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Old 06-08-2010, 06:26 AM
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325Ci - 60k Maintenance advice ?

Hi Guys,
Recently bought a 325Cise 2002 with 60k miles. SH is as follows...
15557 - Oil Service / Micro-Filter
31460 - Insp. 1 / MIcro Filter
42781 - Oil Service / Insp 2
53225 - Oil Service / Insp 2

The car came with SH and 6 or so MOT's, some which listed advisory notice given, but car has no receipts for work. Latest MOT shows no advisory given.

Prev. had 5 owners (a lot for a 2002 @ 60k???)

This is my first Bimmer, and the first car I'm actually gonna learn to maintain


Based on the above, what suggestions for checks and maintenance would you guys make? What would you do and in which order ??!

I HAVE read the wiki, but I was hoping for some advice relevant to my model / mileage and history.

Any help from you experts out there would be very much appreciated


btw, If anyone out there is generous enough to make me a tidy Sig for my posts I have pics !!!

Much love
Stoo

btw, Can power upgrades be done on an Auto? Does it affect the gearbox / does the gearbox need changing / reprogramming.. excuse my noobness !!!

Oh, and while I remember, I've been showing 3445 miles to next oil service for about 300 miles (since I bought it..), should'nt this number be going down ???

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Old 06-08-2010, 06:51 AM
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Welcome, congrats, and find your way to the WIKI at the top of the page. Lots of us have contributed to it and it's very helpful for learning about what to look out for and what needs to be done when.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:41 AM
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Thanks jvr826, and thanks for the super-used "read the Wiki" (do you guys just keep that in the clipboard and ctrl-v to noob's posts...?)

I was hoping for opinions on the SH, and advice based on that.. I am aware of some maintenance being recc. at 60k, but which and in what order (pref easiest first !!)

I was also looking for answers on the question at the bottom of the post.

RTFW noted, wiki read... questions still unanswered !
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We have created kits to help aid in this maintenance process.

Our kit was created to service your BMW's engine according to "Inspection 2" and includes:

* BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil - 7 Quarts
* Oil Drain Plug With Crush Washer
* Oil Filter Kit
* Interior Air Filter (Cabin Filter)
* Air Filter
* Fuel Filter
* NGK Spark Plugs-Set Of 6
* Redline 75/90 Gear Oil - 1 Quart

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Please let me know if you have any questions! Feel free to shoot me a PM or email.

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Old 06-08-2010, 08:24 AM
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On my '04 330ci, I changed the rear differential fluid at 60k (easy DIY; used Redline 75w-90).

Also, coolant changes are important--I do mine every 2 years, using the BMW coolant & distilled water. Another easy DIY. (This may have been done at your Insp. II, although it is time-based, not mileage-based; change it if its been 2 years or more).

If you've got the automatic transmission, an AT fluid change and filter would be good preventative maintenance. There are great DIY writeups on the procedure found here. It is a little more of an advanced DIY, but doable. I've done mine twice now (at 60k & 120k; I have 135,000 1-owner (Me!) miles on my car and it is running great...)

Other wear items are the front control arm bushings (CABs); check for loose play. And keep an eye on your entire cooling system; much plastic is used in the E46 cooling system. I changed out my ENTIRE cooling system at 120,000 miles (new radiator, expansion tank, Stewart water pump, thermostat, all new hoses, temp sensors, new drive belts, etc.).

You will find the E46 to be a great car, and it is very rewarding to be able to do so much of the maintenance, and even repairs, yourself.

The Bimmerfest forum is a great community of helpful people, many that have taken the time to create some amazing step-by-step DIY guides. Search for them and they will help you out as you begin to tackle your DIY projects.

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On my '04 330ci, I changed the rear differential fluid at 60k (easy DIY; used Redline 75w-90).

Also, coolant changes are important--I do mine every 2 years, using the BMW coolant & distilled water. Another easy DIY. (This may have been done at your Insp. II, although it is time-based, not mileage-based; change it if its been 2 years or more).

If you've got the automatic transmission, an AT fluid change and filter would be good preventative maintenance. There are great DIY writeups on the procedure found here. It is a little more of an advanced DIY, but doable. I've done mine twice now (at 60k & 120k; I have 135,000 1-owner (Me!) miles on my car and it is running great...)

Other wear items are the front control arm bushings (CABs); check for loose play. And keep an eye on your entire cooling system; much plastic is used in the E46 cooling system. I changed out my ENTIRE cooling system at 120,000 miles (new radiator, expansion tank, Stewart water pump, thermostat, all new hoses, temp sensors, new drive belts, etc.).

You will find the E46 to be a great car, and it is very rewarding to be able to do so much of the maintenance, and even repairs, yourself.

The Bimmerfest forum is a great community of helpful people, many that have taken the time to create some amazing step-by-step DIY guides. Search for them and they will help you out as you begin to tackle your DIY projects.

Jon in Chicago
Ditto, especially the trans part. Lifetime for BMW means "life of the warranty". Just keep reading the posts on this forum and you'll know exactly what to do.
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:17 AM
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Thank you guys, esp..

ECSTuningJoe - The kit looks like a great idea, but i'm in the UK, do you have any stockists here?

JonS2004330ci : Sound advice I intend to do what you mention.. thanks ;D
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Thank you guys, esp..

ECSTuningJoe - The kit looks like a great idea, but i'm in the UK, do you have any stockists here?

JonS2004330ci : Sound advice I intend to do what you mention.. thanks ;D
We actually have exclusive shipping rates to the UK!

Shoot me a PM and we can create you a custom link with everything you'll need!

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We actually have exclusive shipping rates to the UK!

Shoot me a PM and we can create you a custom link with everything you'll need!

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