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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, 01:51 PM   #21
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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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Old 10-08-2011, 01:49 PM   #22
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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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Old 10-08-2011, 02:03 PM   #23
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What format is the spreadsheet in, tock? Tried with excel and nothing coming up.
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Definately, in order for a car to last, you have to take care of it.
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What format is the spreadsheet in, tock? Tried with excel and nothing coming up.
.xlsx, so excel 2007 or newer.
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.xlsx, so excel 2007 or newer.
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:04 PM   #27
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Depends on how much you value your car.
I consider my car as a beater so I don't fix anything until I must.
I did my cooling overhaul at almost 125k miles and didn't want to push it farther. Other than that no broken no fix.
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Depends heavily on the part and how much its going to cost. But most of the time, no.

If I'm doing a thermostat and the w/p isn't leaking or wobbling at all, definitely not going to replace it.
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On a ten year old car with no warranty where when stuff fails it tends to cost good coin I don't see any other way but preventative maintanence.

I'd rather spend $1,000 every 2-3 years or 30,000 miles replacing expected worn out stuff than $1,000 every year fixing stuff that leaves me stranded in westbubblefcuk on the coldest/hottest night of the year.
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These voting results are pure comedy. I'm assuming this is how people feel, but not how they actually treat their own vehicle. Preventative maintenance.....from this crowd, really? Some yes, but the over-whelming majority? Look around, most of the threads in 'General' are for something broken. If so many people were for 'preventative maintenance' we wouldn't have all these threads.

All I see is people cutting corners w/ shady products from ebay, crappy aftermarket products instead of OEM parts, can I run 87 octane in my E46?, muffler delete because too cheap to purchase a proper aftermarket muffler, etc.
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These voting results are pure comedy. I'm assuming this is how people feel, but not how they actually treat their own vehicle. Preventative maintenance.....from this crowd, really? Some yes, but the over-whelming majority? Look around, most of the threads in 'General' are for something broken. If so many people were for 'preventative maintenance' we wouldn't have all these threads.

All I see is people cutting corners w/ shady products from ebay, crappy aftermarket products instead of OEM parts, can I run 87 octane in my E46?, muffler delete because too cheap to purchase a proper aftermarket muffler, etc.
FYI you can run 87 in your e46, but that's another topic that's been covered extensively.
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Definitely ! if i have knowledge , time and $ i will definitely do it.... plus i think its fun
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FYI you can run 87 in your e46, but that's another topic that's been covered extensively.
You missed the point completely....
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You missed the point completely....
No, I thought you were relating 87 octane to people breaking down and creating threads about it.
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Among my family/friends/co-workers who own BMW's, none of them have done any sort of preventative maintenance. Actually, the only one who had his water pump break down was in his 1985 BMW 5 Series at around 185,000 miles. So, for the general public, PM is a nonexistent thought.

I'll still get the cooling overhaul eventually done though, as I'm all about "peace-of-mind" and not having a car leaving me stranded. My old 300ZX did that too often.
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Among my family/friends/co-workers who own BMW's, none of them have done any sort of preventative maintenance. Actually, the only one who had his water pump break down was in his 1985 BMW 5 Series at around 185,000 miles. So, for the general public, PM is a nonexistent thought.

I'll still get the cooling overhaul eventually done though, as I'm all about "peace-of-mind" and not having a car leaving me stranded. My old 300ZX did that too often.
smart people get the most out of everything, say no to preventative maintenance money burning.
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smart people get the most out of everything, say no to preventative maintenance money burning.
I'm all about saving every penny, but I think our views of our respective cars differ. One of us looks at it as a beater, and possibly something to tide us over till the next "real" car. While the other, looks at his current e46 as the real deal.

Don't get me wrong though...I won't be inspecting and replacing parts after every squeak, fart, or rattle the car makes.
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A lack of preventative maintenance simply means that sooner or later you will have to fix something because it is borken. You just hope that it doesn't happen on Friday afternoon in rush hour traffic, thereby totally F**king up your plans for the weekend, and as luck normally falls, you had a date for tonight with the hottie of your dreams. See how things pile up when you don't do preventative maintenance? Just make a plan and follow it. It is not all that time consuming, or difficult. It does require some discipline, and I keep forgetting that I'm preaching to a bunch of teenagers. Good luck on that..............
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A lack of preventative maintenance simply means that sooner or later you will have to fix something because it is borken. You just hope that it doesn't happen on Friday afternoon in rush hour traffic, thereby totally F**king up your plans for the weekend, and as luck normally falls, you had a date for tonight with the hottie of your dreams. See how things pile up when you don't do preventative maintenance? Just make a plan and follow it. It is not all that time consuming, or difficult. It does require some discipline, and I keep forgetting that I'm preaching to a bunch of teenagers. Good luck on that..............
isn't it about time for a old man to move on to a car that's not affordable by teenagers?
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