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View Poll Results: Vote: Do you believe in preventative maintenance?
Preventative maintenance is key to good vehicle health 319 83.07%
Preventative maintenance is a waste of money. If it ain't broken, don't fix it! 65 16.93%
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:10 AM   #1
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Poll: Are you for or against preventative maintenance?

Simply vote one or the other.

Preventative maintenance. Taking a pro-active approach to car maintenance by replacing parts at regular intervals to reduce the chance of breakdown, headaches, and unexpected tows and to ensure overall reliability of your vehicle.

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Don't fix it 'til it ain't broken! These cars aren't special, and replacing parts when they ain't broken is a waste of money. If a part fails, just call a tow truck -no big deal!
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:12 AM   #2
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there are certain things i am preventative with... but i don't go overboard

122k with no issues whatsoever
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:01 PM   #3
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there are certain things i am preventative with... but i don't go overboard

122k with no issues whatsoever
cough cough, water pump, fuel filter, power steering fluid, leaky oil filter housing gasket, all going out soon..
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cough cough, water pump, fuel filter, power steering fluid, leaky oil filter housing gasket, all going out soon..
I have 122k too. When will all these go ? I will verify if you are correct.
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I have 122k too. When will all these go ? I will verify if you are correct.
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It's a pretty simple concept. Know the useful life of the different parts & components on your car, and be sure you replace them before they reach it. I have a very in depth spreadsheet I use for this on my current e46:


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It's a pretty simple concept. Know the useful life of the different parts & components on your car, and be sure you replace them before they reach it. I have a very in depth spreadsheet I use for this on my current e46:


^^^ nice.. that's awesome. I need to start doing this too.
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It's a pretty simple concept. Know the useful life of the different parts & components on your car, and be sure you replace them before they reach it. I have a very in depth spreadsheet I use for this on my current e46:


Please share! great idea
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It's a pretty simple concept. Know the useful life of the different parts & components on your car, and be sure you replace them before they reach it. I have a very in depth spreadsheet I use for this on my current e46:


wow. want to do that for me???
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It's a pretty simple concept. Know the useful life of the different parts & components on your car, and be sure you replace them before they reach it. I have a very in depth spreadsheet I use for this on my current e46:


Wow great idea...I have to start doing this
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Here is a link to download a (mostly) blank template of the exact spreadsheet I use to track my maintenance and modifications. I left at least one line item on each separate sheet to illustrate how subsequent entries should be made.

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It's a pretty simple concept. Know the useful life of the different parts & components on your car, and be sure you replace them before they reach it. I have a very in depth spreadsheet I use for this on my current e46:


This is awesome. I'm going to go so far as to say that this forum needs a standard spreadsheet with all of the key maintenance items listed saved in a .xls (older) excel format stickied all over the place. Too many maintenance questions here, and all of them so easily answered by one spreadsheet.

How often should you really change your oil?
What kind of oil to use?
What kind of ATF to use?
Where to buy?
etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum

Obviously everyone is going to customize the spreadsheet for their needs. But I think it would be an excellent resource for new and old members alike (but especially new).
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This is awesome. I'm going to go so far as to say that this forum needs a standard spreadsheet with all of the key maintenance items listed saved in a .xls (older) excel format stickied all over the place. Too many maintenance questions here, and all of them so easily answered by one spreadsheet.

How often should you really change your oil?
What kind of oil to use?
What kind of ATF to use?
Where to buy?
etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum

Obviously everyone is going to customize the spreadsheet for their needs. But I think it would be an excellent resource for new and old members alike (but especially new).
I agree with you 100%.
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It's a pretty simple concept. Know the useful life of the different parts & components on your car, and be sure you replace them before they reach it. I have a very in depth spreadsheet I use for this on my current e46:


I do the same thing for my car, although my sheet is a little more simple and doesn't contain part numbers. Stores all the work ever done on it since day one. I'll post up a screen shot when I get home if anyone is interested.

IMO, preventative maintenance is pretty much what the manufacturer tells you to do anyway. Otherwise, they'd just say change the waterpump when it fails or change the engine when it seizes from lack of oil. Without it, you're screwed. Granted there are things that don't need regular changing, valve cover gasket for example. For that one, leave it alone till it leaks.

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I would be happy to share a template of my spreadsheet. In addition to the two photos I posted, it also features two other sheets:


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Thanks, man. I'll have to check that out later. IT's blocked on the computer i'm on now. must be a hosted image.
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i have every single receipt and service record saved, so it wouldnt be too hard to do.
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i have every single receipt and service record saved, so it wouldnt be too hard to do.
I was in the same boat. I have a decently thick folder full of receipts and records and other information, most of which is reflected in this spreadsheet.

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Thanks, man. I'll have to check that out later. IT's blocked on the computer i'm on now. must be a hosted image.
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