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Old 05-19-2004, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I finally got to drive my 96 328is..and it was good...I was just wondering what type of maint should I do often to make sure it stays in tip top shape...also what are yr opinions on the 328is..is it a fast car that can be made faster...?..etc...also what type of oil should I change..I am a loyal Penzoil..also do I change evey 3k like evry other car..also a friend of mine has a 3 series convertable and he gets vibration in the steering wheel..any ideas....I would also like to say this is the most helpfull automobile Forum I have ever entered..Thanks for answering my questions...
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Obviously oil should be changed regularly. How many miles? You could use synthetic and change it every 7000-9000 miles, or if not, you should change it every 3000-4000 for standard oil. I am not sure about the vibration. He probably needs to add some power steering fluid. Try that, and if it doesn't work, check the V-Belt or the power steering pump for leaks.
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to the forums!!!

Most of the questions you asked can be easily answered using the search feature at the begining of the e36 page.

Yes, you have a great car that is fast and can be made faster. I have virtually the same car and have made it considerably faster than stock.
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Old 05-19-2004, 05:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Most of us here are loyal to Mobil 1 and Castrol. Either oil will work fine in the e36. Your's is young enough to go for Mobil 1 full synthetic. It needs to be changed every 7-9k. I use Castrol Synthetic blend and change roughly every 5-6k, with filter changes at 3k.
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Old 05-20-2004, 04:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hmm....Is syntheytic really better..I hear that it screws up an engine...I dont really care how often I have to get the oil chaged..I just want whats best for my car....Penz rocks...
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Synthetic is good. It lubricates and coats the parts very well. The only downside to it that is quickly noticable is that it may leak if your car has high miles. It is good to stay committed once you switch. If your car has low miles, it is a good time to switch, if not, well, you may find a leak that wasn't there before.
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If your car has low miles, it is a good time to switch, if not, well, you may find a leak that wasn't there before.
Leakage beside the pistons or the packings by an engine with high mileage?
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I was thinking of changing to Mobil 1 synthetic...my car has 77K on it. Is this too high to convert? Other than that, I have taken very good care of my car and I don't think there should be any leakage problems.
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No, there's just a greater chance that you could find a leak. Obviously, the engine is more worn out than a newer one.
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