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Old 02-01-2011, 01:33 PM
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Question 96 M3 - Rear Shock Mounts

Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a 96 M3 with 120,000 miles on it. The car itself has virtually no scratches and is in great mechanical shape from the previous owner, however there are some wear-and-tear items that need to be replaced.

I've all ready changed the serpentine belts and spark plugs, I have brake pads/rotors kit on the way, and am going to install rear Bavauto springs (A gift from the previous owner. He also installed matching front ones) with the brakes.

I figure while the wheels are off, it would be worth looking in to other wear-and-tear items. I've heard it's a good idea to replace the shock mounts, but I'm not sure beyond that.

Do you all have thoughts on the rear shock mounts or other items I'm missing? I don't hear any unusual sounds aside from the old brake pads. The water pump impeller is on my list at some point also since it still has the plastic one.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:24 AM
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Buy a Bentley Repair manual, and learn what an inspection 2 is and how and what you are looking for. Nobody can tell you what the car might need, and you can run yourself into the poor house replacing things that really don't need it YET.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:55 AM
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Water pump, thermostat housing and radiator are do now or do when they break SOON items. Based on the experience here, you are past do on all of them.

If the shocks are original, you should replace them also. Rears are easy, especially if you do RSMs, fronts are a pain. If you don't have the right tools, find a good shop to do them.

And while you are doing the rear suspension work, check the rear trailing arm bushings (RTABS) they are normal wear items.
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