Ok, my car hasnt had a tune up in a while....
Im thinking of fixing this car up to make it run real nice - almost like new (or the closest i can get) since i got it for so cheap, it wont be a big deal.
Now - i know the valves need to be adjusted because thats all you hear when its running, other than my extremely loud muffler (but thats another story)
question - If i get my valves adjusted, other than being good for the engine and curing the sound, will i notice any difference in the way engine runs? smoother? quieter? anything?
Also - when i go over bumps, i hear a rattle coming from the rear under the car - its not my muffler and its not my driveshaft - could the shocks be causing this loud rattle and how likely is it that they are the reason (its nothing in the trunk and its loud outside of the car too).
I have some steering play and the infamous wobble at 55mph and gone at 60mph, will new thrust arms and bushings cure both of these symptoms? or only the wobble? What kinds of things can i do to take the play out of the steering?
Lastly i would like a new muffler, i cant handle the noise that this one creates anymore- it gives me a headache, do i have to buy original BMW parts? is there a muffler around $100 or so that will bolt on and be as quiet as stock?
Under the hood , the plug wires are also old, one has a cut and has been repaired with electrical tape by somebody - should these be replaced? basically i want the car to feel as new as it can again. Any suggestions that you can think of to add to my list - or anything to say about what i have come up with so far?
the car has 124k mi and the interior / exterior is excellent, no major oil leaks, engine runs smooth - just slow (lol) transmission appears to be ok , except for the hard shift from 1 to 2.
Thanks a lot, guys !