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#824322 - 02/03/07 06:32 AM Re: New to me 1996 BMW 318i - opinions welcome [Re: HondaMan]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 9384
Loc: Clovis, CA
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Also any opinions on the devices that reset the service indicators/scan codes would be great. I've seen a few different brands already at ~ $129.99




This is an Equus 3100. It's a good code scanner for OBD II.


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#824323 - 02/03/07 07:02 AM Re: New to me 1996 BMW 318i - opinions welcome [Re: Merkava_4]
HondaMan Offline


Registered: 04/06/05
Posts: 671
Loc: Texas
Thanks again everyone!

M44 is correct. Plastic top for oil filter housing. You guys sort of lost me about needing a tool to let the housing loose.

mdv/windnsea00,

Funny that you both mention the control arm bushing, after reading each invoice detail carefully, since 101k they have been warning/listing that control arm bushing are worn, last invoice finally stated the problem as severe.

There where only ever three things suggested to be done that had yet to be done, the control arm bushings, driver seat belt switch causing SRS fault (have yet to ask you guys about that) & small leak from valve cover. (very very minor)

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#824324 - 02/03/07 07:35 AM Re: New to me 1996 BMW 318i - opinions welcome [Re: HondaMan]
windnsea00 Offline


Registered: 04/07/03
Posts: 651
Loc: la jolla, ca
^I was speaking of the tool you need to loosen the oil filter housing, if you go to Bavauto and type in 54760 and search you will see it.

I hope the bushings in the front and rear aren't still original, yikes! If so pick up a new set of control arms and lower control arm bushings...also in your multilink setup in the rear there are a handful of bushings from the trailing arm to the subframe, etc. You can upgrade those also if you want to have the car handle better.

I said this previously but VERY important to check the rear shock mounts, they fail over time (cheap part) and can tear the shock tower if they are bad. The driver seat belt issue is not uncommon, I notice in my invoices the piece you buckle into has been replaced before. You can do a valve cover gasket on your car pretty easily in the driveway.

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#824325 - 02/03/07 02:38 PM Re: New to me 1996 BMW 318i - opinions welcome [Re: windnsea00]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 9384
Loc: Clovis, CA
^
I noticed you're from La Jolla, CA. Having a BMW is almost a prerequisite for living there.

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#824326 - 02/03/07 08:15 PM Re: New to me 1996 BMW 318i - opinions welcome [Re: HondaMan]
mdv Offline


Registered: 10/24/02
Posts: 515
Loc: MA
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mdv/windnsea00,

Funny that you both mention the control arm bushing, after reading each invoice detail carefully, since 101k they have been warning/listing that control arm bushing are worn, last invoice finally stated the problem as severe.






Change the bushings and control arms right away! I'm guessing since the bushings haven't been changed the arms haven't either. If the ball joints fail it can lead to loss of control. Wouldn't be too much fun for you! SRS thing common and not really much to worry about. Changing valve cover gasket should take 1/2 hour max and lets you peak under there and see what's up with sludge etc...
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#824327 - 02/03/07 11:03 PM Re: New to me 1996 BMW 318i - opinions welcome [Re: Merkava_4]
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Registered: 04/07/03
Posts: 651
Loc: la jolla, ca
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^
I noticed you're from La Jolla, CA. Having a BMW is almost a prerequisite for living there.



Haha, my car is the TI (used to be the 325is but I gave it to my older brother) but I enjoy taking care of them and keeping them good looking There are however some very wealthy people in my town where a $100k car is chump change, I've been very fortunate to experience some amazing vehicles!

While our cars are nothing special, when I was in high school it was amazing what some of the kids drove here...a new $50k car was nothing out of the ordinary. Even my g/f at the time back in `04 got a new G35 coupe for her first car.

