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Old 01-03-2017, 07:57 PM   #1201
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Thanks for the good info kburger.
How difficult is it to replace each of those bushings, and which ones seem to need it most? I'm relatively handy around this car - replaced both front control arms and did the Vanos rebuild, but am leery of laying under my car tugging on rusty 17 year old suspension components.

Mbryant - what a great looking car. It must have been totally babied by it's previous owner(s). Did it come with good maintenance records too? Does "vert" refer to "convertible"? How much did it cost?
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Old 01-03-2017, 07:57 PM   #1202
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Thanks for the good info kburger.
How difficult is it to replace each of those bushings, and which ones seem to need it most? I'm relatively handy around this car - replaced both front control arms and did the Vanos rebuild, but am leery of laying under my car tugging on rusty 17 year old suspension components.

Mbryant - what a great looking car. It must have been totally babied by it's previous owner(s). Did it come with good maintenance records too? Does "vert" refer to "convertible"? How much did it cost?
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Old 01-03-2017, 09:49 PM   #1203
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Thanks for the good info kburger.
How difficult is it to replace each of those bushings, and which ones seem to need it most? I'm relatively handy around this car - replaced both front control arms and did the Vanos rebuild, but am leery of laying under my car tugging on rusty 17 year old suspension components.

Mbryant - what a great looking car. It must have been totally babied by it's previous owner(s). Did it come with good maintenance records too? Does "vert" refer to "convertible"? How much did it cost?
Thank You!! A few Maint records. I'm the 5th owner, I paid $7500. It went only 50k miles in its first 8 years, then another 50k in the next 5. Just drives smooth and tight. Plan on being all over the maint. - will do the full cooling system refresh ASAP. i Love it!!
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Old 01-03-2017, 10:37 PM   #1204
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lol I like the low mileage thread. rlordjr how does that car run? what shape is the engine in.
It was an all original garage queen I bought and am using as a DD now. Runs fine - 20mpg around town up to about 31mpg on the hiway. Seems less torquey than it "should" but I think that's because I'm used to the 3.5 liter engine.

Should really run some more fuel system cleaner through it just because its 15 years old. Had to replace the original Michelins and have also done expansion tank and coolant and 1.4 bar cap as PM. Also had to replace the hedgehog. Used to drive e28's so I'm familiar with the way the bushings and rubber things need replacing. Went ahead and did the motor and trans mounts with M3 ones and that was good for tightening up the drivetrain. Probably would benefit from shocks/struts/mounts but really its not crying for anything except a modern media player.
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:51 PM   #1205
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do motor and trans mounts first they are easy. when big differential bushing is shot replace subframe you can get used subframe from California rust free with all seven bushings already new and pressed in for 100 bucks. leave trailing arms and control arms in the car subframe yanks right out much easier IMHO. I coated my subframe with 3 coats of por15 cuz rust is real bad where I live. also replaced the hard brake line that sits behind the subframe. I did all new ebrakes and cables while in there.
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Old 01-12-2017, 03:56 AM   #1206
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highest mileage

mine is a 2002 318i done 190000 km
I crew cab really thought this was nothing as my Toyota crew cab with a 2L diesel engine did 500000 km before major overhaul,
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