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Old 11-01-2011, 09:36 PM   #1
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New Opinion on my 4 hours trip

I went to a repair shop to get my car checked up, and alot came out ( on the picture )LOL which not surprising for almost "150K miles" E46. My question are do u think this car would make it for a 4 hours drive? and the Oild Stand Gasket is the same as Oil Filter Stand Gasket right? thanks guys for reading this and hopefully give me some good advice

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Old 11-01-2011, 09:42 PM   #2
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I think you should reconsider ever going to that shop ever again. Prices are ridiculously HIGH. Brake flush? That takes a few minutes to do. I had 4 new rotors, all new pads, and sensors, OEM for $650, labor included. Keep that in mind.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:45 PM   #3
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If it were me and it even had the check engine light on I would not be road tripping it. If it has these problems now, 4 hours of driving won't do it any favors.
I got all my pads, rotors, and sensors changed, brake fluid flushed, and oil change all for a shade over $900, all OEM parts. They quoted you $901 for the front brakes alone.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:48 PM   #4
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Whats the CEL for?

The oil stand gasket is most likely the oil filter housing gasket. You should be fine if the CEL isn't anything serious. Take some oil with you to make sure you can top up if low. Suspersion should hold up if you havent had any issues as of yet. And if your brake light isn't on, means your sensor hasn't been tripped. If that is the case, your brakes should still be good, at the very least for this trip.

In short, you should be fine for this trip. Just start getting things taken care of bit by bit. Brakes should be first I think, the suspension and finally oil leaks (as long as the leaks aren't severe that is).

Also, literally everything mentioned is a DIY. Look up the walkthroughs on here or bimmerfest and you should be able to save at least ~$1500.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:51 PM   #5
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Agreed with most. Find out what the CEL is and go from there. The rest can likely wait if it meets the aforementioned guidlines.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:52 PM   #6
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Whats the CEL for?
And if your brake light isn't on, means your sensor hasn't been tripped.

Don't mean to threadjack but how reliable do you find that? The last time I replaced my brakes, they were grinding because there was nothing left, yet there was still no light.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:52 PM   #7
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LOL i know man, they do this checkup for free so i just went to check it out,
i would not get job done with them most of these i can do it myself anyway.

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I think you should reconsider ever going to that shop ever again. Prices are ridiculously HIGH. Brake flush? That takes a few minutes to do. I had 4 new rotors, all new pads, and sensors, OEM for $650, labor included. Keep that in mind.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:54 PM   #8
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the CEL is about p0174, they dont know what it is and the $154 is for them to find out what it is LOL
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If it were me and it even had the check engine light on I would not be road tripping it. If it has these problems now, 4 hours of driving won't do it any favors.
I got all my pads, rotors, and sensors changed, brake fluid flushed, and oil change all for a shade over $900, all OEM parts. They quoted you $901 for the front brakes alone.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:55 PM   #9
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p0174 is the code but they r not sure what it is $154 to find out so i said ill think about it.
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Agreed with most. Find out what the CEL is and go from there. The rest can likely wait if it meets the aforementioned guidlines.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:55 PM   #10
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I am sure a code like that is somewhere on this forum. If you just used the search function..

found it in 10 seconds.

P0174 = System too lean Bank 2
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:56 PM   #11
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the CEL is about p0174, they dont know what it is and the $154 is for them to find out what it is LOL
Tell them they should try out some new software...it's known as Google.
http://www.obd-codes.com/p0174
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:57 PM   #12
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p0174 is the code but they r not sure what it is $154 to find out so i said ill think about it. thats what i think too man, it would be fine for 4 hours but just wanna see what people think, no other car to take on this trip anyway and done feel like renting one
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Whats the CEL for?

The oil stand gasket is most likely the oil filter housing gasket. You should be fine if the CEL isn't anything serious. Take some oil with you to make sure you can top up if low. Suspersion should hold up if you havent had any issues as of yet. And if your brake light isn't on, means your sensor hasn't been tripped. If that is the case, your brakes should still be good, at the very least for this trip.

In short, you should be fine for this trip. Just start getting things taken care of bit by bit. Brakes should be first I think, the suspension and finally oil leaks (as long as the leaks aren't severe that is).

Also, literally everything mentioned is a DIY. Look up the walkthroughs on here or bimmerfest and you should be able to save at least ~$1500.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:00 PM   #13
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they told me it could be this and that and on and on LOL so they wanna make sure what is it for sure(trying to make at least 154 of my pocket)
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Tell them they should try out some new software...it's known as Google.
http://www.obd-codes.com/p0174
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:04 PM   #14
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the member just answered your CEL question... and what do you mean they said, "it could be this and that". How do they randomly bring up random codes? If their computer says its this code, then thats would you should be looking into, a new o2 sensor.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:17 PM   #15
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I used to have po171 and p0174 but after i changed my pre-cat O2 sensors and Throttle Body that was crack, and also clean my MAF then the CEL went off for 2 weeks and now only p0174 came back.
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I am sure a code like that is somewhere on this forum. If you just used the search function..

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P0174 = System too lean Bank 2
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:26 PM   #16
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That CEL code is nothing to worry about. I had a similar code and cleared it with the Peake tool. Never came back. Btw, the Peake tool costs me $140.

You can visually check the brake pads. Most likely they will be ok for a 4 hr trip unless it is bumper to bumper traffic. All the listed items are trivial.

OP, learn to be a little car savvy. You are not a girl. Are you?
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:28 PM   #17
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you should def be fine, personally I drove my car with a CEL most of its time with me. I knew it was the cat though and thats why I didnt care much.

Def DIY all that you can, and save your hundreds for MODS lol ... I personally think (with the help of a friend) I could do most of that and I honestly have no confidence when it comes to doing jobs on my car. Yet I have done a good share.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:29 PM   #18
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Reset your SES and see if it comes back. The only thing on that list that would concern me is the FCABs as a 4 hour trip could chew up your tires. The rest, assuming your brakes aren't metal on metal and you're not gonna be screaming thru some switchbacks, can wait til later or never. My car needs the oil filter housing gasket, but it's a huge PITA and only leaks a drip of oil so I haven't bothered yet.
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Wow! Stop! If you are a girl, don't ever admit it on here. Guys get all funny and start hitting on them from what I've seen. Start acting polite and other funny stuff.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:53 PM   #20
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yeah i cleared the code and it came back LOL, and yeah i need to take care my car better since im not a girl haha,
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That CEL code is nothing to worry about. I had a similar code and cleared it with the Peake tool. Never came back. Btw, the Peake tool costs me $140.

You can visually check the brake pads. Most likely they will be ok for a 4 hr trip unless it is bumper to bumper traffic. All the listed items are trivial.

OP, learn to be a little car savvy. You are not a girl. Are you?
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