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Old 10-12-2012, 11:35 PM   #1
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Hi future friends. I'm from Melbourne, Australia.
I recently purchased a 2006 silver 330ci Msport convertible. It is my first ever car and as you can imagine I am over the moon with it.
It has done 90000km and was on lease to its previous owner. The dealership I bought it from will provide me with full servicing records and claims they have just replaced brake pads, spark plugs and something else small that eludes my memory.
After that introduction, I am just here to ask for any advice from this seemingly experienced community.
I have read about roof top issues, mainly electrical? Any advice as to how to deal with this if it occurs or how to help prevention.
I have not read of many mechanical issues however, any advice when it comes to driving or servicing to keep the apple of my eye in mint condition?
Any advice related to maintaining the leather interior and how I should go about cleaning the car both internally and externally (soft roof)?
And perhaps any advice for a teenager owning his first second hand 3series?
Many thanks in advance and I apologise if I sound novice, because I am. Hope to hear from you guys now and in the future.


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Old 10-12-2012, 11:36 PM   #2
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:42 PM   #3
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Congrats and welcome!

As far as advice goes, maintenance, drive smart, maintenance, take a driving course, maintenance, then mods. Lol Hopefully I made it clear enough.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:50 PM   #4
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Join and introduce yourself in the Australia section mate. We got quite a fair few fanatics in Melbourne. There's also like meets every two weeks.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:51 PM   #5
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Congrats and welcome!

As far as advice goes, maintenance, drive smart, maintenance, take a driving course, maintenance, then mods. Lol Hopefully I made it clear enough.
Certainly, is there any maintenance I can do at home? Keeping in mind I am no expert or must I see a mechanic? Do you mind if I ask how a driving course might help? And finally what sort of modifications are you referring to? Thank you!

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:52 PM   #6
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Join and introduce yourself in the Australia section mate. We got quite a fair few fanatics in Melbourne. There's also like meets every two weeks.
Thanks a lot. I'll check it out

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:54 PM   #7
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Beautiful Vert! There are some great threads on convertible top maintenance in the Vert section. Once you drop that top you'll wonder how you drove with it up!

Congrats and welcome!
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:59 PM   #8
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Beautiful Vert! There are some great threads on convertible top maintenance in the Vert section. Once you drop that top you'll wonder how you drove with it up!

Congrats and welcome!
Nice, thank you!

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Old 10-13-2012, 12:00 AM   #9
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You can start here.

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Do a full fluid flush and replace filters.

Flush your engine oil and replace oil filter no more than 12500km. NOT a service once in 25k km like the service indicator says.

Leatherique for leather maintenance

Raggtopp for soft top maintenance.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:03 AM   #10
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You can start here.

Mechanic: worx automotive in Brunswick. He's a sponsor.

Do a full fluid flush and replace filters.

Flush your engine oil and replace oil filter no less than 12500km. NOT a service once in 25k km like the service indicator says.

Leatherique for leather maintenance

Raggtopp for soft top maintenance.
Appreciate that.

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Old 10-13-2012, 05:25 AM   #11
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first don't worry about issues and enjoy, overall these cars are pretty bulletproof, just getting it serviced at the indicated intervals by a good indy will keep you on top of most issues, great cars and you will enjoy it with roof down in the oz sunshine
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:35 AM   #12
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first don't worry about issues and enjoy, overall these cars are pretty bulletproof, just getting it serviced at the indicated intervals by a good indy will keep you on top of most issues, great cars and you will enjoy it with roof down in the oz sunshine
Any recommendation on service intervals? I know it's usually 6 months, shorter in my case? Thank you very much although it's not as sunny in Melbourne as people might think!

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Old 10-13-2012, 02:08 PM   #13
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It all depends on what mileage you do, when you turn on the ignition it will tell you how many miles to next service and what service is needed(oil service -service1-service 2), this gets reset by the garage that does the service
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:50 PM   #14
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It all depends on what mileage you do, when you turn on the ignition it will tell you how many miles to next service and what service is needed(oil service -service1-service 2), this gets reset by the garage that does the service
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:22 PM   #15
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Welcome. What everybody else said, plus check when the coolant expansion tank was changed. That's the weakest spot on these cars and those can go at any time once the mileage gets piled on them.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:46 PM   #16
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Welcome to the topless life! Raggtop cleaner and protectant for the top and Definitely check on that expansion tank.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:04 PM   #17
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Welcome. What everybody else said, plus check when the coolant expansion tank was changed. That's the weakest spot on these cars and those can go at any time once the mileage gets piled on them.
I wIll check as soon as I can! Thank you





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Welcome to the topless life! Raggtop cleaner and protectant for the top and Definitely check on that expansion tank.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:21 AM   #18
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:43 PM   #20
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Welcome. What everybody else said, plus check when the coolant expansion tank was changed. That's the weakest spot on these cars and those can go at any time once the mileage gets piled on them.
Is there a date code on them someplace? Easy to find? Where?
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