From dspie_at_orbital.com Tue Aug 5 09:18:35 1997
Subject: <survey> My E-30 318i service history
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 12:18:01 -0400
For your E-30 owner's survey:
My car is a 1991 318i (E-30, M-42 engine), currently with 63,000 miles,
purchased used last December from a Northern Virginia used-BMW dealership.
Car was previously leased by someone. The repairs done by myself, and
those I know about from the time prior to my ownership, are as follows:
----The infamous timing case profile gasket failure occurred before I
bought the car (i.e. at around 43,000 miles), causing the head to warp;
repaired by the dealer just prior to my purchase.
---New tires (now Pirelli P4000s) installed by dealer at 43,000 miles to
replace original Goodyear Eagle NCT 65s.
---Exhaust (behind catalytic converter) replaced by dealer at 43,000 miles.
---Dashboard lights in heater/air-conditioning panel replaced also.
---Radiator cracked along bleed screw hole threads (in plastic tank
section) at 50,000 miles, replaced radiator (although in retrospect I
probably could have repaired the old radiator).
---Left rear window electric motor failed at 52,000 miles.
That's it so far! The car is generally a joy to drive, and my goal is to
get at least 10 years more and a quarter-million miles out of it before I
put it into "semi-retirement" (or give it to my daughter when she's old
enough to drive, in 15 years!).
Keep up the good work with your Web site.
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