teenager, these cars being 20 years old have something going bad at all times. Maintaince needs to be meticulous, which is expensive to teens so that leads to neglect. ALSO, the 525 is a slug, that should probably be a sticky sense everyone doesnt realize that's the smallest engine offered to the US in this car. The car probably won't feel good until 4k the 525 I drove had a top end and thats it. You should be used to that. coming from a Honda.

Now for your check list. Figure out what has recently been done. A full tune up of everything would be something like this(It's for everything needing to be regularly replaced, I'm sure I missed stuff);
Brake fluid, pads, rotors
Tires
Fuel, air, and oil filters
Powersteering fluid
Spark plugs, wires, cap, rotor
Injectors
Belts, pullys possibly
Fan clutch,
Trans fluid, if automatic, filter too. Diff fluid
Engine oil
timing chain


AND OFCOURSE THE COOLING SYSTEM
Coolant, thermostat, waterpump, hoses.

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Old 11-30-2012, 05:14 AM
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Good list Josh, but OP's car doesn’t have a distributor or wires, so the recommendation there would be coils instead (they realistically last 100k miles without difficulty). Also, the timing chain is not a maintenance item. If it was a belt, then yes, it would need to be changed at regular intervals (as on the M20), but the timing belt rarely breaks. We had a member on the Fest have one break, but it is very rare.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:33 AM
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:48 AM
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Thanks josh! And yea I didn't mean to make the old lude sound like a high performance racing car! Just meant that compared to a sedan or such, it is more performance oriented. Thanks again!
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:12 AM
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ALSO, the 525 is a slug, that should probably be a sticky sense everyone doesnt realize that's the smallest engine offered to the US in this car. The car probably won't feel good until 4k the 525 I drove had a top end and thats it. You should be used to that. coming from a Honda.

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Its quite obvious Josh that the 525s you have driven were pieces of ****. And i am granting that you do know how to drive in the first place.

Amk, i have had an epiphany. Abandon this thread until next sunday. Until then just bloody have a great time with it and let go of its potential issues and do no repairs meanwhile (no show stoppers from what you said in your first thread). You have just bought a good car and the first order of business is to connect it to your being and not your mind. Drive it any way you like.

We will fill stuff up here meanwhile. So dont worry that you are going to miss out. Come back next sunday, read everything, and comment. You can get to work after that.

P.s. just make sure your tires are less than 4 years old and have good thread. If you dont know how to estimate this drive into a tire shop and ask them, take the easy way out for now. If they are good, then you can (and should) drive her at speed.

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Old 11-30-2012, 09:31 AM
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I assure you roberto it is probably healthier than your car, had been actually owned by a BMW tech for the last ten years. I drove that for 14 hours straight from Texas I will stand behind my statement. Slug is overkill, but truth is I wouldn't race anything in it.

Also to BMW_LVR I always think of things as if it were on my car, so distributors and timing chains apply. It was a simple list of stuff that wears and maintaince. How many times do you do pulleys and, fan clutches a year? Lol

Has any one read up on the Bentley manual in the maintaince list in the begining lol It's a massive list.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:53 AM
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From what ive seen, being a standard issue bmw tech probably means exactly that - standard issue. The word bmw does not automatically connote excellence in the ecosystem that exists outside the factory door.

Regardless, remember your statement that calling a 525 a slug is an overkill. And you need skill to race and not just horses. If you had enough of that, the car in situ would be less of an issue and i doubt commentary would erupt with such unqualified spontaneity. Any clown can just floor the pedal on a straight stretch and see who wins. And its obtuse to compare a stock vehicle's racing characteristics when its not the flag bearer for that chassis.

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:03 AM
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Also to BMW_LVR I always think of things as if it were on my car, so distributors and timing chains apply. It was a simple list of stuff that wears and maintaince. How many times do you do pulleys and, fan clutches a year? Lol
No offense intended Josh. I was just wanting to make sure that the list was accurate for OP's car. That's all.

PS: I do full coolant system overhauls at 100K mile intervals
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