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Old 05-11-2013, 09:25 AM
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Long Trip soon.

I am a new member in Fort Hod, Tx. I have had my 06 330i for about a year now. We are getting ready to take a trip to NC, about 1800mi. and i was gonna do some pre trip services on the car. the car has 95k on it. it is a 6 speed manual with the sport package. no performance mods just stock daily driver. any advice would be appriciated. The only thing i have had to replace was the water pump and thermostat about 4 months ago.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:10 AM
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From my general experience with cars, you don't want to start messing with it before you go on a long trip. As long as your oil is good, top off your fluids and enjoy.
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:05 AM
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Thanks for the info. Just drove the car earlier and noticed the spark plugs need changed in 400mi so looks like thats gonna be on the list
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:26 AM
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Also check and regulate your tire pressure
If those are non run-flat make sure you take along a patch kit
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:40 PM
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Bring portable air compressor and make sure you have the extended AAA towing program that gives you 100 miles (otherwise you pay $3/mile after 3 miles on the basic program).
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I expect you will have some long high speed running opportunities so definitely make sure your tires are in good shape .... good tread, well balanced, right pressure, alignment is right.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:40 PM
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Thanks for the info. Just drove the car earlier and noticed the spark plugs need changed in 400mi so looks like thats gonna be on the list
Make sure to add the coil packs to your list. These definitely will be going soon and IMO should be changed with the spark plugs.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:49 PM
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Make sure to add the coil packs to your list. These definitely will be going soon and IMO should be changed with the spark plugs.
Not standard practice, and IMO not needed at all. There are no moving parts to wear out, after all. They're expensive for a reason - they're designed to last the life of the engine.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:10 PM
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Not standard practice, and IMO not needed at all. There are no moving parts to wear out, after all. They're expensive for a reason - they're designed to last the life of the engine.
I don't know what planet you live on, but they do not last anywhere near the life of the engine. My ones and many other peoples aren't even making it to 80K. I will definetly be changing mine every time along with the spark plugs. Just google e90 coil packs and see how many results you get.
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Coil packs lasted 220,000 on my old maxima that my younger son is driving. One went, but we replaced them all for piece of mind. My older sons 2004 Spec v Sentra made it to 100,000 before one went. Unfortunately he continued to drive the car and the raw fuel solidified the catalytic converter. No guarantee any electronic part will last a lifetime.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:35 AM
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I don't know what planet you live on, but they do not last anywhere near the life of the engine.
You'll get quite a few, but that's because BMW had to do a recall because of a batch of poorly-manufactured ones. The ones on my E46 were all still going strong at 145K.

In any case, you should test them first before discarding them. Wholesale replacement is wasteful, and unnecessary.
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I expect you will have some long high speed running opportunities so definitely make sure your tires are in good shape .... good tread, well balanced, right pressure, alignment is right.

Mighty good advice. Small vibrations or misalignment make a big diff on a long trip - that feeling of pleasant confidence means a lot!
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:49 AM
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I have this compressor kit. I used it once just to test it. It works well and quickly. It comes with a bottle of slime and patches.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Slime-Flat...r-Kit/14254126

It has a very nice case that doubles as an emergency reflector. And the case has a couple of velcro strips on the back, so it won't slide around in the car's trunk.

As other have said, air up the tires, have decent AAA in case you cannot patch the flat yourself, and most importantly, clean the car. I cannot stand going on a road trip in a filthy car. I don't mind if the outside is dirty, but the interior and all the glass must be spotless.

It's a personal choice. I just don't like spending 8 hours a day inside a rolling garbageheap.

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Old 05-12-2013, 06:05 PM
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Coil packs lasted 220,000 on my old maxima that my younger son is driving. One went, but we replaced them all for piece of mind. My older sons 2004 Spec v Sentra made it to 100,000 before one went. Unfortunately he continued to drive the car and the raw fuel solidified the catalytic converter. No guarantee any electronic part will last a lifetime.
That's like saying I had a toyota camry and it's water pump lasted for 250K miles so this car's should as well. It's obviously up to the OP but I think you would be insane not to change them. They aren't even that expensive. All I know is that they are one of the most common parts to fail on the 6cyl E90's. The amount of threads on the topic I think is a testament to that.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:46 PM
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That's like saying I had a toyota camry and it's water pump lasted for 250K miles so this car's should as well. It's obviously up to the OP but I think you would be insane not to change them. They aren't even that expensive. All I know is that they are one of the most common parts to fail on the 6cyl E90's. The amount of threads on the topic I think is a testament to that.
When you change them, I'll buy a couple of your old ones and keep them around as spares.

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