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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 05-10-2005, 06:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dear friends,
I bought a new 2005 325i with stick shift. I could not find the recommended speeds for each gears.. Also what special care is needed for first 1200 miles ?

thanks in advance. - Mahant
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Old 05-10-2005, 07:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i am pretty sure you can drive it like a regular stick, just feel the engine and dont push her too hard at first. also vary your speed while driving.
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In the first 1K or so miles of an engines life, the speed at which it turns should not be constant for an extended period of time, say, not for more than half an hour. So..for best results you shouldn't make any hour+ trips in your new bimmer until after the break in period. What happens is that driving at a certain number of RPMs causes the oil to sort of bunch up in certain places in the engine. However, when your engine is brand new, this will cause some staining and possibly burning of the areas that the oil likes to sit (that's the 80 foot view of it).
I will also tell you that a friend of mine just recently picked up an '05 325xi on a lease. The dealer however made no mention of a break in period to my friend. Take that for what it's worth. It's possible that BMW has made such advances as to not require a break in period, but personally, I'd heed my words. You're talking about the rest of the life of your vehicle.
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