Thank You for your responses. I will follow up on your suggestions.
Regarding the discussions about my 'Engine Oil' light. When it did not go off, Yes, I did pres the check button on the SRS panel. That did not make the go off. But as I mentioned in my previous post, adding about a quart of oil put the light off. And to the question of how hard I drive, I drive it quite normally. I dont go on high speeds, do not take it to high RPs or brake hard.. nothing like that. Since it seems to be ok (light gone), I ll keep a watch on it and will start to get more concerned next time I see this problem. I did not understand what a 'dino juice' is? I dont mind trying synthetic oil if it helps better? But through many forums I have learnt that synthetic oils dont help any better on most cars.
Since I bought my car, 3 months ago, I took it to Wal-mart for oil change. I guess most of you are faimilar with Wal-Mart. I do not know its presense outside of US but is everywhere in US. According to me, their service sucks. I would never take to them again. They did not check many points that they said they would. But they marked it as 'checked' in the report. Any suggestions on which would be a good and reliable place to get the oil change done? I am in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Are regular chains like Jiffy-Lube or Firestone ok? For BMWs any branded 10W30 oil is fine? or anything specific recommended. I want to do the oil change myself at somepoint. I would eventually like to do all possible maintenance and troubleshooting on my car. More to learn the work out of interest rathar than to save money. I do not have any parts, tools or garage facilities as of now. I know few friends who can help with those. But thats my future target not an immediate one.
A point I might have missed saying in my previous post is, everytime i start my car, specially on cold days or any day mornings, as soon as I turn on the ignition key to start position(without cranking up all the way), I hear a rattling sound from under the hood for few secs. Its like 'tak tak tak tak...'The duration of the noise is proportional to the chill outside. This year winter was bad here. it stayed for a longtime with temperatures below 0 centrigrade for many days. So all through the winter it used to make that noise. infact on very cold days, it keep making that noise even after starting and while I am on road. A point to mention is, As i keep driving, the noise fades and stops eventually. But if I stop at a traffic light and start moving after that, it start to make noise. Discussed with couple of friends of mine, who are no mechanics but much more knowledgeable than me. they say it could be fuel pump. Again, I am very ignorant about the mechanics of a car. But it maked sense to me as, when I stop and start by pressing the gas pedal, the fuel pump might be struggling to pull gas out of the tank and making that noise. Thats my vague guess. Now its summer and I dont hear that noise for more than 3-5 secs during the morning starts.
The noise seems to be from front-let under the hood when i am looking from behind the steering wheel. Somewhere near the air-filter or around the left of radiator.. I cannot guarantee the spot but that was what I could narrow down to.
So, if its a bad fuel pump, are the problems expected even while driving? Reading through the forums and some other articles, I figured this 325ic has 2 fuel pumps, 1, in tank mechanical pump and other, external and electric fuel pump. I thought, if keeping the ignition key on for 5-10 secs is making it start better. It might be that its warming up the electric fuel pump and making it function better. And once in motion, it could be that the mechanical fuel pump in the tank is doing most of the job and could be a healthy one. Again, this is just my logic which might be totally baseless.
I get a mileage of about 22-23m/gl. I dont know if thats a sucking mileage. But is that any indication of bad motronic computer?
I can take the car to a mechanic to figure it out or get it fixed. When a mechanic fixes it, apart from losing good amount of money, I would not understand what caused it or how he narrowed down to that. If I discuss with you all, I might know lot more than I expect. Since my car is running ok now, i am taking my liberty to discuss with you all and see what could be going bad.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
I am not sure when was the last time transmission was flushed. I ll plan on getting it done soon. Again, is any off the shelf, branded Dexron-III fine as ATF or any other recommended brands? I ll check on the parts you mentioned, the gasket seal and the front and rear seals. I checked on 'bavauto.com'. Is that 'front seal retainer gasket', 'Rear Seal for Automatic transmission'?
I ll get my thermostat checked, changed and go from there. As of now, if I see the needle going closer towards the 3/4 mark, I turn on the blower and heat so that it sucks some heat out of the engine. Is it ok to do that? I knwo that, getting closer to 'Red Zone' can be disastrous to engine. But If I am within the 3/4 mark but close to it, is it acceptable to keep driving or still can be dangerous?
I ll try to test it the way you have suggested. Slammin on the brakes. The car is supposed to be equipped with ABS. But recently when I had to slam on the brakes while on road, it make a screeching noise. But did not leave any skid marks or did not feel like it skid. I ll check again. The light is not of a serious concern to me as long as it does not harm anything.
The mileage I am getting on my car on city road conditions is about 22m/gl. i mostly use, 85 grade fuel from Shell. I dont know whats the mileage its supposed to give. I thought I read 22.5m/gl in BMW manual for this car. If thats low, anyway to improve it? I drive it quite soft, atleast in my view!
Once, I used the fuel injector cleaners that you put into the gas tanks before filling it up. I am not sure if it helped anything internally but I dont see any difference in mileage, power etc. But thats what many people have said. it might not help much but wont do any harm atleast. Any recommendations in this area?
Till I get more familiar with the car and get into a position of working on it myself, I would like to get the required work done properly.
The regular stuff like oils, fluids, parts.. is it recommended to use BMW brands or anyother specila brands or the off the shelf brands available in shops like 'Autozone' should be good enough? Ofcourse I would follow the specifications as suggested by BMW.
Any receommended servicing places or places like Firestone, Meineke or any other local reputed car service stations should be good enough? The previous owner always used to take the car to a BMW specialised mechanic here. I can also take the car to the same place, but just looking at other options.
Once again thank you all for your inputs.