First time BMW owners just picked up a 1997 328i convertible.
Black on black, it’s a pretty number
I have learned over the years first thing to do when you get a new toy, go find a forum and find out all you can from the guys and gals who have been threw it all already.
So here I am at work reading the forum, while Kelly is cursing the highway with her grandma (95 years old) enjoying here first evening with the top down
So I am hoping to chat with many of you and learn from you all.
Welcome to the Werkz. Torque and johnnybayonne will be great resources for you, they both currently have E36s, as do several other members who aren't on as often. Good luck in the future with your new toy, and post up some pictures!
^ Haha, you only have a certain amount of time to edit a post. As for gas, I run mid grade instead of premium. Not a huge problem since cars of today have knock sensors and management it will essentially just change the timing to suit the lower grade. I wouldn't do regular, but that is just me. I had to once in order to get my car from my house to a gas station because it was completely empty and it didn't knock. The rule should be that if you ever put gas in that causes the engine to knock then it shouldn't be used anymore.
I saw some used tail light lenses on a used for sale site. Does anyone know if a 1995 318 i would fit the same as a 1997 328i? Thank you.
Do you know if the 318i is a sedan or a coupe/convertible? I looked up the part numbers on real OEM by seeing if the sedan had the same part number as the convertible and they came back different. This is no indication as to whether they are cross compatible though...I'm still looking for an answer to this.
I would imagine that the sedan lenses will fit only on sedans and coupes/convertibles only fit coupes/convertibles.
If I want to get an oil change while I am away, is there a reason to use synthetic oil over a good quality regular oil?
I've been told synthetic oil only helps during extreem heat or low temperatures. We are in a very mild climate with easy driving.
Well I caved and went with full synthetic oil. But i tried all the tricks , cleaning terminals etc but could not get the oil service reset to work by grounding the # 7 pin?
I think I will take it to the local shop and ask them to reset it , just so I know it does reset.
So what is everyone opinion about oil for the differential oil change?
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