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Old 02-09-2005, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi, new to the board. I just got my first bmw, a '98 328i w/93,000 miles on it, and it's in good shape w/ no problems(so far). could you guys give a newbie some tips about car care, best oil to use, etc, and any problems I should expect as I get closer to 100,000 miles. also if anyone happens to have an owners manual for this model that you're willing to part with/sell, please let me know.
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to the forums....if you don't know allready! bmws are expsensive to buy and even more exspensivet o maintain.. with 93k miles its not too bad... prolly you should bring it to a mechanic and get a tuneup done.. and have him check out the car!
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Hey welcome to the BMW world! I use Mobil 1 synthetic oil, but if you're not already running synthetic, it's probably too late to make the change. But Mobil 1 is a great brand of oil. As for some general tips, if you're going to do any customization to your car, do it right! Don't buy products that are sketchy and cheap. And if you are not sure what to do about a fix, ASK! if you try to do things yourself that you're not sure about, you could end up paying a lot more to fix it than you should have! (i speak from experience). And any pics of your car would be much appreciated!
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Yeah they are expensive..... That is what I hate about having one...

I need so much done to my car... But I don't have a lot of money right now....

What are the first things you should do to your car???
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Have you checked the air filter to see how clean it is? Unless you were planning on getting an air intake soon you might want to replace it. Also see if your oil needs changing. Check fluids, coolant, power steering, and washer fluid, etc.
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Look at the maintenance records if you have them and see when the last maintenance tune up was done. You should check the oil, trans fluid, differential fluid, all belts, air filter, clean air filter(for inside the cabin), spark plugs, and check the tread wear on your tires. Oh yeah and clean and wax it too.
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