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Old 05-13-2013, 06:12 PM
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Greetings all,

So long story short my time on active duty is coming to an end soon and I'll be driving from TX to California for a wedding and then from California back to New Jersey... Quick map recon on google said it's roughly 4,200 miles all together.
Some info on my vehicle:

I currently have a 2006 E90 330Xi that just hit 70k miles. I just replaced the front brake pads myself and the back brake pads I replaced a year and a half ago. It hasn't been serviced in probably two years because it's out of warranty now. What type of preventative maintenance and/or services should I be thinking about getting? I'm trying to be smart about this and not go to firestone and tell them that I'm about to go for a LONG drive so they can take advantage of my wallet. Thanks in advanced for all your feedback.

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Your car is fairly low mileage...if I were you I would just catch up any maintenance you've deferred over the past two years, make sure the tires have plenty of tread and are in balance, and go. Enjoy!


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Greetings all,

So long story short my time on active duty is coming to an end soon and I'll be driving from TX to California for a wedding and then from California back to New Jersey... Quick map recon on google said it's roughly 4,200 miles all together.
Some info on my vehicle:

I currently have a 2006 E90 330Xi that just hit 70k miles. I just replaced the front brake pads myself and the back brake pads I replaced a year and a half ago. It hasn't been serviced in probably two years because it's out of warranty now. What type of preventative maintenance and/or services should I be thinking about getting? I'm trying to be smart about this and not go to firestone and tell them that I'm about to go for a LONG drive so they can take advantage of my wallet. Thanks in advanced for all your feedback.

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What the guys said, plus, make sure you get it on a lift for a look see at the X drive system (boots etc.)

2006, might be a good time to get a battery check? Or a new battery if you were really conservative.

Also easy things, like new wiper blades, cabin micro filter.

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Greetings all,

So long story short my time on active duty is coming to an end soon and I'll be driving from TX to California for a wedding and then from California back to New Jersey... Quick map recon on google said it's roughly 4,200 miles all together.
Some info on my vehicle:

I currently have a 2006 E90 330Xi that just hit 70k miles. I just replaced the front brake pads myself and the back brake pads I replaced a year and a half ago. It hasn't been serviced in probably two years because it's out of warranty now. What type of preventative maintenance and/or services should I be thinking about getting? I'm trying to be smart about this and not go to firestone and tell them that I'm about to go for a LONG drive so they can take advantage of my wallet. Thanks in advanced for all your feedback.

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I'd say take advantage of the post auto shop while you can. Such a great resource. I really miss it. Change the coolant and hoses. It would be a good idea to do the belt(s), too. Engine air filter would be a good idea. Probably the fuel filter, too. I'm not familiar with its location on the E90, but on the E46 it was on the driver's side, basically right under the driver's door, pretty easy to get to. Odds are good it's similarly located on the E90.

DSX, what else is there he should be thinking of while he has access to a fully equipped garage and a lift?
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:33 AM
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Thanks for all the advice everyone. I'll be sure to take a note of everything and definitely check the tires before I roll out. If there's anything else I should be doing please let me know and yes I definitely plan on using the on post auto crafts center before leaving.

On another note thanks for all the support. This community has been here since before I even joined the service. Being in the Army has been one of the best decisions I've ever made and deploying overseas was definitely a humbling and life changing experience for me. It taught me that we're capable of accomplishing so much more as a community if everyone works together and I also learned a lot about myself that I probably would have never learned here in the States. I have no regrets and if I could go back in time I wouldn't change a thing! I'm not getting out of the Army yet, just going into a non active status because there are some other dreams I want to chase... Becoming a doctor has always been an aspiration of mine ever since I was a kid and I'm going to use what the Army has taught me and some of my benefits to try and achieve that goal. May even end up back in the service if everything works out as planned... Special thanks to those of you who have served or have relatives, parents, grandparents who have served. I'm thankful for all veterans, past, present and future. First team! God bless.
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Hooah!!

