Acoste...what a wealth of information! Many thanks for this. I just read the first few pages which brought about a question. I have 115k miles. Without knowing the previous owners maintenance, do I just start with everything? I will call my local BMW service center in the morning hoping they can divulge whatever records there might be. If the previous 2 owners had the vehicle serviced outside from BMW, who knows what was/wasn't done.
While that's an interesting thing to know, I wouldn't expect anyone, including myself to go about changing parts simply based on their dates of manufacture. My concern is more towards the mileage-based preventative maintenance. I have an oil change sticker. I called that shop to see what I could find out. They were very helpful and looked up the vehicle by VIN. They serviced the vehicle for the last six years.
Oil change every 7,500
Plugs 35k ago
Coils "3 years ago"
That's all I could get.
Replaced cabin filter
Cleaned k&n air filter
Power steering fluid
??? Anything else?
you can match the date stamp and the carfax records and calculate a mileage/service history.
good job finding that shop! Also it's good news the oil was changed frequently enough.
Brake fluid> max every 2 years, safety concern if neglected
Transmission fluid/filter> I would definitely replace it now. It would become a risky thing to do it at a high mileage, >150k miles. the earlier the better
Coolant, every 2 years, I think this would be ok even if it's every 4 years.
Gear fluid > you mean differential? needed at this mileage and then maybe 50k later
Power steering fluid> needed
regarding cooling system parts, I follow Mike Miller's recommendation
on your car I would check the date stamp of the water pump and thermostat. maybe the coolant reservoir.
control arms and some suspension parts will be due around 130k based on my cars
alternator + starter around 180k
I guess the brake pads were replaced in the last 6 years so that oil change shop doesn't have all the history
No need to over inflate them. The users manual contains the correct pressures for your size. This is for a cold tire.
This number takes it in account that the tire gets warmer when driving so the actual pressure will be higher.
If you do city driving you can go higher (so less likely to get a rim damage due to potholes and city driving doesn't really heat up the tire unless spirited driving). If you do long highway runs, go with the factory recommended 33-36 psi.
Sounds good. When looking at the tires, I did notice that three of them are in great shape. The driver rear tire, however, is in poor shape to the point of having to be replaced. Why do you think that that one tire would be so excessively worn wornin comparison to the others?
Sorry guys I know this is off topic but just wanted to get yalls feedback. My friend just bought a F30 328i (stock) and his been insisting to race me in my 2006 330i (stock). Will I get absolutely destroyed or should it be somewhat close?
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