10-16-2012, 11:52 AM
Join Date: Nov 2011
My Ride: 330Ci ZHP 3 pedal
thank you for your perspective. i actually agree more with you than the JFOJ and e46mango types. my zhp is very solid, on the original fuel pump, battery, alternator, and cooling system. today, i preventatively replaced my cooling system largely because of a broken thermostat. i figure while i'm taking out the thermostat, it's probably a good idea to replace the radiator, hoses, water pump, and the other misc belts, pullies, etc. in the system.
Originally Posted by hummer
No, No, No!
There are always two or more schools of thought when it comes to issues like these. A better service to members would be a poll to illustrate experience with these items rather than the sky is failling, replace everything now approach!
Fuel pump - 10 years 160K, relay still Ok at 175K
Battery same. Alternator suffered a bearing failure at approx 120K
Cooling system - original tank, hoses and radiator still in at 175K
- water pump replaced when it actually started leaking at 114K
As you can see, if I had gone into panic mode at 60K, I would have spent a whole lot of money for nothing. The only thing on the above list to be changed regularly is the fuel filter. So, for a commuter like mine the experience may be totally different from a ham fisted tire burning drifter.
but, my car has 90k miles. and it's a late 2004 build. so, i got an extra 30k miles, and a few years out of my cooling system before i went in about $400 for parts.
i'm not touching my fuel system (save the filter) until i start to notice the symptoms of an aging fuel system. i'll replace the pump and relay once i notice any "out of the ordinary" symptoms.
if i replaced my fuel pump, relay, battery, alternator, or any other parts that people cry wolf over, i might waste unnecessary money and replace fully functioning parts.
i might not have my zhp in a year; why go through all the spending, labor, and trouble fixing things that aren't broken?
i do agree that preventative maintenance is a good idea. obsessive, needless maintenance, on the other hand, well......