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View Poll Results: Vote: Do you believe in preventative maintenance?
Preventative maintenance is key to good vehicle health 320 83.12%
Preventative maintenance is a waste of money. If it ain't broken, don't fix it! 65 16.88%
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:55 AM   #221
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Wherever he goes you could go with him.

Not really. In the thread he links I very much disagree with Mango on his "do it all" strategy. I do agree with him in the stance that all E46's bought used need a good bit of work done to them. Unless you found a fanatic's car, you'll be replacing quite a few things to get it back to acceptable performance. I also agreed with him on the concept of PM. What parts should be subject to PM we certainly disagree on.

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Old 02-14-2013, 09:56 AM   #222
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I vote for Preventive Maintenance...If you wait till it breaks, you could potentially end up having more things broken because of it...I'm not going to blindly replace items, but as I see subtle changes in things, then I look into it and change parts accordingly. Common fail items change at recommended intervals...as for oil changes....I pray that no-one who owns one of these great cars is doing the 15k mile interval changes...these cars also have control arm bushing failures which cause feathering in your tires. I bought some tougher ones hopping they would last longer...they lasted about 55K...time to replace again though....stock ones only lasted about 30k...

Good luck with your decision making, whether it be DIY, or don't do anything....
I'm guessing not doing anything requires a bit more luck.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:57 AM   #223
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I guess it all depends on how "fanatical" you are.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:00 AM   #224
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I'm guessing not doing anything requires a bit more luck.
That's really an understatement of major proportions. Folks who don't perform any PM should really be driving Hondas so we don't have to listen to them whine and complain when they break down.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:06 AM   #225
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That's really an understatement of major proportions. Folks who don't perform any PM should really be driving Hondas so we don't have to listen to them whine and complain when they break down.
Really tired of these type of people...They then have the audacity to make a ridiculous statement like, these cars suck...If you can't afford to take care of a brand new one (when you can't afford the car itself), you wont be able to afford it when the car becomes affordable...the parts don't have a depreciation value! So yeah, I agree....go buy a Honda!
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:07 AM   #226
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I'm guessing not doing anything requires a bit more luck.
Well, some of these guys who think they can be DIY, need just as much luck even if the intention is good...LOL
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See the brush? I have had that SAME brush for 27 years. Its had 12 new heads and 5 new handles. I change them regularly just in case they wear out or break. Its never failed me yet. You can't buy brushes like that these days.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:31 AM   #228
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How can anyone who changes their oil vote against preventative maintenance? 'Tis a silly poll!
Exactly. that's exactly my sentiment as well. it makes no sense. it's personal for these people
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:36 AM   #229
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See the brush? I have had that SAME brush for 27 years. Its had 12 new heads and 5 new handles. I change them regularly just in case they wear out or break. Its never failed me yet. You can't buy brushes like that these days.
Is it purdy? See my paint humor? haha.

On the topic of PM, this statement kind of breaks down where people fall

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If you can't afford to take care of a brand new one (when you can't afford the car itself), you wont be able to afford it when the car becomes affordable.
So how far do people extend themselves? this thread is a good example.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:02 AM   #230
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See the brush? I have had that SAME brush for 27 years. Its had 12 new heads and 5 new handles. I change them regularly just in case they wear out or break. Its never failed me yet. You can't buy brushes like that these days.
You seriously think that's a valid analogy?

How can you be completely against preventative maintenance? I guess you don't replace your belts, you just wait for them to break. Do you wait for your water pump to break and overheat your car? I mean that could only cost you a head gasket. You must also want to wait around for your ET to blow up. That'll be fun. How about your fuel pump? $150 to not be stranded is a pretty good buy in my opinion.
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You seriously think that's a valid analogy?

How can you be completely against preventative maintenance? I guess you don't replace your belts, you just wait for them to break. Do you wait for your water pump to break and overheat your car? I mean that could only cost you a head gasket. You must also want to wait around for your ET to blow up. That'll be fun. How about your fuel pump? $150 to not be stranded is a pretty good buy in my opinion.
Or how about replace tires? or don't replace them.. wait for a blowout
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I think Griffin does that. Probably good all the way around...
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So how far do people extend themselves? this thread is a good example.[/QUOTE]

That is the point of all of this...BMW is not a cheap car, and neither is maintaining it...Synthetic oil, 91 Octane, lower profile tires, etc...these are just basic maintenance items that are easily going to cost you a few hundred a year more than a normal car would....
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You seriously think that's a valid analogy?

How can you be completely against preventative maintenance? I guess you don't replace your belts, you just wait for them to break. Do you wait for your water pump to break and overheat your car? I mean that could only cost you a head gasket. You must also want to wait around for your ET to blow up. That'll be fun. How about your fuel pump? $150 to not be stranded is a pretty good buy in my opinion.
Its a wonder you people ever pluck up the courage to take your car out on the highway. You must be constantly sh***ing yourselves. See this picture? Believe it or not that's an E46 320i SE Coupe (2.2L engine). Its mine. I drive it. I maintain it. Its runs beautifully. But listening to you people I swear you must be talking about some other manufacturer called BMW because I do not recognize the car you people describe and I'm sure the real BMW wouldn't either.

A guy posted a comment on here about buying a 330i. The "advise" he gets? "You have to rebuild it!!". I swear to God I oscillate between hysterical laughter and anger at the cr*p that you people post on this forum. Not everyone. Just a few. I do go out of my way to ignore it but sometimes it gets the better of me. As far as the brush is concerned. Is it a valid comparison? Well let's see. I change the head every two years whether it needs a head or not. I change the handle every 5 years whether it needs it or not. Seems perfectly valid to me. Same principle. But is it the same brush? You decide. (PS. I don't really. Its a p*ss take. Kinel!!!)
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How anyone could compare E46 ownership with a mop handle is beyond me.
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