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Old 04-18-2010, 04:08 AM   #1
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Since I'm a new owner of a BMW (01 325i,) i knew i had to work on few things in the car because I used to own a 2000 Camaro Z28 (modified.) The car has 120k miles and ran smooth.

The repairs require are :
1. replacing the steering hoses (its leaking..been told by the shop is common)
2. Valve Cover Gasket (hardly leaking...nothing major..told me i can still drive it but not consider top piorotity to fix)
3. The Recommended services (Filter,oil, oil filter change)
4. Control Arm Bushing (not completely worn out but need to pay attetion like in 2 months or so)
5. need Oil level sensor
6. Rear Break pad sensor
7. Transmission selector shaft seal leaking
8. New Auxiliary fan switch.

I ended up buying Chilton BMW reoaur manual. so far i've done all repairs and I just need to do is the control Arm bushing, transmission selector and the valve cover gasket.so far i saved $$$$ by doing it myself. (more beer money..LOL)

Since I dont know if the previous owner change the spark plugs...Do you guys think I should change the spark plugs at the same time as i replace the valve cover gasket??
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Old 04-18-2010, 04:25 AM   #2
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of course change the plugs while your there!!!
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:17 AM   #3
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If you did the PS hose, replace the reservoir too. It has a non replaceable filter in the bottom. It's an easy DIY. Contaminated fluid and cavitation are common causes of pump failure.
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:41 AM   #4
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Yeah, I did it already. Seems to be better now. Is there a way to make the wheel a lil more stiffer..like sport car handling?? i remember my camaro was stiff....but i dont know how the BMW's are. Any Suggestions?
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