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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
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#4740 of 5349 Re: how often should I change the air filter? [beachbumkg]
Jul 11, 2010 (8:54 pm)
I have a 2007 328i with about 25K miles on it and just curious as to what maintenance work I should think about in the upcoming months.
I'm assuming that you intend to keep the car for a while, so I'd follow this schedule:
Oil and Filter- Every 8,000-9,000 miles, using a BMW filter and either BMW 5W-30 Synthetic, Castrol Syntec 0W-30, or Mobil 1 0W-40
MT oil or ATF- every 50,000 miles using BMW proprietary fluids
Brake Fluid Change- Every two years using a DOT 4 fluid; ATE Super Blue, BMW DOT 4, and Castrol LMA are good choices
Coolant- Every 3-4 years; BMW coolant only
You shouldn't need brakes for 90,000-100,000 miles at least
Tires should last 40,000-50,000 miles
#4741 of 5349 Re: engine oil change light for bmw 2006 325i [lehrer1]
Jul 11, 2010 (8:54 pm)
Glad to help, Lehrer1!
Jul 15, 2010 (9:01 am)
I had written earlier in regards to a ?llower, front control arm bushings repair on my 2005 BMW 325ci and you had suggested taking it to an indie shop for the repair. I wondered if you could tell me what an indie shop is and how I would be able to locate one?
#4743 of 5349 Re: Indie Shop [michele16]
Jul 15, 2010 (9:45 am)
Indie shops are places where the owner wears a worn leather jacket, a tattered fedora and usually carries a whip. He speaks in cliches and generally earns far more than his work is worth.
Actually, Michele, Indie means "independent" and it is a mechanic repair shop that is not affiliated with BMW directly but specializes in BMWs and possibly other imported brands. At a good indie shop, the work is just as good as at a BMW dealership, and is usually about 30-60% of the price, depending on what needs to be done. An example is Autobahn Automotive (BMW) in Natick, MA, if you happen to be in the area. Try the yellow pages under "Automotive BMW", or the modern version, the internet, under "'your town' BMW service".
Hope this helps.
#4744 of 5349 e46 subframe class action suit
Jul 15, 2010 (10:21 am)
Hi! Just want to know if anybody had received a notice last year re. issue with regards to defective rear subframe and its status. went to the site and i believe BMW agreed to the out of court settlement. if anybody has info. on this will be much appreciated. Thanks!
#4745 of 5349 Re: Indie Shop [xeye]
by kyfdx HOST
Jul 15, 2010 (4:58 pm)
Yeah... what he said... or,
#4746 of 5349 Remote (Key) battery
Jul 16, 2010 (7:43 am)
I have a 2011 328I convertible with comfort access remote key. It is my preference to leave my "keys" in the car when it's in my garage so I don't forget them. I have been warned that by doing so I will discharge the battery overnight (don't know if that's the car battery or the key battery). My questions- is this a fact? Does it refer to the key battery or the car battery...and if it is the key battery will just putting in the slot to start to start the car (rather than depending on the remote featuire) charge it sufficiently to get it back up to speed.
#4747 of 5349 Re: Indie Shop [xeye]
Jul 16, 2010 (12:49 pm)
Yeah, wish we had an indie shop around here, the closest one is 4 hours away.
#4748 of 5349 Re: how often should I change the air filter? [beachbumkg]
Jul 16, 2010 (8:09 pm)
You are still under the free warranty period. Are you driving frequent low mile trips or not driving much but more highway miles? You should have already done the coolant and brake fluid change (every 2 years per computer).
#4749 of 5349 follow up on P0128
Jul 18, 2010 (2:53 pm)
Was able to search and points to faulty thermostat, low engine coolant, faulty coolant sensor and intake air sensor. im just worried that it might cause to over heat my engine. does anybody knows if it easy to replace thermostat on my 325ix wagon, 2001 w/ 70,000 miles, any imputs will be much appreciated. For now im gonna check the coolant make sure im with the max. Thanks, in advance!