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Old 08-11-2012, 08:00 AM   #41
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:23 AM   #42
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Because it's ridiculous. Who is actually going to argue against good preventative maintenance?
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:38 AM   #43
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Nice. Enjoy your new/used car. You'll probably have a lot of fun and enjoyment. I know I do with mine.

It puzzles me when people want a manual transmission, then buy an automatic. Or visa-versa. Yes they can be changed, but it is not easy.
Hopefully you'll learn to love your auto.
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Because it's ridiculous. Who is actually going to argue against good preventative maintenance?
any half wit human.

who the hell spends 7k on maintenance when the car is worth 10k if that
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who the hell spends 7k on maintenance when the car is worth 10k if that
Well, I would probably imagine it's someone who can afford to do so.
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But in all seriousness, if you find spending that much in maintenance ridiculous, what about those who spend that much, or more on modifications which many could argue are useless on a car that then leaves them stranded the following week due to it's original fuel pump failing? Just an example, but I read about people in the same scenario on this forum all the time. If you like the car you drive, and you plan on driving it for some time, it seems spending a significant amount of money to ensure the car will not leave you stranded and drives as it did when it left the factory is a sound investment. Even more so if you enjoy doing the work yourself.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:20 AM   #48
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Jezzz. Everybody relax.

Op - fantastic looking car! I hope you enjoy it. There's a lot of good info and support here to keep your new BMW in 'tip top' shape. It is certainly true that the dealership simply won't address all of the known areas on the e46 (for a variety of reasons).

I remember a few years ago when I had a power dip / dropoff at around 3k rpms. Indy shop suggested new DME flash. I was still under warranty. Local dealership refused to do the work, and, gave me famous 'can't reproduce'. I ended up taking tech, and then Service Manager for a ride. At one point, when I demonstrated the dip to the SM for the 3rd time, he blurted out 'how that hell did you ever notice that???'. I wasn't sure what to say, other than 'I pay attention, and like cars???'.

They did the reflash. Issue gone

Anyway - take care of your new BMW, and it'll take care of you!

ps - if you want to really show your ride your love - keep an eye on VANOS (it's most likely already failing - seals issue), and FCAB bushings. Both of these are fairly subtle issues if you're not familiar, and give big 'bang for buck'.
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