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Old 02-11-2007, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First BMW and first question...basic maintenance

I just brought home what I believe to be a very well kept 1997 328i sedan with 100K km (60K miles). It was so nice that I bought it even though it is an automatic. I'm willing to give the auto a shot... we'll see how it goes.
My question is about basic maintenance - I want to give it a good once over and would like suggestions on spark plugs, air filters (should i look at a cold air intake) and any other valuable suggestions from people who know more than I (pretty much everyone). Thanks.
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plugs: some people will swear by bosch. personally i went back to ngk after bogging with bosch.
intake: sorry to say but with obd2/auto you won't notice much gains other than sound.


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Thanks for the advice. I was going to get the Bosch +4 platinums and will certainly have a look at the NGK's.
What about forking out $70 for a K&N filter as opposed to some of the cheaper ones? Any input?
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Old 02-12-2007, 07:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Take a look at this site, lots of great write ups on mainenance topics. The parent site is an excellent source for parts as well:

Pelican Parts - BMW Technical Articles

Another forum site to search through. There are very few new questions, use the search function & be prepared to read quite bit:

3 Series (E36) - Bimmerforums - The Ultimate BMW Forum

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what kind of air filter costs that? Dont do it,spend the money on beer you will get more out of it.
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the k and N panel filter doesnt provide any gains its provem.
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The K&N filter saves you money versus buying disposable filters.. That is the reason to get it, not performance gains.
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What about rigging up a cone filter? I've noticed a couple of mentions of this. It doesn't seen too difficult. Would this give me some modest gains?
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