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Old 12-17-2012, 09:36 AM   #1
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325CI prep long trip

Hi everybody, I just bought my first BMW about 120 miles from my home. All is good except some play in the steering. Is this safe at highway speed? And what else can I do to prep the car for the 120 mile trip home? It is a 2002 325CI.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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Make sure there are no leaks, oil and coolant levels are up to mark, belts are not worn out and there are no noises or wobbles on the belt drive pulleys.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:05 AM   #3
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The cooling system (as E46Mango will tell you) is probably the weakest link in the chain. If you happen to know that the usual suspects were replaced and serviced by the previous owner, you should be fine. If it's an unknown, just take it easy and don't push the car. 120 miles isn't a long distance, so you should be fine. Just check all the fluids, air pressure and look for leaks and the SES light or codes, and if there's no issues, you should be good for some time. Do the preventive maintenance once you get home. There's comprehensive guides in Mango's sig for the recommended preventive maintenance items, start with the most critical ones and work your way down the list as soon as you can. It's a reliable car, but only as long as you keep up with preventive maintenance and don't ignore early warning signs.

Oh - keep eye on the temp. gauge every so often and if you see it start to rise towards red from dead center where it normally stays, pull over and shut off the engine asap. Get it towed home and don't even try to play the game of driving it slowly and trying to get home, that's hurt many people in the past.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:39 AM   #4
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Hi everybody, I just bought my first BMW about 120 miles from my home. All is good except some play in the steering. Is this safe at highway speed? And what else can I do to prep the car for the 120 mile trip home? It is a 2002 325CI.
Yes, it is safe. Buy some gas, and a bag of Fritos and a bottle of water.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:53 AM   #5
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And check your tire pressure and fluid levels.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:50 PM   #6
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Make sure your fog lights are working in case you get caught in a swamp.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:20 PM   #7
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Auto Club with Premier which includes towing up to 100 miles. With an E46 it is almost a must. Ask me how I know... Used it twice, fuel pump failure on 2 different BMW's while not near home.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:43 PM   #8
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Our cars sound like real pieces of sh1t
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:46 PM   #9
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so, are you saying you bought this car without a ppi?
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