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Old 06-19-2010, 01:03 PM   #1
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Car has 86,172 miles! Maintenance question!

Well I recently purchased my 2003 steptronic 325i with 85,995 miles on the odo and Its been a dream ever since. The car handles amazingly, the power is sufficient, and the ride is smooth. The original owner babied the car from day 1 when he bought it with 13 miles on the odo. The car feels brand new inside and out, and everyone asks if its new. However, I would like to make sure that my car stays in this condition. Ive been cleaning the car inside/out and I recently replaced a leaking differential gasket. I was wondering what preventive maintenance I could do right now that would ensure my cars longevity for many years to come? I heard that cooling system is a big one at around this mileage? Thanks in advance
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:19 PM   #2
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:33 PM   #3
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however im not sure if my tranny fluid has been changed..and kpeng said that if you change it after 60k miles you could dislodge the gunk there..is there any way to check this?
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:53 PM   #4
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BMW recommends changing the Auto trans fluid at 100,000 miles but like the 15,000 mile oil changes I think that is too long.
I had mine changed at about 60K and then drained and filter changed at about 80K.
Red Line D4 seems to shift smoother in my 2003 330Ci with the ZF auto trans.
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:56 PM   #5
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Kpeng or anyone else for that matter, that doesn't do their own maintenance and bases his opinion on 2nd hand info, should be taken with a grain of salt.
Do the transmission fluid, trust me!!
Don't let people's post count make you think they know what they are saying. That just means, they don't get out often.
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:37 PM   #6
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Kpeng or anyone else for that matter, that doesn't do their own maintenance and bases his opinion on 2nd hand info, should be taken with a grain of salt.
Do the transmission fluid, trust me!!
Don't let people's post count make you think they know what they are saying. That just means, they don't get out often.
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I do my own maintenance. You shouldn't speak for people when you don't even know them, moron.
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:42 PM   #7
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Coolant expansion tank along with water pump and thermostat without a doubt. They're guaranteed to fail and leave you stranded.
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:44 PM   #8
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knpeg ftl. wouldnt do anything that person says to my car.
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same question as above, if i'm at 77k, should i change my tranny fluid? i don't really want to dislodge all the gunk lol or just take it into the dealer to do? that way, if the dealer messes up, they have to fix it...
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I do my own maintenance. You shouldn't speak for people when you don't even know them, moron.
So kpeng, considering my cars mileage would you say its safe to go ahead and change the transmission fluid? Id appreciate it if I could hear your side

and Ive heard about the expansion tank, water pump, and thermostat. Could anyone recommend a quality replacement for my stock ones? Appreciate it!
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You'll be fine. I think a lot of people miss the fact that the "maintenance" thread I made is simply what I, ME, KPENG, follows. I was just sharing what I do.

Change the fluid.
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