I'd say take advantage of the post auto shop while you can. Such a great resource. I really miss it. Change the coolant and hoses. It would be a good idea to do the belt(s), too. Engine air filter would be a good idea. Probably the fuel filter, too. I'm not familiar with its location on the E90, but on the E46 it was on the driver's side, basically right under the driver's door, pretty easy to get to. Odds are good it's similarly located on the E90.

DSX, what else is there he should be thinking of while he has access to a fully equipped garage and a lift?
He's got an 06 with 72 on the clock. I'd have a close look at steering and suspension (tie rods, idler arm, ball joints, struts) and do a close visual for signs of coolant leakage. I'd also check for engine state of tune.
The OP wants to keep his costs down, he's a fit male, and he has lots of time to spare so I'm not recommending pre-emptive replacement of parts. If something craps out on the road he can deal with it.
I do like SilverX3's idea of having a spare wheel and tire (and making sure ALL jack equipment is in the trunk). And trying it out.
I also think we ought to get frequent posts to this thread as the OP makes his way across this great country. Would really like to get his updates!
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Thank you mybluesky for your service.

Here are a few little things that may help:
- Good polarized sun glasses. It is amazing how less tiring long stints are if your eyes are not tired. Polarization is worth the slight hassle of not being able to see the radio/temp settings that well.
- Something to clean the windshield of baked on splattered bugs you will hit.
- Light provisions and liquids should you be held up. e.g. road closure.

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Leaving Fort Hood behind are you? First Cav won the Presidential Unit Citation in Viet Nam, had a few friends there in The First. Not easy to get the PUC, my father's destroyer minelayer the Henry A Wiley earned it in WW2. Follow the advice above in regard to prep, enjoy the road, good luck and thanks.
Interesting...........My father was also on a Destroyer-Minelayer. Plank owner on the Sumner Class DM-28 USS Tolman. Damaged at Okinawa & withdrawn from the theater.

'Garry Owen' Fresh oil, new belts, top up the fluids, check the tires & enjoy the ride.
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Interesting...........My father was also on a Destroyer-Minelayer. Plank owner on the Sumner Class DM-28 USS Tolman. Damaged at Okinawa & withdrawn from the theater.

