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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 06-25-2010, 12:31 PM
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Maintenance Schedule?

Does anyone know where I can get a complete maintenance schedule? The bentley book I have has a pretty pitiful schedule that specifies only cooling system maintenance cycle.

I want to know things like valve adjustment frequency, air/fuel filters, tire rotation... the whole nine.

Thanks. Craig
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:09 AM
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I second this request. I just bought a 1999 528i and ordered the two-volume Bentley manual. I have been reading through the owner's manual and the Bentley manual and cannot for the life of me figure out how I am going to do the regular maintenance on this car. As far as i can tell, the owner's manual doesn't even tell me which oil to use. It seems to say that I should use "5W-x" or "10W-x" oil, but even that is not clear.
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:32 AM
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As I mentioned before, I am a BMW newbie, having owned my 528i for a couple of weeks.

I just made my first visit to my local BMW dealership to get a hubcap. What a disappointment. They don't even have a parts counter. They have what appears to be a gift shop manned by one guy with a computer. More and more, I get the impression that BMW would prefer that I not work on my own car.

Having said that, the more I drive my 528i the more I like it. I drove my wife's Honda to work today. After a couple of weeks in the Bimmer, the Honda seems crude. The Honda never was fun to drive, but I never really thought of it as crude, until I drove the Bimmer.
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:51 PM
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I'm new to BMWs too. My local dealership seems a bit better than yours, but they're not perfect. I asked them how much to clear my ABS light and they want $55 CAD for the service. I asked why a half hour labour to plug a tool into the diag port and clear a code. Service rep told me it isn't that simple, they have to "go through all the codes" and that takes half an hour. They're pushing their maint. pretty hard..... lame.

For the E36 (might not be so helpful to you) I found these threads:
http://www.dtmpower.net/forum/e36-3-...-schedule.html
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http://www.dtmpower.net/forum/genera...ml#post1472458

HTH - Craig
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:03 PM
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First, you guys should join BMW CCA. The Roundel magazine alone is worth it.
That being said, Mike Miller, the technical editor answers questions such as this, he has a whole 'old school' maintenance schedule he will send you. Include your BMW model, mileage, transmission type, first and last name and city, state.

techtalk@roundel.org

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Old 06-30-2010, 02:21 PM
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Thanks for the advice, though I'm not really looking to join a car club at the moment.

I do find it interesting that no dealer schedule exists or is readily available. Is it just assumed that everyone brings their cars into the dealership? And even if that were the case, does each dealership just fly by the seat of their pants?

The $25 dollar manual I bought direct from Honda has a very, very indepth maintenance schedule for my bike.....

Craig
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Old 06-30-2010, 03:02 PM
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Thanks for the advice, though I'm not really looking to join a car club at the moment.

I do find it interesting that no dealer schedule exists or is readily available. Is it just assumed that everyone brings their cars into the dealership? And even if that were the case, does each dealership just fly by the seat of their pants?

The $25 dollar manual I bought direct from Honda has a very, very indepth maintenance schedule for my bike.....

Craig
I didn't say ya had to join just email him.

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Old 06-30-2010, 03:43 PM
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First, you guys should join BMW CCA. The Roundel magazine alone is worth it.
That being said, Mike Miller, the technical editor answers questions such as this, he has a whole 'old school' maintenance schedule he will send you. Include your BMW model, mileage, transmission type, first and last name and city, state.

techtalk@roundel.org

dj
Agreed, the roundel alone teaches more then you would need to know.

Well here is something i found on the net. good ol google.

A typical service maintenance history for 1986 through 1998 models will appear as follows:

5,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
10,000 miles - Oil and Safety Service (O/S)
15,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
20,000 miles - BMW Inspection I (I/1)
25,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
30,000 miles - Oil and Safety Service (O/S)
35,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
40,000 miles - BMW Inspection II (I/2)
45,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
50,000 miles - Oil and Safety Service (O/S)
55,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
60,000 miles - BMW Inspection I (I/1)
65,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
70,000 miles - Oil and Safety Service (O/S)
75,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
80,000 miles - BMW Inspection II (I/2)
85,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
90,000 miles - Oil and Safety Service (O/S)
95,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F) etc. ...


