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Old 08-17-2012, 12:41 PM   #1
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Hello guys, im brand new to the forum....i have a 2003 330xi with 76k on it, i bought it in feb 2011 with 70k, i have changed the oil twice and thats all the maintenance ive done to it. I bought it in great shape, now that being said ive been deployed for 10 months, what services do you suggest i do when i get my car back??
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:48 PM   #2
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At the very least, replace the entire cooling system! Then address fuel, vacuum, electrical, and charging systems. See sig.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:52 PM   #3
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What if it runs fine, what about just doing a coolant flush and changing oil in your opinion...it has been started up, allegedly. once a week during the time ive been in afghanistan
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:55 PM   #4
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What if it runs fine, what about just doing a coolant flush and changing oil in your opinion...it has been started up, allegedly. once a week during the time ive been in afghanistan
Everything runs fine until it breaks.

Cheap to maintain, expensive to repair.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:07 PM   #5
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:07 PM   #6
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So you're BEING deployed or you done been deployed?
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:13 PM   #7
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If you can get it on a battery tender do so. If not it will most likely be deader than dead when u get back.
Anyway you can get someone to drive it for you every couple weeks?

When I did my last deployment my old wheel bearings actually crapped out from being old and sitting so long. Changed everything and vibration continued at all different speeds. Changed bearings and smooth as hell.

When u get back if u can get it running change the oil and filter fuel filter.
If you haven't overhauled the cooling system since buying it, do it when u get back. See dudes link above.
I'd skip the radiator tho and do everything else.

Your windows will be über sticker. Be prepared for regulator failure shortly after.
As soon as u lower them I'd lube the tracks with some sort of none messy silicone. Might make em last a lil longer.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:27 PM   #8
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Thank you as well sir


I am currently deployed and will be back in 3 weeks time, when i bought it the drivers side regulator was not working right and was replaced so its pretty new, how much an i looking at for a cooling system overhaul???

Il def be sue to look and feel for vibrations....im hoping i can skip all of this tho haah, how likely is this, it was in perfect condition when i left it in dec.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:10 PM   #9
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I'd say ~$300 . With a radiator, a bit more
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Yeah about $200-300. Radiator alone is about $150.
I've noticed the less I use my windows the quicker they break. That's why I say be prepared for them to crap out. That's what mine did last time.
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Thank you for your sacrifice and service to our country.

I can't emphasize what others have stated.. in regards to the cooling system. At 76K you are at the edge of cooling system components' usage lifespan. It may look and operate fine, but realize you're gambling with your motor, WHEN it fails expectantly. Best to refresh all of the cooling system components ALL at once and remember to Bleed the system (immediately) after they are re-installed.

Good luck.
Make it home safe.

PS: Radiator is optional.. it should last 150K+ barring any road damage.

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PS: Radiator is optional.. it should last 150K+ barring any road damage.
Correct, I bought one but when I started the job I realized the one I had was fine. This was around 83k miles. I put the new in anyway though lol
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Read my thread. Where are you guys getting this $200-$300 nonsense?

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Old 08-17-2012, 05:46 PM   #14
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Mango their just stating their prices on cooling kits from FCP or ECS.

OP read Mango's bible and follow it... with slight modification to the translation ;-)

Make sure You get all the parts OEM or OE and you shouldnt have any issues.

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Cooling kits do not provide anywhere near the parts you need for a proper refresh. Pay closer attention
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