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hey i was wondering if you guys knew how much i would need to buy what to buy and how much it would cost. i usually get my car tuned up at the shop but i figured i'd start doing it myself. i have a 1992 325i 4-door im planning on starting of new by changing oil, spark plugs, tranny fluid, and flush out the radiator.

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hmm. lets see. i think off the top of my head. mobil costs lik 6 something a quart. and i cant remeber how many quarts the e36 oil pan holds. spark plugs are lik 3 bucks each. ummm i dont believe that bmw need there tranny flushed because they are lifetime fluid. whihc IMO is bullshit. but after u do that. usually u have tranny problems.(in automatics), and finally flushin a raditor is easy. just unscrew the the bolt under on the right side of the raditaor and drain and then wash out with distilled water. and then make a 50/50 mix of raditor/distilled water

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if you havent had the wires changed recently you could do that too, but other wise just plugs would work!

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if you havent had the wires changed recently you could do that too, but other wise just plugs would work!

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dito that. also when u do a oil change. change the oil filter. and check the air filtre

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hey thanks alot but would any of you know how much all n all this would cost?

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virtually nothing!! compared to a shop that is!!,
probably 40-50 bucks would be conservetive, thats new radiater fluied, oil, oil filter,
plugs, and you should really get someone to tune it up too, thats making sure that the air fuel/ ratio is correct, think a BMW agency can do that in about five seconds.
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hey i was wondering what type of radiator fluid do i buy(cuz i know there are different colors), what weight oil do i buy, and what type of wires to buy(brand)

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hey i was wondering what type of radiator fluid do i buy(cuz i know there are different colors), what weight oil do i buy, and what type of wires to buy(brand)

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Read your manual; for oil go 10-30 (unless it's really cold or really hot where you live, then see the manual for a chart) For coolant, the safest bet is cilicate free dex-cool (Orange stuff) but green stuff is less expensive and will owrk just fine. Your choice - either will need to be changed in 2 years, so you don't get any more longevity out of the orange; also as tempting as it may be, leave your diff. alone (check the level, if for some reason low, then add) and if you have a manual tranny, leave that alone too. Wires, I don't know. They may not be bad - get an Ohmeter and test the resistance. Check the service manual for what resistance they are supposed to be. Lower resistance isn't always better, try to stay within 5-10 ohms of OEM recommendation (unless you're tuning for colder plugs because you're boosting or something, in other words if you know what you're doing). I'd go to bavauto.com and order a set there if you find that you do need new wires.

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well im not looking to have to order them and wait i want to get products which i can just pick up at kragen or any other local auto parts store and i live in daly city fog town as its known the weather tends to be moist and cold but the sun comes out every now and then so then what weight oil should i use? and what filter?

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Ok, sounds like you'll be fine with 10-30. Stay away from Penzoil, Quakerstate and other suck shitty oils. Cars that use those oils have a lot of shit and grime under the valve covers, I don't like them. Stay with Castrol, Valvoline, or if you go with synth Mobil. Filters don;t matter quite as much when they are the cartridge type (Like you have, the drop in kind right?) but Bosch, Purolator, Wix, NAPA Gold (Same as Wix) and ProLine (PepBoys brand, same as purolator) are some of the best. Keep from FRAM, as they tend to skimp on material, and on spin-on types the anti-drain-back valves leak (Oil will back flow out of the filter so next time you start your car it has to fill the filter back up, starving the motor for a few seconds - not applicable in your case since you have the cartridge)

If you plan on doing local parts only, just have them run it through the computer - they ought to give you the right ones sice you're going that route. Personally, i'd order them. In fact, buy as little as you can from places like Autozoo, especially when it comes to things like brake pads, clutches, etc. They have some seriously shitty stuff - stay with OEM as much as you can, or get good reputable brands from a speedshop.

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Originally posted by B3M2W5i@Aug 28 2004, 05:02 PM
hey i was wondering if you guys knew how much i would need to buy what to buy and how much it would cost. i usually get my car tuned up at the shop but i figured i'd start doing it myself. i have a 1992 325i 4-door im planning on starting of new by changing oil, spark plugs, tranny fluid, and flush out the radiator.

thanks a bunch fro a newb
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OH MY GOD.... dude, I am going to help you out here becuase clearly there some folks on this forum that dislike you enough to spew nonsense .....

First off, disregard the guy who says you need some phantom electronic tune for 5 minutes, clueless

Oil suggestions are fine

Filter suggestions are accurate including the issue with FRAM filters.(good going man, One day I will dig up the email from a fram employee and you guys can form your own opinion about this shit ass company)


wires? On a 1992 325 i? I do beleive this car has direct ignition.... so no wires to be changed.

Tranny and rear diff fluids are NOT for life on this car, not even according to BMW.
Depending on whether this car is an aouto or a manualk you will have to determine the correct factory spec'ed fluid.

Flushing your collnat system is not as simple as opening the bilt on the bottom of the radiator. there is still like a gallon of coolant in the block which shold be removed by removing the bolt on the passenger side of the block right underneat the headers.

As to cost... rear diff fluid redline is about 9 buck a quart you need two quarts
tranny fluid if it is an manual you need two quarts redline also 9 bucks a quart
spark plugs about 7 bucks a piece times 6 (this is a 325 right?)
coolant (assuming major name brand about 8 bucks a gallon ) 2 gallons since cooling system takes 12 quarts (remember 50/50 and you really really need to use distilled water)

2 crush washers for the rear differential and one for the block plug.. about 75 cents from the dealer.

2 belts so easy to change, if they are even close to looking beat up just do it.. about 40 bucks (my advice buy oem belts they last so much longer the are made by continental in germany and are superior

Air filter... depending on whether it was reusable or disposable..

and here is a big one replace that cabin filter if it is more than about a year or two old... it will have so much crap on it you will be amazed. your whole AC/ventilation system will work much better

any other question please post here rather than PM me so as to share the info with others...
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