'Garry Owen' Fresh oil, new belts, top up the fluids, check the tires & enjoy the ride.
Talk about a small world, my Dad was on DM-29 right out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard (the keel laid right across the harbor in Staten Island), shakedown cruise and all. He went to mine school at the Great Lakes Training Center and was a Mineman 1C, but later a Gunners Mate 1C on the 50 cal's.
Here's the Wikipedia article. BTW, read about all the action on May 4. My father's birthday is May 5. All he remembers thinking while firing at kamikaze after kamikaze was "Just let me live 'til my birthday!" It was a lucky ship, not a single sailor injured in action even though they faced the most intense attacks of the Pacific, and weeks on picket duty.
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Builder:Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Staten Island, New York
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USS Henry A. Wiley (DD-749/DM-29/MMD-29) was a Robert H. Smith-class destroyer minelayer in the United States Navy. She was named for Admiral Henry A. Wiley.
Henry A. Wiley was launched 21 April 1944 as DD-749 by Bethlehem Steel Company, Staten Island, New York; sponsored by Mrs. Elizabeth W. Robb, daughter of Admiral Henry A. Wiley; reclassified DM-29 20 July 1944 and commissioned 31 August 1944, Commander Robert Emmett Gadrow in command.
After shakedown in the Caribbean Sea, the new minelayer rendezvoused with the battleships USS Texas (BB-35), USS Arkansas (BB-33), and USS Missouri (BB-63) and sailed 8 November for the Pacific to earn her nickname "Hammering Hank." Henry A. Wiley reached Pearl Harbor 9 December to prepare for the impending Iwo Jima campaign. As escort to the battleship USS New York (BB-34), she rendezvoused with other ships of the Gunfire and Covering Force off the rocky Japanese island on 16 February 1945, 3 days before the initial landings. She remained there until 9 March, to provide fire support and screen ships often operating a mere 400 yards from Mount Suribachi. The minelayer poured some 3,600 rounds into the Japanese fortress.
A second and even more arduous campaign followed for Henry A. WileyOkinawa, the largest amphibious operation of the Pacific war. Reaching her position 23 March, D-day minus eight, she began to screen minesweepers as they cleared channels for transports and support ships. Japanese resistance was fierce and air attacks were almost unceasing. On 28 March, Henry A. Wiley downed two kamikaze planes, and the next morning in 15 hectic minutes saw a bomb explode 50 yards astern, downed two more kamikazes, and rescued a downed fighter pilot. While screening transports on 1 April, D-day at Okinawa, Henry A. Wiley destroyed her fifth kamikaze.
The battle-tried ship then shifted to radar picket duty and spent a total of 34 days on this important task, alerting other ships of enemy air attacks. During this period, Henry A. Wiley took 64 Japanese aircraft under fire, destroying several of them. The morning of 4 May proved especially eventful. She began by downing a Betty at 0307. When her sister ship, USS Luce (DD-522), was reported sinking, Henry A. Wiley proceeded to her aid, but came under heavy air attack. In less than a quarter hour of heavy fighting, the valiant ship splashed three kamikazes and two Baka bombers, one of which was closing from the starboard quarter when it was hit by Henry A. Wiley's accurate fire. It hit the water, bounced over the fantail, and exploded just off the port quarter. Having expended nearly 5,000 rounds of 5-inch and AA ammunition, the minelayer then proceeded to rescue survivors from Luce. For her intrepid actions off Okinawa, which resulted in the destruction of 15 Japanese planes, Henry A. Wiley received the Presidential Unit Citation, and her skipper the Navy Cross and Legion of Merit.
From Okinawa, Henry A. Wiley sailed for the East China Sea, entering 12 June to screen minesweepers attempting to clear that vast body of water. She remained on this duty, with brief respites at Buckner Bay, until peace came. Even this duty was ushered in to the sound of "Hammering Hank's" guns, as on the night of 14 August, 24 hours before final orders to cease offensive operations against the Japanese were received, she went to General Quarters 6 times at the approach of aircraft, finally opening fire on the 6th run as an attack run commenced. Henry A. Wiley remained in the Pacific to screen and guide minesweepers through the end of 1945. She streamed her homeward bound pennant 17 January 1946 and on 7 February reached San Francisco, California via Eniwetok and Pearl Harbor. Henry A. Wiley decommissioned at San Francisco 29 January 1947 and went into reserve at San Diego, California. Henry A. Wiley was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 October 1970 and sold for scrapping on 30 May 1972.
In addition to the Presidential Unit Commendation, Henry A. Wiley received four battle stars for her participation in World War II.
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USS Tolman (DD-740/DM-28/MMD-28) was a Robert H. Smith-class destroyer minelayer in the United States Navy. She was named for Commander Charles E. Tolman.

Tolman was laid down as DD-740 on 10 April 1944 at Bath, Maine, by the Bath Iron Works; reclassified a destroyer minelayer and redesignated DM-28 on 19 July; launched on 13 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Helen Tolman; and commissioned on 27 October 1944, Commander Clifford Arthur Johnson in command.

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The minelayer held her shakedown training off Bermuda during November and December and returned, via Norfolk, Virginia, to Boston, Massachusetts. On 13 January 1945, Tolman departed Boston to escort USS Pittsburgh (CA-72) to the west coast. She called at San Diego on the 27th and then escorted USS Birmingham (CL-62) to Hawaii. She participated in exercises at Pearl Harbor until 23 February before heading for Eniwetok and Ulithi. On 19 March, Tolman sortied from Ulithi with Task Group 52.4 to provide fire support and antisubmarine screening for the minesweepers clearing channels prior to the amphibious assault on the Ryukyu Islands. On 22 March, she began clearing the approaches to the beaches of Okinawa.

