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Old 10-17-2013, 06:28 PM
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Common maintenance to keep the car running like new?

My cars at 90k miles and I'm just wondering what can be done to keep my car running like new. What should be cleaned? Anything replaced? I have a 2006 325i automatic


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Old 10-17-2013, 06:43 PM
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Contact Mike Miller at either Bimmer Mag or Roundel mag and ask for his Old School Maintenance guide.
techtalk@roundel.org addressed to Mike Miller.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:55 PM
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Disregarding oil/filter, microfilter, brake fluid, because those are so regular anyway...

I think I would do your AT fluid flush (a little controversial if your first one at that mileage, but if it was me I would, and whichever method was most complete, but it may be pricey), spark plugs (which you're doing already I believe), diff (because it's relatively easier), coolant (haven't done it yet myself, more involved, but also cheaper), power steering fluid using turkey baster method (easiest thing in the world, but a bit more wasteful this way, but it's soooo much easier).

I can't remember what the interval is for engine air filter, but that is about as easy a DIY as there is. Clean out the housing. When doing microfilter, ditto.

Come to think of it, I don't know if doing coolant is a good or bad idea, in regards to your original water pump.

That's all I can think of really. I mean, what else is there, outside of straight up replacing expensive parts that may give out soon... or not? I know I'm probably missing something.

Anyway: Too much diff fluid (two jugs) for me was $35, too much PS fluid (two canisters, and I would sacrifice this first if money is an issue, I've been given the impression that this fluid/system isn't as heavily taxed for lack of words) $45.

Can't help you with AT, and with plugs you already have an idea.

For brakes, to keep an eye out, you can measure rotors with a micrometer, I got mine from Amazon, the one with the pointy tips (because reading at the lip gives an inaccurate assessment). Make sure to take many measurements of same rotor, then avg.

Keep your battery healthy with a float charger if you drive as irregularly as I do. Otherwise, get a free load test from your local auto or tire shop every once in a while. Keep the correct PSI on your tires, and check more frequently in the winter. At cold temp. Tire depth gauge is $5, usually start as 10/32" as brand new, and change out somewhere between 3 to 4/32". (Some people wait until even 2/32" where it doesn't rain, but that's well past BMW's spec.)
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valve cover gasket... at least that's what I'm about to do at 76k
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Contact Mike Miller at either Bimmer Mag or Roundel mag and ask for his Old School Maintenance guide.
techtalk@roundel.org addressed to Mike Miller.

BIG plus one on that!
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valve cover gasket... at least that's what I'm about to do at 76k
Already had mine replaced. 500$ job...


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Common maintenance to keep the car running like new?

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Disregarding oil/filter, microfilter, brake fluid, because those are so regular anyway...

I think I would do your AT fluid flush (a little controversial if your first one at that mileage, but if it was me I would, and whichever method was most complete, but it may be pricey), spark plugs (which you're doing already I believe), diff (because it's relatively easier), coolant (haven't done it yet myself, more involved, but also cheaper), power steering fluid using turkey baster method (easiest thing in the world, but a bit more wasteful this way, but it's soooo much easier).

I can't remember what the interval is for engine air filter, but that is about as easy a DIY as there is. Clean out the housing. When doing microfilter, ditto.

Come to think of it, I don't know if doing coolant is a good or bad idea, in regards to your original water pump.

That's all I can think of really. I mean, what else is there, outside of straight up replacing expensive parts that may give out soon... or not? I know I'm probably missing something.

Anyway: Too much diff fluid (two jugs) for me was $35, too much PS fluid (two canisters, and I would sacrifice this first if money is an issue, I've been given the impression that this fluid/system isn't as heavily taxed for lack of words) $45.

Can't help you with AT, and with plugs you already have an idea.

For brakes, to keep an eye out, you can measure rotors with a micrometer, I got mine from Amazon, the one with the pointy tips (because reading at the lip gives an inaccurate assessment). Make sure to take many measurements of same rotor, then avg.

Keep your battery healthy with a float charger if you drive as irregularly as I do. Otherwise, get a free load test from your local auto or tire shop every once in a while. Keep the correct PSI on your tires, and check more frequently in the winter. At cold temp. Tire depth gauge is $5, usually start as 10/32" as brand new, and change out somewhere between 3 to 4/32". (Some people wait until even 2/32" where it doesn't rain, but that's well past BMW's spec.)
And thank toy that was very helpful


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