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#824328 - 02/04/07 01:33 AM Re: New to me 1996 BMW 318i - opinions welcome [Re: HondaMan]
gedcruise Offline


Registered: 09/04/06
Posts: 606
Loc: Monroe, OH
The 4 cyl Bey-Em-Vey seems to be really durable. My neighboor put 270K on an '82 320i, which is really a 318, before selling it. I hope your new toy gives you many happy miles.
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#824329 - 02/04/07 03:46 AM Re: New to me 1996 BMW 318i - opinions welcome [Re: gedcruise]
HondaMan Offline


Registered: 04/06/05
Posts: 671
Loc: Texas
Thanks again to everyone!

I just put in an order a little less than $160 for the following:

13711247405 Air Filter
64111393489 Cabin Air/Pollen Filter
11431717666 Dip Stick Tube Seal; O-Ring for Oil Dipstick; 9x2.2mm
RCS12X16 Oil Drain Plug Gasket; Oil drain plug gasket.; Copper Seal Ring 12x16x1.5mm X10
11421432097 Oil Filter Kit X4
25161215780 Shifter Handle Set Screw (A/T); For Automatic Shift Handle
25161216905 Shifter Knob/Handle
51231960852 Shock/Strut, Hood; Left/Right X2
51231908430 Shock/Strut, Hood; Retaining Clip X5
11121721876 Valve Cover Gasket
11121721475 Valve Cover Gasket; Valve Cover Gasket for Spark Plug Holes
11121721476 Valve Cover Gasket; Valve Cover Gasket for Spark Plug Holes X3
11121721879 Valve Cover Grommet Gasket; Valve Cover Bolt Seal X15
36131181079 Wheel Center Cap/Emblem; Emblem for Wheel Center; 70mm Diameter(2-3/4 inch) ; Adhesive Back X2

I will take all coments on the control arms and simply do some 'looking'. Sounds like a suspension system similar to the old SAAB 900s which I am very familiar with. (forgive me if I am off on that, I have yet to even pull of a wheel)

I already note that I need the high side hose on the PS pump. That will be on the next order.

I don't know that I dare ask about .... oil .... All invoices state Valvoline 15w-40, not an easy oil to find.
I see the nods to Delo, which I am willing to pour in ... but, Delo has two flavors ...(orig and LE) ??

When the order arrives, I had planned to pour in Valvoline at least one last time, till I did my homework and got word back from Terry, but if I can't find it, I guess I'm gonna have to go for the gusto and make a switch.

Thanks again!!

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#824330 - 02/04/07 04:17 AM Re: New to me 1996 BMW 318i - opinions welcome [Re: HondaMan]
windnsea00 Offline


Registered: 04/07/03
Posts: 651
Loc: la jolla, ca
I think the new Delo is LE? At least the last time I bought it they were all LE at the store. You will be amazed how new control arms and bushings will make a difference...it's a MacPherson setup in the front which Saab may have used also. It's pretty simple but works well...I'm curious how the shocks are and of course the rear suspension components.

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#824331 - 02/04/07 05:36 PM Re: New to me 1996 BMW 318i - opinions welcome [Re: HondaMan]
mdv Offline


Registered: 10/24/02
Posts: 515
Loc: MA
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I already note that I need the high side hose on the PS pump. That will be on the next order.






You might want to try replacing the PS reservoir first, it's a lot cheaper than the hose! There's a filter in the bottom of the reservoir that gets clogged over time and allows the pressure to build enough so you have a leak that comes out the high side and drips down the hose and sprays everything in sight eventually. The only way to replace the filter is to replace the reservoir, which if I recall, is close to $20 instead of $80 for the hose.

Amsoil 5W-40 has worked well for me in all my BMW's that are driven hard.
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#824332 - 02/04/07 07:27 PM Re: New to me 1996 BMW 318i - opinions welcome [Re: mdv]
HondaMan Offline


Registered: 04/06/05
Posts: 671
Loc: Texas
mdv,

Thanks!

Oil will be on my mind for a few days as I await UPS.

I see a good coat of varnish through the filler cap, but heck the car is 11 years old. We'll see when I do the valve cover gasket if there is anything to really worry about.

I have so many other things to do, I am not sure when I will get a chance to look at much more this week.

Tires are an odd size of 195/60/15 and not 205/60/15.

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