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Old 01-27-2004, 08:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

Normally I have BMW do the service on my car just because I don't have the time. However, recent events have made money scarce (read divorce <G>) so I'm going to try and do this myself. I am very mechanically savvy and have two Fiero's that I have rebuilt. I basically need to know what exactly is included in the BMW service? I have a 99 M3 (E36 -last year). It has 80k miles on it and both the yellow and red indicators are now lit. If I take to the stealer they want a LOT of money to do the tuneups. What exactly do they do? Does anyone have a "list" so I can do this myself? Also what kind of oil do they use and what else do they do for an oil chance that is special??

Any insight at all would be appreciated! Thanks.
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i dont know all of what they do, besides charge you buy the hour and then think about getting to work for the first two hours... but oil changes aren't very challenging your biggest problem will be the left over oil. its a hazardous material, waste management wont take it, you sure as hell cant put it down the drain, etc. you always could just throw it in your garbage can and they'll end up taking it any way, but thats just what ive heard.
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Oil change
air filter
microfilter for ac and heating
diff fluid
trans fluid
spark plugs
fuel filter

check lights
check brakes
check bla bla
check yada yada


Actually, some of those things probably aren't on the list, most cars are different. There is nothing more than that though, besides lubing hinges, checking battery, electrical items, tire pressures.........
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Hey guys thanks ,

Oil changes I have done plenty of What kind of oil does BMW use? Also, the stealer mentioned something about actually cleaning the injectors? Is it time for a timing belt or something that I don't know about yet??

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just a basic tune up is easy get the oil out fresh in, reset your indicator light read in the FAQ section for how to do that! check all other fluids, check wear on tires well under there. clean her up real good under the hood basic like that just like other cars!

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Check this out.

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your biggest problem will be the left over oil. its a hazardous material, waste management wont take it, you sure as hell cant put it down the drain, etc. you always could just throw it in your garbage can and they'll end up taking it any way, but thats just what ive heard.
you always could just throw it in your garbage can and they'll end up taking it any way, but thats just what ive heard. <---- That part was funny as hell.

In the Bahamas we can take the used oil to the Petrol station and they have a used oil container, I think they recycle it but not sure.
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Just take it to autozone or an autoparts store like that and they recycle for free. Or just leave it in front of and auto place and they'll be forced to recycle it.
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Or just leave it in front of and auto place and they'll be forced to recycle it.
^^ yeah dude! here in washington or atleast where i live put it in a gallon milk gug put it right outside your garbage and they will pick it up and do something with it?.... not sure what?



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