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Shortly after midnight on 28 March, she encountered eight Japanese motor torpedo boats. They closed to 4,000 yards when Tolman opened fire with her 5-inch and 40-millimeter batteries. The DM increased her speed to 34 knots and maneuvered radically to avoid torpedoes. Two of the enemy boats exploded and sank as the remainder laid a smoke screen. The minelayer briefly lost contact, but used radar-controlled fire against the remaining boats and fired star shells to ferret them out. The last boat was seen to slow, apparently in trouble, just before it was blown up. The ship evidently made a clean sweep of the torpedo boats as a search revealed nothing, and no boats had been seen leaving the area.

Later that morning, Tolman was approximately 500 yards from USS Skylark (AM-63) when Skylark struck and detonated a mine against her hull. As Tolman moved in to pass a tow line to the stricken ship, Skylark hit a second mine and began settling rapidly. Tolman backed full to clear the mined area, but her boats, together with PC-1228 and PC-1179, rescued 105 survivors.

On 29 March, during several air attacks, Tolman reported downing one plane of three in the first raid; one of two in the second attack; and, with the aid of USS Barton (DD-722) and USS Wiley (AM-29), two of three in the third. Later, she shot down a kamikaze that was approaching her in a suicide dive. The minelayer then proceeded to Kerama Retto to transfer Skylark's survivors to other ships.

On the morning of 30 March, Tolman contacted three Japanese torpedo boats at a range of 3,000 yards. She went ahead at flank speed and made a hard turn to port. One torpedo passed astern and another was reported off her starboard bow. A third exploded astern, causing considerable vibration. On 3 April, she screened Transport Division 17 to a waiting area approximately 150 miles southeast of Okinawa and remained there for 10 days before returning to the Hagushi beaches.

Tolman grounded off Nagunna Reef on the morning of 19 April and remained aground. Two tugs then pulled her free on the 25th, and USS Clamp (ARS-33) towed her to Kerama Retto for repairs. She entered drydock on 15 May and was not ready for sea until late in June. On 28 June, the ship got underway for the United States. After arriving at San Pedro on 21 July, she began permanent repairs that were completed on 8 November.
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I'd say take advantage of the post auto shop while you can. Such a great resource. I really miss it. Change the coolant and hoses. It would be a good idea to do the belt(s), too. Engine air filter would be a good idea. Probably the fuel filter, too. I'm not familiar with its location on the E90, but on the E46 it was on the driver's side, basically right under the driver's door, pretty easy to get to. Odds are good it's similarly located on the E90.

DSX, what else is there he should be thinking of while he has access to a fully equipped garage and a lift?
Fuel filter is "lifetime" on the E90. No need to replace.
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- Good polarized sun glasses. It is amazing how less tiring long stints are if your eyes are not tired. Polarization is worth the slight hassle of not being able to see the radio/temp settings that well.

Good luck and enjoy.
Got two pairs of polarized ray bans so I definitely have that covered!

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I also think we ought to get frequent posts to this thread as the OP makes his way across this great country. Would really like to get his updates!
That actually sounds like it could be a lot of fun. I'll definitely do that. At a minimum daily updates and mileage shots every time I bed down for the night.
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Anyone mentioned "battery"? Assuming the car's still on its original, that's around 7 years....
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Anyone mentioned "battery"? Assuming the car's still on its original, that's around 7 years....
Do I need to look at replacing it? I haven't had any issues with it so far I'm not really sure how to determine whether or not it's time to replace.
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That actually sounds like it could be a lot of fun. I'll definitely do that. At a minimum daily updates and mileage shots every time I bed down for the night.
You're on! We'll be watching for them.
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Do I need to look at replacing it? I haven't had any issues with it so far I'm not really sure how to determine whether or not it's time to replace.
Good question. I've never heard a definitive answer.
The best I've heard--if it fails, then it's bad (duh). Corollary--if it fails a stress test, then it's bad. Still not definitive though.

.....if the battery truly is 7 years old.....personally, I'd swap it out for a new unit before a 4k mile trek. Or at least get one of those jump-start-battery units as a just-in-case.
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