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Old 06-19-2007, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've had my 328ic for 2 years. After driving it for 10,000 miles, I have had no problems and the only maintenance i've had to do is change the oil regularly. Are there other things that I should check & change other than the air and oil filters? Plugs? etc.? If it ain't broke, don't fix it...., however, is there a routine maintenance schedule for the other things?

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Old 06-19-2007, 04:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Boy are you serious? Still if its still rolling along i guess you must be doing something right. How many miles has it done? When did it last get a proper service? How come only 16 posts in all these years?
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Yeah with out knowing the milage and maybe even history on the car. it's hard to say what should be looked at. AT or MT? Differential fluid may need changing. but if you do, take the top plug out first. sometimes they get stuck and you don't want to drain it if you can't fill it back up again. I'd also say radiator if the car heats up easily. other than that it's hard to say what you need or may need without nore info on the car. good luck
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oh and post more. that way noobs like JimmyP and i can't make fun of you for having only 16 posts. lol.
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I would say flush the radiator, did it on mine. Car was running fine but when I flushed it my mecanic told me that was a great idea since it came out dark. Change fluids, sparkplugs, coils, bushings... all depends on the milleage the car has. Dont wait on something to break to fix it, its like waiting until someone dies to tell them you love them.
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I would say flush the radiator, did it on mine. Car was running fine but when I flushed it my mecanic told me that was a great idea since it came out dark.
ok thats not normal whatever way you look at it. your oil would be leaking into the cooling system.

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don't fiddle with the cooling system, if its working its fine and you'll know if its not fine. once a part of it breaks fix it all at once (water pump, thermostat, casing...). because bleeding it is a bitch, but once its all working its great.

rotors/breaks, yeah spark plugs as people said, fuel filter, break fluid. there is a list of things they do when you take your car in for a service for Inspection I and II. I'll try and find it. but really you can do it all at home. changing the oil is the most important i'd say.
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Check out the bimmerdiy.com site and look at e36 maintenance, might give you some ideas on what you can do. And like WarNox said, follow the inspection I and inspection II.
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thanks for the info. the cooling system seems to be fine, but flushing it is something I could do as the car is now at 90,000 mi. This is a manual, so is it imperative to change out the fluids in transmission and differential? Other that go to a big time BMW dealer, anyone got a shop that they recommend in Columbus, Ohio, area?
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