For 1999 and later models the schedule may appear as follows:

5,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
10,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
15,000 miles - Oil and Safety Service (O/S)
20,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
25,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
30,000 miles - BMW Inspection I (I/1)
35,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
40,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
45,000 miles - Oil and Safety Service (O/S)
50,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
55,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
60,000 miles - BMW Inspection II (I/2)
65,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
70,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
75,000 miles - Oil and Safety Service (O/S)
80,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
85,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
90,000 miles - BMW Inspection I (I/1)
95,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F)
100,000 miles - intermediate oil service (O/F) etc. ...


or try this link:

http://www.gms*****maintenance.htm
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So as many have said on many sights i have looked at, all we do is change our oil. heh
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:36 PM
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Here is as much as i know, and this is generalised to hell but not too far off so i don't want track junkies and detail sticklers jivin my sh*t, i only try to help:
-Oil changes at 4K intervals on a quality dino oil, 6-8K intervals on Synthetic. Weight: Mobil 1: 0w-40 is BM approved, a 10-40 or 5-40 weight works just as well. The "seasonal" crap (variances in weight according to region) throws more than a few people off when new. I run a 5-30 synthetic now and it runs as awesome as this M42 will run with no problems. (Some Mercedes C230 guys run this).
-Rear shock mounts fail at 40-80K intervals, just listen for clinking in the rear.
-Cabin air filters every 10K, it may be necessary earlier than this in dusty conditions.
-Plugs every 7K i think is right, though i think that with most modern plugs you can stretch it farther than that at the expense of slight fuel mileage decrease.
-Fuel Filter every 15K or so.
-Numerous parts of the front suspension will need redoing depending on mileage (assorted bushings, etc), the car will run if not severely worn but just won't align right and won't have that BMW feel to the steering (mine).
-Air Filters every 6K, or around there. Rough estimate, regional variances apply.
-I believe the radiator flush is supposed to be done at 10K or once a year to be on the safe side.
Rotations every 6,000 miles to keep the tires from wearing prematurely though BMW NA does NOT recommend this for performance reasons i think as a prudent daily driver with interests based on the street and not on the track this is more than safe.
There is more but this is all i have for the moment. Best of luck.

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^Um, plugs every 7k miles?! That must be a type-o. Plugs can easily last beyond 60k miles.

Air filter definitely does not get changed every 6k (which according to your math is more frequent than oil changes if running synthetic). I'd check the air filter annually. If it starts getting dirty, replace it.

Try this on for size:

3 Series from 1992-1999 (including Z-cars),
5 Series from 1992-1999,
7 Series from 1994-1999, and
8 Series: all

Brake Fluid Flush: every 2 years
Coolant Flush: every 2 years
Power Steering Flush: every 3 years
Inspection I: every 20,000 miles
Inspection II: every 40,000 miles
Conventional oil changes every 3,000 miles, and synthetic changes every 5,000 miles (I change every 4k with Mobil 1 synthetic)
HVAC cabin microfilter: every 12,000 miles or annually
Fuel filter: every 12,000 miles or annually
Transmission fluid: lifetime (I change annually)
Differential fluid: lifetime (I change annually)

OEM suspension bushings can begin failing approximately every 60k miles
OEM cooling system can begin to fail approximately every 75-100k miles

As a side note, I most definitely would not be running oil change intervals beyond 5k miles even when using synthetic oil unless you are using a special non-paper oil filter. Paper filters break down and become much less effective after 5k. In other words, even though synthetic oil may retain its ability to protect the metal surfaces beyond 5k miles, regular paper filters cannot. And if your filter is bad, it doesn't matter how good your oil is.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:22 AM
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thanks for all the feedback everyone.

JC328IS: Thanks for that. If you follow my links, you'll see i already viewed that schedule
ZeGerman & Bimmerblack: thanks for that, sounds good.

I guess its time to change my fuel filter, i don't think its ever been done on this car. I'll be checking out the rear shock mounts too. Overall though, with 47k on the car i think i'm in good shape.

At the end of the day im still disappointed with the lack of official maint. lists. I like having a guideline for all wear parts and i've yet to see a really good all-encompassing maintenance schedule. Guess i'll just have to fly by the seat of my pants.

Thanks again guys. -Craig
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