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...
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.
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.
__________________ <span style='color:gray'><span style='font-family:Courier'>1995 e36 3 Series RIP
1999 e46 3 Series BURN IN HELL
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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.
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.
__________________ 1996 318i
5 Speed Manual
Alpine CDA-7895 Head Unit
12" Alpine Type-R, sealed box
Pioneer 400w amp for $20 at a yard sale (to replace my fried MRV-1507)
Infinity Kappa 4" 2-way speakers(rear)
Infinity Kappa 5.25" component speakers(front)
Debaffled airbox, K&N filter
Tracked Mud on carpets
Shampooed and cleaned carpets
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