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Old 06-03-2011, 01:44 AM   #21
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Oh on the topic of mod bug... The black molding on the sides and bumpers bothers me more than the amber corners!
I ran some searches on here... Don't really want to paint it. I'm surprised no one sells a body molding kit!

No idea why BMW went this route! The ones I've seen that were painted look way better!
I guess it does look nice on dark colors but is such an eye sore on light colors such as mine

Btw does anyone know what this color is called? The title says gray which I thought was weird... Looks silver to me!
Its titanium silver, and jlevistreetwerks.com sells the molding you're talking about.
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:44 AM   #22
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Filters and tire tread. Other than that it sounds like a great deal with only 25K
Filters are recommend every 10k miles.
See above question about translating miles to years...

If I drive 10k miles in say 3 years should I replace if after 3 years or just assume 10k translates to 1 year?
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:47 AM   #23
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Its titanium silver, and jlevistreetwerks.com sells the molding you're talking about.
http://www.jlevistreetwerks.com/3-Se..._58/index.html
Don't see it. Will keep looking incase I missed it but just wanted to clarify, I'm talking about the molding smack in the middle of the doors..
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:50 AM   #24
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Yeah, I just looked and couldn't find it either. I know I've seen them, I'll look for them again.
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:56 AM   #25
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Cool thanks.

Appreciate all the prompt help guys.
If anyone can advise on translating maintenance intervals from miles to years, it would be great.

I see valve cover gasket should be replaced at 60k miles
For most cars that's about 5 years.

My car is already 10 years old so I hope that explains my concern.

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Old 06-03-2011, 02:02 AM   #26
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Few more on that note...

Diff fluid - 60k miles? I won't hit that for another 4 years lol
Manual trans fluid - when?
Oil - 7k miles or 1 year?

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Old 06-03-2011, 02:15 AM   #27
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These are my intervals
Oil- 6k
Trans fluid- 30k
Diff fluid- ??? (someone chime in, I don't know when a good time for this is either)
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:39 AM   #28
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Filters are recommend every 10k miles.
See above question about translating miles to years...

If I drive 10k miles in say 3 years should I replace if after 3 years or just assume 10k translates to 1 year?
I don't know about translating the whole mileage = years, but oil is cheap and can be the cheapest insurance policy out there. It looks like the last time your oil was changed is over a year ago. Because a DIY oil change is only about $50 it's worth it to change IMO. I wouldn't leave any oil in my car for more than 1 year, but that's just me.

Your thermostat was changed and coolant was flushed which is great. The only other suspect parts to worry about would be water pump and expansion tank, but at 25K they're probably fine.

As far as gaskets go, if you're not experiencing any leaks I don't see a need to change the VCG or oil filter housing gasket. The general concensus, however, is that the vanos seal rings should be replaced regardless of mileage because the OEM ones are pretty faulty.

One thing that might be useful to add would be brake pads. Have you checked to see how much is left on your front/rear?

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These are my intervals
Oil- 6k
Trans fluid- 30k
Diff fluid- ??? (someone chime in, I don't know when a good time for this is either)
I searched this issue before and many have said diff fluid @ 50k. I think that's reasonable, however, I think tranny fluid should be more frequent at around 25k.
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:31 AM   #29
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If I do the vanos seals, I may as well replave the valve cover gasket, correct?
Anything else I should do/inspect when I do the vanos seals?

http://www.beisansystems.com/procedu..._procedure.htm

EDIT: Also, good point about the oil being cheap insurance - I was going to replace engine oil anyway, might as well do everything for peace of mind. Thanks!

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Old 06-03-2011, 08:25 AM   #30
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Don't worry about the Vanos seals. Your car is 9 years old, so go ahead and do what you would do to any other car of that age. Cooling system rebuild, Spark plugs, fuel filter (especially the fuel filter) oil change with filter, trans fluid and differential fluid, along with the brake fluid. You should be good to go.
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:49 AM   #31
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If you didn't do any of this stuff, will your car blow up ? If so, when ?
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:15 AM   #32
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Don't worry about the Vanos seals. Your car is 9 years old, so go ahead and do what you would do to any other car of that age. Cooling system rebuild, Spark plugs, fuel filter (especially the fuel filter) oil change with filter, trans fluid and differential fluid, along with the brake fluid. You should be good to go.
Thanks. I will add it to my list... (added approx costs for my reference - parts only)
1. Engine oil - 60
2. VANOS seals - 65
3. Diff oil - 50
4. Transmission - 50
5. Power steering flush - 20
6. Brake fluid flush - 20
7. Fuel filter - (cant find on getbmwparts.com - how much is this? and part#)
8. Plugs - 80
9. Cooling system rebuild - (any idea how much?)
10. Air filter - 20
11. Micro filter - 10

--Order of work--
1: this weekend - OEM oil and OEM filter while I read more
2,3,4: within 10 days
7,8: by end of june
5,6: july (its pretty fresh so can wait)
10,11: by end of year
9: Probably not until next year/I start seeing issues. The coolant is new and so is the thermostat. Will be sure to keep eye on heat levels.

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If you didn't do any of this stuff, will your car blow up ? If so, when ?
Lol. I'm not worried about my car blowing up. Just want to take care of it right. First car where miles were less than average.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:17 AM   #33
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Don't worry about the Vanos seals. Your car is 9 years old, so go ahead and do what you would do to any other car of that age. Cooling system rebuild, Spark plugs, fuel filter (especially the fuel filter) oil change with filter, trans fluid and differential fluid, along with the brake fluid. You should be good to go.
From what I read VANOS seals are gauranteed to go bad. Just a matter of time. I'll get it out of the way considering the cost is moderate...

Added your other suggestions to my list above. Thanks.

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Does anyone have any suggestions regarding what else to look/clean/change when doing VANOS?
I assume valve cover gasket would be overkill considering car is 9 years old / 25k miles. Thoughts?

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Old 06-03-2011, 10:31 AM   #34
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Because that plastic molding protects your car from dents, dings, other drivers slamming their doors into you, etc.
Agreed. I just meant the color. On the coupes it was body color..
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:42 AM   #35
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Valve Cover Gasket - Before 60,000 miles
The valve cover gasket on our cars is known to go bye bye and let precious oil seep out into the engine bay or even worse, your spark plugs. This will cause misfires and all sorts of problems. At the very first sign of leakage, I had it changed out. Reading around and talking to people, most have had it fail around 60,000 miles or so. If you're past that point and haven't done it yet, do yourself a favor and do it asap.
I guess VCG is going on the list lol. This is the only intimidating one for me ..
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:12 PM   #36
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I'm liking the BAV Auto schedule found on page 4 of this doc: https://www.bavauto.com/newsletter/2...newsletter.pdf

Includes times and mileage under each category.
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:38 PM   #37
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^ good stuff!
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:47 PM   #38
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a new member doing his own searches and posting wisely...I'm in shock lol Keep up the good work. Preventive maintenance is always the key. Also our color is Tiag
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Preventive maintenance is always the key.
Indeed, the key without a lock.
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Old 06-04-2011, 07:33 AM   #40
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If you are going to replace the VCG, by all means get the 15 bolt seals with the new gasket.
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