Taking over the maintenance of the '03 325i
The honeymoon is over. My wife has run the odo up to 58K and we no longer have the total maintenance package for our 325i.
I have already put new rotors and pads up front and bled the brakes. I used germanautoparts.com for the ATE rotors, Mintex semimetallic pads, and SL.6 brake fluid. I got the new pad sensor from Turner Motor Sports, not knowing that GAP stocks them. The nice thing about GAP is that they drop ship their BMW parts fom FL, so I got the pads and rotors the day after I ordered them. I have gotten scads of VW parts from them as well and their service is top notch.
I changed the spark plugs today, too. I went from the original OEM NGKs (I don't believe the dealer service calls for them yet?) to Bosch Platinum +4s for $7 each at Advance. Super easy job and those spark plug tubes are the cleanest I've ever seen. The plugs were worn, but looked good. The car is running well with the Bosch plugs.
Next up is the auto tranny. I feel as though it has already been neglected. I'm going to drop the pan and change the filter, gasket, and some fluid. Can you recommend a good site for these parts, including the correct fluid (Texaco Esso something or other?)? How much fluid will I lose by dropping the pan? I think the total is 9 qts.
All help and comments are appreciated. I'm looking forward to taking care of this car for a long time!! Thanks!!